Celebrate the city's namesake, Alban, Britain's first Saint, with special events and activities. 

This year we’re re-imagining the Alban Pilgrimage, bringing you a host of activities to celebrate. From a special service on Sunday 21 June, to learning the significance of roses in Alban's story. Or take a journey for the soul with our pilgrimage routes. Read on to find out more.

Details will be added in due course.

Image: Emma Collins Photography


Patronal Eucharist 

Sunday 21 June, 10am

Hear from Parish Priest, Broadcaster and former Communard, The Rev'd Richard Coles as part of a special live streamed service at 10am on YouTube. Our local MP Daisy Cooper will also feature, as well as other churches from around the world that have links to Alban.


Pilgrimage through Poetry: Journeys of Verse

Sunday 21 June, 3 - 4.30pm

An online poetry recital exploring pilgrimage and journeys. Hosted by Archdeacon Jonathan Smith via Zoom.

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Make a Paper Red Rose

Learn why red roses are significant in Alban's story with our Paper Rose activity. Display your homemade roses in your windows, alongside your rainbows, in celebration of the Alban Weekend and don't forget to send us photos!

A video and instructions will be available soon.


Pilgrimage Walking Routes

St Albans Pilgrim Church Trail

Explore 4 of the city's ancient churches and discover their stories on this 3 mile self-guided trail - fun for all ages. 

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St Alban's Way

Take a journey for body and soul on our 35 mile walking pilgrimage route from London to St Albans. This route is split into 5 stages, so you can walk one section or more at a time that suits you. 

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Pilgrimage Puppet Exhibition

Once the Cathedral reopens, come and visit our 12ft puppets from the yearly procession on display in a stunning exhibition, and learn all about their character stories. 

Created by the Friends of St Albans Cathedral.


Around the city...

St Albans City and District Council along with St Albans BID are also planning a host of activities. Market Traders from past and present will be creating a fun video montage along with special offers to celebrate the occasion. St Alban’s own Bob Golding will make a special appearance in a music video. Plus, the 13.1 challenge will be launched, as this year’s Half Marathon has been cancelled. Whether its 13.1 minutes of meditation, or 13.1 miles on a bike, get fundraising and support our fabulous local charities.

Find out more here.