At long last the contract with the site for Market Day at Birka has been signed, and the dates are official.  The first, highly incomplete, official announcement has been posted on the East Kingdom web site:  http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3349  Check back there and at the official event web site (http://birka.eastkingdom.org/wordpress/) for updates as the year progresses.

The dates for the event are January 25 – January 27.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The event is extending into Sunday this year for more than just Kingdom Curia.  At this time the only activity planned for Sunday, other than Kingdom Curia if Their Majesties request it, is additional hours to visit the merchants. So if you had so much going on during the day on Saturday, that you just didn’t get to shop, you can make up for it on Sunday.

Meanwhile, we know may people have been waiting eagerly for information on when they can make hotel reservations.  As we announced previously, the hotel is changing brand affiliations.  At the moment it is doing business as the Manchester Downtown Hotel.  Later this summer it will become a Doubletree Hilton.

Reservations can be made at the Birka rate through the  Manchester Downtown Hotel for Birka beginning April 15. Those will automatically transfer to the Doubletree Hilton system when the hotel transitions later this summer.

To reserve, call the hotel directly at 603-625-1000, and be sure you ask for the Birka rate.

If you aren’t able to reserve at our host hotel, all is not lost. We’ll have information about other convenient local hotels available on the web site later this summer.

Mistress A’isha bint Jamil

Market Day at Birka Information Officer