Introducing the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens St George's Festival 2015. The festival will take place on Saturday 25th April 2015.
This year is a fantastic year for the celebration of England's Patron Saint. As I am sure you are aware it is:
- 800 years since Magna Carta
- 750 years since the Summoning of Parliament by Simon de Montfort
- 600 years since the battle of Agincourt
- 300 years since the last battle on English soil
- 200 years since the battle of Waterloo
- 100 years since the formation of the Women’s Institute
Our celebrations on the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, on the south bank of the river Thames, within earshot of Big Ben plan to incorporate all of these significant dates and much more.
The centrepiece of the Festival will be the inaugural London Tournament. A host of international fighters from “Battle of the Nations” will congregate on the Queen Anne Field for a tourney of full contact medieval combat. Battle of the Nations hold a world championships every year in different places around the globe. The UK team entered its first World Championships in 2013 at Aigues Mortes in France. They were followed on this trip by the BBC documentary “Knight Club”.
While the World Championships move cities every year, we are creating a Tourney in the capital of the World to augment the schedule of this exhilarating, emerging spectator sport. The London Tournament takes place on St George’s weekend as a celebration of England’s Patron Saint.
Make no mistake, this is not re-enactment. There will be a full contact, armoured, singles competition where knights from around the globe will compete to be crowned the London Champion, an honour that will gain respect in all competitions for the fighter skilled enough to win. He will receive a trophy and a badge for his armour, signifying his status as London Champion in every battle he fights in the next twelve months.
We will also hold The Agincourt Memorial Melee in which the English team will take on the French team for bragging rights in the oldest rivalry. The entente cordiale will be put on hold for an afternoon and the crowds will roar at this exciting spectacle.
Surrounding the London Tournament will be a medieval fair with plenty to entertain the whole family.
- Mummers plays of St George and the Dragon
- Falconry demonstration
- Have a go at archery
- Punch and Judy
- Morris Dancers
- Medieval market featuring a Hog Roast and Real Ale
This is going to be the greatest show on Earth!
For more information please contact 0207 207 4585