St George's Day

St George's Day 2022

Immerse yourself in the story of the gallant knight St George and his legendary battle against the fearful dragon.

Take a look at our guides designed to help you discover the history behind England's patron saint, and have a go at making your very own cardboard sword and shield to fend off any dragons you may encounter.

Prepare for battle

Think you've got what it takes to defeat a dragon? Get prepared for St George's Day with our 'how to' guides on sword and shield making, and don't forget to share your creations with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


    On the hunt for dragons this St George's Day? Follow our simple instructions to making a Norman-style sword out of cardboard and foil.


    Our guide will help you get to grips with the basics and give you the facts you need to design your very own piece of heraldry or coat of arms.


    Up to speed on your heraldry? Choose your colours, pick a fearsome beast as your charge, and make your own medieval shield with our walkthrough.


    If you're feeling creative and would rather create mythical beasts than slay them, follow our tips on how to make your very own dragon out of clay.

Who was St George?

The story of England's patron saint in his battle against the legendary dragon is as iconic as his red and white flag. But like many early saints, very little is known about the details of his life.

Join us as we explore the truth behind the legend of St George, and separate the fact from the fiction.

Find out more

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