The city’s annual St George’s Festival returns to Orton Square on Saturday 23rd April, with all kinds of entertainment for people of all ages. A packed program of activities in and around the city center cultural quarter starts from midday, with a welcome from the Lord Mayor and a dance by the Leicester Morris Men.
Visitors will be able to participate in a dragon trail with a special map of key locations and activities that will reveal hidden dragons. There will also be dancing, puppets and stilts, as well as arts and crafts, maypole dancing and storytelling inspired by St George and his mythical battle with a dragon.
A powerful – but friendly – dragon called Flame will also be visiting as part of Leicester City Council’s entertainment program, which follows two years of coronavirus disruption. Flame and her friends will be in Orton Square, outside the Curve Theater at 1, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m., for a little show for the public.
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Young children will be invited to dress up as knights or princesses and take part in a costume parade in Orton Square at 2:30 p.m. Elsewhere in the Cultural Quarter, the LCB Depot on Rutland Street will host family activities until 4 p.m., where young people can make their own wreaths, shields, wands and puppets. Refreshments will be available at the depot cafe.
Leicester Print Workshop in nearby Queen Street will be offering drop-in sessions for people to create their own Mythical Beasts – which could get really messy, so people should dress accordingly. Visitors can also take a behind-the-scenes look at the Two Queens Open Studios gallery and create a crest inspired by their favorite objects.
The nearby Phoenix Cinema and Arts Center will bring artwork to life on interactive screens in a digital workshop. And people can try their hand at the potter’s wheel and check out the other workshops on offer at the Makers’ Yard in Rutland Street.
St. George’s Church will open its doors and invite people to explore the historic building, which is now a church used by the city’s Serbian community. The Exchange Bar opposite The Curve offers a special St George themed beer, hot chocolate and a limited edition medieval menu to enjoy while decorating your very own dragon.
Afterwards, people can relax taking in the views of the city from the cozy rooftop terrace of The Brick & Beam starting at 6 p.m., where there will be live jazz from local artists.
The city’s deputy mayor, Piara Singh Clair, head of culture, leisure and sport at Leicester City Council, said: “St George’s Festival is always a great day out for the family and a fantastic way to enjoy of the cultural district. There will be a range of free activities on offer, both in Orton Square and nearby venues, which people of all ages can enjoy.
A free program for St George’s Festival can be picked up from the Visit Leicester Information Center at the King Richard III Center opposite St Martins Cathedral. Details are also available online at visitleicester.info