Leigh Hatts  

St George’s Day: Southwark celebrates

St George’s Day in Southwark poster

Southwark in London, with its ancient St George and Shakespeare associations, is always a focus on St George’s Day.

The parish church is the oldest in London to be dedicated to England’s patron saint St George. The Roman Catholic Cathedral, built on St George’s Fields has a St George relic displayed on the feast day.

St George’s Day also marks the start of the Shakespeare’s Globe summer season.

The St George in Southwark Festival 2018 Programme

Saturday 21 April
2pm Procession with dragon leaves St George’s Cathedral SE1 to pass along Borough Road to St George the Martyr Church in Borough High Street.

3pm St George & Dragon(ia) play at St George the Martyr Church.

Eve of St George’s Day Sunday 22 April
11am Festival Eucharist at St George the Martyr Church.

12-4pm St George’s Day celebrations (including a Catalan human tower) in Borough Market

6.30pm Choral Evensong at St George the Martyr Church.

St George’s Day Monday 23 April  

3.30pm Ballard of St George and the Dragon open air play at Red Cross Garden, Red Cross Way SE1 1HA

4.30pm Ballard of St George and the Dragon at Flat Iron Square, Union Street SE1 1TD

6.30pm Chapter Mass (celebrant Archbishop of Southwark) at St George’s Cathedral.


All events are free

St George is patron of England, Southwark and many other places.

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