WATCH: Go back in time at Lismore’s Viking Village Solstice
SMALL children will be heard pleading for the vikings not to take them in Lismore this coming weekend.
And while they are more likely to get a pat on the shoulder, one should not underestimate the realistic feel and nature of Lismore's own Viking re-enactment group.
"The noise and impact of battle is certainly what got me into it," Mr Hammond said.
"And when we head to Armidale and there is no general public and just 500 people dressed in period costume and living in period tents, it is very easy to forget the outside world," he said.
"One of the questions we get asked the most by kids is 'Is this real?' ... about cups, swords or anything in the camp.
"It is a great opportunity to come and experience a certain way of life."
The viking horde will descend upon Jolley field on June 25-26 for the Viking Village Solstice, hosted by Rognvald's Lith.
In its fourth year, the event will boast a large semi-permanent viking village, filled with 150 viking re-enactors.
There will be authentic viking games, crafts, cooking, archery, storytelling, rune-reading and multiple forms of combat.
The group re-enacts viking ways of life in Europe from 800AD to 1100AD.
There will be real tents as well as displays of cooking.
The Viking Village Solstice will be located on the corner of Uralba and Dawson streets and open daily from 10am to 4pm. Entry costs $2.