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Celebrate St George's Day 2014
Woodlands Junior School is in the south-east corner of England

image of England's flagSt George's Day, England's National Day, is on 23 April and this year, 2009, will see it being celebrated in style!

The London Mayor Boris Johnson said: 'St George’s Day has been ignored in London for far too long. We have much to be proud of in this great country, England has given so much to the world, politically, socially and artistically. St George’s Day is a time to celebrate the very best of everything English and the Cross of St George will proudly fly outside City Hall on 23rd April. ” 

St Georges Day Celebration
St George and the Dragon

How to celebrate St. George's Day
  1. Wear a red rose for England in your jacket lapel. As the national flower of England, the rose is a symbol of patriotic pride
  2. Read the “Legend of St. George and the Dragon
  3. Fly the flag of St. George. Many official buildings will fly the flag on St. George’s Day
  4. Attend on the many St. George’s Day events taking place throughout England
  5. Go a pub crawl and support the English pubs, which are under a threat from closure.
  6. Eat fish & chips, England's favourite take away meal. 

London Celebrates St George in 2014

London will celebrate the English patron saint with a week of free events including parades, food festivals and theatrical events from 18 to 25 April.

Saturday 11:30 - 4pm
The V&A Museum of Childhood will host traditional English events such as Morris Dancing, Maypole dancing, Punch and Judy show.

Leicester Square Theatre will host a "miscellany of Music Hall" for St George's Day from 2.30pm.

There will be a Shakespeare celebration at the Globe theatre. A free family event from midday to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). There will be sonneteers, plus interactive games and activities to unlock the timeless beauty of Shakespeare's verse and language.

The London Mayor Boris Johnson will fly the English Flag outside City Hall on 23 April.

Saturday from 12.30pm to 6pm
Pearly King and QueensA free, family-friendly St George's Day Concert in Trafalgar Square. It is a unique opportunity to hear some of the finest folk inspired music coming out of England today.

It features acclaimed musicians Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Kathryn Tickell and Bishi, artists who are reaching new audiences and finding innovative ways to express music that is inspired by English folk tradition.

Celebrate St George in other places around England

St Georges Day 10K Road Race
The St George's Day 10K Road Race starts and finishes at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel and Sticklebarn Tavern, Great Langdale, near Ambleside

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April 2009- St George's Joust.
Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, Essex
10am to 5pm. Celebrate England's patron saint at a full weekend showcasing warfare through the ages. Marvel at mounted knights crossing lances in this spectacular old English sport. Jousts at 12.30 and 3.30pm. Falconry at 2pm. Catch knights in shining armour and archers in battle. Sideshows all day and a medieval market.

St George's Day Celebrations Birmingham city centre.
Victoria Square will have a stage with live music from The Fab Beatles, Kerfuffle and many more, as well as a fun dragon slide and dragon-making workshops for children.

Chamberlain Square will see a variety of entertainment, including sword-fighting demonstrations from the Knights of Middle England and their horses, as well as traditional folk and Morris dancing.

Traditional English nosh will be on the menu, with a whole pig roast as well as ales and ciders from local breweries. Also, New Street will see an English Craft and Farmers Market offer tasty treats and traditional souvenirs to take away.

st georgeSaturday & Sunday
St George's Day Festival
Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
Join English Heritage for the largest and longest running St George's Day extravaganza in the country, with dramatic equestrian displays, falconry, children's theatre and a historic market. Try traditional games, make mischief with the jugglers or visit the living history camps. Root for saintly St George himself or the dastardly dragon as they battle it out.

Saturday 25 & Sunday April
St George's Dragon Trail for Children
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Calling all dragon hunters! St George needs your help to find all the mini dastardly dragons before they distress the damsels. Your dragon hunting skills will be rewarded with a fun sticker.

RomanSaturday 25 & Sunday April
St George the Roman
Corbridge Roman Town
The stories of St George have Roman origins, and legend has it that he was a Roman soldier who stood up against his Emperor. You too can experience life as a Roman soldier.

Saturday 25 & Sunday April
Medieval Pageant
Beeston Castle
Drums and fanfares herald the splendours of the medieval nobility's pastimes in this day full of fascination. Witness the power of the longbow and ferocious combat. Supported by Wells Bombardier.

Saturday 25 & Sunday April
St George's Day Children's Challenge
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
Calling all budding dragon slayers. Learn the skills of archery, sword fighting, stage combat and knights training.

dragonSaturday 25 & Sunday April
St George's Weekend
Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden
Enjoy entertainment for the whole family; from puppet shows to the traditional live battle of a fully armoured St George against the dragon, a fun day out for all! Supported by Wells Bombardier.

Saturday & Sunday April
Medieval St George's Weekend - Medieval Storytelling
Richmond Castle
Join our medieval costumed storyteller by the Keep for fascinating stories of St George, heroes and medieval chivalry. With regular story sessions throughout each day. Supported by Wells Bombardier.

Sunday April
England's Anthems
Dover Castle, Kent
A delightful day at Dover Castle to celebrate St Georges Day. The Betteshanger band will entertaining you throughout the day with beautiful English classics. Supported by Wells Bombardier.

St George's Day Fayre, Horley, Surrey.
Guest appearances, parade, band, morris dancers, medieval music, acrobat, Britannia, food, mulled wine, cider, Simple Simon. Free entrance.

St George's Day celebrations Salisbury

The Legend of St. George and the Dragon

The Real Man

The Flag of England and the Union Flag Images of St George
What is England Famous for? Symbols of England
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