St George’s Day 2016: How you can celebrate in Norfolk

Last year children from St Georges and Aldermen Swindell Primary school took part in a St George's D

Last year children from St Georges and Aldermen Swindell Primary school took part in a St George's Day parade around the Market Place in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Saturday 23 April is St George's Day, an annual celebration of English heritage and patriotism. Here are six ways you can celebrate the special day in Norfolk.

This weekend people all over the country will be recognising the patron saint of England, who legend says, slayed a dragon, saved a princess and caused a whole village to convert to Christianity.

The date falls on the same day as his death, the day Roman emperor Diocletian executed him for his beliefs in 303 AD and was first declared as St George's day in 1222 by the Council of Oxford.

Here are six ways you can celebrate our patron saint and all things English in Norfolk this weekend:

• St George and the Norwich Dragon, Norwich Castle, 11am - 3pm

Celebrate St George's Day at Norwich Castle with Snap, the Lord Mayor's very own dragon and his whifflers. There will also be performances from the Rumbugrgh morris dancers and an opportunity to listen to great local stories being told. Entry is included with normal admission price.

• Concert of bells and music for St George's Day, St Andrew's Church, Great Ryburgh, 3pm.

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St Andrew's church in Great Ryburgh will be holding a concert this Saturday to celebrate not only England's day, but also the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The concert will begin at 3pm and will be followed by afternoon tea. The bells will round off the concert by being rung by volunteer ringers at 6pm.

• Norfolk Wherry Brass Band, The Forum, 2pm – 3pm

On Saturday Norfolk Wherry Brass and Northern Norwich Scout District will be outside the Forum in Norwich for a free open air celebration of the patron saint of England and scouting.

• Thorpe St Andrew St George's Day Celebrations in Fitzmaurice Park, 12pm onwards

An afternoon of celebratory activities will be taking place in Thorpe St Andrew, beginning at midday with The Vineyard Church inviting all to join them in their Sunday church service. There will also be a small fun fair for children, Scratby donkeys, craft and charity stalls and a fancy dress competition aiming to find the best dressed princess, dragon and of course St George.

• St George's Day Spring Fayre, Marshland St James, 10am - 4pm

Marshland St James has arranged a fabulous day out for the whole family with their spring fayre. A professional narrator will be telling the story of St George throughout the day and Phoenix Re-enactment society will be entertaining visitors with archery and gunpowder firearms. There will also be live music, a raffle, craft stools, a mini football memorabilia auction and a bar. Entry for adults is £2.50 and children can go free.

• North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club St George's Day Run, Sheringham, 9am – 4pm

On Sunday in Sheringham the North Norfolk Vehicle club will be holding their annual 'St George's Day Run' in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. This year the rally will start from Station Road car park at 9am and entrants will be given two route options to make a 50 mile journey finishing at Sandringham. Once at the finish, entrants will have the opportunity to display their classic cars in front of the Church of St Mary Magdalene. A minimum of a £10 donation is required to take part, spectators are welcome for free. To enter the rally, call Christine Sparrow on 01603 781917.

• How will you be celebrating St George's Day? Let us know in the comments below.

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