Frequently Asked Questions

We've been getting lot's of questions and we've done our best to cover the usual ones here to save you some time waiting for a reply. Please check below for our frequently asked questions.

How can I buy tickets?

Visit the ticket page of this website.

How much are tickets be?

We have a selection of different tickets and pricing. Please go to the TICKETS page for pricing info.

Will there be parking?

Yes and parking will be £12.50 for the weekend for a car and an extra £40 for vans/campervans that will stay on the campsite. Please share cars wherever possible :) and remember to pre-book your parking. Spaces are limited and we cannot guarantee availability on the day if you do not book in advance.

Will there be camping?

Yes, but you can only camp if you are a full weekend ticket holder. You can't sleep in the car park if you have a day ticket nor can you remain on site over night. Security will patrol the car parks overnight. You can camp for 1 night or 2 if you get the full weekend ticket of course, you just can't camp if you're a ticket holder for just 1 day.

Can I park on the campsite?

No cars are allowed on the campsite even if it is just for setting up. Upon arrival you can park your car in the main car park and will have to carry your camping equipment to the campsite (it's only about a 5 min walk though between the two). Exception can only be made for disabled badge holders who will need to present the disabled card to be able to park in the designated disabled parking on the campsite which is to be arranged in advance. If not arranged in advance, you will have to park in the main car park in the designated disabled area for day visitors.  

When can I arrive to camp?

If you are volunteering for setting up the festival, you can arrive from before the day you start helping. If you are a visitor, gates open at 10:00 on Friday.

Campsite cooking?

Open camp fires only for cooking are allowed on the campsite as long as they do not cause damage to the grass. The area must be left as found, avoiding damage to the grass/ground. 

BBQs are allowed so long as no damage is caused to the grass.

A communal BBQ area will be set up which you can use. You will need to bring your own coal and lighters. Please leave the area clean after use for the next group

If you are found to be causing damage to the grass you will be liable for a fine of £200. Failure to pay the fine will result in explusion without any refund and permanent banning. 

Is there nearby accommodation?

Yes, if camping isn't your thing here are some options for you. Click on the names to open in a separate window.

Dummer Down Farm's cottage  (can't get much closer than this! it's on site)

The Wheatsheaf by Greene King (3000 feet away)

 

Can I get public transport to the festival?

Yes, the festival is accessible by public transport. The festival is a 10-15 minute drive from Basingstoke train station and there are a few direct trains to Basingstoke from various parts of the country and a bus from the train station to near the festival. Please check out the Find Us/Travel page for full info. There are no regular public buses though, so we'd recommend a taxi from the train station or planning your arrival and departure time in advance if travelling by bus.

 

How does the feast work?

You will be seated alongside hundreds of other vikings in the Mead Hall and the experience is all about the atmosphere, the sense of community within the Horde while sharing food and drinks with your fellow Vikings. They've been known to burst out into popular songs and chants or an infectious spontaneous Valhalla call with everyone raising their drinks at the same time and enjoying the music and performances from the main stage located inside the Mead hall. A platter of mains and a platter of sides will come to every table to share when you sit down. Then, a server in full Viking kit will go around with platters for topping up of each kind of dish on the initial platter. For example so you can better understand if a meat platter contains meat  A, meat B, meat C, meat D, meat E, meat F, shortly after the mixed initial platter comes out, someone will come out with each of these in turn. A fullt platter of meat A will be paraded around by a server asking who would like some more of A and when that is empty the same will be repeated for meat B etc until the need for food has stopped or the time runs out for the feast. Platters of sides will be replenished as they first came out per table. When the side platter is empty, another one will come out. It's not how a wedding meal goes, it's not how you get served at a restaurant, it's how you get served as a Horde at a Feast and it's an experience in it's own right. Enjoy the atmosphere and take in the vibe, it's something to be remembered! 

Can I just buy a day feast ticket?

