7 ways to celebrate St George’s Day

PUBLISHED: 17:05 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:32 18 April 2018

St George and the dragon in Downham Market for a previous year's celebrations. Picture: Matthew Usher.

St George and the dragon in Downham Market for a previous year's celebrations. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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It’s St George’s Day on Monday April 23 and celebrations in Norfolk range from dragons to desserts

1 St George’s Fayre, in Downham Market, is on St George’s Day itself and includes a battle between the patron saint and the dragon of Hilgay Fen in the town square from 10am.

2 See beautiful old cars out for a spin between Sheringham and Holkham Hall on Sunday April 22.

The annual St George’s Day Classic Car Run attracts hundreds of classic, collectable, unusual and interesting cars from across the country and raises £1,000s for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. It starts at Station Road, Sheringham at 9am and finishes at Holkham Hall at 4.30pm.

3 St George’s Theatre, Yarmouth, was created from a 300-year-old church and will be celebrating St George’s Day with a quiz and Great British Desserts night, including a selection of traditional puddings and one round of the quiz based on the saint himself.

4 St George is the patron saint of Scouts. Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Explorers will be celebrating St George’s Day across Norfolk.

5 Meet Snap the Dragon at Norwich Castle. Centuries ago he led St George’s Day processions through the streets of the city and today he hangs in the Castle keep, while more modern understudies fulfil his civic duties at the front of the Lord Mayor’s Procession every July.

6 Soon dragonflies will fill Norfolk skies. One of the earliest dragonflies of the year, which can often be seen in April, is the broad-bodied chaser. Upton Broad and Marshes near Acle is one of the best places to see more than 20 species of dragonfly, including the rare Norfolk hawker, the four-spotted chaser and the hairy dragonfly.

7 See the Black Knights living history group doing battle at an annual St George’s Day event at Fitzmaurice Park, Thorpe St Andrew, near Norwich, on Sunday, April 22, 12.30-4pm. The fun also includes Morris dancing, a fun fair, a dog show, craft and food stalls, Punch and Judy, face painting, and a colouring competition.

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