WINTERNIGHTS – a Viking celebration

The Vikings are coming!  VIKING ‘WINTERNIGHTS’ CELEBRATION & HALF TERM ACTIVITIES  28 October – 2 November 2014

Dust off your Viking helmet, shine up your shield and prepare for the Wild Hunt! Winternights marked the beginning of the winter season for the northern folk, with a ceremony of wild abandon.  It marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the winter hunting season.

burniing boatOn Sunday 2 November for our Winternights celebration, there was live music, a hog roast, a handmade and gifts market and themed merriment! There were activities for children and families, even fortune telling by the runes. The theme was Vikings and boats and everyone joined in the celebration by dressing up for the Viking Procession.

IMG-20140824-02106Workshops during the half-term week before helped get into the spirit of Vikings. These were held at Sorbetto’s ice cream parlour on Harbour Parade. 

On Sunday 2 November there were prizes for the Best Boat and for the Best Handmade Costume in the Viking Procession.

Please see the record of the event, including photographs by Keith Williams and a poem by Janette Mary Phethean.


The Viking boat was built by the Broadstairs Town Shed and the burning postponed from the end of A Summer Squall in August because of the torrential rain. So, come along, wrap up warm, and help us to celebrate the change of season and welcome in the Winternights!


Artisan Market with Christmas Gifts 10am – 4pm

Hog Roast and Lola & Company

Macalevy Magic fortune-telling 12 – 4pm

Viking Sagas storytelling 1pm

Wild Treasure Hunt for children 1.30pm

Live music 12 – 3.45pm

Courtney Jones Trio, Marilyn Sky Band, Will DC & the Saxsmith with Rich Rhythms

Big Fish & Sam the Shantyman

Viking Procession 3.45pm

Boat Burning 4.20pm

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