St George’s Day is rapidly approaching, and if you are racking your brains to think of activities to enjoy, we have the perfect patriotic solution!
St George’s Day is on Wednesday 23 April, and as usual Birmingham city has gone all out to provide the very best in family fun and entertainment as people take to celebrate the patron saint of England. This is a great celebration designed for the whole family.
Birmingham city is the proud hosts of the St George’s Day festival on Saturday 19th April. Starting in Centenary Square and Chamberlain Square, this colourful festival celebrates all things English and pays tribute to our heritage, and what is more it is completely free! The festival is followed up by a superb concert at the iconic Symphony Hall at 6pm in the evening to support valuable charity Troop Aid.
The St George’s Day celebrations are set to top previous years, and on this weekend the city centre will be bustling with children’s rides, entertainers, face painters and of course the chance to meet St George himself and his dragon! There will also be performances from local comedians Malcolm Stenet and Don Maclean, Celtic rock band Quill, The Birmingham Community Gospel Choir, Sovereign Brass (sponsored by Spal Automotive), A Male Voice Choir made up of fiv local choirs and a specially selected junior school will be performing a special act commemorating Englishness.
A few days later you can continue the St George’s Day theme by discovering the Dastardly Dragons at The Barber Institute of Fine Art on 22nd and 23rd April. With amazing artwork of these mythical creatures on display, children will be inspired and encouraged to create their very own dragon on day one and then bring it to life as a sculpture.
With so much to see and do, you and your brood will be in need of some refreshments. We will be running our St George’s Festival from Wednesday April 23 – Sunday 27 April, featuring a menu of all that is great about the food of England. So why not keep in with the patriotic theme of the day and enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea at the Hotel La Tour Alvar Bar? These dainty delicious teas and pastries are the perfect light bite to keep you going through the day. If you have worked up a bit more of an appetite with all that dragon slaying we recommend a much loved British dish such as a traditional roast, followed by a comforting crumble or classic Eton mess.
Happy St George’s Day!