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Bell ringing days

The Abbey bells can usually be heard before services and in celebration of church festivals and royal occasions.

Following the latest guidelines from the Church of England and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, ringing at the Abbey by our volunteer bell ringers is currently suspended during the coronavirus outbreak.

See below for a list of upcoming bell ringing days, or Abbey bells for a history of bell ringing at Westminster Abbey.

Bells in the bell chamber of Westminster Abbey


Bell ringing calendar


Saturday, 15th August 2020
The Blessed Virgin Mary and VJ Day
from 12.30 pm, rung by four bell-ringers


Monday, 21st September 2020
St Matthew’s Day
following the 5.00 pm Evensong

Tuesday, 29th September 2020
St Michael and All Angels
following the 5.00 pm Sung Eucharist


Thursday, 1st October 2020
The Judges’ Service
following the 11.30 am service

Tuesday, 13th October 2020
The Translation of St Edward the Confessor
full peal at 1.00 pm, and following the 5.00 pm Sung Eucharist

Sunday, 18th October 2020
Dedication of Westminster Abbey
following the 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Sunday, 18th October 2020
London Mayors' Evensong
following the 3.00 pm service

Monday, 19th October 2020
St Luke’s Day (transferred)
Following the 5:00 pm Evensong


Sunday, 1st November 2020
All Saints’ Day
following the 11.15 am Sung Eucharist

Monday, 2nd November 2020
All Souls’ Day
following the 5.00 pm Sung Eucharist, half-muffled

Sunday, 8th November 2020
Remembrance Sunday
following the 3.00 pm Evensong, half-muffled

Saturday, 14th November 2020
Birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales
From 1.00 pm

Tuesday, 17th November 2020
Foundation Day (Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth I, 1558)
from 1.00 pm

Friday, 20th November 2020
73rd Wedding Anniversary of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
from 1.00 pm

Tuesday, 24th November 2020
Inauguration of the General Synod
before and after the 10.45 am service

Monday, 30th November 2020
St Andrew’s Day
following the 5.00 pm Evensong


Friday, 25th December 2020
Christmas Day
following the 10.30 am Sung Eucharist

Tuesday, 29th December 2020
St John's Day (transferred)
following the 5.00 pm Evensong


Friday, 1st January 2021
New Year’s Day
From 1.00 pm

Wednesday, 6th January 2021
The Epiphany of Our Lord
Following the 5.00 pm Sung Eucharist

Saturday, 9th January 2021
Birthday of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
From 1.00 pm

Monday, 25th January 2021
The Conversion of St Paul
Following the 3.00 pm Evensong


Tuesday, 2nd February 2021
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
Following the 11.15 am Sung Eucharist

Saturday, 6th February 2021
Accession Day
From 1.00 pm

I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.

Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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