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Covent Garden 2004
What a day it was to be had in Covent Garden on St.George's Day, it was going to be an excellent day from the start, beautiful sunshine with a slight breeze to keep the Cross of St.George flying, on arriving at Covent Garden the bunting was out and an excited crowd of both English and tourists ready and waiting.

It began with Melton Morris, a team of Morris dancers with over 60 years of continued performances since their inception and what a sight it was to see, they began with some traditional Morris dancing from various counties throughout England, then came a 'Mummers Play' where good old St.George defeats the enemy, if you have not seen a mummers play before, it can be thought of as an early form of pantomime (yes with all the crummy jokes) and well worth taking the kids to see, they followed this with further Morris dancing which included 'English Broadsword Dancing', now this is really something to see, the intricate patterns of interweaving dancing which culminates with the accordion player (who stands in the centre of the ring of dancers) being surrounded by an interwoven ring of broadswords around his neck, when you consider that in it's original form the swords were real, it goes to show the ability of England's earlier swordsmen.

Then we had the delights of 'Skinners Rats', who with their musical blend of violin, guitar and accordion had the crowd swaying, clapping and foot stomping to some of England's best folk music which included sea shanties, songs about England's finest cities, villages and towns ending with the 'Blaydon Races'

To conclude the day's events there the singing duo of Phil Bennett and Brad Holland, who again belted out some great English folk dance music, which of course needed some dancers, and lo they were there children and adults including a couple of tourists who jigged their way across the piazza.

During the day there many people wearing a red rose on their person, children's buggies flying the Cross of St.George, children wearing all kinds of clothing sporting red and white, tourists taking many pictures as they revelled in a good bit of English Culture, to those of you that came along I hope you had a good and memorable time, to those of you that could not make I am sure I will see you next year.

Photos of the day

Caterham Scout Parade
In Caterham District, all members of the Scout and Guide association are allowed to wear their uniform to School for the day.

This is something we first did two years ago, and are repeating due to the
success of the event. Last time over 400 youngsters wore their uniform
and it is hoped that this number increases this year (Last year 23rd April was
in the holidays)

On Sunday 25th The Scouts will be marching to St Johns Church in Caterham
for a service of commemoration, as well as to renew their Scout promise.
The chairman of Tandridge Council will be in attendance, and take the
salute in the march past afterwards

23rd to 25th April 2004[EVENT]
Wymondham Celebrates St George
The flags will be flying in Wymondham, Norfolk, as the town's St George's Day celebrations get under way. 

Featuring: Photographic Competition Exhibition; Themed St George’s Day Market Stall; Festival of English wines and cheeses; Punch and Judy Shows; Best Dressed Knight and Damsel Competition; Dragon Making; Dragon Parade; George and the Dragon Play and a Puppet Theatre.

For full details please check out the website

City of Chester Brass Band
Town Hall Square
Charity walk by business teams - 10am on the town hall square. Followed at 11am by our annual procession to the cathedral from The Castle Square, and back with the scouts for St George's day. Parade moves off at 11.15
Start: 10:00 Finish: 13:00

St George's Day Gala Concert
The Loves Of Shakespeare's Women: Susannah York, Sophie Yates, Richard Boothby

One-woman show with Susannah York weaving together speeches and sonnets from some of the Bard's most famous and infamous heroines, together with music from the period.  At St George's Bristol, Bristol
From 7:30pm Price: £25.00 - £23.00 / £13.00 - £4.00 concessions

Leeds United St George's Day Lunch
Fabulous entertainment & a 3-course themed meal followed by a rare opportunity to see our guest speaker, World Cup winner Gordon Banks + Nobby Stiles and his son, former Leeds United player John Stiles.  £35 per person. Call or e-mail

Wadard Morris Men
St. George's Day celebration at the The Wheatsheaf, Westwood, Kent - 7.30 pm and after : dancing, mumming and singing

24th and 25th April 2004[EVENT]
The St George's Day Festival, Wrest Park, Silsoe
A joint venture between Mid Beds District Council and English Heritage. Now in its 6th year, this is an event for all ages, which features displays and re-enactments, falconry displays, historic markets, music dancing and much more. At the end of each day there will be a grand procession in which all are invited to participate - especially welcome are those in fancy dress! 

