Started in 1980 this Annual Festival marks the 1263 Battle of Largs, the last mainland battle between the Scots and Norse.
Each year the living history Viking Village is open to the public so that they can get a glimpse of what life would have been like in a 13th Century Viking Village.
Come and talk to them about their way of life; learn about how they made their clothes, weapons, jewellery and food. Ask the Vikings about their religion, beliefs, homes, crafts, ships, their homeland and why they left it…
Produced by James Willetts 2015
There are numerous references to Vikings in the town of Largs including street names, the amusement arcade and the Viking who stands outside the Main Street chippie. There is also more serious commemoration such as the Vikingar, which is an interactive exhibit with storytellers telling Viking tales and myths and the yearly Håkon Håkonsson Lecture (which was inaugurated by the late Magnus Magnusson in 1980).
The Festival is organised by a Board of Directors comprising ten local volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the Viking link with Largs. They meet on a monthly basis to plan the event and discuss how best to meet the goals detailed in their Business Plan.
In 2008, Prof. Magnus Fladmark (of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) became the patron of the Festival following the death of Magnus Magnusson KBE.
Each year the festival contributes to the local economy as well as helping to develop the towns cultural and tourism links. It provides an insight into the history of the Battle of Largs while also presenting events that have wide public and community appeal. These events cover history, education, entertainment and benevolence.
None of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors and supporters. It is at this point that we would like to say a big thank you to:
North Ayrshire Council, Kelburn Wind Farm Community Fund, SSE Community Fund, MalinWaters, Magnox Socio-economic Scheme, Costa Coffee, Wetherspoons, The Bagel Basket, Vinnies Flowers, Clark’s Amusements, Beachcomers, LPC Design + Print, Morrisons, Jewsons, Robert F Duff & Co Solicitors and Race Watson
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