Help Build A Viking Longhouse At Moorforge

Modern-day Vikings are being sought for a series of weekend workshops that will see an 18-metre longhouse built just a few miles from the A66 in Cumbria.

David Watson of Moorforge has the setting out posts in place for the new 18-metre longhouse and is now filling places on his weekend courses.

Having developed the site behind his blacksmithing workshop, David first constructed a turfed-roof 10th Century Iceland style forge as part of the VAST View Project (Viking Age Skills & Technology).

He then built a timber framed workshop which was extended due to the popularity of its folk music and storytelling sessions.

Moorforge now has an established willow grove, plays host to training weekends for Viking reenactors, has regular historical cooking courses and welcomes school children to its education days, which are delivered by trained teacher and historical interpreter Terry Harvey-Chadwick.

The construction of the longhouse will be run as a series of round timber framing courses with group sizes of up to 8 people.

Each weekend participants will be camping on site with food and drinks included, as well as a Saturday night by the fire with a beer in the existing longhouse.

The participants will learn enough skills to build their very own round timber frame building.

The weekend course costs £180 per person.

All profits will be used to purchase the planking to clad the finished frame and anyone who attends will be invited to a weekend ‘topping out’ party once the new longhouse is weather tight.

If you’re looking for a unique experience helping to create a building which will be of use to all who visit Moorforge for years to come, please email at: