Celebrating one of the greatest stories in the Christian faith in a truly spectacular way.
Saturday 24 June 

Preacher: The Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover

“In so many ways, Alban’s story is our story - many in our world today are fleeing persecution and seeking refuge, just as he did more than 1,500 years ago. I look forward to joining the Alban pilgrimage in June, as we travel together joyfully sharing in his story.”

Photo credit: Diocese of Canterbury 

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 starting at St Peter's Church, along St Peter's St, Chequer St, High St, George St, Romeland and finishing at the West End of the Cathedral. 

12noon | Medieval Festival on the Orchard

12noon | All are invited to join our Pilgrimage Eucharist. Preacher: The Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover.

5pm | Pilgrimage Evensong, This service ends with a procession to the shrine of St Alban, where red roses are placed on the shrine in an act of celebration.

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If you would like any further information about the Alban Pilgrimage, you can contact us on 01727 890210 or [email protected]

📷 Emma Collins Photography