Society to re-enact the Battle of Stamford Bridge

Battle of Stamford Bridge re-enactment
Battle of Stamford Bridge re-enactment

It was a battle that shaped the history of the British Isles, when in 1066 the King of Norway, Harald Hardrada, was killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Now, the village will celebrate the 950th anniversary as the Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society is holding a weekend show to re-enact the battle.

The fifth public re-enactment the society has put on, the weekend will be packed with battles, living history, craft and trade tents and activities for all the family, including archery and falconry.

With up to 100 Viking and Saxon warriors re-enacting the battle over the bridge and a new, larger field right on the riverbank next to the viaduct, it will be the largest event in Stamford Bridge since the very first show in 1966 when over 10,000 people attended.

Chris Rock, chairman of the society, said: “When people mention Stamford Bridge they reply, ‘Chelsea Football Club’. When 1066 is mentioned, they say ‘Hastings’. We think it’s time to change that mentality.

“The nation needs to remember that of the three battles fought in 1066, two were here in Yorkshire and those two were just as bloody and just as relevant to the final outcome of 1066 as that last battle at Hastings.

“The Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society exists to inform, educate and commemorate those men who fought and died for their freedom and lifestyle nearly 1,000 years ago and one way to do this is to have an annual battle re-enactment show here in Stamford Bridge.

“This year is bigger, better and more action-packed than ever before, with a spectacular finish at the end of the last night. It is a worthy way to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the battle.”

Special invited guests attending on Saturday September 24 will include Charles Forbes-Adam, deputy lieutenant of the East Riding and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

On Sunday September 25, the actual battle anniversary, Councillor John Dennis, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will attend a special service at 10am at the memorial in the village and lay wreaths in remembrance along with the Vikings Society and the Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council, through EY Events, is proud to be supporting this fantastic show, which celebrates a remarkable moment in our local history and how events here in the East Riding helped shape the future of Britain.”

n For full details visit there is also a new email address for traders and crafters who may want to attend.

All day parking is available and the show opens at 10.30am each day and closes at 4.30pm, with the free finale on Sunday at 7pm.