Town set to celebrate St George’s Day

Published Wednesday, 06 April 2022
Photo of a Punch and Judy stand at St George's Day

Final preparations are now underway to celebrate St George's Day with a special programme of traditional entertainment in Hinckley town centre. 

The bunting is already decorating the town centre, creating a festive atmosphere in preparation for the event that takes place between 10am and 2:30pm on Saturday 23 April 2022.  

The event offers plenty of free entertainment and activities for the whole family including Morris dancing, Punch and Judy, Tom the tale teller, children’s crafts, a roaming face painter plus a new play called Shakespeare in Hinckley, and even St George on stilts. 

Islastones will be there with a teddy tombola, and there will also be some small fair rides available (charges apply).

Local charity Baby Basics will be hosting a donation centre for anyone who’d like to donate pre-loved baby items for distribution to families in need. For a complete list of the items currently needed, search Baby Basics Hinckley on Facebook.

As in previous years, the Hinckley District Scouting Association will also be parading through the town with representatives and flags from groups across the borough. The parade will leave St Mary’s school at 1:15pm turning from Station Road into Castle Street, New Buildings, Leicester Road and into St Peter’s RC Church. Motorists are warned there will be some temporary rolling road closures in these areas to enable the parade to pass safely.

Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Town Centres at the Borough Council, Councillor Keith Nichols said:

This is the 17th year that the Borough Council, supported by the Town Centre Partnership and Hinckley BID, have organised events to celebrate St George’s Day. It is a popular annual event that offers something for all ages to experience while enjoying the town’s shops and bustling market stalls. For the first time we will also have a play called ‘Shakespeare in Hinckley’ being performed in Argents Mead bandstand as well as a stilt walking St George and a range of arts and crafts stalls. I hope to see lots of people coming out into the fresh air to celebrate our national day with us.