New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom
Anzac Day 2015 - London
Saturday 25 April 2015
2015 marks the 100th anniversary since the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. On Saturday 25 April 2015, there will be three commemorative ceremonies in London – a Dawn Service, a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph and a service at Westminster Abbey. We anticipate that the interest in these services will be high, and are currently working through arrangements such as how and when tickets will be made available. Please check back regularly on our website for further updates.
5.00am: Dawn Service, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner
The service will last approximately an hour and tickets are not required. We recommend you allow plenty of time and arrive early, rather than just prior to the start of the service. Much higher than usual numbers are expected this year, and a search regime will be in place – both of which will affect access to the site. Please keep bags to a minimum, anyone carrying large bags can be expected to be turned away. Please also carry photo ID as you may be asked to present it. There will be specific designated entry points to the site, and when these are confirmed we will update this listing.
11.00am: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, The Cenotaph, Whitehall
The wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall has been designated as a United Kingdom National Commemoration for 2015. An announcement regarding this was made by Prime Minister Cameron on 14 November.
This means that in 2015 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will lead on the organisation of the event. For information on attending and/or participating in the service, you will need to contact DCMS.
Descendants of those who fought in the Gallipoli campaign are invited to participate in the Cenotaph service, either by marching or viewing the service from a reserved area. Others who are interested in participating in the March Past are also invited to register.
Members of the public who wish to attend but not participate do not require tickets. Further details will be available from DCMS in March.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SECURITY CONSTAINTS IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND BOTH THE CENOTAPH AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY. PLEASE ADVISE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THE CENTOTAPH SERVICE AND THEREFORE WILL NOT REQUIRE YOUR WESTMINISTER ABBEY TICKET.
1.00pm: Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey
Please note that all tickets to attend the Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey have been allocated. Because of the significant nature of the Centenary year, there was an extraordinary level of interest in tickets for the service.
Due to this demand, we have decided to make tickets available for people to listen to an audio feed of the service in St Margaret’s Church (adjacent to Westminster Abbey).
Please be aware that there will not be a service held in St Margaret’s Church, and there will not be a visual feed/screens – it will be an audio feed only.
You can now apply for these tickets here. There are a limited number available, and they will be allocated on a first come/first served basis. Once all tickets are allocated this link will close.
Please only apply for St Margaret's Church tickets if you have not applied for the Westminster Abbey service, and on the understanding that it will only be an audio feed of the Abbey service.
Tickets for both Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church will be posted in early/mid April 2015. The service will last approximately one hour, and you will need to allow plenty of time on arrival to clear security before being seated for the service. Please do not carry large bags as this will delay your entry.
All tickets will be strictly non-transferable: they will be individually named, and on the day you will need to carry the photographic ID you used when applying.