Founded in 2014 by Eric and Michelle Forbes of the Kimberley City Bakery, this festival celebrating Viking history has quickly become a favourite destination for visitors during the summer festival season. And it’s easy to see why. The sounds of a Viking battle cry fill the air, the sight of archers in ancient garb, the ladies in the Living History Village weaving and tending the cooking fires. Wander the grounds and visit with the warriors. Stop in the Children’s Village to make a craft or hear a story. You may even be asked to join in a song!
Come out and visit the Vendor Village where you can take advantage of handmade crafts that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Skilled craftsfolk create beautiful items for you to take home. Stop and chat with the artisans as they share stories about how their items are made, where they source materials and the many places they travel to as they sell their wares.
Food is abundant during the Kimberley Viking Festival. If the offerings on the grounds don’t suit your fancy (and we highly recommend giving them a try!) the City of Kimberley has an endless cornucopia of culinary offerings that will fit any palate…..from light fare for a dainty maid to glorious feasts to satisfy the hungriest barbarian.
Children and families are always welcome at the Kimberley Viking Festival. Stop by the Kimberley Public Library area and do a craft, listen to a story or watch a demonstration led by one of the Vikings. Maybe a little time on the bouncy castle is more what your little warriors are looking for? Or let them participate in the “Kiddie Vike”, where kids are encouraged to let out their inner barbarian and will be invited into the demonstration ring to do battle (with foam swords, of course) and drive back the Viking hoard. There will be lots for them to see and do over the weekend.