The 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 going up in the town, creating a festive atmosphere in readiness for the event that takes place between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 23 April.
To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, this year’s event will be inspired by a ‘Bard’ theme alongside the usual array of entertainment and activities for the whole family including Morris dancing, medieval games and crafts, story telling, birds of prey, a find-the-flag hunt around the town centre, a giant slide, free giveaways and Snappy the dragon. Most activities are free.
This year, organisers are inviting people to come along to the event in a fancy dress costume appropriate to the theme of the day. A prize is available for the best costume.
And to round off the day, fans of ‘the Bard’ may wish to book tickets to watch Shakespeare Live from the RSC showing at Hinckley’s Cineworld cinema starting at 8.15pm.
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 totalling nearly 300 children and young people. The parade will leave Clarendon park at 1pm.
- This is the 11th year that the Borough Council, supported by the Town Centre Partnership, have organised events to celebrate St George’s Day. It is a popular annual event that offers something for all ages to experience while enjoying the town’s shops and bustling market stalls.