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stgeorges17.jpg Working the knight shift

After last year’s glorious outing, Newcastle Castle (the Castle Keep and its gatehouse the Black Gate) will once again be turning back the clock to celebrate St George’s Day, and the days leading up to it, medieval style.

You never see St George on a common or garden horse do you? It’s always a “mighty steed”, and he, and his mighty steed, will be galloping around outside the Castle on Sunday 23 April looking for his nemesis, the villainous dragon, who will also be lurking close by. (Point of order: what do dragons do with all that gold they’re always guarding? They live in caves! Surely getting a claw on the housing ladder is not beyond them.)

Anyway. Inside the Keep there will be various costumed characters getting embroiled in music, combat, medieval food, and what not, and there will also be maypole dancers from 1pm, for those inclined to learn the ropes. Meanwhile in the Black Gate there will be lots of craft activities to keep the younglings entertained, including the chance to make their own paper dragons.

Grown-ups should also note that the Black Gate will host ‘Holding Out for a Hero: The Story of St George in Art’ with the always entertaining cultural historian Gail-Nina Anderson (Friday 21 April, 6pm, £4.50); and there will be a big screen showing of the marvelous A Knight’s Tale in the Great Hall of the Keep on Saturday 22 April.

St George’s Day celebrations, Sunday 23 April, standard entrance fees apply. Tickets for ‘Holding Out for a Hero: The Story of St George in Art’ and ‘A Knight’s Tale’ are subject to availability and must be booked in advance: 0191 230 6300 or newcastlecastle.co.uk