St George's Day

Although it is not a big event or a national holiday, St George's Day is celebrated on 23rd April each year. It's a great excuse to enjoy or learn about some of England's customs and traditions, and also to think about knights and castles and dragons!

It's also a good time to think about one of England's most famous men, William Shakespeare, who was not only born on 23rd April 1564 but also died on 23rd April 1616.

St George's Day at Activity Village

"Cry God for Harry, England and Saint George!"
William Shakespeare (Henry V)

Who Was St George?

St George (famous for slaying the dragon) is the patron saint of England. He was a Roman soldier who protested against the Roman torture of Christians, and was killed for his beliefs. He is most famous for the story of his fight against the dragon.

Saint George
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St George's Day Crafts
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St George's Day Puzzles
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St George's Cross for St George's Day

More St George's Day Activities

roses
Wearing a red rose in your buttonhole or on your lapel was a tradition on St George's Day. We've got red rose crafts, red rose printables, and rose colouring pages too...
Roses

William Shakespeare
Shakespeare anyone? We have a bumper collection of Shakespeare printables, colouring pages, puzzles and worksheets - for all ages.
William Shakespeare

Knight crafts and costumes
See our Knight's theme

London theme
Learn all about London, England's fascinating capital city, and enjoy colouring pages, printables and crafts.
London Theme


Fans of dragons will find lots to keep them busy here!
Dragons

Tudor lady craft
Tudor Theme

And Some More Ideas...

English tea party
Have an English tea party! Bake a Victoria Sponge, and serve with cucumber sandwiches and scones, strawberry jam and cream!

England flag face painting
Paint your faces!

Jerusalem

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of desire:
Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire.
I shall not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green & pleasant land.

(William Blake)

St George slays the dragon