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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.


A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Year of Engineering

Thursday, 22nd November 2018

| The Abbey | Free, booking required


A service to celebrate the contribution of Christians in the Middle East

Tuesday, 4th December 2018

| The Abbey | Free, booking required


Saint Maximilian Kolbe 125th Anniversary service

Sunday, 13th January 2019

| The Abbey | Free, booking required


Lord Carrington memorial service

Thursday, 31st January 2019

| The Abbey | Free, booking required

Past special services

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


Abbey remembers the Fallen

Sunday, 11th November 2018


Westminster Abbey marks Kristallnacht anniversary

Friday, 9th November 2018


The Duke of Sussex opens the 90th Field of Remembrance

Thursday, 8th November 2018


St Margaret’s holds a Service for Parliament to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War

Tuesday, 6th November 2018


Scouts and Guides celebrate shared traditions

Monday, 5th November 2018


London Mayors attend Evensong

Monday, 15th October 2018

See more reports of Special Services held at Westminster Abbey.

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