St George's Day

Salisbury has celebrated the patron Saint of England’s Day (23rd April) for a very long time. It is thought that St George died in AD 303 when he was tortured and executed in Palestine, becoming an early Christian martyr. The famous legend,of course, is that St George slew a dragon that was plaguing a local town and saved a princess. The story goes that St George offered to kill the dragon only if the town converted to Christianity. Historical evidence, however, suggests that St George was a soldier in the Roman Army, living in Palestine, who was executed for his Christian beliefs.  St George’s Day became a national holiday in England in the early 15th century.

Organised by Salisbury City Council this day is designed with family entertainment in mind. Free events focus on the Market Square and include Medieval Music, Morris Dancing, Puppet Shows, Food and Drinks Stalls.

For further information please see the Salisbury City Council website

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