Thursday, 30 July 2020

Viking re-enactment at Castle Rising

This is a day out from last August, we all had such a great day that I wanted to share it on the blog, the re-enactment usually happens every year and last year was the first time the boys and I went.
We were hoping to attend again this year but with coronavirus going on, I'm not sure it will be happening.


We went with my friend Sarah and her two boys, Zack and Harley.
We arrived at the start as we weren't sure how busy it would be, the boys were all excited to see all the different re-enactors dressed up in their costumes with an array of different weapons.

Not only were the Vikings there, but there were also many different armies around with guns and canons.



We found a nice space on the grass to set up our picnic and then let the boys explore the castle whilst it was still quiet.
They loved running around finding different doors and stairways.


The last time we went to Castle Rising was the winter that we moved to Norfolk and it was very cold and very misty and the boys were a little bit too young to get the full excitement from an old castle grounds. So it was nice to see them fully get excited about it this time around.


Ru was keen to go to all the parts Alex and Oscar shied away from as they were worried the ground would fall away if they went and stood on it.





After they were done with running around the castle we went and looked at the Viking displays of armour and clothing.
The boys were all pretty impressed they got a chance to have a hold of some of the swords and shields.




The Wuffa Vikings were very friendly and talked them all through what they were all used for and how they were made, not that I'm sure the boys were all that bothered, they just thought they were awesome!





Before all the re-enactments started we got stuck into our picnic, the site wasn't as busy as I thought it would be which was nice, we were sat by the Viking set up and we could watch them go about making and living their Viking life.


Once we were finished we decided to head out to the tea tent and treat the boys all to ice creams, though on our way the boys had to fight the Vikings to get off the bridge!








This really made the boys day, the twins turned into martial art ninjas and kicked their way through the shields!
It was very amusing and I'm not sure the Viking guys were expecting that.



Freeeeedoooooom
We bumped into one of the Vikings after our ice creams and the boys pretty much wanted him to become their new best friend!
They were all over him asking what everything was, and he was so nice and patient with all of them.


Watching the re-enactment was amazing, the guys really were awesome and we loved seeing all the different characters.


After the boys fight with them earlier made them prime targets for the shouts from the Vikings when they were running around, and this made the boys so happy.
Rather than just sitting and watching they all got involved and loved shouting back at them!


 

Poor Mummy 


Before we left the boys all begged to have their photo taken with their favourite Viking!
Even Noah had his picture taken too.


                                  






It was an amazing day and if it does happen to go ahead this year we will definitely be there!

The Vikings were from Wuffa Viking and Saxon Reenactment Society and they do displays around Norfolk and Suffolk.

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