On this St George’s Day, 23 April, Broadgate in the city centre hosts a FREE celebration of the Patron Saint of England with music, dancing, story-telling, animated walkabouts and Punch & Judy shows.
The programme of events, supported by the Coventry BID, starts at 11am with Merrie Noyse Medieval Musicians ready to entertain audiences with their historical music. St George and the Dragon will spring back to life with a series of animated walkabouts and traditional family favourites, Punch and Judy, will be bringing their slap-stick and fun show to the event. There will be storytelling from Mick Cull Dodd and no St George’s Day event would be complete without traditional folklore dancing so we welcome Coventry’s Morris Men as they bring their historic Cotswold Morris and Sword Dances again to the city centre.
Coventry’s Scouts will be marching through Broadgate at approximately 2.20pm on their traditional St George’s Day parade taking the salute from the dais with the Lord Mayor in attendance.
The programme of events will finish at 3pm.
Coventry has a little known connection with St George within St John the Baptist church, which has a unique 14th century sculpture of St George and the dragon that has survived from the times when St George was thought to have come from Coventry. St John’s are also hosting St George’s Day events from 10.30am to 4pm.
Karen Aspin, Events project manager at Coventry City Council said,
“Once again we are proud to celebrate St George's Day with a range of historical acts. This year’s event is aimed at all the family with St George and the Dragon making appearances, old favourites like Punch and Judy, captivating story-telling and Morris dancing. Come along to this free event and celebrate in all the fun!”
Full programme timing can be found at www.coventry.gov.uk/stgeorges