St George's Day 2023
Immerse yourself in the story of the gallant knight St George and his legendary encounter with 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 find.
You can also book your tickets to celebrate our patron saint and 2000 years of English history at the biggest, most action-packed St George’s Day event in the country.
St. George's Day 2023
Join us at Wrest Park this April to celebrate our green and pleasant land at the biggest, most action-packed St George’s Day celebration in the country. Enjoy a weekend of shows, battles, games, performances and activities culminating in England’s most legendary battle.
Family favourites such as breath-taking falconry displays, cheeky jester shows and living history encampments will all be making an appearance this year.
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MAKE A CARDBOARD SWORD
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.
WHAT IS HERALDRY?
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.
MAKE A CARDBOARD SHIELD
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.
Make your own Felt Dragon
Although this dragon may be somewhat cuddlier than the one portrayed in the legend of St George, it is still a fearsome beast not to be trifled with! Print out our dragon pattern and watch the step-by-step video tutorial to create your own fiery friend and celebrate this legendary tale.Download the pattern
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.
If you'd like to separate the fact from the fiction, read our article on the truth behind the legend of St George, or listen to the English Heritage Podcast as Senior Properties Historian Dr Michael Carter unravels the secrets of our heroic patron saint.Listen on Soundcloud
History in Focus
Dragons and their Origins
Where did the dragon myth originate, and why are dragon stories so widespread across at least two continents?
How to Spot a Dragon: A Guide for Mythical Reptiles
Would you be able to identify the mythical reptile you are confronted with? Our guide explores their differences, and provides tips on where to spot them.
Where do myths, legends and folktales come from?
Myths and legends are woven into the fabric of our culture, but where did they come from? Carolyne Larrington investigates.
More to Explore
Things For Kids To Do
Get creative and explore the past with our collection of history-themed crafts and activities - perfect for a rainy day!
Listen: The English Heritage Podcast
Join presenter Charles Rowe as we bring the history of our sites to life with news, views and expert interviews across over 100 episodes.
Shop St George's Day
Looking to keep the family entertained? Choose from our range of classic toys, games, outfits, and activity kits.