A commemoration of Britain’s war dead, Remembrance Sunday takes place in November each year.
Falling on Sunday, November 14 2021, the day is a chance to honour the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in war.
It is coupled with Armistice Day, which falls this year on Thursday, November 11, and marks the anniversary of signing the armistice that ended the First World War, in 1918.
After events in 2020 were disrupted by restrictions due to Britain’s second coronavirus lockdown, this year, events are expected to be held as normal.
The Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yard, London SW1P 3PA November 11 to November 21
A garden of tributes to those who lost their lives in service will be hosted at the Westminster Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, opening from Thursday, November 11, 2021.
The field, organised by the Poppy Factory, is open to the public from 1pm and 4pm on Armistice Day, and 10am to 4pm from Friday, November 12 until Sunday, November 21.
Times may change due to other events or constraints at Westminster Abbey. Check this webpage before your visit for the latest opening times.
The Festival of Remembrance, The Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP November 13
The Royal British Legion (RBL) will host its annual commemorative event on Saturday, November 13, at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington with performances at 2pm and 7pm.
This year’s event will “mark 100 years since our collective national Remembrance traditions came together for the first time” and the RBL will remember those “who have fought wars, disasters and pandemics to protect and defend Britain”.
Tickets are available to RBL members. To book, visit the RBL’s event webpage.
The National Service of Remembrance, The Cenotaph
The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET November 14
On Sunday, November 14, at 11am, the annual National Service of Remembrance will take place at the Cenotaph war memorial on Whitehall, in the City of Westminster.
It will include the national two minutes silence, the firing of guns on Horse Guards Parade and the Cenotaph Service, and will be broadcast live on BBC One, with David Dimbleby.
Organised by the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, the armed services and veterans associations, the public are welcome to attend free of charge when the area opens at 8am.
No tickets are required but entry to Whitehall and Parliament Street may be limited if full. For further guidance and entry requirements, visit the government’s webpage on the event.
The Remembrance Sunday Service, Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yard, London SW1P 3PA November 14
A service of commemoration will be held at Westminster Abbey, in the City of Westminster on Sunday, November 14, from 10.30am to 11.30am.
The free, annual service will “remember the fallen of the World Wars and recent conflicts, as well as pray for peace” and include a two-minute silence at the grave of the unknown warrior.
Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets are not required. Numbers will be limited due to Covid-19 and social distancing will be observed.
Breaking the Silence, Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ November 14
The Imperial War Museum, in Lambeth, will host a two-minute silence event on Sunday, November 14, which is free to visitors with general admission to the museum.
Taking place at 11.02am, 12.10pm and 1.10pm, visitors are aksed to assemble in the museum’s Atrium before 11am to expereience the full commemorative service.
The event will include a violin recital by a young musician, played on a violin made from sycamore and pine trees that grew in the former battlefields on the Western Front.
While the silence will be broken at 11.02am with an original spoken word piece from young music lovers aged 11 to 15. exploring what remembrance means to them today.
For information on Remembrance Sunday events in your area, visit your local council, church or RBL branch website.