Celebrate St George’s Day in Leicester with family friendly free activities

St George’s Festival returns to Leicester on Saturday 22nd April, with a day of family-friendly free activities.

Activities and entertainment include a dragon trail, maypole dancing, Morris Men, and a Knights and Princesses parade.

The events will take place in Orton Square and venues around the Cultural Quarter, St George’s area and Leicester Market from midday to 5pm.

The event will be launched by the Lord Mayor at 12 noon, with an opening performance from Leicester Morris Men.

A mythical Dragon will then be appearing on Orton Square to celebrate the legend of St. George at around 1pm. This is a must see for young knights and princesses so be ready to take a photograph of this rare occurrence.

After some traditional maypole dancing, the parade of knights and princesses will begin at around 2.30pm around Orton Square, led by Sylvesta the Jester. There will be prizes for the best costumes on the day. To enter please go to the Information Point on Orton Square by 2.15pm.

There will then be a mass folk dance with all the day’s characters, performers and musicians for a rousing finale.

In addition to events on Orton Square there will be music, workshops and live performances in venues across the Cultural Quarter.

And in Leicester Market, you will be able to see St George fighting the dragon between 11am to 1pm. You can cheer on St George as he rescues a damsel in distress from the dastardly dragon.