How do you celebrate St George’s Day on 23 April? Do you paint the town red and white? Maybe you go away for a few days…

With St. George’s Day rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your plans and decide what you’ll be doing to celebrate the day. Why not take the opportunity to go away for a few days, or even just do something a bit different with family and friends for the day?

Picnic

April is known for having good weather, so why not make the most of it and head out for a picnic? Make a pact that you will all wear red and white outfits or have a selection of red and white foods. Strawberries and cream is a great option and a long standing English tradition. If you fancy getting a bit creative, why not pack some red peppers and sour cream or make a raspberry pavlova to take with you?

Ensure you’ve got your picnic blanket, some plastic cutlery and paper plates. Take a frisbee and some suncream and make the most of the nice weather. If you want to get really into it, why not dress up in traditional clothes and pretend to be knights and dragons? Re-enact the famous story of George and the dragon with your friends and inject a bit of humour into the day. Just be sure to take all your litter home with you at the end of a day of celebrating.

Street party

Back in the good old days, people would throw street parties for every national event, so what better excuse than for St George’s Day? If you speak to your local council, you can get permission to shut the road and start decorating. Get out the bunting and the flags and really get into the party spirit.

Celebrate your English patron saint and lay out picnic tables with food and drinks on, then get some music playing. Get each house to bake or make something so that everyone gets involved and you can put on a big spread. Once all your neighbours are involved, you could have a fun-filled day together.

Eat the English way

If you want to keep things simple, why not have a day of eating English food? You can start off the day with a traditional English breakfast. Make sure you have eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, black pudding, toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread and hash browns. A pot of tea on the side is essential, as is some brown sauce.

In the afternoon, have high tea with scones, clotted cream, jam and more tea, as well as some Victoria sponge. Dinner should be a traditional roast dinner of beef and Yorkshire puddings with plenty of roast potatoes and gravy. Finish it off with a bowl of apple crumble and custard, some traditional English ale and you have the perfect day of English food.

Activity day

If you can get the locals involved, you can all participate in an activity day together. Arrange a parade through your town centre followed by a quiz night in the local pub. You can easily make sure all the questions are centred around English history or the local culture of the town.

Get the church involved in bell ringing and arrange for face painting for the children. You could also hand out red roses and arrange for Morris dancing to take place in the town centre. All of these little activities can be done together to create a day of celebration for St George’s Day.

Mini break

Why not take advantage of the day and go on a mini holiday somewhere? You could take a visit to the South coast for a few days and enjoy the sandy beaches. Check into a little bed and breakfast or even go camping somewhere; one of the most popular holiday types for English people.

If you do go away, make sure you have good travel insurance just in case anything happens or you lose any of your belongings along the way. Remember to pack sleeping bags, tents, toiletries and pillows, but don’t worry too much if you forget anything. When you go camping, you’ll likely find all the essentials being sold in shops nearby, so you can rely on them if you do happen to leave something behind. Things like lilos and other beach-based items are usually easier to buy when you arrive, rather than having to squeeze them into the car.

Whatever you decide to do this St George’s Day, make sure you celebrate in style. Even if you have to work, you can still arrange to get some activities going in the office. Something simple like dressing in red and white for the day can be enough to get people involved and having some fun for the day, while celebrating the patron saint of England.