Collect your free tickets for the Canterbury Cathedral Carol Service!

Every year there is a magical candle-lit University Christmas carol service at Canterbury cathedral which will be on Monday 12th December at 7.30pm. Entry is by ticket only, and you can get up to 3 free tickets per student.


Come and collect your tickets from the foyer of the Grimond Building (behind the Templeman Library) on:

  • Mondays 28 November and 5th December: 12:45pm - 2pm
  • Tuesdays 29th November and 6th December: 5.45pm - 6.30pm

Students may collect up to three tickets per ID shown. You can bring along someone else's ID and get additional tickets. We are offering four distribution times so that as many students as possible have a fair chance of getting a ticket, regardless of their timetable commitments.

New for 2022 - book online:

From 9am on Weds 30th November, a limited number of tickets will also be available to students online via Eventbrite.

Special arrangements are made for students with disabilities. They are asked to contact Revd Dr Stephen Laird


Please e-mail your requests for tickets to Revd Dr Stephen Laird now and Friday 2 December. We will respond with details which will enable you to access tickets online. Please e-mail your requests rather than leaving a telephone message! Staff requests for up to four tickets per application will be accepted and you will receive your tickets (subject to availability) on or before Tues 6th December.Please note that demand for tickets for the University Carol Service, from both students and staff, continues to increase. Meanwhile, due to fire regulations, seating-space in the Cathedral Nave has been slightly reduced.

How to Get Involved

Every year we welcome offers from students who would like to act as Volunteer Stewards at the Carol Service. Volunteer Stewards are given duties to perform, such as issuing programmes, checking tickets etc., and are instructed to sit in their designated places at the Carol Service.

Volunteer Stewards do not need to queue for tickets, but need to be available for a training session at 5:15pm on Thursday 8th December OR at 5:15pm on Friday 9th December. You may also be needed at the Cathedral from 2:30pm-3:30pm on Monday 12th December, and from 6.20pm that evening (i.e. just over an hour before the service starts).

We plan to have appointed these helpers before the general issue of tickets so volunteers will know that they do not have to struggle to get tickets themselves. If you are interested in volunteering for this rewarding role, please e-mail Revd Dr Stephen Laird as soon as possible

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Booking details


Free tickets to be collected in person (see event description), or a limited number available online via Eventbrite.


Email Stephen Laird,