Your article: Holiday club gets a taste of Viking life

Children at the 1066 Club with their Viking long boat.
Children at the 1066 Club with their Viking long boat.

Children at a holiday club were transported back in time as they enjoyed an exciting Viking-themed week of activities.

The 1066 Club is based at Stamford Bridge Primary School and provides after-school and holiday child care for children aged 4 -11 years.

The children spent hours drawing, cutting, gluing, painting boxes and making sails to create an impressive giant model of a Viking long boat. After the paint had dried the children dressed up in traditional Viking costume and role played in the boat, with their home made shields, spears, swords and axes. In true Viking style, club members experienced crafts such as pottery, weaving and jewellery and also played traditional Viking games.

The club visited the local York Viking Festival where the children explored a Viking settlement, tried on real Viking helmets and experienced a Queens’s court.

During Easter the club will mark its first anniversary since opening its doors under the new umbrella of Stamford Bridge Primary School.

The 1066 club is open all the year around linking to East Yorkshire term time (excluding bank holidays) and welcomes children from other schools.

The club will be hosting another themed holiday club during the Easter break ‘Easter Time and Space Invasion’. Further information can be found on the school website

The 1066 club is looking to recruit play workers who are available to work on a casual basis when needed. If you are interested in caring for children and providing play opportunities that are stimulating and purposeful, call the school office on 01759 371430. Hours are 3.30pm - 5.15 or 6pm in term time for the after school club and 8am-6pm during the school holidays. Holiday cover is usually organised on a shift basis.