Wrest Park, Bedfordshire – 10 miles south of Bedford, off the A6 east of Silsoe
Telephone number for details:

23rd and 25th April 2004[EVENT]
Baggies Join In St George's Day
Premiership chasing West Bromwich Albion Football Club is planning to make a striking contribution to Sandwell's St George's Day celebrations in April. Club coaches will run soccer skills sessions and host a free kick competition at the borough's inaugural St George's Day community day being staged in Dartmouth Park on Sunday 25th April. Qualified coaches will be on hand between 1pm and 4pm and will be inviting Albion supporters to show how they can 'Krack it like Koumas' or 'Clobber it like Clements'.

Plans for the day are really starting to take shape. The main event kicks off at midday, with the arrival at Dartmouth Park of the traditional St George's Day parade from Stone Cross. An action packed afternoon's entertainment around an 'Olde England' theme will follow, including Knights of the Realm, A Saint George and the Dragon re-enactment, Morris Dancing, Langley Brass Band, Pat Collins Fun Fair, and a Fireworks Finale.

St George's Day will also be celebrated on Friday, April 23 itself at West Bromwich Town Hall at 7.30pm when the Sandwell Youth Orchestra, Brass Band, Concert Band, and Music Centre Choir will present a concert of music by English composers, from Walton to Lloyd-Webber, Vaughan Williams to Lennon & McCartney.

To find out more or take part in celebrations can contact Tony Potter at Sandwell Council on .

Celebrate St George's Day in England's National Forest
St George's day activities for children. Parent supervision required. The Furnace tea room is also open for tradition food and home made cakes. Boat trips available all afternoon along with guided tours of the furnace museum. Children's adventure play ground, country park and parking all free!
Moira Furnace Museum, Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6AT
Email Wendy Robinson at

St George's Day grub
Venue : Kedleston Hall (in Derbyshire)
Traditional English food and entertainment in the Great Kitchen Restaurant
Time 7.30pm
Price £15.00
Contact Booking essential

Saints & Legends Trail at Upton House in Warwickshire
Venue : Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
Come & celebrate the many aspects of England's day
Contact :

24th and 25th April 2004[EVENT]
Saints & Legends Trail at Upton House in Warwickshire
Upton's magnificent collections are full of fascinating, and sometimes grisly stories. Learn about St. George and other great legends on this fun and informative trail. On the A422 Banbury to Stratford Road, M40 J12
Time : 1 pm to 5 pm
Contact : or email

23rd, 24th and 25th April 2004[EVENT]
St George's Day at the (now famous) Otter Pub in Norwich
Visit the pub in Thorpe Marriot, Norwich, that gained much publicity after magistrates refused a late licence for St George's Day, this made the news world wide.  Join the now world famous Tony Bennett for a weekend of festivities to celebrate St George's Day.

Fri 23rd April
Yorkshire pudding eating competition
Face Painting
Raffle, with the top prize of a signed Centenery Norwich City Football

Sat 24th April
A fun day for all the family including
medieval fayre
Punch & Judy
Re-enactment Society

Sun 25th April
A 40's Evening where the staff will be dressing up.

23rd, 24th and 25th April 2004[EVENT]
St George's Day Beer Festival
The Duke of Beaufort , 175 Queens Park Road, Brighton. Tel: Adie Street, Manager on . Trains : London Victoria to Brighton. Bus : 81.
Heated outside bar serving cockles, mussels, jellied eels and Cumberland sausages and mash. A wide selection of traditional English ales including Old Bob, Perfick, Frolic, Fine & Dandy, Black Bull and Broadside. Quintessential English pop music from all eras on Friday 23rd 6pm - midnight with Grand Draw at 11.30pm of prizes and giveaways. Proceeds from the day go to charity. Saturday 12noon - 11pm with traditional Chaz n Dave style knees up from the Billy Jones Duo in the evening. Premiership football will be shown in conjunction with the Festival on Sunday 12noon - 10.30pm

St George's Day Festival in Havering
A Festival for St. George is being held in the borough of Havering. The main activity is a ‘Street Party’ in Hornchurch High Street held between 6pm and 9pm . There will be a Fairground & rides, Stalls, ‘Stars in their eyes’ Competition, Majorettes and bands plus various street entertainments. There is a competition for the best dressed shop and home in the borough. The event has been thrown by the St. George’s Committee in conjunction with the Hornchurch Traders Association. Further details can be obtained from K. Jones on


21 - 25th April 2004[EVENT]
The Spectacular Ledbury English Festival
A combination of the best of Local English Food and Drink, English Culture and English Music.  Starting on Wednesday 21st April at 6.30 through to Sunday 25th April it will encompass a wide range of events in locations in and around Ledbury and climax on Sunday with a 'Spectacular' in the High Street.

