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.

Judges at Westminster Abbey

A Service to mark the opening of the Legal Year in England and Wales

Friday, 1st October 2021

11:30am - 12:30pm
The Abbey
Attendance by invitation only

A Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion

A Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion

Tuesday, 12th October 2021

11:30 - 12:30
The Abbey
Attendance by invitation only

Edwardtide Pilgrimage

Edwardtide Pilgrimage

Saturday, 16th October 2021

10:00am - 4:00pm
The Abbey
Free (no booking required)

Past special services

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

Royal Family marks Unknown Warrior centenary

Royal Family marks Unknown Warrior centenary

Wednesday, 11th November 2020

Abbey releases Order of Service for Warrior centenary

Abbey releases Order of Service for Warrior centenary

Wednesday, 11th November 2020

Judges service marks start of the 2020 legal year

Judges service marks start of the 2020 legal year

Thursday, 1st October 2020

Abbey marks 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Abbey marks 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Monday, 21st September 2020

Her Majesty The Queen attends the Commonwealth Service

Her Majesty The Queen attends the Commonwealth Service

Monday, 9th March 2020

Tricia Hillas inaugurated as Speaker’s Chaplain

Tricia Hillas inaugurated as Speaker’s Chaplain

Wednesday, 4th March 2020

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