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We have so much going on this year at the St George’s Festival on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Vauxhall Trust and the Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens invite you to this lovely part of London for the Third annual London Tournament of Full Contact Medieval Combat. Competitors come to London as the last stop before the World Championships, which this year are being held in Barcelona a week after St George’s.
We have representatives from a number of countries where St George is celebrated. We have traditional dancing, wrestling, food and wine from Georgia, in association with the British Georgian Society. Hand made cork products from Portugal and a mystery entertainment from Bulgaria.
Everyone’s favourite Punch and Judy show will be back on the Gardens with Mr Punch delighting the crowds with his antics in this traditional artform that originated in Italy and came to London in the 1600s. Ha Ha hopscotch will be running races and traditional games for the kids and are always a lot of fun.
Vauxhall City Farm will be bringing out some animals for you to look at and pet. We have ducks and chicks and rabbits and donkeys. You can feel like a real medieval knight on horseback with a pony ride between 2 and 3 o’clock both days. Here is their website
Medieval Folk band Princes in the Tower will be our wandering minstrels for the weekend. They also have a couple of stage shows which are always full of energy and fun.
In their own words: We’re here to make you happy, we’re here to make you jive, we’re here to make you party like it’s 1555
Princes in the Tower comprises Michael Tyack on Cittern, lute and vocals; William Summers on Crumhorns, Rauschpfeife and flute; and Antony Elvin on percussion and vocals.
This ‘Tudor power trio’ regularly brings a rowdy peak to many a London bash, festival and historical event. visit their website
You will have to get here early on Saturday to catch our fantastic Morris dancers, Greensleeves Morris Men. They are going on an epic St George’s weekend tour that takes them all over London and the South East, they stop at Vauxhall at one o’clock on Saturday, not to be missed!
The local police and fire brigade are coming to visit too. Yes that is right we have a Fire Engine coming (we are very excited about this).
Rumour has it they are itching to find out which is the best service in a tug of war competition which will also include the medieval knights, any dads who think they might have a shot and armies of children.
Our Medieval village will have lots of traders in hand made traditional medieval goods. The perfect souvenir of your day with us in Vauxhall. They will tell you all about medieval life and how their beautiful items are crafted. You might even get to see some handiwork,from a traditional craftsman too.
We also have some wonderful birds of prey on show. These delightful and beautiful creatures can be seen up close. We also enjoy fantastic local support from the community of Vauxhall with the local community centres having stands telling you all about what they do.
The Friends of the Pleasure Gardens are fully involved and will be organising a Dog Show on Sunday at 2pm, so bring along your best friend and take part in this fun, family competition.
For the first time we will be open into the evening of Saturday. We have a packed show planned with performances of Shakespeare, celebrating his birthday, some torchlit (k)night fighting. Live music from Princes in the Tower and the magnificent Fireflow performing a Fiery tale of St George and the Dragon. The Ale tent will be open so sit back with a drink and enjoy the show.