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The Vikings are back for the Flamborough Fire Festival

The countdown is finally on to the biggest and best Flamborough Fire Festival yet!

This New Year’s Eve Flamborough will hear the beat of Viking drums and be set ablaze with fireballers, fire torches, and visitors from across the world!

A burst of fireworks and flaming fireballs at 8pm will signal the official start of the festival, when the village will be stormed by handsome Viking warriors and shieldmaidens, and drummers. Festivities will be concluded by a final fireworks spectacular at 10pm.

Come along early, at 7pm, so that you don’t miss the Volsung Vikings, led by Jarl Thorstein Oxleg, re-enacting their 850AD invasion; young Vikings are encouraged to take part in the arena with them!

Highlights of the night will include; the UK’s strongest Viking, Thorkell the Tall (Ryan Linley), attempting to pull the Festival’s famous Viking Longship across the arena, 30 Flamborough Fireballers, and the 1200-strong torchlight procession of the Viking Longship!

New this year is the availability of online tickets from the official festival website: www.flamboroughfirefestival.org – torch tickets are limited so get in quick!

Tickets cost only £15 which gives you access to the Festival Arena, Flamborough Fireballs, your Viking Torch and participation in the Viking Longship and Torchlight

Procession. Or, for £10 you can buy a Festival Ticket giving you access to the Festival Arena and grounds.

The Festival welcomes everyone and encourages all children, friends and families to take part in the Viking Torchlight Procession and Longship Parade. The event will also feature the Strongest Viking Challenge and Battle for Flamborough. Also coming back is the Viking Costume Competition with prizes awarded to the best dressed Vikings – children and adults! It’s going to be a fantastic night out for the Vikings and for all the family.

This year will also feature Ragnar’s Encampment and a Viking Mead Hall to keep everyone cosy throughout the night. So, Flamborough definitely is the place to be on New Year’s Eve.

Jane Emmerson, the Festival Organiser, said “this year the Festival will be bigger and better than ever… with an amazing Torchlight Procession with 1,200 Viking fire torches of which you can purchase online at the Festival’s website, over thirty Flamborough Fireballs in action, and an even bigger fireworks display set to music! The Viking Longship will be pulled around the village green, led by King Canute and his handsome Viking warriors and shield maidens, followed by the Torchlight Procession with everyone taking part! It’s going to be a fantastic night in Flamborough. We hope everyone will come along and join in all the fun! Everyone is very welcome”.

The Festival starts at the new time of 8pm in the Festival Arena, Mereside, Flamborough, YO15 1LA on New Year’s Eve – Saturday 31st December 2022 with pulling of the Viking Longship, Flamborough Fireballs, World’s strongest Viking and a Torchlight Procession followed by a Fireworks Spectacular to finish. So come along and celebrate the New Year with us at Flamborough!

Each year the Flamborough Fire Festival is held in aid of local community groups and charities. All children (15 years and under), and adults in full Viking costume are allowed in for free! All other visitors are encouraged to purchase a Festival ticket online at the Festival website or please bring cash on the night to get in at the gate.

For more details see the Flamborough Fire Festival website at www.flamboroughfirefestival.org

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