Largs Viking Festival: Meet Magnus!


It doesn’t seem like 3 weeks since the glorious weather we experienced during this year’s 750th anniversary of the Battle of Largs was celebrated in all its glory.

My “babies” and I took part in the opening parade which started at the south entrance of the town and culminated at the Viking Village on the promenade. Largs was full of visitors on the day and I’ve never seen the prom so busy in a long time. There was all sorts of entertainment going on and ‘Sugar’ & ‘Spice’ joined in on every photo opportunity to delight many of the festival goers.

If you haven’t already taken a trip to Largs this year, don’t forget to say hello to Magnus, our new, 16ft high giant Viking sculpture presented to the town by North Ayrshire Council. He was definitely the most-talked about spectacle of the festival and, despite the controversy on where he should be sited, he stood defiantly right in the middle of the promenade beside the fairground attractions, the food and craft tents and the Viking and Scots Villages. Apparently this is a temporary position but no matter where they decide to site him, you can’t miss him.

As always, those Vikings sure know how to party and this year was their biggest celebration to date with over 100 of them staying in the purpose-built villages keeping the night chill at bay with their favourite Moniack Mead – purchased, of course, from Sugar & Spice. The event drew to a close on Saturday, 7th Sept 2013 with the ‘Party at the Pencil’ firework display and the Viking Battle re-enactment on the shore. What a fantastic week it was.

Don’t forget to visit the Vikingar Visitor Centre in Largs if you’re in town and try out the Viking Experience then you can pop in to Sugar & Spice, pick up a bottle of Mead and try out your own Battle re-enactment when you get home.

Haha! Joking of course, but do visit some time and say hello to Magnus!

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