This story was published 24 January 2019

As part of celebrations to mark the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey, the town’s library is expecting an invasion of Vikings, but there’ll be no looting or pillaging – just lots of fun.

illustration of Viking

If you’ve ever wondered what you might be called if you had been a Viking, how to pronounce Hnefatafl or whether Viking’s wore pants, this is the event for you. It is suitable for children aged seven to 11 and is ideal for budding historians or anyone who is or will be studying the Vikings at school.

Everyone joining the session, on Monday, 4 February, from 4pm to 5pm, will have a chance to explore Viking artefacts and clothing (thanks to a loan box from the Jorvik Centre in York), make a shield and Viking mask and try their arm at axe throwing – with their own axe, crafted from paper, of course.

To book a place and for more information, visit Selby library or call 01609 534521.