What better day of the year than April 23 for young dragon hunters to take in activities at Chesters Roman Fort and Carlisle Castle?
The English Heritage properties on Hadrian’s Wall Path will play host to some exciting events in celebration of England’s hero and patron saint, immortalized in the legendary tale of ‘George and the Dragon’.
A intriguing discovery reveals that St George may have been a Roman soldier, living at the time of Roman Emperor, Diocletian, in AD 245-313.
Jon Hogan, Events Mangager with English Heritage in the North, said: “It’s also not a very well know fact, but it is widely thought that St George was a Roman soldier – making Carlisle Castle and Chesters Roman Fort with their Roman heritage the perfect places to visit over the St George’s Day weekend.”
Historians believe that George was born in the 3rd century and was a Roman soldier from Syria Palaestina and a soldier in the Guard of Diocletian. George followed in the footsteps of his father, Gerontius, who was also was a Roman army official from Cappadocia.
George is known for many things, in particular the story of the slaying of the dragon. So youngsters who want to be brave dragon slayers just like George are invoited to find a series of mini dragons hidden around Chesters Roman Fort on April 21 and 22 from 10am – 6pm. Dragon-hunting skills will be rewarded with a certificate.
Visitors to Carlisle Castle will also be able to take a patriotic trip back in time at the ‘A Very English Castle Tours’ on April 21 – 22, tours at 11.30am and 1.30pm, with dragon trails around the Castle for any youngsters.
For further information about all the English Heritage St George’s Day events taking place contact English Heritage on 0870 333 1181.