The Guild is very privileged to offer its members the opportunity to take an active part in the City of London’s Livery Calendar. The extensive programme of events changes year on year to reflect the Master’s theme and Livery Company. Please find below the details of our events for the coming year along with booking links:

Events Programme 2021 – 2022

July 2021

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7:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday 15th July 2021

Join other members of the Guild for an informal evening of drinks and welcome newly admitted members to the Guild family. Booking is not required for our informal drinks, and prospective members/guests are more than welcome to attend.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
Tickets are not required for this event.

Horse Guards Parade, London W1D 5BR
6:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday 22nd July 2021

Join other members of the Guild to watch 'The Sword & The Crown - a Military Musical Spectacular': a new setting of the annual Household Division Beating Retreat on the parade grounds at Horse Guards. Featuring the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company, the Band of the Royal Yeomanry, The Pipes & Drums of the London Scottish Regiment, and the Corps of Drums of The Honourable Artillery Company, this will be an evening of military pomp and precision not to be missed!

The dress code for this event is jacket and tie for gentlemen and an equivalent level of formality for ladies (smart dress or separates); no jeans or sports shoes.

Please Note: we have limited tickets for this event, so they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If we are unable to provide you with a ticket you will not be charged.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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The Church Gardens of St. Michael's Cornhill, London EC3V 9DS
1:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday 31st July 2021

Join other members of the Guild to welcome the Master in her second term at the first Guild event of our 2021-2022 year, and first in-person event since March 2020, with a relaxing garden party in the grounds of the Guild's church, with a guest judge from the Bakers’ Company for the charity bake-off.

Entries to the competition are £5.00 per entry with all proceeds going directly to the Guild's Charity.

NOTE: As the Government has announced that England will not progress to 'Step 4' of the lifting of restrictions until 19th July at the earliest, this event will be limited to 30 guests, and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If this results in your ticket(s) being cancelled you will be provided with a full refund.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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August 2021

Balls Brothers, Hay's Galleria, 1 Battle Bridge Ln, London SE1 2HD
6:00pm for 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Friday 27th August 2021

Join us for a fun-filled evening as we challenge the Mercers' Scholars for dominance on the petanque pitch! There is no need for experience and all levels are welcome. We will be back at Balls Brothers in the Hays Galleria in Southwark for pre-match drinks and nibbles, and to set up teams before the games get underway!

Teams of four will be drawn up on the evening and will play against each in a round robin tournament. With limited space available on the pitch, please register your interest now to be sure to reserve a place. For those who prefer to spectate, feel free to come along to enjoy a relaxing evening catching up with friends after the summer months.

This event is only open to Members of the Guild of Young Freemen.
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September 2021

Southwark Bridge, London
8:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday 26th September 2021

The Sheep Drive is a major City event involving some 600+ Freemen of the City of London crossing the bridge with their sheep, raising tens of thousands of pounds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the Woolmens' Charitable Trust, and the Guild has a vital part to play in this event. As marshals the Young Freemen will be the public face of the Sheep Drive, leading people across the bridge, dressed in their scarlet robes. Coverage of the event is global with images syndicated across the world.

The event is free for Young Freemen and their guests, and includes breakfast and a hot lunch. A standout event in our year, this event is truly one of a kind and not to be missed.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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October 2021

Apothecaries' Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ
6:45pm for 7:30pm till late, Friday 22nd October

This year's Annual Banquet will be held at Apothecaries' Hall by kind permission of the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries - we expect tickets will sell out fast for this event so book early to avoid disappointment.

The evening will consist of a drinks reception, followed by a sumptuous 3 course dinner with wines, port, coffee, and chocolates. The dress code is black tie with livery badges and decorations, national dress, or mess dress for serving officers. As with all Guild banquets, the evening is open to partners and guests. We encourage all our livery guests to wear their Livery Badges and other decorations.

