Held in the heart of historic Westminster Abbey, Commonwealth Family Day is a lovely day for adults and children alike.

Through dance, drumming, storytelling and songs the rich heritage of the Commonwealth is showcased for an audience from five to fifty years old. Attended by more than 600 children, young people and parents, the day is an opportunity for families to explore the Abbey at a discounted rate whilst exploring the links between the historic venue, Westminster Abbey, and the Commonwealth.

Westminster Abbey, with its distinguished history, has an endless supply of intriguing sights and families were delighted to take part in an interactive Commonwealth Family Trail through the Abbey, highlighting such prestigious memorials as those of Isaac Newton, Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Darwin. Many links with the Commonwealth are to be found, from the start of the trail at the magnificent Great West Door, site of the annual Commonwealth Service, to the tomb of Sir Herbert Baker, nicknamed 'The Architect of The Commonwealth' for his extensive work designing schools, churches and government buildings across South Africa, India and Kenya. Included in the trail was a display of the 53 flags of the Commonwealth, arranged in the Chapter House of the Abbey, built in 1250 and a former meeting place of The King's Great Council.  Arranged in the order in which each country joined the network, the flag display proved a colourful tool for children to match flags to countries.

Performances are drawn from all corners of the Commonwealth and this year included pieces of traditional dance from India, Fiji and Mauritius, Ngāti Rānana Māori singing and Sri Lankan story telling. The groups performed for the crowd before inviting some of the children to get involved and take part themselves. 

Whilst admiring this display children have the opportunity to participate in a craft workshop, which in previous years has involved contributing their vision for the future to a velvet bound book and creating their own crowns.

Find Our More