Vikings 'attack' Lindisfarne as families turn out for weekend of North East Events

Thousands of families attended events across the region including Newcastle's Sky Ride and English Heritage’s Vikings Attack! at Holy Island

 

Vikings turned back the clock to 793AD for an attack on Lindisfarne Priory, but saw their bloodthirsty efforts thwarted - with the help of children.

With the summer holidays in full swing, families were out in force for a North East weekend full of events including Northumberland Steam and Vintage Fair, Chester-le-Street’s Fake Festival, Newcastle’s pedal-powered Sky Ride and English Heritage’s Vikings Attack! at Holy Island.

While elsewhere toes were tapping with the launch of the 39th annual Alnwick International Music Festival.

 

Despite the rain that swept across much of the region on Saturday and Sunday, many turned out to see grisly displays of combat culminating in a full-scale, “deadly” battle at the ruins of the monastery on the Northumberland coast.

Lindisfarne was the first area of English civilisation to be set upon in 793 AD and families could explore a Viking encampment to discover the rigours and entertainments of Viking campaigning - with youngsters even given a go at thwarting the Vikings themselves.

Further south at Druridge Bay Country Park, hundreds of classic cars, motorbikes, tractors and engines geared up for two days of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Red Row Vintage Club.

The Vintage Vehicle rally held at Druridge Bay Country Park
The Vintage Vehicle rally held at Druridge Bay Country Park

The Silver Jubilee Spectacular drew thousands of vintage vehicle fans from all over the UK, with music on Saturday evening coming courtesy of Cumbria’s Rue and the Rockets.

Music fans were also well catered for with tribute acts Oasish, Supreme Queen and Kazabian taking to the stage for Chester-le-Street’s Fake Festival.

While in Alnwick eight days of music are underway at this year’s Alnwick International Music Festival.

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