It’s the patriotic day of St George this week and we have a run down on some of the events taking place across the country. Celebrate St George’s Day on the 23rd of April, the anniversary of the death of a soldier who, according to legend, killed a dragon and saved a princess. What better way to celebrate this national day than to eat, drink and take part in some traditional English fun.
1. Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square
Get the family together and head down to Trafalgar Square in London for a traditional English feast and lots of family fun. This event, organised by the Mayor, is inspired by the 13th century origins of St George as a national day of feasting. With farmer’s market stalls selling hog roast, pies, cake and more, enjoy these delicious treats whilst sitting by the fountains. There will be a family marquee with activities for the kids where they can get creative and make their very own knight’s helmet and sword as well as the classic games hook-a-duck and coconut shy. There will be live demos from leading chefs and will also be live music and your chance to have a good ole singalong!
Where and when: Trafalgar Square, London, Saturday 25th April, 12pm-6pm
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For more information, visit https://www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/feast-of-st-george-2015
2. Sneinton Market Square, Nottingham
If you live in the Nottingham Area, there will be a grand parade starting at 12pm from the Forest Recreation Ground and making its way down Mansfield Road finishing in the Old Market Square for 12.30pm. There will be plenty to see including Robin Hood and his knights on horseback. In the evening from around 5.30pm there will be live entertainment including a fashion show and live music accompanied by hot food and community stalls.
Where and When: Sneinton Market Square, Nottingham, 23rd April, 12pm
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3. St George’s Quarter Festival, Liverpool
Take a trip to Liverpool for St George’s Day this year and spend the weekend taking in the sights of this cultural city. Visit the St George’s Quarter Festival which is a four day event full of delicious food, fun family activities and live entertainment. Celebrate with barn dancing, arts and crafts, fancy dress, Punch and Judy, a medieval banquet and more! The kids can make their very own shields, listen to dragon inspired storytelling, and take part in the fancy dress competition.
Where and when: St George’s Quarter, Liverpool, 23rd-26th April
For more information about the festival, visit http://www.stgeorgesquarter.org/st-georges-quarter-festival/
For a family fun day, head to Hinckley, in Leicestershire, for a whole range of free activities that will keep the children entertained for a few hours. There will be St George’s Day bunting and a jolly and festive atmosphere as well as a St George and the Dragon street act, Morris dancers, Punch and Judy, arts and crafts and a find the flag hunt around the town centre. Enjoy some delicious and traditional English cream teas and take a look around the bustling market whilst you are there.
Where and when: Hinckley town centre, Saturday 25th April, 10am-3pm
5. St George’s Day Festival, Lytham St. Annes
This charity festival held in Lytham St. Annes brings you a whole range of activities over the four days, with the proceeds going to charity, this year being ABF, The Soldiers Charity, Trinity Hospice and The Boathouse Youth. The festival will start with the raising of the flag on Thursday morning and will be followed by four days of events including a golf tournament, a tea dance, a St George’s Day lunch, a black tie gala dinner and a 10k run. If you’re looking for a family activity, the St George’s Day parade will take place on the 25th April and the family fun day will be on the 26th which will include fairground rides, craft stalls, food stands, classic cars, live music and a football tournament.
Where and when: Lytham St. Annes, 23rd-26th April
For more information about the festival, visit http://www.april23.co.uk/