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Friday, February 21, 2020

Vikings are returning to Sherwood for annual weekend battles!

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Over the weekend of 11thand 12th May, the brilliant re-enactors of Regia Anglorum will be returning to Sherwood for the annual Viking Spring Thing at Sherwood Pines.

Throughout each day there will be displays by warriors in the arena, culminating in a major battle the afternoon.  The calmer side of the Viking Age can be experienced by wandering around the authentic living history camp watching demonstrations of a wide range of crafts and chatting to the experts about their skills.

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Sherwood’s rich Viking Heritage will be celebrated between 10 am and 4 pm on each day.  This is a FREE event although the usual Sherwood Pines parking charges apply.

 

The Spring Thing is one of Regia Anglorum’s major events, attracting re-enactors for all over the country to one of their favourite venues.  Last year around 80 warriors battled in the arena and hopefully, they all survived to return this year!  The Spring Thing is organised by Forestry England, Regia Anglorum and The Friends of Thynghowe.

The era we are celebrating began in the year 865 when the Viking Great Heathen Army invaded.  After occupying York in 866 they moved south to Nottingham where they were confronted by the armies of the kingdoms of Mercian and Wessex.  After a negotiated withdrawal back to York they established winter camps alongside the River Trent at Torksey and Repton before moving south to Wessex for the battles against King Alfred’s army.

 

The Friends of Thynghowe is a local history group involved in organising events to share the heritage of northern Sherwood. Thynghowe is a Viking Age site on the borders of Warsop, Budby and Edwinstowe where ‘Thing’ assemblies would have been held by the Danish Vikings who settled in the area following the invasion.

 

For more information go to facebook.com/thynghowe and thynghowe.org.uk

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