Are you going to the Formby
Viking / Medieval Market Day?
THE annual Formby Viking / Medieval
Market Day will be held on Saturday, 23 September 2017, from 10am to 5pm, at the
Formby Gild Hall Activity Centre and Grounds. Jarl Herjan (Leo the Leader)
and Forni Hamingja (Tony the Lucky) have been out exploring Wales and the NW
encouraging other living history groups to come and join the fun in Formby. The
recent events in Gwerch Castle (Abergele) and Conwy Castle attracted record
crowds and there is another event on Saturday, 7 October 2017, in Warrington,
which has live bands and an animatronic 40 foot dragon as well as all the
traditional living history and market stalls.
TV Historian Mark Olly has worked alongside
Formby Vikings for 5 years and the VMM event is ever more popular and new stalls
and activities are included. Staunch favourites ‘Talonted Feathers- Birds
of Prey’ and the authentic Long Ship will be present. The arena will
feature combat displays with several sessions of ‘have a go’ for children. There
will be storytelling and music as well. Formby Scouts are providing
The Medieval Market Stalls will be in the hall and feature arts/crafts and gifts
for all. There will be several exhibitions of Viking Living History and
activities. Live demonstrations of The Formby Viking Game based on Hnefatafl
with World Champion, Formby’s own Leo Kolassa and we hope 3 times ex-champ Tim
Millar on hand to demonstrate.
There is a new game, ‘The Wall of Asgard’ which has proved to be
very popular and prizes are on offer for beating record heights and scores.
There has been a recent archaeological exploration in Formby looking for relics
from the incursion and settlement dating back to 902AD.
Formby Vikings have just launched their website,
FormbyVikings.Co.UK and have a Facebook page too. A monthly meet
and greet session starts on the 1st Thursday of each month, from October, hosted
in Wetherspoons in Formby Village 7am to 10pm with a chance to join in playing
traditional games and learn some history and try some craft activities.
The website will feature historical
information and a gallery of past events as well as rules for the games and some
music clips. Formby Vikings have acquired an authentic handmade replica 5th
Century Trossingen Lyre and a Kantele and other historical instruments which
they will be playing at future events.
Schools that cover the Vikings in their topics may be interested in getting in
touch for educational visits. These may incur some costs but all funds raised
are kept to grow the resources of the Viking Club which is a Not for Profit
Organisation. Please email:-
Admission:- £1 on the gate (Under 16s are free).