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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.

Stalls and lamps in the Quire, Westminster Abbey

Lord Ashdown Service

Tuesday, 10th September 2019

| The Abbey | Attendance by invitation only

Members of the RAF lined up outside Westminster Abbey

A Service on Battle of Britain Sunday

Sunday, 15th September 2019

| The Abbey | Ticket arrangements to be announced

Judges in wigs and gowns in Westminster Abbey

Judges Service

Tuesday, 1st October 2019

| The Abbey | Attendance by invitation only

Past special services

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

Baroness Trumpington attending a party

Thanksgiving Service for Baroness Trumpington

Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Lord Heywood remembered

Lord Heywood remembered

Thursday, 20th June 2019

Abbey celebrates 300th anniversary of Westminster Hospital

Abbey celebrates 300th anniversary of Westminster Hospital

Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Chilean Navy honours Admiral Cochrane

Chilean Navy honours Admiral Cochrane

Tuesday, 21st May 2019

Abbey Marks Centenary of Police Women

Abbey Marks Centenary of Police Women

Friday, 17th May 2019

Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell Remembered

Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell Remembered

Wednesday, 15th May 2019

See more reports of Special Services held at Westminster Abbey.

The work can be tough, but even the cold and rain don’t bother me as I enjoy it so much. I love every day that I spend at the Abbey – just being here makes me smile.

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Tim - Gardener

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