Vikings invade Bamburgh Castle

The Vikings at Bamburgh
The Vikings at Bamburgh

Visitors to Bamburgh Castle stepped back in time at the weekend when they witnessed an invasion by the Northumbria Herred of The Vikings re-enactment society.

In 993, the castle was ransacked by invaders who attacked from the sea, seizing war booty and burning buildings.

The attack meant the Kingdom of Northumbria’s days were numbered and Bamburgh Castle fell into disrepair.

Step forward a few centuries and the sun was shining on the living history encampment. Members of the historical society showed a wide range of Dark Ages crafts and skills interspersed with heart-racing combat displays.

Even the children watching had their chance to take to the battlefield and experience what it was like to face up to real Viking warriors. The children won every time of course!

If you missed the Vikings at Bamburgh, you can catch them at Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, on July 13, Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, on August 3 or at Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island, on the bank holiday weekend of August24 to 26.

If you want to witness some Viking action , go along with the family or friends for a great day out.