Almost every year since the first Festival Service on 8 November 1655, there has been a dinner in aid of the Trust. At the 200th Festival, a sum of over £1.2 million was raised in support of clergy households!

The dinner is now, primarily, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the historic links between charity, City and Church. Attendees include the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sheriffs, Aldermen and Bishops, our Governors and Stewards of the Festival.

The 342nd Festival Dinner will be held at Plaisterers' Hall on Tuesday 7 May 2024, starting with a drinks reception at 6:30pm.

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Merchant Taylors' Courtyard Chatting

Merchant Taylors' Livery chatting

The Festival Dinner is open to all and is attended by members of the Civic Party, Masters, Prime Wardens and representatives of Livery Companies, Bishops, Governors, Stewards of the Festival, clergy and many others.

The Dinner is an opportunity to learn more about the trust, meet the Trustees and members of the staff team. You can also learn about future plans and how you can help them happen.

Previously there has been an after-dinner speaker with a significant connection to the clergy. Recent speakers have included the Revd Richard Coles (2017), Timmy Mallett (2018, pictured), John Sergeant (2019) and Lord Lisvane and The Revd Lady Lisvane (2022).