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Meet the Vikings!

The Vikings in Manchester

Ydalir is the Manchester group of The Vikings, the UK's oldest and largest Dark Age re-enactment society. Our events present a wide range of aspects of life in Viking age Europe, from combat displays to demonstrations of everyday domestic Crafts.

Our commitment to high standards of accuracy has led to shows for highly prestigious clients such as English Heritage and the British Museum. Film work includes both serious documentary work and somewhat less serious feature films and advertising work.

Join Us: Unleash your inner Viking!

If you think that this looks like fun, ask about joining us. Our members are of all ages and walks of life. Knowledge of the period, specialist skills, and beards are not required to start with, but you will be in severe danger of acquiring all three (well, most of the women seem immune to the latter).

Hire Us: Booking a Viking Event

We can provide Vikings, Saxons, and Normans, together with an interactive encampment display featuring early medieval craft demonstrations.

We do events of all sizes from small displays involving a few craft demonstrations and some single combats, to large events drawing participants from across the country with dozens of living history units and full scale battles involving several hundred combatants.

If you are interested in booking the Vikings, please contact us using our contact form

What does "Ydalir" mean?

Ydalir (yoo dāl îr) n. In Norse mythology Ydalir ("Yew Dales") was the home of Ull the winter god. Ydalir was noted for being eternally damp. As we are based in Manchester, a place also noted for prodigious rainfall, we chose Ydalir Vikings as an appropriate name.