St George’s Day is 23 April (events between 18 and 26 April)

April 17, 2010toApril 25, 2010

The English will be flying the flag for St George’s Day on 23 April, and there will be seasonal shenanigans all over the country to mark the occasion.

Join in the fun and games with dragons, duels, jousting, fire-eating, maypole and morris dancing, music and more.

Celebrate St George’s Day @ Trafalgar Square
24 April; 1pm

Following last year’s successful St George’s Day concert on Trafalgar Square celebrating ‘Contemporary music-English roots,’ this year’s event has the theme ‘Rhythm of London’.   The concert is a presented in two halves with British music legend Joe Brown headlining at around 5pm.

The first half includes performances by young musicians and groups from schools in London, plus the winners of the 2009 ‘Busking Underground’ competition.  Performers in this section include Rhythms of the City Samba Band, Sir John Cass All Stars, Tyler Rix (Saxophone), Ark Schools’ Scholarship Choir, Croydon Young Musicians Ceilidh Band, Jonathan Chan (violin) and Hounslow Wind Band.  Also playing will be the winners of the 2009 ‘Busking Underground’ competition: Jamie West, Christopher Read and duo Kieron Brunt and Patrick Milne.

The second half begins with a celebration of Music Hall, an important part of London’s musical heritage. Some of its best loved songs will presented by performers from the Royal Academy of Music and the Players’ Theatre.

Song sheets will be provided and audience participation is warmly welcomed on numbers such as Down at the Old Bull and Bush; If it wasn’t for the houses in between; Let’s go down the Strand, Berlington Bertie from Bow and I live in Trafalgar Square, plus some of the great songs of Marie Lloyd,

Headlining the show in the second half is Joe Brown, who grew up in London’s East End. Joe is one of the real British greats, a hugely popular artist regularly playing to sell out theatres across the UK. He recently celebrated 50 years in the business and last year received both an MBE and a Mojo Lifetime Achievement Award.

Programme times (approx)

  • 1pm – 3pm     Schools performances
  • 3.05pm – 3.45pm     Winners, ‘Busking Underground’
  • 3.45pm – 4.45pm     Music Hall
  • 5.00pm – 6.00pm     Joe Brown and his Band

Plus regular performances throughout the day of ‘St George and the Dragon’ street theatre show

Festival of St George, Covent Garden, London
20 April – 10.45am-5pm

See traditional English theatre, dance and music, including folk and morris dancing, military music and 1950s lindy hop and jive. There’s even Punch and Judy for younger audiences.
Further information: 020 7983 4000

Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London
23 April – 12-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

The theatre’s annual open day has a St George’s Day theme and boasts free performances and activities.
Further information: 020 7983 4000

Festival of English Food, Trafalgar Square, London
23 April – 12-7.30pm

Borough Market comes to central London for this St George’s Day taste-fest. Sample delights from countless food stalls or drop by for the food-inspired cabaret and street theatre.
Further information: 020 7983 4000

The Globe Theatre Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London
23 April – 6-7pm

On St George’s Day itself, the arrival of a floating theatre will mark the birthday of Shakespeare and a new season at the Globe.
Further information: 020 7983 4000

Carlisle Castle
19-20 April

The National Trust and Enjoy England are hosting many St George’s Day events at locations across the country, including Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, Beeston Castle, Cheshire, Carlisle Castle, Cumbria, Framlingham Castle, Suffolk, and the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield.

Wrest Park Gardens, Silsoe, Bedfordshire
19 April; 10am-6pm

The family fun at this English Heritage property includes horseback displays, traditional games, a Victorian gymkhana, falconry, fire-eating, a children’s theatre, sideshows and a craft market.
Further information: 01525 860152

St George’s flag Wadhurst Town Centre, East Sussex
Enjoy a live brass band, traditional English fare, birds of prey and medieval dress.
Further information: 01892 783224

Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury Town Centre, Wiltshire
23 April – 11am-4pm

The fun starts in the Market Square with performers and entertainers and continues with music and theatre. There’ll be jugglers, stilt walkers, face painting, a hog roast and more. You’ll find children’s amusements in The Maltings and a dragon in the Old George Mall. A free guided walk starts at 2pm from the Tourist Information Centre in Fish Row.
Further information: 01722 334956

St George’s Day Children’s Parade, Brighton, Sussex
26-27 April – 4pm

This charity event sees youngsters in themed dress marching from Hove Town Hall to George Street, before a celebration with live music and theatre.