St George's Day

Stacey King

What are you doing to mark St George's Day this year? If you're not English then the answer is probably "nothing", and even if you are English it might be the same.

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The English have never made as much fuss about their patron saint's day as some of their close neighbours, but there has been increasing recognition of the national day in recent years.

We've taken a quick look at some of the events taking place across the country, in case you fancy joining in...

The Mayor of London is hosting his annual party in Trafalgar Square again, and this year's event could be the most-spectacular yet - with raised flowerbeds being installed in the tourist hotspot to create a "magical, tranquil 3D experience".

The horticultural efforts will be accompanied by live music from a variety of acts, from beatboxing to music hall - and perhaps Boris will pop along himself to do a bit of dad dancing.

Traditionally England's second city, Birmingham will be hosting a day of public events in Victoria Square on April 21 - with singing, dancing, swordmanship displays and a St George and the dragon Mummers play.

Nottingham will host a variety of events on the same day, with have-a-go archery (it is the city of Robin Hood), arts activities, storytelling, Victorian games, morris and maypole dancing and a brass band performance among the fun on offer.

The North
Lytham St Annes near Blackpool will be hosting a four-day festival and events will also be taking place in Leeds, Manchester, Bradford and Newcastle.

The latter city is hosting a St Geordie's Day on April 20, with events focussed on fundraising for local causes.

The South and South West
Plymouth is hosting a "Big Family Party" at the Armada Way Piazza on Saturday, April 21, with food, music, entertainment and pirate impersonators.

Basildon in Essex will be hosting a St George's Day festival in the Wat Tyler Country Park, with English food and drink, English sports cars and English music courtesy of tribute bands and marching bands.

English Heritage is hosting a number of events at its properties throughout England, with historical re-enactments high on the agenda alongside family activities.

There are many more smaller events taking place, just use Google to find something close to you.

What do you reckon? Should the English celebrate St George's Day more enthusiastically? Comment below...