Church of England Diocese of St.Albans Abbey Parish of St. Albans

These special, one-off events occur on specific dates.

Royal Witches in St Albans

3 Dec 2020, 7:30 p.m. for 1hr 30m

Sumpter Yard,
St Albans

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Buried in St Alban's shrine in our Cathedral lies our only confirmed royal resident, Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (d. 1447). A prince of England who was once heir to the throne, he met a sad end after his beloved wife was accused of using witchcraft in order to kill his nephew, King Henry VI. But did this woman - Eleanor Cobham - really carry out such an awful act? Or was it a clever political plot orchestrated by Humphrey's enemies? Just a few decades earlier, Humphrey's step-mother, Queen Joan, had been accused of the same crime. A dark pattern was starting to emerge.

Learn about the lives of these two remarkable women, the accusations against them, and their connections to the city of St Albans in this talk by historian and author Gemma Hollman.

Speaker: Gemma Hollman, Historian and Author

Date and Time: Thursday 3 December, 7.30-9pm. Participants will be able to join the event from 7pm.

Price: £10 (students £6)

Venue: Online via Zoom

As this talk will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a computer/laptop/tablet/phone which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids.

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Advent Carol Service

6 Dec 2020, 6 p.m. for 1h

Sumpter Yard,
St Albans

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A beautiful candlelit service combining readings and music which marks the start of the season of Advent. Sung by the boys and men of the Cathedral Choir.
Due to reduced capacity within the Cathedral, our Advent Carol Service is ticketed this year. All tickets are free of charge, available using the booking system on the Cathedral website. Ticket bookings are capped at 4 tickets within your household bubble.
General booking will be released on Friday 4 December at 10am.

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Christingle

13 Dec 2020, 3 p.m. for 1h

Sumpter Yard,
St Albans

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The Christingle service uses a special symbol, a decorated orange, to explore the story of God’s love for the world at Christmas.
This service is in support of the Children's Society.
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Due to reduced capacity within the Cathedral, our Christingle service is ticketed this year. All tickets are free of charge, available using the booking system below. Ticket bookings are capped at 4 tickets within your household bubble.

Important information around the format of our ticketed services can be found on the Cathedral website.

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Thomas Becket: His Portrayal Through Time

16 Dec 2020, 7:30 p.m. for 1hr 30m

Sumpter Yard,
St Albans

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Join us to mark the 850th anniversary of the death of St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder at the hands of King Henry II’s men in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.
His image is emblazoned on the walls of St Albans Cathedral – painted during the medieval period onto a pillar of the nave, and re-illuminated as part of the ‘Alban, Britain’s First Saint’ project. This talk explores how he has been portrayed in the centuries since his death. More information to follow.

Speaker: Dr Danica Summerlin, University of Sheffield

Date & Time: Wednesday 16 December, 7.30-9pm. Participants can join from 7pm.

Price: £10 (£6 students)

Venue: Online via Zoom

As this talk will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a computer/laptop/tablet/phone which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids.

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St Albans Live Nativity Trail

19 Dec 2020, 10 a.m. for 45m

Sumpter Yard,
St Albans

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On Saturday 19 December, St Albans Cathedral and St Peter's Church are bringing the nativity story to life.
On your journey through town, you will meet and hear from the nativity characters, who will give you a stamp on your trail. Dash the donkey, Billy and Lilly the sheep, plus other farmyard animals will be there to greet you throughout the day.

Bring your fully stamped trail to the Cathedral before 3.30pm to pick up a free nativity book.
Trails can be collected for free on the day only from the Cathedral, St Peter's Church or any of the stops along the trail (The Blacksmiths Arms, Alban Arena, the Museum, the Clock Tower).

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Pop Up Carols

19 Dec 2020, 11 a.m. for 30m

Sumpter Yard,
St Albans

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Although we can't sing together this year, there will be carols...
Join us for a taste of Christmas at the Cathedral at this brand new Christmas celebration as we host a day of Pop Up Carols. Throughout the day an assortment of socially distanced musical ensembles will perform a short selection of festive favourites around the Cathedral to whoever might be around.
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Admission to the Cathedral is free, just drop in!
Last entry 3.30pm.
Musical performances are unscheduled and will perform multiple times throughout the day in different parts of the Cathedral.

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Choral Vespers on Christmas Eve

24 Dec 2020, 5:30 p.m. for 1h

Sumpter Yard,
St Albans

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As night falls on Christmas Eve, this beautiful and reflective service of music, readings and prayer marks the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas. The service will be led by the voices of the boys and men of the Cathedral Choir.
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Due to reduced capacity within the Cathedral, Choral Vespers on Christmas Eve is ticketed. All tickets are free of charge, available using the booking system below. Ticket bookings are capped at 4 within your household bubble.

Important information around the format of our ticketed services can be found on the Cathedral website.

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