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England lags far behind the rest of Europe in the number of bank holidays we get. A bank holiday on Saint Georges Day would be a great opportunity for all the English (regardless of colour or religion) to recognise what binds us together – instead of concentrating on our differences.
Everything from football to fish & chips, and cricket to curry could be celebrated on our national day.

Northern Ireland already has a bank holiday on St. Patrick’s Day, the Scottish Parliament has introduced a voluntary Bank Holiday on St. Andrew’s Day and the Welsh Assembly agree that St. David’s Day should be a holiday.

Help us persuade the government to give England a bank holiday on St Georges Day. Book the day off work on Friday 23 April, 2010. If we all take a holiday on the same day it will send a powerful message to those in charge.

Celebrate St. Georges Day with friends and family.

Click here to sign our pledge to support a bank holiday on St Georges Day. Thank you.

Some St George’s Day events 2010

If you’re looking for ideas then look no further. Scroll down for a list of great events taking place around the English regions on St George’s Day this year and find out more about the some of the history and legend surrounding St George.

South West

Yate Heritage Centre, South Gloucestershire

St George's Cross

Kick St. George’s Day off with a procession, starting at 10:15am on the April 24. After the procession there will be folk singers and musicians, Morris dancing, storytelling, brass bands, a special rugby tournament, art and sport awards, craft workshops, games, petanque, face painting, craft stalls and food at venues around Yate & District Heritage Centre, St. Mary’s Church, the White Lion and St. Mary’s School.

More about the Yates Heritage Centre event

Heart of England

Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire

Children playingMark St. George’s Day with a medieval extravaganza at Tamworth Castle. Witness soldiers preparing for battle, lords and ladies going about their daily lives and servants keeping the household running. There’ll be demonstrations, living history and arts and crafts events to enjoy.

More about the event at Tamworth Castle

Birmingham’s St George’s Day Celebrations

Chamberlain Square, BirminghamCelebrate St. George’s Day with music, dance, children’s entertainment and food and drink stalls including a hog roast. At the Victoria Square stage you’ll find one of England’s finest brass bands. There’s also folk music and a tribute band to Roxy Music as well as live music from local band Deluka. There’ll be an English market selling traditional arts and crafts.

More about the Birmingham celebrations

East Midlands

St. George’s Festival, Leicester City Centre

Getting into the spirit of thingsThe Leicester St. George’s Festival celebrates the old and the new with a fun-filled weekend of activities and events. Celebrations start at Leicester Market on April 23, followed by the Family Festival on Saturday 24 at Orton Square and ending with the Annual Parade on Sunday 25.

More about the festival in Leicester

South East

Crofton Lions Festival of St. George, Stubbington Green & Recreation Ground, near Portsmouth

Knight in shining armour?Join Town Criers calling for a Loyal Toast to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday on April 21. On the 24 there’ll be a Village Fayre, which will include the WEOROD Living History: Early Medieval Encampment. There will also be combat displays, archery, riding, traditional crafts, Morris dancing, Turkish dancers, a jester, Punch & Judy shows and hog roasts. If you still want more, there’ll be fancy dress competitions, a painting competition and a photographic display of ‘Images of England’.

More about the Crofton Lions Festival of St. George

St. George’s Weekend & Grand Concert, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Children having funEnjoy a grand Last Night of the Proms style concert at Cowes Yachthaven Events Centre on Friday evening April 23 followed by a weekend of family fun. With a Fancy Dress Parade from East Cowes to Northwood Park, Cowes, marching bands, dancing displays, Punch and Judy Show, Tug of War and food stalls, they’ll be plenty to keep you occupied. On Sunday, there’s a display of Classic Cars and Motorbikes.

More about the event in Cowes

London

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar SquareJoin Londoners as they gather to celebrate in Trafalgar Square. They’ll be live bands and street entertainers putting on a very English display complete with food stalls. With Shakespeare’s Birthday on the same day, head across the river to the Globe Theatre for workshops and interactive fun and games.

More about the celebrations in Trafalgar Square

St. George’s Day Rugby, Twickenham Stadium

The Rugby Stadium, TwickenhamLondon Wasps will battle against Bath in this celebratory fixture at Twickenham. Through Wasps official charity, the Dallaglio Foundation, the St. George’s Day Game will raise money for Help for Heroes, an organisation that supports service personnel injured in combat.

More about the rugby match at Twickenham

North West

St. George Festival, Albert Square, Manchester City Centre

Child dressed as St GeorgeWith a mixture of entertainment, food, market stalls and music to celebrate England’s patron saint, this three-day event promises something for everyone. The festival starts on St. George’s Day – April 23 and runs through to Sunday 25.

More about St. George Festival in Manchester

North East

The Rhythm Kings British Jazz, various locations in North Tyneside

JazzCatch up with The Rhythm Kings as they play classic traditional English jazz for St. George’s Day.
Find them at North Shields (Bedford Street) between 10am and 11am, at Wallsend (bandstand, outside the Forum) 12.30pm-1.30pm, and at Whitley Bay (town centre) 3pm-4pm, on Saturday April 24.

Yorkshire

St George Tournament & Festival, Morley, Leeds

Flying the flagWith a knight on horseback, re-enactments of battles, falcon displays, a market, 100 long-bow archers, tug of war, vintage cars and a fairground, this event promises to offer something for everyone. The event starts Saturday, April 17 and ends Sunday, April 18.

George – London Tour Guide
Histouries ~ UK Tours ‘Bringing History alive’

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This drive me mad…………..

I have been taking small groups to thie event for years – its a very British affair.  Mad dogs and English men!
You tube ‘cheese rolling’ and watch the vids – hilarious!

FOR more than 200 years it has been the most British of events, with revellers hurtling down a steep hill chasing a large cheese.  But now even bigger cheeses have stopped the race on grounds of – what else – health and safety.

Each year spectators from around the world watch competitors pursue 7lb double Gloucester cheeses down the near-vertical Cooper’s Hill at Brockworth, Gloucestershire.  The event attracted 15,000 people last May, including tourists from as far as Australia. Now councillors and the police say it is a victim of its own success. Richard Jefferies, one of the organisers, said yesterday: “We have had to cancel on the advice of the police and local authorities.

 “As well as concerns about the safety of the crowd and competitors, local landowners were also worried by the damage done by people climbing over fences and that sort of thing.” Robin Hammond, of the Really Exciting Adventure Club, said cancelling the May 31 event was another case of health and safety rules destroying traditions.

Police blame organisers for failing to work with them. Inspector Steve Chester of Gloucestershire Police said: “Sadly, they have failed to co-operate with us.” He said the organisers had an obligation to ensure safety and manage traffic. Tewkesbury councillor Mike Collins said roads were blocked for miles last year and drivers were fined for parking on verges.
Diana Smart, 83, who makes the cheeses on her farm at Birdwood in the Forest of Dean, said she was “shattered” by the cancellation.

Nicholas – Stonehenge Tour Guide
HISTOURIES UK – the Best Tours in History

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