Viking Dusk March:
At dusk on Friday August 9th the Vikings march through the village with flaming torches to a marching drum-beat. The parade moves from Slan's to the harbour where the Vikings fire a salvo of flaming arrows, setting the Viking boat alight for a ceremonial burning. Children of all ages are invited to take part in the parade. We have a competition for the best children’s Viking costumes as judged by our Danish Vikings. There are prizes for the best costumes. This is a spectacular event and admission is free.
Viking 10K Run
Click HERE to see separate webpage for details on the Viking 10k sponsored by the family of Noel Carroll, Annagassan's Olympic Runner.
Festival Field Activities:
The Festival Field opens at 12pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th. Entrance is FREE for children under 12 (accompanied by an adult), €10 for adults, €5 for O.A.P.s and students (valid student card) or a weekend ticket costs just €15. Car parking is free. Among the attractions are a Viking Village showcasing Viking crafts, Viking living history, Viking battles with the Magnus Viking Group from Co. Down and the Danish Viking re-enactment group. There will be sword fighting, wrestling, craft and food stalls, sugarcraft demonstrations, medieval plays, demonstrations of traditional crafts, entertainment in the marquee, Irish dancing (The Celtic Blondes!) and live music with the great trad band "The Full Shilling" and the fantastic tenor Eugene Ginty. Micheal McKeown, the local historian and author will lead history tours of the Annagassan Village on both Saturday and Sunday. We will have Viking and Celtic music throughout the day plus lots of free activities to amuse the children too!
Activities for children will include:
- Bouncy slides
- Archery (Magnus Vikings)
- Story telling - Alison from the Magnus Vikings will enthrall children with Viking stories.
- Children’s play area with Viking play boat
- Face painting - Christina, our face-painting expert will thrill with wonderful artworks.
We stage medieval plays each of which runs for about 15 minutes. They are written for the festival by the well-known author and Doctor of Medieval Drama, Michelle Markey Butler from the U.S., especially for the Annagassan festival. The plays cover important periods in Annagassan's history. Medieval plays are not stage-bound in that part of the drama is performed among spectators. Actors move between locations in order to suggest scene changes, rather than remain stationary and have the scene change around them as in modern theatre. Action, props, costumes and stage direction enhanced the production and its interpretation by the audience. See our video page for the three plays performed in 2012.
There will be music throughout the day, except when the actors are performing the medieval plays, during battle re-enactments and weapons displays. Music events includes light opera, traditional music, rock group 'Caution' unplugged and DJ Beowulf playing Viking and Celtic music
On Sunday 11th we again stage the great Annagassan Duck Race! Battle commences at the harbour on Sunday at 6pm. We have heats with the winner of each one going into the final. The 1st prize is €200, 2nd gets €150 and 3rd receives €50.
We have a Children’s disco from 5:15 - 6:30pm on Sunday in the Viking Marquee. Our super children’s disco party is aimed at 4-11 year olds. We have a professional DJ entertainer who provides non-stop fun and dancing to suit the age group.
The festival suits all ages depending on how adventurous you are! There will be prizes, raffles and non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend. Our festival is something entirely different and not to be missed.