Posted by: travelrat | April 22, 2013

St. George’s Day, Salisbury


Tomorrow is St. George’s Day.

St. George is, of course, the Patron Saint of England, although it’s extremely unlikely he even saw the place. But, unlike his fellow saints, Andrew of Scotland, Patrick of Ireland and David of Wales, his day isn’t very often celebrated. One of the few places it is celebrated is Salisbury.

Now, since the day falls on a Tuesday this year, and since it isn’t a Public Holiday (it ought to be … and on the day itself, not the nearest Monday), they held the Celebration on Sunday. Sometimes, they have a Parade; sometimes they have shows and demonstrations in the Market Place. This year, owing to work-in-progress outside, they held it in the Guildhall.

Maybe it was a little too crowded to be completely enjoyable … but, if you like storytelling, morris dancing and cream teas, it’s worth putting up with a little inconvenience.


And, as I shall tell next week, the Guildhall itself is worth a visit, even if nothing is really going on there.



  1. He’s also the patron saint of Catalunya and hence the double celebrations at Borough Market this year (and last year). Sadly, no Morris dancing here!

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