St Albans – Alban Pilgrimage

Event Details

  • Location: St Albans Cathedral
  • Address: Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY
  • Start date: 25th June 2022
  • End date: 25th June 2022
  • Times: 11am
  • Entry fee: Free

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.

Procession starts at 11am, St Peter’s Church, St Albans.

At 12noon all are invited to join our Choral Eucharist, with preacher Canon Dr Paula Gooder, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral.

At 4pm, join us for Evensong, when Inderjit Bhogal OBE will preach. 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.

Continue the Pilgrimage Day celebrations with an afternoon of Tudor-themed fun on the Orchard until 5pm.

Photo Emma Collins Photography