Vikings and gladiators on the bill at Sunderland History and Heritage Festival at the North East Land Air and Sea Museum

A viking village, medieval combat and Roman displays are set to take visitors back in time on Bank Holiday weekend.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 1:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 6:46 pm
In combat

Sunderland History and Heritage Festival takes place at the North East Land Air and Sea Museum with a host of displays, activities and exhibits.

Visitors will be able to experience life in a viking village, learn about gladiator and medieval combat and check out an archery range while learning more about the North East’s past.

On top of this, the North East Land Air and Sea Museum will also be offering free entry to their standard exhibits and there will even be a full sled team of rescue huskies and sled sport dogs.

A gladiator ready for combat

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Along with Roman, medieval and viking displays, the event will also feature a number of activities showcasing North East history from the 1st Century all the way to the Second World War, providing an educational twist to the historic attractions.

Lily Hannington, one of the organisers of the Sunderland History and Heritage Festival, said: “Events like this are incredibly important, not just in attracting visitors to the region but also making people aware of what is on their doorstep.

More and more families are finding days out and children’s activities to be an expense that they have to really consider. We pride ourselves on providing a very low-cost day out, with none of the activities costing more than £3.”

“With more families than ever opting for ‘staycations’ bringing something a little different to an established attraction is something we love doing.”

The family-friendly event will also give children the chance to take part in one hour long challenges designed to be a fun way to pass on some of the history that has shaped the region.

Lily is confident the event will also prove beneficial to the local community.

She said: “We really aim to bring a good, educational and fun day out to the local community and hope we can engage as many of them as possible”

The event takes place across bank holiday weekend on August 24, 25 and 26. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm.