The Bloodaxe Challenge is a partnership event between Jorvik Viking Festival and Explore York Libraries. It runs from Saturday 26 October 2019 to Saturday 11 January 2020 and children are challenged to read 4 books with a history link, though this can include such things as heroes and heroines, mythical animals, and folk tales, as well as more accepted history.

When children sign up they are given a bookmark and collect stickers on this for each book read. When they have read 4 books they get a bonus sticker, a certificate and a voucher to give them free entry to the Jorvik Viking Centre. They also go into a draw to meet author Hilary Robinson who is talking about her book Jasper Viking Dog during February half-term.

You can find Festival details at http://www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/