Have you always dreamed of sitting in the FROW of a fashion show? This week you have the opportunity to do so at the UK’s longest indoor catwalk.

A week of events at this year’s St Albans Fashion Week includes two catwalks within the walls of the cathedral, on October 27 and 28.

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban will be transformed, allowing for more than 800 people to view collections from independents, high street brands, exciting new designers and talented local students. Julia Yule, executive fashion and beauty editor at Glamour magazine, says of the show: “I couldn’t believe how enormous a production the Cathedral Catwalk Show was. It was phenomenally well put together and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Angela Buttolph, editor-at-large at Grazia magazine, who graced the coveted FROW – front row – last year adds: “St Albans Fashion Week is fast becoming a can’t-miss date for the calendar. This year’s show was spectacular, from the glamorous setting in St Albans Abbey to the fabulous mix of designer, vintage and high street brands. Plus, St Albans Fashion Week could teach the world’s fashion capitals a thing or two about diversity – it was great to see models of all sizes and ages on the catwalk. A seriously fun night out.”

Other events include a Hobbs in-store fashion show and styling masterclass with personal stylist Alice Barnes; Super Shopping Saturday retailers across St Albans will be hosting an array of special events, offering exclusive discounts, gifts with purchases, competitions and even some bubbly; and a Charity Luncheon at Brasserie Blanc, which gives people the opportunity to donate while they dine, for local Cerebral Palsy charity, Starscope.

The Odyssey will also screen fashion film The First Monday in May, which follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, China: Through The Looking Glass, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

Ellena Ophira, SAFW founder and organiser, says: “We’re so excited to be back for our fourth year. Each year the demand gets greater, so we want to try and give as many people a chance to take part.

“This year we have more than 100 local businesses participating from all across St Albans and District. We’re humbled by the attention SAFW receives and how many people want to take part in all the festivities. We even made it onto the BBC’s Songs of Praise last year, with BBC presenter Diane-Louise Jordan practising her walk down our catwalk. The whole journey’s been a dream and we’re thrilled so many people love taking part and attending.”

Events run until Sunday, October 30. Details: stalbansfashionweek.com