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Viking Culture Day

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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This lady showed us how to make Viking flat bread with barley flour and honey.

On the second Sunday of September each year Mt Tamborine is the scene of the Viking Culture Day, a popular annual event featuring displays of blacksmithing, viking cooking, storytelling, archery, weapon demonstrations and more.

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Members of the New Varangian Guard preparing to fight.

The event is hosted by by the Jorth Gar living history society. Jorth Gar are the Gold Coast based branch of a historical re-enactment group called the New Varangian Guard. They use real weapons, and can also be seen at other events such as the Armidale Easter Gathering and the Abbey Museum Medieval Tournament.

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No Vikings were harmed in the taking of this photograph.

The kids enjoyed watching the fighting, though my four year old daughter complained that there was no real killing so the Valkyries didn't come to collect the fallen. She was however taken with with the stalls selling Viking jewellery and the ice cream van (anachronistic but it was definitely the weather for it).

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The blacksmith making small tools, weapons and pendants.

For $3 members of the public can have a go at shooting arrows at an armoured knight.

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The archery range was popular.

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Learning the finer points of Hnefatafl, a Viking board game similar to chess..

Entry is by gold coin donation, making it very affordable for families as well as educational for all ages. It's a good family day out, with food stalls, and many people choosing to come in costume. We'll definitely be back next year.
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Why? To experience Viking culture
When: The second Sunday of September every year.
Where: Long rd (opposite primary school), eagle Heights QLD
Cost: Gold coin entry.
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