For those who have never been to a City dinner before and are unfamiliar with some of the traditions, we encourage you to take a look at this page on our website for a handy guide: https://youngfreemen.org/a-beginners-guide-to-attending-a-banquet/

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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November 2021

The Vestry of St Michael's Cornhill, London, EC3V 9DS
8:30am breakfast for 9:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 13th November 2021

The Lord Mayor’s Show is the world’s oldest civic procession and the Guild is very privileged to play such a prominent role by escorting the giant statues of Gog and Magog, the ancient defenders of the City, under the watchful eye of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

The day will begin with an early breakfast in the Vestry of St Michael's Cornhill (8:30am sharp), after which members and guests will robe and make their way to the float for the Procession which will pause on the Embankment for some much needed libation around midday, before returning to the Guildhall where the Giants are displayed. After this, there will be an opportunity to watch the end of the parade whilst we make our way back to the vestry to deposit robes before rounding off what is expected to be a superb day with a two-course hot buffet and drinks reception at the City University Club.

Tickets include breakfast, entry to the parade (which includes a light lunch at Embankment), as well as a two-course buffet with wine at the reception. Places are limited owing to the unprecedented size of the procession and demand for tickets, so do please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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The Crosse Keys, 9 Gracechurch St, London EC3V 0DR
7:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday 25th November 2021

Join other members of the Guild for an informal evening of drinks and welcome newly admitted members to the Guild family. Booking is not required for our informal drinks, and prospective members/guests are more than welcome to attend.

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
Tickets are not required for this event.

December 2021

St. Michael's Cornhill, London EC3V 9DS
6:00pm - 7:00pm followed by drinks, Monday 6th December 2021

The final event of 2021; the service will commence at 6:00pm in the Guild church, St Michael's Cornhill, and will conclude at 7:00pm with mulled wine and mince pies. The Master will deliver a traditional reading along with other City dignitaries, with the wonderful church choir singing a selection of carols.

The service will be followed by a drinks reception at the Counting House next door, with nibbles and drink provided for members and their guests. We very much hope that you will be able join us to celebrate Christmas and our last event of the calendar year in the festive good cheer only Young Freemen know!

As with all Guild events, friends, family, and other guests are welcome.
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February 2022

Location TBA
7:00pm - 8:30pm, Thursday 10th February

The Guild of Young Freemen invite you to join us for an evening of tremendously fun and friendly competition at the annual Young Livery Inter-Livery Quiz. All proceeds will be donated to the Company charity of the winning team, or a charity of their choice if their Company/Guild does not have an official charity.

Teams of up to six will battle for quizzing domination in a professionally run quiz by Quiz Coconut, competing for the ultimate prize of fame and glory.

Please note: you must be a member of a Livery Company or Guild to attend this event.
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March 2022

Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
10:00am for 10:30am - 2:30pm, Tuesday 1st March 2022

The Worshipful Company of Poulters organise this frenetic event where teams compete for glory and raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. The Guild is privileged to enter a team of four each year for this event, and supporters are welcome to join us at the touchlines.

The races are followed by a hot luncheon in the Crypt, providing participants with ample time to boast about their victory or commiserate their defeat!

This event is only open to Members of the Guild of Young Freemen.
Please email events@youngfreemen.org to book your place on the team.

April 2022

St. Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD
11:00am for 11:30am - 12:30pm, Friday 1st April 2022

The annual service celebrating the Guilds' and Liveries' contribution to the City, with a colourful procession of Masters and the Lord Mayor in State; a truly memorable event. First run at the suggestion of the Liveries after the Blitz it was hoped that the pageantry of the City would lift the spirits of the people, and the service has become a yearly fixture ever since.

Those attending will be loaned ceremonial robes for the occasion. This service provides an incredible opportunity to see St. Paul's Cathedral in action with it's superb organ and choir. Due to the limited provision of tickets we encourage you to book early to ensure your place.

This event is only open to Members of the Guild of Young Freemen.
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