Viking Fun at the Abbey

Did you meet the Viking?

Did you catch up with the Viking horde during the school holidays?

This year the Abbey Museum hosted its Kids Dig It – Viking Family Fun Week for the January School holiday program.  It was an extremely successful and engaging week of fun and activity in and around the Museum. Over 502 visitors enjoyed a full program which included meeting Norm the Viking and hearing all about his tools and viking equipment and also having a photo with him. There were many craft activities such as making a longboat, helmet, shield, mask, naal binding, lucet weaving, viking embroidery and using the viking iron to be enjoyed.

Viking Games afoot

One of the popular activities was dressing up in viking clothes or playing a viking board game called Hnefatafl (try getting your tongue around that one) which is also know as the “The Kings Table”. Another game enjoyed by parents and kids was the lawn chess-type game called Kubb.


Playing Viking Games at the Abbey Museum

Of course – the most popular of all activities was the archery and the archaeological dig.

Archery at Abbey Museum


Kids Activities at Abbey Museum

It was a very successful week due to the fantastic organisation by Mel, our event coordinator and the essential assistance of many volunteers each day. Some of our dedicated Viking volunteers helped out every day.  We also had Jane in the café feeding the hungry hordes; both visitors and a resident Viking or two.

Holiday Programs exploring history

The school holiday programs are an essential part of the Museum’s year, providing entertainment and education to children in a fun and happy environment. The feedback from parents/grandparents/care-givers is invariably positive, many return for each program.

If you have a few hours to spare in April this year, why not consider volunteering for Kids Dig It Egyptian Family Fun (from 9th to 13th April). The duties are not onerous and you can have a lot of fun dressing up as an Egyptian!

Volunteer at the Abbey Museum