There are lots of fun ways to celebrate St George’s Day – and Shakespeare Day – in Sandwell.
There are family-friendly activities on both Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April.
On Saturday, 13th century Manor House Museum in West Bromwich has music, dance, drama, comedy, art, crafts and trails as a Shakespeare experience meets St George from 12-3pm. There will also be St George’s-themed crafts at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, which will be open from 2-5pm (last admission 4.30pm).
Saturday also sees a Shakespeare event at Haden Hill House, in Cradley Heath, from 12-3pm with music, dance, drama and comedy all organised by local young people through the Emerge project inspired by Shakespeare.
Sandwell libraries are also celebrating on Saturday, with activities including a Buns, Bards and Ballads family fun day celebrating St George and Shakespeare at Tipton Library from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Crafts, face painting, live music and a charity cake sale are all lined up, plus the unveiling of a First World War memorial bench in the library at 10.30am.
Other library St George’s activities include:
- Blackheath Library, 10am to 12noon – crafts with Go Play, including making armour
- Hill Top Library, 11am – St George’s Day-themed crafts and stories
- Stone Cross Library, 11am to 2pm – St George’s Day-themed drop in crafts
- Wednesbury Library, 11am – St George’s Day-themed crafts and stories
On Sunday, it’s the annual St George’s parade and family fun day in West Bromwich organised by Stone Cross St George. Everyone is welcome to join in. The parade will form from around 10am in Westminster Road, setting off at around 10.30am and making its way to Dartmouth Park for around 11.30am. Rolling road closures will be in place for the parade, with roads reopening once it has passed safely through.
At Dartmouth Park, there will be a short service by the war memorial followed by the fun family day running until 5pm. This includes fun fairs, craft stalls, charity stalls music, dancing and food. Admission is free with small charges for rides. More info at Stone Cross St George on Facebook.
Sunday also sees St George’s-themed activities from 2pm to 4pm at Haden Hill House, in Cradley Heath. Make your own dragon, follow the dragon trail and learn more about St George. £1 for craft items. There’s also shield decorating and searching for dragons at Oak House, in West Bromwich, from 2pm to 4pm.