Celebrate St George’s Day at Blists Hill Victorian Town
The residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will be celebrating St George, the patron saint of England, over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April, when the streets will be decorated in patriotic red, white and blue. Join-in the patriotic parade, take part in a dragon hunt and see a re-enactment of the famous tale of St George and the Dragon.
Circling around the historic streets of Blists Hill, the parade will start at 2pm outside the Printers. Come dressed as a bold English knight, princess or greedy dragon and watch out for the ‘Master of The Parade’, who will be looking for recruits to join in the procession and giving spot prizes for the best outfits. The fun open-air performance of St George’s legendary slaying of the Dragon will be performed by the Prince Albert Players at 2.30pm each day.
Other family activities include candle dipping - using Victorian techniques to make multi-coloured candles to take home; a lesson in the school house at 12noon and a ride on the horse-drawn bus between 1.30pm and 3pm, or follow a self-led trail to find the dragons lurking around the Town. You can also take part in our big craft activity where you can design your own dragon’s scale to add to the grizzly dragon taking over the Goods Shed. There’s also a sing-a-long in the New Inn at 1pm and 4pm.
The story of St George and the Dragon, which probably dates back to the 12th century, represents the triumph of good over evil. According to the legend, a town was being terrorised by a dragon, which demanded a regular sacrifice and it was now the turn of a young princess. St George slayed the dragon and saved the princess from her fate. St George is thought to have been a Roman soldier who died a martyr’s death in 303. Celebrations on St George’s Day became a highlight of England’s social calendar from the 15th century.
Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. For further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).
Date Posted: 13th April 2016