St Georges Day

Firstly, a quick history lesson, the legend of St George and the Dragon, which probably dates back to the 12th century, represents the triumph of good over evil, with St. George thought to have been a Roman soldier who died a martyr's death in AD 303 and by the time of the Reformation, celebrations on St. George's Day were a highlight of the English calendar.

This year's St George celebration highlights MIGHT include:

Blist's Hill Victorian Town: a living history museum at Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, The Prince Albert Players will perform the legend of St. George and the Dragon at the open-air museum. The simple 20-minute performance by these travelling actors, using props taken from a barrow, will take place at noon and 2pm and an admission charge applies. More information: www.ironbridge.org.uk

A St. George's Day Festival Wrest Park, Bedfordshire: this event from English Heritage, will feature sideshows, music, food stalls, falconry and culminates in a battle between St. George (on horseback) and the dragon.  Visitors may come in costume and there's a parade at the end of each day, reminiscent of a Victorian extravaganza.  More information: www.english-heritage.org.uk

The St. George's Day Fayre, Cressing Temple: an Essex farm site linked to the Knights Templar, the Saint is remembered with jousting knights and archery, when knights in shining armour and archers will be in battle along with sideshows, a medieval market and tavern plus hog roast (you have to try this!).  Cressing Temple can trace its origins right back in the 12th century, when it was the first grant land of land given to the Knights Templar in England and it is home to the two finest Templar barns in Europe, with the site made up of a group of remarkable farm buildings, the barns, a Templar well and a Tudor walled garden.
More information: www.cressingtemple.org.uk

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London: located on the South Bank, the reconstructed Globe Theatre will mark the annual celebration of Shakespeare's birthday with a day of free festivities and while not really a St George's Day celebration it sounds so good I could not leave it out, with actors training the public to perform lines from Shakespeare in front of a packed auditorium.
More information: www.shakespeares-globe.org