The Alban Pilgrimage 2018

Saturday 23rd June

Every year the annual Alban Pilgrimage starts from St Peter’s and we have the opportunity to be at the heart of proceedings.  It is an amazing experience to be part of and I would like to invite you and your families to take part. This year the event takes place on Saturday 23 June – starting from St Peter’s at 11am (you need to arrive about 10am). The spectacular procession moves from St Peter’s to the Abbey for a special Eucharist and children’s activities which include lunch (the latter is optional).

There are many and varied roles for adults and children and young people from 5 upwards; including dressing up as beautiful roses, stained glass windows, Angels, Roman Soldiers, Monks and Nuns, giant puppets and chariots and Lictors. We also need stewards to process with the children for people.

Please confirm to Lisa Williams (Pippa and Gigi’s Mum) if you and/or your children can take part. Please reply with your names and the ages of your children to Lisa at as soon as possible.


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.

Festival Eucharist takes place immediately after the procession.

Guest preacher: The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark

Festival Evensong takes place at 4pm.

Guest Preacher: Stuart Burns OSB of Mucknell Abbey.

Photographs of last year's Pilgrimage can be found on our Facebook page.

Join the crowds in St Albans as the city comes together to celebrate Britain’s first saint, Alban.
Enjoy a wonderful spectacle as giant carnival puppets tell the story of the remarkable man who gave the city its name.
Roman chariots, centurions, lions and roses all take their place in the dramatic procession from St Peter’s Church, through the historic streets to St Albans.

For more information about our pilgrimage, download our Information for Pilgrims booklet.

To help with planning the day, all groups and individuals need to register in advance. Please fill in the Registration Form and return to – Cathedral Office, The Deanery, St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY, or by email to

Registration closes on Wednesday 20th June 2018, please return completed forms to the Deanery by this date.


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