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Leicester’s St George’s Day festival moves to new site for 2024

Leicester’s St George’s Day festival is moving to a new site this year with an exciting new format.

From this year, the one-day event, on Saturday, April 20, will be hosted in the historic area around the cathedral in the heart of Leicester’s ‘Old Town’, with a packed programme of indoor and outdoor events planned say Leicester City Council.

Leicester Time: Leicester's St George's Day festival moves to new site for 2024
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Heritage tourism venues in the Old Town, including the medieval Guildhall, Leicester Cathedral and the King Richard III Visitor Centre, will all be taking part, marking the day with a range of family-friendly events.

While details of the programme are still being finalised, the events – which will celebrate the area’s history and heritage – are likely to include re-enactment activities, ale trails, a medieval-themed market and plenty of free activities for children and young people.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for climate, economy and culture at Leicester City Council said: “We’ve got plans for an expanded festival this year, which we hope will feature a medieval market, heritage films, street theatre and – of course – St George and a dragon.

“In its new home in the Old Town, our St George’s Day festival will take place in an area that’s rich in history – and we’ll also be able to offer a wider range of activities, thanks to our partnership with heritage venues nearby.

“It’s always a popular event and I hope that its new format, across multiple venues, will attract even more visitors ­– and encourage them to discover all that Leicester’s Old Town has to offer.”

Leicester’s St George’s Day festival will run from 12 noon until 5pm on Saturday 20 April.