In just over a week’s time, it will be St George’s Day. Unlike our Celtic neighbours who take the celebration of their patron saints very seriously, the commemoration of the man who slayed a dragon to save a fair maiden largely goes under the radar. Here at Sykes Cottages, we’re proud of everything British so we’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate St George next weekend. With the promise of warmer weather on the way this week, what could be better?
Festival fun in Leicester
Head to Leicester on Saturday 20th April for a one-day festival of all things English. The celebrations take place in the city’s Cultural Quarter and are a great day out for the whole family. Start with a spot of maypole dancing, watch the traditional Morris dancers or take part in the folk ceilidh, suitable for those with two left feet! If you’re taking the children, hunt hidden dragons across the city or dress up as knight or princess and take part in the festival parade. The re-enactment of George slaying the dragon promises to be a real highlight! The Visit Leicester website has all the information you need to plan your trip and is well worth a look before you go. On St George’s Day itself, nearby Nottingham will commemorate the patron saint with a parade through the city led by George himself. There’s also traditional music, food and drink to look forward to so you can really make a day of it.
Celebrations in the Capital
There’s plenty going on in the capital to mark St George’s Day this year so if you’re planning a few days in London you won’t be disappointed. The Mayor of London is holding a feast on Saturday 20th in Trafalgar Square to mark the patron saint. Visitors can look forward to samples of delicious food, cookery demonstrations and live music as this thirteenth century tradition is a brought up to date for the modern day. Elsewhere in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood is hosting a free event aimed at families. There’ll be a brass band, Morris dancers and a selection of arts and crafts for children to have a go at. Choose one of our holiday cottages within easy reach of London to enjoy a truly memorable few days away.
English Heritage is hosting a number of events across the weekend to commemorate the English patron saint. From medieval jousting and a Victorian gymkhana at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire to medieval crafts, cookery and a horse show at Dover Castle, there will be something to keep the whole family entertained on your doorstep. Various National Trust properties, like The Vyne in Basingstoke, are also holding special events this weekend with free entry for all of those who arrive dressed in their very best princess or knight of the realm costume. We have holiday cottages across the country so wherever you’re planning to spend the St George’s Day weekend, we’re sure to have great holiday accommodation for you.
If this has inspired you to enjoy a few days away, take a look at our holiday cottages available this weekend and start planning a patriotic break; what’s stopping you? We know we’re a few days early, but Happy St George’s Day from everyone at Sykes Cottages!