Bell ringing days

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

See the Abbey bells page for a history of bell ringing at Westminster Abbey.

Bells in the bell chamber of Westminster Abbey

 

Bell ringing calendar

February

Thursday, 2nd February 2023
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
the Abbey bells are rung following the Sung Eucharist at about 6.00 pm

Tuesday, 7th February 2023
The Right Honourable The Lord Chidgey
The bells of St Margaret's Church will be rung at about 1.00 pm following the service of thanksgiving for the life and work of The Lord Chidgey

Saturday, 11th February 2023
Visiting Band
St Margaret's bells will be rung by a visiting band from 11.00 am

Tuesday, 21st February 2023
John Bartlett
The bells of St Margaret's Church will be rung at about 1.00 pm following the Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of John Bartlett

March

Wednesday, 1st March 2023
St David's Day
the Abbey bells will be rung for St David's Day following Evening Prayer at about 5.30 pm

Monday, 13th March 2023
Commonwealth Day
the Abbey bells are rung following the Commonwealth Day Observance at about 4.00 pm

Friday, 17th March 2023
St Patrick's Day
the bells of Westminster Abbey are rung for St Patrick's Day following Evensong at about 5.45 pm

Friday, 24th March 2023
Queen Elizabeth School
the Abbey bells are rung at about 1.00 pm, following the service marking the 450th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth School

Saturday, 25th March 2023
The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary
the Abbey bells are rung at noon

April

Sunday, 9th April 2023
Easter Day
following the Sung Eucharist at about 11.45 am

Monday, 24th April 2023
St George's Day
the Abbey bells are rung for St George's Day (transferred from Sunday) following Evensong at about 5.45 pm

Tuesday, 25th April 2023
St Mark's Day and Anzac Day
the Abbey bells are rung following the Anzac Day service at about 1.00 pm, with ringing for St Mark's Day subsumed

May

Thursday, 18th May 2023
Ascension Day
the Abbey bells are rung following the Sung Eucharist at about 6.00 pm

Sunday, 21st May 2023
Charter Day, 1560
the Abbey bells are rung from noon

Sunday, 28th May 2023
The Day of Pentecost
the Abbey bells are rung at about 12.30 pm following the Sung Eucharist

June

Saturday, 10th June 2023
The Speaker's Birthday
the bells of St Margaret's Church are rung from 1.00 pm

Saturday, 17th June 2023
Official Birthday of His Majesty The King
the bells of Westminster Abbey will be rung from noon

Wednesday, 21st June 2023
The Birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
the bells of Westminster Abbey are rung from 1.00 pm

Thursday, 29th June 2023
St Peter, apostle, martyr, and patron of Westminster Abbey
following the Sung Eucharist at about 6.00 pm

July

Monday, 17th July 2023
The Birthday of Camilla, Queen Consort
the bells of Westminster Abbey are rung from 1.00 pm

Thursday, 20th July 2023
St Margaret of Antioch
the bells of St Margaret's Church are rung for its patronal festival, marking the 500th anniversary of the consecration of the current building. The time of the ringing is to be announced