Recognition of saint and Bard

St George's Day scout parade, Aylesbury Market Square.
St George's Day scout parade, Aylesbury Market Square.

A celebration of Shakespeare will combine with a free family fun day in recognition of England’s patron saint, St George, this weekend.

Courtesy of Aylesbury Town Council, the entertainment, games, crafts and activities are all free and this year include a Shakespearean touch to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

And the gathering will include the annual scout parade as scouts march towards the church for their annual affirmation service.

The St George’s Fun Day, steeped in English history and culture, will take place in Market Square from 11am - 4pm on Sunday (April 24).

Activities and entertainment will include a mechanical, bubble, breathing dragon; sword fighting and archery skills of old; and tales of dastardly dragons who terrorised terrified damsels who were saved by brave and fearless knights.

There will be a host of games to play and pottery to paint along with other arts, crafts and even a spot of balloon modelling.

Actors from The Jubilee Players and Community Unity Projects will entertain with a modern interpretation of some classic Shakespeare, showing how much the playwright brought to modern day language.

A harpist will perform live with a repertoire that extends from Bach to Beyonce and Mozart to Metallica, and some of her pieces will be accompanied by ballet dancers from The Spotlight Dance School.

The annual scout parade will start in the Market Square at 2.45pm, led by the Amersham Marching Band, St George and the Broughton Junior School dragon.

Over 200 scouts will march to St Mary’s Church for their affirmation service, before returning to the Market Square at 4pm to be formally dismissed by the District Commissioner.