Saturday 25 June 

Join us for the Alban Pilgrimage - a magnificent procession organised by St Albans Cathedral, to celebrate St Alban, Britain's first saint.

Each year, 12ft tall carnival puppets, representing figures from the story of St Alban, take to the streets to reenact the historic events which lead to St Alban's execution at the hands of the Romans. The puppets are accompanied by people of all ages dressed as lions, Roman soldiers, angels, chariots and more, resulting in a stunning spectacle of colour and celebration.

Continue the Pilgrimage Day celebrations with an afternoon of Tudor-themed fun on the Abbey Orchard. Meet King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and try your hand at playing Tudor games with re-enactment group Tudor Legacies. Join our Summer Artist in Residence to make your own secret coded messages on scrolls, as well as other activities fit for the whole family.

11am | Procession from St Peters Church

12noon | Tudor Festival on the Orchard

12noon | Choral Eucharist, with preacher Paula Gooder, Canon Chancellor at St Paul's Cathedral.

2pm | Orthodox Service and Veneration of the Relic at the Shrine of Saint Alban                        
Organised by the Ecumenical Chaplaincy and Romanian Orthodox Church, Luton - all welcome.

3pm | Anointing for Healing in the Lady Chapel

4pm | Evensong, with Inderjit Bhogal OBE. This service ends with a procession to the shrine of St Alban, where red roses are placed on the shrine in an act of remembrance. 


Get involved with this year's Alban Pilgrimage!

Parish Groups are encouraged to register in advance by Wednesday 22 June. To register please fill in the form below.

Parish Groups form

Information for Pilgrims

All young people are invited to dress up in various costumes and help the procession come alive. Sign up below by Tuesday 14 June. 

Young people's sign up form

đź“· Emma Collins Photography