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City hosts festival of family fun for St George’s Day

Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ST GEORGE’S celebrations will be coming to Leicester next weekend with a programme of events for all ages.

The city’s annual St George’s Festival takes place on Saturday 21 April in and around the Cultural Quarter.

Events get under way in Orton Square from 12noon with dancing from the Leicester Morris Men and a welcome from the Lord Mayor.

Visitors will be able to take part in maypole dancing displays, enjoy songs and storytelling inspired by St George and the Dragon, and take part in a range of arts and crafts activities.

Youngsters can dress up as knights or princesses and join in the costume parade at 2.30pm.

There will be appearances by Blaze the Dragon and star of the classic children’s story The Gruffalo at 1pm and 3pm.

People can also pick up a special map and seek out hidden dragons for a chance to win a prize.

At 4pm, there will be a rousing finale to the festivities with live music and a mass folk dance.

Elsewhere in the Cultural Quarter, The LCB Depot on Rutland Street will host art and music workshops from 11am, while refreshments will be available from its coffee shop.

Makers’ Yard, Leicester Print Workshop and Two Queens Gallery will open their doors to the public too, with hands-on activities and exhibitions. The Ale Wagon will offer real ale and a live folk session from 5.30pm, while The Exchange will be hosting its annual beer festival over the weekend with live folk music on the Saturday night.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair, who leads on culture, leisure and sport, said: “The St George’s Festival is a highlight of the city’s annual events programme and a fantastic way to enjoy the Cultural Quarter.

“There will be a huge range of free activities on offer, both in Orton Square and in nearby venues, that people of ages can enjoy.”

On Sunday 22 April, local scouts will be taking part in their annual parade in the city’s West End. To allow the parade to pass safely, a number of rolling road closures will be in place in the area between 1pm and 5pm.

On St George’s Day itself (Monday 23 April), St George will battle the dastardly dragon and save the damsel in distress in the annual enactment at Leicester Market, from 11am and 1pm.

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