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The latest news from Largs and the Largs Viking Festival
Inspired by the GB Women's hockey team and their wonderful Olympic gold medal success? Now is your chance to have a go at the Greenock Morton Hockey Club's Hockey Fest on Sunday 28 August when they will have an inflatable hockey pitch located between the RNLI Station and the Viking Village on Largs Promenade.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have advised changes to the timings of the RAF Lancaster displays which were programmed for 4.30 pm on both 3rd and 4th September. The display on the 3rd will now be at 5.20 pm and on the 4th it will be at 2.10 pm both weather permitting.
The timing of the RAF Lancaster Bomber displays on 3 and 4 September 2016 are shown as 4.30 pm but there is a likelihood of changes due to operational requirements including the need to refuel. The ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) will be advised here, on Facebook and on Twitter and announced over the public address system on the day.
Largs & District Historical Society will hold the Hakon Hakonsson Lecture at the Valhalladrome, Viking Experience Theatre, Barrfields, Largs on Thursday 1st September at 8.00 pm. Admission by Donation.
The Hakon Hakonsson Lecture has been part of the Largs Viking Festival since 1990, during which time many highly respected academics have taken part. This year is no exception as we are delighted to welcome Professor Stephen Harding, BA MA DSc (Oxon), Ridder Første (Norway), Professor of Applied Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Nottingham University, who will combine the specialist subjects of history and science to present ‘Science & the Vikings’. This is an excellent opportunity to hear of his latest research and findings and should give the audience a fresh insight into the Viking world. Seats available on a first come, first served basis.
The Festival Board are pleased to have engaged Pilot Jim McTaggart of the V10 Company Ltd. to perform aerobatic displays at this year's Festival. Jim has performed air displays for us before using the versatile Starduster Too and will use that aircraft on 27 August and 28 August. Please visit www.airdisplays.co.uk for the display programme.
Oor Wullie has visited numerous places in Scotland including Hogmanay at Princes Street, The Braemar Gathering, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Commonwealth Games, etc. so it was really great to see him and his friends Soapy Souter, Fat Bob, PC Murdoch, Wee Eck and Jeemy the Moose enjoying their trip to our Viking Festival. Can you find them hidden in the picture along with two buckets and 12 ice cream cones?
Arbroath Smokies produced by Arbroath based Iain Spink are nationally renowned and Iain is regularly seen at Food Shows and events around the country with his mobile Arbroath Smokie demonstrations. We are delighted that he will be here in Largs on Sunday 28 August. A well known promoter of the Arbroath Smokie, he has been featured on numerous TV programmes such as The BBC’s ‘Coast,’ ‘Jamie’s Great Britain,’ ‘ Great British Menu,’ ‘The Campervan Cook,’ ‘Rick Stein’s Food Heroes,’ ‘UKTV Food Local Food Heroes’ and many others.
We are delighted to have an Aveling Barford steam engine on show on 3 and 4 September. This engine was bought new as a roller by Kent Council in 1935 where it worked for a time before coming north to be part of the local firm of Kings and Co., operating out of their yard in Kilbirnie and working as far afield as Inverness and Craigenhall quarry in the borders.
A resource pack for teachers and pupils visiting the Viking Village is available for download here. Copies of the documents will be available at the Village on arrival.
Download the pack HERE
The Festival Board are looking to expand the shopping experience provided at our annual Viking Festival in order to provide locals and visitors with a wide variety of choice and quality goods produced locally, regionally and globally. This year we will have three markets which will operate from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily.
The Festival Board are delighted to welcome Les Amis d’Onno to this year’s Viking Festival with their interactive "Medieval Stable" containing two horses for the public to pet and a selection of reproduction saddles and tack ranging from Roman times through to the 17th Century. The stable will be located near the Viking Village on 3 and 4 September.
Largs & District Horticultural Society
Largs Flower Show
"Make a Viking sword using different types of materials, flower and foliage"
The attached Teachers' Notes and Pupil Village Sheet have been drawn up to aid Schools visiting the Viking Village. Parents attending with children may also wish to use the Pupil Sheet to benefit from the educational nature of this living history experience.
For Pupil Sheet for Viking Village click HERE
For Teacher Notes for Viking Village click HERE
Largs now has a magnificent giant Viking sculpture as a commemoration of the 750th anniversary of the 1263 battle of Largs. North Ayrshire Council presented the statue to the town as a culmination to the 750th anniversary year of celebration and as a legacy for this special year.
Described as "perfect ambassadors for Scotland"; the dynamic, fiddle led trio Reely Jiggered have been wowing their audiences with their fast and furious performances of Traditional and Contemporary Celtic and Folk Music since 2008 and will play two performances for us on 4 September.