The Alban Pilgrimage
Sat, 22 June 2019 at 11.00am
The Alban Pilgrimage 2019
Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2018 Alban Pilgrimage. You can view photos taken of the event on our Facebook page.
The Alban Pilgrimage in 2019 takes place on St Alban's Day itself - Saturday 22nd June. Come and join us on the opening weekend of our Alban, Britain's First Saint project as we celebrate Alban and his role in the nation's history.
Keep an eye on our launch events page here.
The Alban Pilgrimage takes place annually and is held in honour of the city’s namesake, St Alban, who died on 22nd June over 1700 years ago. He was executed for giving shelter to a Christian priest later named Amphibalus who was fleeing persecution by the Romans. Moved by the priest's faith, Alban became a Christian and the two men swapped cloaks, enabling the priest to escape. Alban was arrested instead, brought to trial and executed on the hill where St Albans Cathedral now stands.
Stunning 12-ft tall carnival puppets and a procession of around 300 children, teenagers and adults from the local community dramatize the tale of Alban’s martyrdom, with the final scene taking place at the West End of St Albans Cathedral, the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.