St George’s 22nd and 23rd April 2017

Scroll down to find out all about what we have planned for this year:

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Nearest Station Vauxhall Click here for a google map.

We have so much going on this year at the St George’s Festival on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.  _DSC5632-EditVauxhall 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.

thWe 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.

_DSC3219-EditEveryone’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.

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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
Princes

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
Morris MenYou 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!
fireengine1024The 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).

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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.

traderOur 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.
_DSC3185-EditWe 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.

Dog Show

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.
Fire Festival 2015-3362For 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.

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St George’s 2017

We are back! St George’s 2017 is coming to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens on 22nd and 23rd April.

Yes, a two day event with a late finish on the Saturday night. The medieval full contact fighters will return for the third London Tournament, bringing carnage back to Steel Henge to crown a new champion. For those of you who don’t know, that means men in armour clubbing each other with axes. There will be Morris dancers, Punch & Judy, an ale and mead tent, falconry, archery for all the family and a hog roast, traditional crafts and an evening performance of Shakespeare and a fire performance of the story of St George and the Dragon.

This is the fifth year of the St George’s festival on the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. We have grown to take up two days, so that more traders, crafts people, performers and fighters can be involved. Come and join us, buy a wooden sword and relive a bygone era of chivalry. Here’s a video of last time:
Please watch this site. We will keep it updated from now on. If you’d like to be involved, drop us a comment.

Fire Festival 2016 Cancellation Statement

We are deeply saddened to announce that the Fire Festival Vauxhall will no longer be taking place this year. We have been ever so lucky with our funding over the last 3 years. Unfortunately, choices have to be made by Arts Council England and we were unlucky this time.

We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this might cause.

Looking to the future, we would like to put together the ‘Friends of the Vauxhall Trust CIC’ who would be able to help us build a fund for our festivals, so we can plan more strategically and hopefully avoid having to cancel any more in our 10 year plan. If you would like to be involved, please contact us on info@vauxhalltrust.org.

We are very much looking forward to the St George’s Festival, which will be taking place on 22nd and 23rd April next year.