Yes! There will be some day tickets available to purchase on the 31st of January from 18:00 and they are split by age only as over 18 and under 18.  The feast access ticket does not include festival access, only feast access. You must get a festival access ticket separately that is valid for the day you booked on. These tickets are non-transferable for names or dates. If you book a ticket for a Friday, you cannot change it over to a different day later on so please decide on the day before placing your order. If you are lucky enough to look under 25, you will be asked for ID before entry. If you are unable to provide proof of age as required by law, you will be denied entry for the feast hall without a refund.

What if I have a dietary requirement?

If your group has a person with a dietary requirement such as allergies, vegetarian, vegan etc you will be located on a particular row so the kitchen and volunteers serving the feast are able to remember where you are and see to your needs well. Remember there are hundreds of people and only about 20 serving volunteers bringing out these so it is important that you and your group sit in the appropriate area to make your experience and the volunteers' experience as enjoyable as possible because it's impossible for them to remember where people are in all that craziness if there's one person astray in hundreds. Meat dishes will go out everywhere, but dietary requirement dishes will only be served on the designated row purely for logistics reasons.

Did I hear something about FREE booze?

Yup, provided you've purchased the right ticket! Included in your full weekend ticket price of £215 is access to the Valhalla Feast on all three nights of the festival. This will be a 3 hour feast and the food, mead and ale will come out regularly all included in the cost of this ticket! T&Cs apply as we follow a Drink Responsibly so please read the T&Cs. Day tickets are available with and without feast access, but don't worry, if you don't have the feast ticket or we've sold out of those, there are amazing food vendors on site and the mead bar will be open for purchases. There will be plenty of entertainment to enjoy in the evening with or without the feast, inside and outside of the hall.

During the day the Mead Hall will be a paid bar with a great selection of drinks so a wide selection of food and drink will be available all day long. Live music will be playing throughout each day and night in the Mwad Hall. Outside of the feast times, the hall is open to any ticket holders.

Will there be vegan/vegetarian food?

Yes. We are planning on there being vegetarian and vegan food as part of the feast. There will be a lot of meat around, but we will be doing our best to cater for everyone and making it a feast to remember! There will be a selection of meat-free main dishes on the relevant platters such as meat free sausages, meat free schnitzels and other meat-free alternatives. All side platters are suitable for carnivores, vegans and vegetarians alike. 

Can I see the menu?

There will be a selection of meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruit, some cold some hot. We do not publish a menu in advance. Food orders are placed a few days before the festival under the advisement of the chef booked and therefore the menu is not set in advance. This is not intended to be a gourmet restaurant experience so if that's what you're expecting then we recommend not getting involved in the feast. The point of the feast is to join in the infectious atmosphere of eating and drinking with hundreds of fellow Vikings, sharing platters with friends and strangers alike and spontaneously bursting into songs or Valhalla calls. We ensure there is a mix of platters suitable for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans so everyone is catered for and well fed.

What if I have allergies?

Please get in touch. We want everyone to enjoy themselves safely so if you have any allergies to anything it's best to get in touch and make us aware of this so we can see if we can cater to you.

Is this a family friendly festival?

Absolutely. There are plenty of activities and entertainment suitable for little ones (such as kids against Vikings in the arena) but it's primarily aimed at adults. This festival is for people in the Viking, Heathen and Pagan community and we are very welcoming to all. As long as you don't mind your kids being around a bunch of big hairy Vikings who may have had a horn of mead or 4, feel free to bring them.

Many of the activities will be suited for people of all ages, including the axe throwing and firewalking.

Is this a pet friendly festival?

Absolutely. We'll behaved dogs are welcomed but you have to keep the on a lead at all times and pick up after them. We also welcomed other furred or feathered pets if they are well behaved.

Can I just buy a day ticket?

Yes! There are day tickets available for each of the three days, with and without the feast. Check out the tickets page.

Is there a dress code?

We'd love to see you in your Viking finest, whether that's completely traditional, slightly more fantasy, or just jeans and a T-Shirt. Wear whatever you feel comfortable with. We welcome everyone who wishes to participate in whatever they feel comfortable eager to just have a good time.

Be warned, if you rock up with a horny helmet you may attract discussions from more traditional followers of the dress code.

