The whole family will have a great day out at Plymouth Armed Forces Day, in association with Babcock, on Saturday 25 June. Head to Plymouth Hoe for a day filled with excitement and fun, all for free.
Starting at 9.10am with an RAF and Allied Forces memorial service, Armed Forces Day will officially open at 10am and run until 10.30pm, with plenty of activities, displays, parades and live music to enjoy.
Support the Forces
There will be activities for all the family to enjoy and get involved in, from exploring military vehicles, weapons displays and equipment, to tackling the Royal Marine’s obstacle course, or the Army’s climbing wall. Explore the dynamic displays in the Royal Navy Village, and chat with the RAF recruitment team to learn more about the wide range of careers on offer, from Aircrew to Chef!
Members of the Fire Service, Devon and Cornwall Police, Coastguard Rescue Service and Dartmoor Search and Rescue will also be there on the day.
The Veterans Village will include a wide range of charities and organisations, each offering information, advice and support.
You’ll find the main arena along the Hoe Promenade, with an exciting programme of awesome activities, bands and parades. At 11am the annual Parade of Standards will take place, which includes Veterans and Cadets marching across the Hoe Promenade.
Other highlights include the Devonport Services Rugby Team, who will be showing off their skills and a thrilling exhibition match from Team Endeavours Punishers Wheelchair Rugby.
There will also be entertainment from the City of Plymouth Pipe Band, Military bands, Cadets marching and a lively performance on the main stage from the Rock Choir, the largest community choir in the country.
This year we have up to 20 schools taking part in the Junior Field Gun tournaments. This exhilarating competition will be taking place throughout the day, within their dedicated arena.
The Plymouth Music Education Hub will be providing a spectacular programme of live music by their talented young local musicians, who will be carrying out a variety of performances throughout the day on their dedicated stage.
40th Anniversary of the Falklands War
Veterans of the Falklands War will be given the Freedom of the City of Plymouth. The honour will mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict and the contribution of the city’s service personnel.
Plymouth will be marking this significant anniversary with a dedicated Veterans parade, during Armed Forces Day, which will start at 2pm from the Royal Citadel, finishing on the Hoe promenade with a salute and speeches.
Veterans from the Falklands are invited to join this parade, please contact Chris Jones for more details, email: email@example.com
Evening Concert, 5pm to 10.30pm
The entertainment continues into the evening, with a free live outdoor music concert on the main stage, sponsored by C&G Catering.
Dance the night away from 5pm with the Function Band of the Royal Marines, Plymouth, Ocean City Sound Barbershop Chorus, Military Wives Choir, local powerhouse duo Roulette, Absolutely Elton – an outstanding tribute to Sir Elton John. Headlining the show will be, From The Specials Neville Staple Band – The Original Rude Boy!
All of the above is subject to change, but was correct at the time of going online.