Category: Things to do

One of Plymouth's most iconic events returns to the city later this month when Plymouth Armed Forces Day comes to the Hoe on Saturday 29 June!

Plymouth Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come along and show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community from currently serving troops to reservists, veterans, cadets and their families.

Check out our top 10 ideas of things to do at this year's Plymouth Armed Forces Day!


1. Military Villages

Explore the military villages and discover the wide range of military vehicles and equipment on display. There will be military personnel on hand to chat to you and explain what equipment is used when.

Find out more about the military villages.


2. Parade of Standards

If you are a Veteran or Cadet, then why not take part in the Parade of Standards, at 11am. Or just come and watch, as the Veterans and Cadets march across the promenade.


3. Military

Navigate your way through a minefield using some of the mine detection equipment used by the Royal Navy. Discover what it takes to work in the Defence Medical Group and get hands-on with the medical exhibits as well as exploring the Battlefield Ambulance.


4. Demonstrations

Watch the thrilling demonstrations in the main arena, the Royal Marines Unarmed Combat Display and Team Endeavour Punishers Wheelchair Rugby.     

Check out what else is on.


5. Junior Field Gun Tournament

Show your support to the 20 schools taking part in the exhilarating Junior Field Gun tournaments, taking place throughout the day, as they compete for the silver trophies.

Find out more about Junior Field Gun tournaments.


6. Air Demonstration

Look out over Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and watch the exciting air demonstrations, including a Wasp, Swordfish and the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers!

Find out more about the air demonstrations.


7. Watch Company B

Get jiving with the jive jump band Company B, who will be bringing the sights and sounds of the 1940s with an energetic show full of swing and swagger! Keeping with the 1940s theme, there will also be a range of vintage military vehicles on display.


8. Veteran's Village

Visit the Veteran’s Village where you will find over 80 charities and organisations offering information and advice, plus lots of hands-on activities. The Veterans Village is supported by the Royal British Legion, who would love to chat to you about how they support serving personnel, veterans and their families. Foster for Plymouth will be providing lots of free fun activities suitable for young children.

Find out more about the Veteran’s Village


9. Live Music

Enjoy the stage performances from the much-loved Military Wives Choir, Rock Choir, City of Plymouth Pipe Band and the talented young musicians from Plymouth Youth Music Service.


10. Evening Concert

Dance the night away at the free evening concert, sponsored by C&G Catering, with an awesome line-up of local bands. Kicking off the show at 5.45pm is the Feel Good Factory, followed by Jessica and the Rabbits, Rockafella and The Big Strut. There will be plenty of well-known hits to sing along to!

Visit the official Plymouth Armed Forces Day website for further information

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