Vikings are set to take over Blackpool's Winter Gardens throughout this autumn

Find out the way Vikings lived at Winter GardensFind out the way Vikings lived at Winter Gardens
Find out the way Vikings lived at Winter Gardens
Blackpool will be bracing itself for a Viking takeover this weekend.

The resort's Winter Gardens is set to play host to the Fearsome Craftsmen, a touring exhibition from the JORVIK Viking Centre in York.

From this Saturday, the exhibition will allow visitors to discover how over 1,000 years ago these people turned simple materials into complex objects

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Archaeological finds and replicas allow intrepid visitors to delve into ordinary aspects of Viking life by exploring materials such as bone, antler, metal and wood to see how the Vikings made everyday necessities.

The event starts this SaturdayThe event starts this Saturday
The event starts this Saturday

There is also the chance to learn how advances in Viking boat technology led to the development of a thriving trade network, with Lancashire having an important position on a well travelled route.

Sarah Maltby, director of attractions at York Archaeological Trust, which owns and operates The JORVIK Group, said: “Most people have an expectation that all Vikings were feisty warriors, but with this exhibition, we are hoping to help change that narrative.

"There were so many skilled craftsmen in the Viking Age and visitors can learn about the everyday life that these people lived through our range of artefacts and replicas”.

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The event is suitable for all ages and visitors can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the Viking Age with a replica boat, market stalls and Viking house AND there’s even a Viking toilet!

Fearsome Craftsmen opens on Saturday, September 19 and runs until Sunday, December 13. Admission to the exhibition is £5.00 with prior booking advised. Discover more at