Ledbury English Festival 2004

St George fights the Dragon in Kenilworth
Talisman square will be converted into an 'arena' for an afternoon of activities. the highlight of the event will be a mock fight between St George impersonator, Blue Badge Guide Roger Bailey and a very fierce dragon. From 1.00pm-3.30pm. Tel: for further information.

A St Georges Day Event in Dunstable
All Day throughout the Town Centre Areas Medieval Knight 'Sir Lupin of Pipwithers' will be wandering around on the heads of his unfaithful peasants on a quest to find his missing steed Shergar.

Dunstable Town Council on email

23rd, 24th and 25th April 2004[EVENT]
A St Georges Day Weekend
Keighley, West Yorkshire

The Town Crier has organised a Town Crier's competition involving 9 Town Criers who will be visiting Keighley from Friday to Sunday.

There will be a Dragon seen in the town centre and other street theatre. In addition we will be having a French Market. As will be seen from the newspaper we have had great problems holding this event because of Bradford's insistence on the organisers paying £2,000 for the privilege of holding a market in Keighley. On the Sunday the Scouts and Guides have their St. George's Day Parade at the Shared Church

A St Georges Day Concert
Warwickshire- a celebration of England with the Bilton Silver Band from 20:00 - 22:30 Email
Getting there See website:

All day St George's Day Celebrations at The Westminster Pub
Storeys Gate

A St George's Day Charity Event
at Chicago Rock, St Helens, Merseyside from 4.30pm onwards in aid of Willowbrook Hospice (St Helens Hospice) - raffles and games - fancy dress - music and much more - free entry and cheap drinks - great prizes to be won with all procedds to the Hospice

The Story of the Lost Dragon
At Helmsley Castle in North Yorkshire (an English Heritage site) on 24th April The Storeytellers Theatre Company will mark St. George's Day with a story of a lost dragon. Performances at 12.00 noon and 2.30 p.m. Adults £4, Children £2.
For futher details phone .

Beware the Dragons in The Toon
Celebrate St George's Day at Bacchus Bar,
High Bridge, Newcastle

St George's Day Plus One
Reeling in Ealing Ceilidhs at Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, London, W5 2BY, on Saturday 24th April 2004 at 8pm - it's the last ceilidh of the season and it's the day after St George's Day - so let's make it special - red and white are the colours - wear red roses - red crosses on white backgrounds - knightly garb or damsel in distress - perhaps a dragon or two!

There might even be some very special, topical, interval entertainment!

Top English ceilidh band RANDOM are playing, and Mr Nick Walden will be calling - near Ealing Broadway station and on many bus routes - large car park at the rear - real ale bar - for tickets or information contact


St Georges Day Parade
I'm a member of a number of car sites in the West Midlands area, and I'm organising a St Georges Day Parade, if you would like more info please call
me on

Cry God for Harry, England and Saint George! (And The Kings Head)

Award winning Shepherd Neame Pub, the Kings Head Hythe are planning their
largest ever St Georges Day extravaganza.  Permission to close Hythe High Street from 7.00pm onwards has kindly been granted by Shepway to enable the Kings Head to host a street party with over 50 Morris dancers, a military re-enactment society, and local folk musicians.

The evening kicks off at 7.00pm with representatives from the 1st Foot
Guards (1815) Living History & Re-enactment Unit who will march to the Kings
Head in order to drum up recruits for the "Taking of the Kings Shilling".
Landlady Caroline Chambers explained "Throughout the night, brave local men
(and in these days of equality, women) will be challenged to Take the Kings
Shilling in return for a free beer - but be warned there is a community
service catch but you will have to come along on the night to find out just

East Kent Morris will then be performing alongside Dead Horse Morris, who
will be performing a traditional George and the Dragon Play. After dusk the
fun moves back into the pub with a folk music, including Hurdy Gurdys,
Northumberland Pipes and singing led by Hythes best loved musician and
luthier - Chris McNeilly.

