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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Saint George's Day Festival in Southwark
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The Feast of England's Patron Saint, Saint George, is being celebrated in Southwark this week with a four-day long festival of church services, exhibitions, storytelling, music, dancing, street theatre and food.

Beginning on the evening of Wednesday 22 April with a 6pm vigil service at St George the Martyr CoE Church, at 12.30pm on St George's Day there will be Mass at St George’s RC Cathedral, attended by the Chapter and Cathedral Friends with a relic of St George on show.

Mass will be followed by St George’s Roast Lunch at Blackfriars Settlement, Rushworth Street, SE1 0RB and open-air theatre performances of The Ballad of St George & the Dragon at 2.30pm. outside Blackfriars Settlement, 4pm at Red Cross Garden, Redcross Way, SE1 1HA 4.30pm in Southwark Cathedral churchyard, SE1 9DA

Phone Tina Johnston on 020 7928 9521 to reserve a place for lunch.

On Thursday comedians Rick Jones and Arthur Smith will tell the story of Shakespeare’s great nephew Charles Hart - and his management role of Nell Gwynne. Music by Purcell, (350th anniversary in a 2.30pm performance at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1 9DA

During the week there will also be a cycle tour around Southwark, 7.30pm Morris Dancing at The Old Thameside Inn (Pickfords Wharf) 8.30pm at The Globe Tavern (Bedale Street) and 9pm at Brew Wharf (Stoney Street) All times are approximate, but all the pubs are very close to each other and it’s difficult to miss around 30 Morris & Clog dancers!

There will be storytelling at 8pm at The Leather Exchange pub, 15 Leathermarket Street, SE1 3HN organised by the Leathermarket-based Vayu Naidu Company. Come and enjoy tales of foolish tricksters and courageous heroes. Advance booking advised: 020 7378 0739.

On Saturday 25 April the St George Festival International Picnic will include dance, music, food and gardening at St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, SE1

For the full timetable see: www.stgeorgefestival.org.uk
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