St George's Day

St George's Day 2024

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

Discover the facts and the fiction behind St George, England's patron saint. Have a go at making your very own cardboard sword and shield to fend off any dragons you may find.

You can also book tickets to celebrate our patron saint and 2,000 years of English history at the biggest, most action-packed St George's Day event in the country at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.

St. George's Day 2024

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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St George: martyr, mythical hero, trusted intercessor and a focus of community cohesion —there's so much about the saint (in fact and legend) that makes him an ideal patron for modern England.

Read on to find out more about our patron saint. Plus, we delve into the fascinating history of the St George wall painting at Farleigh Hungerford.

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Prepare for St George's Day

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.

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.

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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.

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