Weapon rules

No reenactment weapons are allowed on festival grounds by anyone else than the registered reenactors that are part of the show. I know they're blunt and just complete the outfit you put a lot of effort in, but no, not even if they are peace tied. If any are found they will be confiscated and can be collected from the entrance tent on departure. If you're bringing a foam larping prop... then it's not a weapon because you can't do any harm by swinging it and accidentally hitting someone so sure, feel free to bring your foam larping props, just nothing made out of metal that you could cause any accidental damage to someone else with. 

Phone charging?

We do not provide phone charging stations. We recommend planning ahead and getting a portable charging battery that can hold multiple charges. Alternatively you may want to consider charging your phone in your car port or visiting one of the nearby pubs or cafe for access to a plug socket.

What are the loo facilities?

There will be both disabled and regular access toilets both on the campsite and main site. This is a self-funded event from ticket sales only so the kind of toilets and number of them depend on how many tickets we sell. Bring your friends, the more people come the nicer we can make this event for everyone.

Can I get more involved in the Festival?

Yes! This is intended to be a community event, and we'd love you to provide some content, whether you want to bring something along, run a workshop, provide entertainment, volunteer to help with running the festival, or anything else you can think of.

Just get in touch and let us know what you'd like to do.

Why are Skull Vikings running this event?

We're doing this a volunteers and we started this to contribute to the community. Mostly because it will be awesome and we're cray like that. Andreea and Steve run Skull Vikings, which is a UK Viking business, but we are running this festival as a not-for-profit event, just because it's the kind of festival we really wanted to attend and couldn't find anywhere so we decided to make it happen for us and everyone else.

We really hope that this can be something big, and that it can bring together and grow the UK Heathen community.

As we have said before, sometimes you just need to do Viking shit with your Viking friends.

Coronavirus - are you cancelling?

No, we initially intended to run this festival in 2020, but postponed to 2021 due to Coronavirus and that went ahead safely. The safety and health of everyone is important to us so we are keeping an eye on all public health warnings and guidance as things progress, however we have no intention to cancel the event. Because of the size of the event and it taking place in the middle of the summer the likelihood of us needing to cancel is very low. We are following all government guidance to ensure Valhalla is a Covid-safe event.

Do I have to pay to do things like blacksmithing, axe throwing, fire walking etc.?

Yes. Activities cost extra and are charged by the people running them. No partaking in activities are included in the cost. The typically rule is watching is free but joining/doing stuff costs extra. No exceptions, even organisers and traders will have to pay to join in on these things. The funds go directly to the people running the activities/workshops to cover their time and materials.

What's free?

Plenty. You can see the wolves and birds of prey displays, talks and demonstrations, battle reenactment, live history village, other talks, fire dancers, boat burning, story tellers, watch the fire walking, demonstrations of how things are made by the blacksmiths etc. 

Are you doing any sales/discounts/promotions?

Promotional events may be held at future dates but none are scheduled. Discounted tickets such as early bird ones may be available at a future date for next year's event.

SOLD OUT? Will there be any more feast tickets released?

If we sell out again in 2022 don't fret. Spaces may become available in case of cancellations, no-shows or failure to pay outstanding amounts on reserved tickets. Please get in touch if you would like to go on the mailing list should this happen.

Where can I connect with other people coming?

Of course! Join the community Facebook "Valhalla Viking Festival attendees" group and connect with others coming. https://m.facebook.com/groups/142551023756766/?ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&paipv=1

First aid tent?

You'll be able to locate the first aid tent near the entrance. It will be clearly marked with a large banner and you will pass it both when entering and leaving the site.

Lost and found?

Please ask at the ticket/entrance tent for lost and found items or children.

Discounts/free tickets - can I get one?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer any free tickets or discounts at the moment for any carers, age groups, occupations or any others. Even the founders and volunteers are paying for their ticket full price! Why? Because this is a self funded event meaning the money that goes in to the festival goes on the entertainment and everything needed to make it amazing so we can't give a discount without making it less than it could be. Thank you for understanding and supporting the artists and performers that make a living from events such as this.