On Saturday, February 23rd, York will once again become a fiery battleground as two Viking hordes collide in the finale of the Jorvik Viking Festival 2013.
The Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK outside London and is a ‘must-see’ for visitors to the city of York. This event is entertaining for all – adults and children alike.
While you’re driving through York, why not stop off at the Michelin Starred Black Swan Pub in Oldstead for lunch, or perhaps spend the night there…
At Jorvik, visitors journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets as they would have been 1000 years ago. Jorvik Viking Centre also offers exciting exhibitions and the chance to come face to face with a ‘Viking’.
On February 23rd there are lots of activities taking place throughout the day, culminating in the Grande Finale. During the show, warriors will clash in a struggle for honour and revenge, before a fallen Viking is sent in flames to Valhalla, the warrior afterlife. See this thrilling story unfold with dazzling sound and light effects in the historic surroundings of the Eye of York.
The finale opens at 18:00, and please be advised that this event sells out well in advance.
Black Swan at Oldstead
Barely 20 miles from York is this Michelin Starred restaurant owned and run by a family who’ve lived there for generations.
The Black Swan at Oldstead serves up top-rate bar meals in a characterful beamed bar while more ambitious dishes are served in the upstairs restaurant.
Cooking is English, modern and unpretentious. Simple roast dinners sit alongside more ambitious meals. Should you wish to stay the night, bedrooms boast modern fabrics, luxurious bathrooms and private patios.
The Sunday Times Food List, which gives a ranking based on 75,000 reports by dining customers, not only shows The Black Swan as a new entry at 51 but also rates it as one of the top 5 best value restaurants in Britain.
So for a recommended drive on the weekend of February 23rd, set off along country roads to the City of York, enjoy lunch at the Black Swan, attend the York festival for all the family and return to the Black Swan for an overnight stay.