Dancing in the Streets

Patriotic party people hang out the bunting

Buoyant Brits will be flying the flag for St George's Day on 23 April, and there are seasonal shenanigans all over the country this week to mark the occasion.

Sign above the entrance to The George pub in Southwark, London Join in the fun and games with dragons, duels, jousting, fire-eating, maypole and morris dancing, music and more.

18-27 April

Carlisle Castle The National Trust and Enjoy England are hosting many St George's Day events at locations across the country, including Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland, Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, Beeston Castle, Cheshire, Carlisle Castle, Cumbria, Framlingham Castle, Suffolk, and the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield. Check individual websites for details.

19-20 April

Wrest Park Gardens, Silsoe, Bedfordshire
The family fun at this English Heritage property includes horseback displays, traditional games, a Victorian gymkhana, falconry, fire-eating, a children's theatre, sideshows and a craft market.
10am-6pm
Further information: 01525 860152

19 April

St George's flag Wadhurst Town Centre, East Sussex
Enjoy a live brass band, traditional English fare, birds of prey and medieval dress.
Further information: 01892 783224

Festival of St George, Covent Garden, London
See traditional English theatre, dance and music, including folk and morris dancing, military music and 1950s lindy hop and jive. There's even Punch and Judy for younger audiences.
10.45am-5pm
Further information: 020 7983 4000

20 April

Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury Town Centre, Wiltshire
The fun starts in the Market Square with performers and entertainers and continues with music and theatre. There'll be jugglers, stilt walkers, face painting, a hog roast and more. You'll find children's amusements in The Maltings and a dragon in the Old George Mall. A free guided walk starts at 2pm from the Tourist Information Centre in Fish Row.
11am-4pm
Further information: 01722 334956

Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London
The theatre's annual open day has a St George's Day theme and boasts free performances and activities.
12-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Further information: 020 7983 4000

23 April

Festival of English Food, Trafalgar Square, London
Borough Market comes to central London for this St George's Day taste-fest. Sample delights from countless food stalls or drop by for the food-inspired cabaret and street theatre.
12-7.30pm
Further information: 020 7983 4000

The Globe Theatre Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, London
On St George's Day itself, the arrival of a floating theatre will mark the birthday of Shakespeare and a new season at the Globe.
6-7pm
Further information: 020 7983 4000

St George's Day Children's Parade, Brighton, Sussex
This charity event sees youngsters in themed dress marching from Hove Town Hall to George Street, before a celebration with live music and theatre. 4pm

26-27 April

Morley Town Centre, West Yorkshire
Market stalls and entertainment are on the bill for Saturday. On Sunday a St George's Day parade will take place before more than 100 archers tackle the longbow competition at Morley Rugby Club.

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17 April 2008