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Town set to celebrate St Georges Day

Published Friday, 31 March 2023
St George's Day children and flags

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 22 April 2023. 

The event in Market Place offers plenty of free entertainment and activities for the whole family including Morris dancing, Punch and Judy, face painter, St George on stilts and craft making run by the United Reformed Church.

Plus, in Argents Mead stories from Tom the Tale Teller and a new play called ‘Being Dora’ produced by Hinckley High Street Action Zone.

Islastones will be there with a teddy tombola, and there will also be a small fair ride and a hook a duck stall (charges apply).

Running until 1pm on the day children can collect a free Dragon Trail Sheet, with the map and clues leading you around the town centre to find the names of eight dragons from pictures in shop windows. Completed trails can be returned to the council’s information stand in Market Place in exchange for a small treat.

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.

Events Co-ordinator for the Borough Council, Cat Stilling said:

This is a hugely popular event and offers something for all ages to experience while enjoying the town’s shops and bustling market stalls. This year visitors will also be able to meet Snappy the Dragon throughout the day and youngsters will have the opportunity to dress up as a knight and pose for a photo. There is lots going on.

We are also delighted that for the second year Red River Youth Theatre will be performing their new play ‘Being Dora,’ taking inspiration from Hinckley novelist Charlotte Brame’s most famous work, Dora Thorn. 

The play lasts around 30 minutes and will be performed:

  • Friday 21 April, 1pm and 3pm, St Mary’s Church, Hinckley
  • Saturday 22 April, 11:30am and 1.45pm, Argents Mead bandstand
  • Monday 24 April, 10am, 11:30am, 1.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Hinckley

The performance is free to watch, no booking is required. Please note, Saturday’s performance will be moved inside to St Mary’s Church in the event of wet weather. We look forward to seeing you.