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Southwark to celebrate St George’s Day in style

Borough Market and St George the Martyr Church are holding events to celebrate St George’s Day this Sunday, April 23.

Borough Market will host a festival of food, music, storytelling and theatre from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday, with a visit from the market’s Catalonian friends to mark the day.

Both cultures will be celebrated, and those who go along can expect to learn more about English and Catalan traditions and cooking.

There will be free cookery demonstration kitchens throughout the day and Folk Dance Remixed will be performing with their fusion of folk and hiphop dance.

Castellers of London will also show off their skills by building a human tower on the day.

St George the Martyr Church kicked off its celebrations earlier this week, which will continue until Monday.

Today, Thursday, there will also be a performance of the folk play St George and the Dragon at 3.45pm in Red Cross Garden, and 4.30pm at Borough Market.

At 7pm there will be a photo exhibition launch and poetry live in the church crypt.

A previous year’s St George’s Day celebrations at Borough Market. Credit: Borough Market/Adrian Pope.

On Friday, April 21, there will be a search for dragons hidden in the borough. This will begin and end at the piazza beside St George the Martyr church.

Anyone wishing to take part should meet at 11.15am on the day for an 11.30am start and tickets must be booked in advance.

At 1pm there will be a Water City Music concert at the church with violinist Rosie Judge, pianist Lasha Utalishvili, and children of Halsville School, in a programme music by Bach, Elgar, Kreisler and more.

On Saturday, there will be another dragon quest beginning in the same place at 11.15am for 11.30am. Again, tickets will need to be booked in advance. At 1pm there will be an hour of music and dancing at St George’s Cathedral and at 2.15pm a street parade will take place from St George’s Cathedral to St George the Martyr.

At 3pm St George and Dragon all-age theatre will take place at the Tabard Street piazza next to St George the Martyr, and at 3.30pm there will be tea for all in the church crypt. The day will end with a jazz concert in the church at 7pm.

On Sunday, April 23, there will be an 11am patronal festival service held at St George the Martyr Church. At 4.30pm there will be a talk about St George by Sam Riches from Lancaster University in the Church of the Most Precious Blood.

At 6pm the Martyr’s Voices will perform a Choral Evensong at St George the Martyr Church, and at 7pm there will be a vigil at Crossbones Graveyard.

And finally, on Monday at 6.30pm there will be a celebration of the solemnity of St George at St George’s Cathedral.



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