Viking Storytelling around the Open Fire at Avalon Archaeology

10/08/2024, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Avalon Archaeology (Avalon Marshes Centre)
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Viking Storytelling around the Open Fire at Avalon Archaeology

Settle in around the open fire in the longhall for some Viking myths and legends.

Experience epic stories with storyteller Michael Loader and discover the source of Tolkien’s inspiration for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in these two Norse myths of dwarves, giants, gods, heroes, treasure and dragons.


There will be four performances at 10.00 am, 11.15 am, 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm

The Saga of Sigurd the Dragonslayer
10.00 am and 1.30 pm

The Saga of Sigurd the Dragonslayer is a tale of treachery, shape-changing dwarves, troublesome Gods, wisdom, revenge and betrayal. Hold on your eight-legged horses and journey into Viking lore and legend to meet grisly characters and sing a gruesome song!

The Greedy Dwarfs and the Battle for Knowledge
11.15 am and 3.00 pm

Allfather Odin made a man of wisdom from a peace treaty between the gods. But all went very sour when two greedy dwarfs got involved! Throw in a few giants, a boat at high tide, a giant snake and things get very messy in The Greedy Dwarfs and The Battle for Knowledge!

Performances last approximately 40 minutes. There will be about half an hour to look around the other reconstructions – Roman building, Viking ship, Iron Age roundhouse (in construction) after the performance.

“Michael clearly has storytelling in his soul and his love of people and of engaging the audience in the story is abundantly apparent in all of his wonderful shows”
Westonbirt Arboretum


The reconstructed buildings are accessible but feature some uneven gravel surfaces and narrow spaces that may make turning in larger electric wheelchairs difficult. Please contact us at if you want to discuss special requirements.


Visitors will be seated on wooden benches set around an open fire for the performance.

More To Do

After your visit, you can make use of the Marshes Hub Tea Stop and visit the Somerset Crafts gallery in the Avalon Marshes Centre. You can also journey onto Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve and see replica wooden prehistoric trackways. Read more on the Avalon Marshes Centre website.

Key information


£8.00, tickets include access for the rest of 2024 giving free re-entry on normal opening days.


Saturday, 10th August, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Performances start at 10:00, 11:15, 1:30, 3:00


Avalon Archaeology, Avalon Marshes Centre, Shapwick Road, Westhay, BA6 9TT


Visit the Avalon Archaeology website for accessibility information.


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