April 20, 2017
Many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on February 17th but how many celebrate St. George’s Day on April 23rd? In our short office survey, it turns out that the answer is ‘not very many’, but if you’re looking to celebrate the patron saint of killing dragons, then we have a number of entertainment ideas for you.
What can be more quintessentially English than Morris Dancers? Dating back to 1448, the original Morris Dancers are still somehow all performing together. That might not be true, but it certainly seems as though no matter which Morris Dancing performance you go and see, those taking part often look like the group you’ve seen before. As cultural and English as a cup of tea or a scone, you can catch numerous displays across the country over spring and summer and we highly recommend it. Have those bells ready!
The English Gents
No blog about England and St. George would be complete without recommending The English Gents, an acrobalance duo that perform in suits and utilise props including bowler hats, a newspaper and a pipe. Spiffing! Combining exceptional circus skills with a love for all things Queen and country, the English Gents are perfect St. George’s Day entertainment.
Catch Some Shakespeare
It’s a well-known fact that William Shakespeare is one of England’s finest exports but it might not be quite as readily known that he died on St. George’s Day in 1616. Chuck on a Shakespearean costume, raise a pewter tankard of mead in the playwright’s honour this St. George’s Day and feel free to catch one of his works at the Globe Theatre on the South Bank. Our sleuthing skills suggest that this year, the bard’s Romeo & Juliet will be on. Marvellous!
Meet Winston Churchill
The winner of the BBC’s Greatest Briton’s poll from 15 years ago (yes, it really was that long ago), Winston Churchill continues to feature heavily in the nation’s psyche. President Trump replaced a bust of the great man in the White House only recently and Gary Oldman will be playing Churchill in Darkest Hour, a film that will no doubt be Oscar-bound by the time of its release in November. Hire a meet and greet Winston for your event this St. George’s Day!
Register to Vote
Okay, this might not be related to entertainment but considering the importance of general elections, this seems as good an opportunity as any to remind you to register to vote and have your say on the UK’s future! What could be more patriotic than that? If you’ve moved house then it’s imperative you register to get on the electoral roll as soon as possible. It’s dead easy too; just click this link and follow the steps.
Have a wonderful St. George’s Day and good luck if you encounter any dragons!
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By Henry Fosdike