The restaurant is open for the evening - and will be serving up traditional
English fare - Steak and Ale Pie, Beef Wellingtons, Jellied Eels, Cumberland
Sausage etc. Booking is advisable. The pub has an extension so the fun
need not stop at eleven!

Caroline explained the reasoning behind the party - "This is our National
Day and it is only right that we should celebrate in style. Last years
party was a great success and this year it would be fantastic if all the
other businesses up and down the High Street would join in - hang up those
England flags and bunting with pride and pay homage to St George"

St George's Party and St George quiz
Beacon Hotel , Haresfield, Gloucester.

St George's Day in Luton
There are also some St Georges Day celebrations on Saturday 24 April in Luton St Georges Square, organised by the Tourist Office and Luton Council

St George's Day Beer Festival  
Annual St George's Day Beer Festival, going strong after 8 years.
Tel: or

St George's Day Celebrations
Heather Park Hotel
Alperton, Wembley
Special Menu
Charity Raffle
Stich-up Karaoke

St George's day Fund Raiser
George and Dragon Pub

Celebration of St George's Day at the Guiness Club
Park Royal, London NW10
Pie Mash and Liquor (£2.50)
Jellied Eels (£1)
Bar Extension Till Midnight
Lager £1.40 a pint

St George's Day Concert
7:30pm at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon. Tickets: £5, £3 cons.

St George's Day Service
There will be a special St George's Day mass service 6pm at St George's Cathedral in Southwark, London (nearest tube/underground station: Lambeth North).

St George's Day Comedy Night at 'Inferno's'
124 Belgrove Road

Tickets £5

St George's Mummers in Wells
Wells, the smallest city in England will be really big on St
George's Day this year. With over a hundred St. George's Flags flying
throughout the city and a daylong programme of events there will be
something for everyone.  In the market Place the St George's Mummers Play will
be performed, schoolchildren will be dancing to the sound of a trumpet
barrel organ and medieval street sellers will be offering St. George's
tartlets for sale. Local pubs and restaurants are offering special St
George's Day menus and Morris dancing and the Wells City band will perform
in the evening.  Verily, Wells is the place to be.  Tel: or 

Sample English Food and Drink in Shrewsbury
The NFU has joined forces with Heart of England Fine Foods to put together a spectacular showcase of local food and drink to help celebrate St George’s Day in Shropshire’s county town. The Festival of Local Food and Drink will feature stalls run by 25 producers from Shropshire and surrounding counties and takes place on Friday April 23 in The Square, Shrewsbury. the patriotic atmosphere at the event will be enhanced by the morning visit of Trouvere, a group of minstrels who will perform songs and a play for the benefit of the watching public.

Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to sample smoked meats, hot pies, local cheeses and English wine, beer and cider as well as purchase local food themselves. 

St George's Day Knees Up in Bermondsey
On the big day the Bramcote Arms in Bermondsey, South London, will be having a right old royal Cockney knees up.  Jimmy Jukes - genuine Pearly King of Camberwell and the Pearly Guild - will be having a charity St George's Day in aid of the Battersea senior citizens 60th Anniversary.  Cockney sing-a-long music, free sea food, bangers and mash.  There Will Always Be An England will be the order of the day, so come along and enjoy what every Englishman will be doing - celebrating St George's Day.  Tel:

St George's Day Drinking Session
The Lion in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, will be staging a St George's Day celebration consisting of England's finest sporting moments (televised), discount England merchandise and lots of beer drinking.

St George's Day Festival in Wiltshire
On the big day the Bramcote Arms in Bermondsey, South London, will be having a right old royal Cockney knees up.  Jimmy Jukes - genuine Pearly King of Camberwell and the Pearly Guild - will be having a charity St George's Day in aid of the Battersea senior citizens 60th Anniversary.  Cockney sing-a-long music, free sea food, bangers and mash.  There Will Always Be An England will be the order of the day, so come along and enjoy what every Englishman will be doing - celebrating St George's Day.

