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 National Scout Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving

Friday, 23rd February 2024

12.00pm - 1.00pm
The Abbey
Invitation only

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Lord Morris of Aberavon

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Lord Morris of Aberavon

Wednesday, 28th February 2024

12.00pm - 1.00pm
St Margaret's Church
Free (Booking required)

An orange boat in choppy waters

A Service of Thanksgiving on the 200th anniversary of the RNLI

Monday, 4th March 2024

11.30am - 12.30pm
The Abbey
Invitation only

The Commonwealth Service 2024

The Commonwealth Service 2024

Monday, 11th March 2024

3.00pm - 4.00pm
The Abbey
Invitation only

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.

Families celebrate Christmas at royal carol service 

Families celebrate Christmas at royal carol service 

Sunday, 24th December 2023

Judges mark the start of the new legal year

Judges mark the start of the new legal year

Monday, 2nd October 2023

Battle of Britain anniversary marked at Westminster Abbey

Battle of Britain anniversary marked at Westminster Abbey

Sunday, 17th September 2023

Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce remembered

Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce remembered

Thursday, 13th July 2023

NHS celebrates 75th anniversary

NHS celebrates 75th anniversary

Wednesday, 5th July 2023

Three men by the Grave of the Unknown Warrior - two of them are about the lay wreaths

Westminster Abbey Marks ANZAC Day 2023

Tuesday, 25th April 2023

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