St. George's Festival

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St. George's Festival
Saturday 22 April 2017
12noon - 5pm
Orton Square, Cultural Quarter and Leicester Market

Celebrate St. George's Day with free activities on Orton Square and at venues around the Cultural Quarter, St. George's area and Leicester Market. 

View the St. George's Festival brochure with details of the day's events

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Dragon trail

Using the special map be guided to key locations to find the hidden dragons and be entered into the prize draw. Dragon trail maps will be available on the day from the Information Point on Orton Square or you can download the Dragon Trail Map here. The prize draw will take place at 2.50pm.

Events and activities

Orton Square

12noon St. George’s Festival launch
Event launch by the Lord Mayor with an opening performance from Leicester Morris Men.

12.30pm Bill Brookman’s fun show
Expect madcap music and mirth, songs and stories based on St. George and the Dragon.

1pm See the dragon
Dragons are mythical creatures so are rarely seen by humans. There are reports by a local wizard that a fine example of a green dragon will be appearing on Orton Square to celebrate the legend of St. George. This is a must see for young knights and princesses so be ready to take a photograph of this rare occurrence.

1.30pm Maypole dancing
A fun opportunity to take part in this traditional dance. Join in with experienced dancers and take a turn around the maypole.

2pm Leicester Morris Men
Traditional dances for St. George with the ever popular Leicester Morris Men.

2.30pm Knights & princesses parade with Sylvesta the Jester
Join the parade of knights and princesses 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.

2.50pm Parade prize giving and dragon trail prize draw

3pm Maypole dancing
A final chance to dance around the maypole.

3.30pm The dragon returns
If the brave knights and princesses take part in the parade around Orton Square, the wizard has predicted that the green dragon will return in honour of St. George.

4pm – 5pm Bill Brookman’s fun show & folk dancing finale
Take part in a mass folk dance with all the day’s characters, performers and musicians for a rousing finale.

Also on Orton Square

Bill Brookman and friends street arts: children’s arts activities, circus skills, balloon modelling & giant bubbles. Genii Productions art tent: an arts tent full of activities with lots of things to draw and make including shields for you knights and decorations for young princesses.
The Book Bus: books to read and storytelling sessions.
Face painting: based in the arts tent.

Across the Cultural Quarter

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

Robot Bugs
10am - 2pm
Two Queens

Join Two Queens for a free hands-on activity inspired by the current exhibition Viktor Timofeev. Build your own landscapes, add secret codes and messages, and watch as it’s explored by robot bugs! Free drop in workshop, no booking required. Suitable for ages 4+. Viktor’s exhibition, Sazarus 4 can be viewed throughout the day from 10am – 9pm.

Family activities, music workshops, exhibitions and food
10am – 5pm
LCB Depot

Pop into LCB Depot for art based family activities, free instrument making and sing along workshops, presented by The Ella Project from 12.30pm - 4.30pm. View the Open 27a Part Two exhibition, Paul Barrand’s ‘Dear Old Albion’ collection in the Lightbox Gallery plus ‘Multiply’ lithography exhibition by Nína Óskarsdóttir and Mandy Payne in the Print Room. Also relax at Gray’s Coffee Shop & Kitchen, open for fresh seasonal food, refreshments and free wifi.

Open studios and workshops
10am - 5pm
Makers’ Yard

The artists and designer-makers open their doors and invite you to see inside this lovingly renovated former hosiery factory and warehouse. Look out for demos and ‘make and take’ art & craft workshops. Nominal charges  for workshop/demonstration materials may apply. As these are working studios, children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Open studios
10am – 6pm
Two Queens

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at Two Queens artist-run gallery and studios, and see work in progress by resident artists and associate members.

Peter and the Wolf
11am & 1pm

The musical story of a mischievous boy Peter, who who against his grandfather’s wishes, wanders out into the meadow to play with his animal friends. Peter’s grandfather has warned him of a wolf in the nearby forest, but not heeding his advice, he finds himself in peril. Find out how this clever boy and his animal friends triumph in this classic tale. Tickets: £6 at curveonline.co.uk

Family activities and exhibition talk
12pm – 4pm
Leicester Print Workshop

Come along, have fun, get inky and make prints inspired by Our Big Move Exhibition of new work by Sumiko Eadon & Emma Gardner, Sarah Kirby and Theo Miller. Exhibition open 10am - 5pm.

Folk session
5.30pm onwards
The Ale Wagon

The Ale Wagon is a traditional English pub offering fine real ales. Always a popular way of rounding off a great day with rousing singing and great musicians, bring an instrument or just join in with the singing and merriment.

Exhibition launch: Megan Smith
6pm – 9pm
Two Queens

Loughborough University graduate Megan Smith’s playful sculptures and assemblages echo the familiarity of architectural structures, food and bodily parts.

Annual beer festival
Open Saturday & Sunday
The Exchange

Join in the festivities for St George with real ales, ciders and English Mead. Plus a kids chill out area downstairs with blankets, toys and books. Pizza along  with other refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Leicester Market 
St. George fights the dragon
11am & 1pm

Leicester Market
Come to Leicester Market to cheer on St. George as he rescues a damsel in distress from the dastardly dragon.

Need further information?

Pop in or call us at Visit Leicester to find out how we can help you enjoy St. George's Festival even more, see Visit Leicester. For travel information on getting to Leicester visit Plan Your Trip

Download the St. George’s app for free and explore the Cultural Quarter’s rich heritage and history. Pre-load the guide search ‘St. George’s’. Available on iPhone at the App store and on Android at Google Play.  Find out more information at leicesterstgeorges.co.uk

St. George's Festival is organised by Leicester City Council. For information regarding the organisation of the festival email festivals@leicester.gov.uk or telephone 0116 454 3600.

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