22nd to 25th April 2004[EVENT]
Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations
Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, Warwickshire.  Includes a costumed procession (Saturday 24th) to Holy Trinity Church where floral tributes are placed on the Bard's grave.  Tel:

St George Town Crier Contest
The Guildhall, Cathedral Square, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.  Includes a junior town crier competition, Pearly Kings and Queens, and morris dancers.  Tel:

St George's Day Celebration
Various venues, Kirby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancashire.  St George's Day flags will be flying across the town.  Last year Kirby Lonsdale was heralded as the most patriotic town in England, it is quite a spectacle.  A procession and celebration dinner will also take place.  Tel:

St George's Day Service
The Cathedral Gloucester.  Organised by the Gloucestershire branch of the Royal Society of St George.  Starts at 7.10pm

St George's Day Festival in Wiltshire
On Friday 23rd April in Salisbury, Wiltshire there will be a St. George's Day Festival in the market square from 10.00 to 16.00. There will be street theatre, jesters, community arts, puppets, fun fare rides and much more. More details from Salisbury's Tourist Information Centre on .

St George Parade in Bournemouth
On 25th April Bournemouth Carnival Band and Bournemouth Scouts have a St. George's Day Parade. Starts at 14.00 in Bournemouth town centre.

Worcestershire:  St George's Day Meal
On Friday 23rd April The Talbot Inn at Knightwick in Worcestershire has a St. George's Day Dinner and Pageant. For further details telephone or e-mail

23rd to 25th April 2004[EVENT]
St George celebration in Norfolk
Wymondham in Norfolk will once again be celebrating St. George in 2004. A series of events have been arranged to take place from 23rd to 25th April. These will include a festival of English wines and cheeses, a dragon parade with music and entertainment and a puppet show. Full details and ticket prices for individual events are available here

Coventry's St George celebrations
Coventry will celebrate St George's Day in style on Friday 23rd April with a full re-enactment of the popular legend in Coventry city centre. This is a free event.
Address: Coventry City Centre, Cathedral Ruins and Upper Precinct.

17th and 18th April 2004[EVENT]
St George celebrations in Sussex
Battle Abbey in Sussex is running a St. George's Day festival on 17th and 18th April. Further details and ticket prices from the Battle Tourist Information Centre, Telephone , e-mail

In Hastings, Sussex, 30th April - 3rd May there will be the 'Jack-in-the-Green Morris Dance and Folk Festival'.  Various venues, traditional procession, morris dancing, ceilidh and folk concerts.  Tel:

Birmingham celebrates St George's day
Birmingham will mark St. George's Day with an English celebration concert from 12.00 noon to 2.30 p.m. on 23rd April in the Symphony Hall and an entertainment programme in Victoria Square from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Tickets for the concert at £5 each available from the Symphony Hall box office, Telephone: 0121 780 333. The Victoria Square event is free. Further details are available from Birmingham City Council  (leisure and tourism).

24th and 25th April 2004[EVENT]
St George's day parade in Bedfordshire
On 24th and 25th April, The Diehards, members of The Victorian Military Society, have a St. George's Day parade at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire (an English Heritage site). More information from

St George's Day celebration at Covent Garden
St George's Day Events are presenting an afternoon of celebration: a mix of morris dancing, folk music and longsword dancing.  The line-up for Covent Garden is as follows:

1pm-3pm Moulton Morris, composed of 8 Morris Dancers accompanied by music.
This will include Traditional Morris Dancing, English Longsword Dancing and a Mummers Play entitled 'The Play of St.George'

3pm-5pm Skinners Rats, 3 Piece Band.
English Folk Music

5pm-7pm Phil Bennett & Brad Holland.
Traditional English Folk Music

Made in England Special
Another Event taking place in London this year is at the world renown 'Ace Cafe'
Under the heading 'Made in England Special' the evening starts at 6pm, they have 'DJ Little Carl' rattling off the music.

British Legion St George's Day Readings
The British Royal Legion are holding a concert with celebrity readings celebrating all things English at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London, on Friday 23rd April. It is being organised in conjunction with the St George's Day Society.  Tickets are £35 (concert only) or £100 (to include reception afterwards) - contact Matt Taylor on or e-mail

29.04.2003 [NEWS]
Covent Garden event a huge success
Our launch event at London's Covent Garden Market was a great success. "All Boxed Up (And Ready To Go)", veterans of the Folk festival circuit, were watched by an appreciative crowd as their lively tunes filled the north hall.

Dave Jolly had the crowd up dancing and passers-by, both English and foreign, beamed with delight at the proceedings. The press were also in attendance.

We would like to thank Sue and Anne at Covent Garden and our agent Mary Panton for helping us make everything run smoothly. One thing's for sure, the potential for a larger celebration next year is certainly there!

Click here to view the Covent Garden photo album (49 pictures).

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