Special services

We hold a wide variety of special services, including annual celebrations, memorials and commemorations. Many are held on behalf of the church, the Royal Family, or a national or international organisation.

Upcoming services

Attendance at our special services is usually by invitation only, but for some of them, you can apply for free tickets. Please check the listings below for details.

The west front of Westminster Abbey

A Service of Thanksgiving in the 30th Year of South Africa’s Democracy

Tuesday, 16th July 2024

12.00pm - 1.00pm
The Abbey
Free (booking required)

More about the Commonwealth

More about the Commonwealth

Find out more about the Abbey's connection with the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth at the Abbey

Past special services

Read reports of some recent special services held at Westminster Abbey.

Civic Service at Westminster Abbey July 2024

Abbey welcomes New Lord Mayor of Westminster

Monday, 8th July 2024

Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan visited Westminster Abbey

Emperor of Japan visits Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, 25th June 2024

Florence Nightingale Service 2024 - Lamp

Florence Nightingale remembered at annual service

Thursday, 16th May 2024

Stirling Moss Order of Service and Medals

The life of Sir Stirling Moss honoured at Abbey

Wednesday, 8th May 2024

Wreaths laid at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior by the High Commissioners

Westminster Abbey Marks ANZAC Day 2024

Thursday, 25th April 2024

Lord Byron memorial with floral wreath of red and white roses

Lord Byron remembered, 200 years on

Thursday, 18th April 2024

See more reports of Special Services held at Westminster Abbey.

St Margaret's special services

St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, also holds a number of special services each year, and some are open to the public.

Events at St Margaret's