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St George's Day

Hear swords clash and dragons roar in celebration of St George's Day. Cheer for a gallant knight as he braves the legendary beast in an action-packed battle between good and evil. Or join in the fun at one of England's finest medieval festivals where storytelling and fire-eating jesters will take you back in time.

But who was St George and why does England consider him a national hero? Once you've found an event near you, find out more about the man behind the legend and prepare for battle with our handy how-tos.

Celebrate St George's Day

WATCH THE LIVE ACTION UNFOLD

Enjoy a sneak peek at what to expect from the annual Wrest Park St George's Festival with our video of last year's epic event. See why this is the biggest St George's Day event in the country with a celebration of England's history through the ages. A march of Roman soldiers, a live medieval joust and tea with Georgian ladies is just the beginning.

There's something for all families to enjoy, whether you plan to slay a dragon or cheer from the sidelines.

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St George's Day Events 2017

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Save with family membership

English Heritage members can attend many of our events for free, or for a heavily reduced price throughout the year. Sign your family up today from £52 and start by bringing St George's Day to life.

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Prepare for Battle

Think you've got what it takes to defeat a dragon? We'll help you prepare for your showdown with our how-to videos on sword and shield making. Knowledge is power, so we'll also teach you how to spot a dragon. Don't forget to share your creations on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Who was St George?

He's England's patron saint and linked internationally to myth and legend, but little is known about the life of St George. The story of St George and the dragon is the best known surviving tale, but can you tell the fact from fiction?

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