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    Discover the Vikings

    10:00 -16:30
    The Beacon
    West Strand, Whitehaven CA28 7LR, UK

    A unique collaboration that spans a continent, The Beacon is proud to host Discover the Vikings, an exclusive Viking themed exhibition, from 29 June until 29 September.

    Set to delight locals and tourists alike, this unique combination of artefacts, replicas and digital interactives unearths the North of England’s rich Norse heritage.
    Discover the Vikings is an amalgamation of two of The JORVIK Group’s touring exhibitions, Valhalla and Heroes.

    Valhalla explores life and death in Viking Britain through 1,000-year-old artefacts and a replica boat dressed for a ship burial.

    In Heroes, learn what the archaeological evidence can reveal about this heroic age through human remains bearing the battle injuries of a warrior. Step inside a Viking tent for the full atmospheric experience, smells and all!

    The Beacon Museum’s permanent exhibition includes a vital clue in the Norse story of West Cumbria. Recent studies on the Beckermet Norse hoard, found in 2014, have revealed that the silver ingots originated from all across mainland Europe, even containing traces of Islamic dirham coins; proof if any were needed that the Norsemen connected our region to a global trading network.

    Opening times

    • Tuesday to Saturday (plus Mondays during school holidays) 10:00am – 4:30pm
    • Sundays 11:00am – 4:00pm.
    • Last entry 3:45pm


    • Adult £6.50
    • Concessions £5.25
    • Child £3.25
    • Under 3s free of charge
    • Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £16.50 for a family (2 adults and 2 children)

    Discover the Vikings is suitable for visitors of all ages. For more information, related events, workshops and other activities, please see thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk or check the Beacon’s social media pages.

    Muncaster Castle Ghost Vigil

    Scientific Ghost Vigil

    18:00 -10:00
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK
    Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass CA18 1RQ, UK

    Every year we offer public places on one or two ghost vigils here at Muncaster, to allow members of the public to meet and work with the scientific vigil team here at one of Britain’s most haunted locations.
    The 2019 vigil will be on Saturday 9th November. 

    The vigil will be led by members of the scientific research team, who have been researching the “hauntings” of Muncaster since 1992 and who will explain the rationale of a scientific investigation, and train participants in the use of various items of technical equipment and research methods before supervising the overnight investigation in various locations of the Castle.

    This is your chance to take part in serious on-going research at the country’s most prominent location and meet like-minded professional researchers. Many of the team’s research findings have been published in top peer-reviewed international scientific journals.

    The cost will be £99.00 per person and includes refreshments on arrival at 6pm, an evening meal, tea/coffee throughout the vigil and a full English breakfast and debrief before departure at 10am on the 10th.

    Read more about this event. Call or email us at Muncaster to enquire about booking or to go on our mailing list for this or other future vigils.

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