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Spend half term with the Vikings


February 16th, 2018

Take your children on a voyage of discovery this half term to learn about the Vikings at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

From Saturday 17 February-Sunday 25 February 2018 there will be a series of Viking-inspired activities and events for children.

From designing and making your own Viking artefacts, to joining a living history encampment with our own Viking woman – this is a real opportunity for children to see how the Vikings really lived.

There will also be an opportunity to get in a long ship and join children’s author Robin Price for a fun voyage through all things Viking. Plus, children will also be able to write their own Viking saga and share it in an interactive story writing workshop.

The programme of events over half-term will also include:

  • Decorating a Viking cup
  • Viking-inspired drumming and percussion workshop
  • Zine workshop with dizzy ink
  • Making dragon masks and bookmarks
  • Making a Viking shield
  • Viking storytelling

The events are running as part of two major Viking exhibitions currently showing at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

The first exhibition – Viking: Rediscover the Legend – is a major touring exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust, which brings together significant Anglo-Saxon and Viking artefacts including some of the most well-known hoards ever discovered in the country. The exhibition closes on Sunday 4 March, so half-term week is nearly the final opportunity to see it.

The second exhibition – Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands runs until Sunday 8 April and tells the story of how the Vikings shaped the East Midlands and is based on research from the University of Nottingham’s Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

The exhibitions and events taking place build on the University of Nottingham’s world-renowned expertise in Vikings, including one of the world’s leading experts on the Vikings, Professor Judith Jesch; the University’s Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, and the University of Nottingham’s Museum.

Clare Pickersgill, Keeper of University of Nottingham Museum says: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming families to Lakeside during February half-term. I’m particularly looking forward to the Viking Activity Day on Saturday 17 February, where visitors will be able to handle genuine and replica Viking artefacts and take part in workshops as well as seeing the exhibitions.”

For more information on the half term programme of events, or on the exhibitions themselves, visit the Lakeside Arts website.

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