Armed Forces Week – 23-29 June 2014

Armed Forces Day 2013

Celebrating Britain’s Armed Forces, past, present and future.

It’s only fitting that don’t-do-it-by-halves Blackpool should host a whole week of events, during 23-29 June, to celebrate the British Armed Forces rather than just a day like other parts of the country.

Armed Forces Week Blackpool is the resorts’ annual opportunity to show its support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, and from veterans to cadets.

What’s On


Blackpool Cenotaph Illuminated Tribute
Dates: 23–29 June 2014
Time: Dusk – approx 21:45
Location: Promenade, adjacent to North Pier
Providing a unique tribute to our Forces both past, present and future. A respectful programme of moving and static images will be projected onto the full height of Blackpool’s Grade II listed War Memorial.


Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Ceremony
Date: 23 June 2014
Time: approx 10:00 arrival of the flag, 10:30 flag raising
Location: Blackpool Town Hall
Blackpool joins the nation in this tribute. The Armed Forces Day flag will be returned to the Mayor of Blackpool prior to it being raised above the Town Hall at 10:30.


Music For Heroes
Date: 23 June 2014
Location: Blackpool Winter Gardens

Tickets: FREE (Donation to charity welcomed). Available from Opera House, Winter Gardens & VisitBlackpoolTourist Information Centre, Promenade

Blackpool says thank you to the Armed Forces past and present, with this musical extravaganza featuring The Band of the King’s Division, the Land Girls, the Irish Guard Singers and much more.


Houndshill Celebrates Armed Forces Week
Date: 23 – 29 June 2014
Location: Houndshill Shopping Centre, Blackpool

Throughout the week the Houndshill Shopping Centre will celebrate Armed Forces Week with military recruitment stands, themed decorations and on the 24 June, a special performance by a military band.


BBC World War One at Home
Date: 24 June 2014
Times: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: The Tower Festival Headland, Promenade

Your county needs you! Join BBC Radio Lancashire for a FREE day of fun and discovery, learning about our region’s place in the First World War. Find out about your family history, unearth some of the hidden stories from the Home Front and see local BBC presenters in action!


Blackpool Royal British Legion
Date: 24 June 2014
Time: 20:00
Location: Royal British Legion Club, King Street, Blackpool

Blackpool’s Royal British Legion Club welcomes everyone to a special evening of music and fun. Sit back and enjoy our noted keyboard player Terry Webster and the many talented singers who make for the unique atmosphere of the Legion.


Afternoon Tea Dance
Date: 25 June 2014
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Tickets: £12.95

World-renowned resident organist Phil Kelsall will play the Mighty Wurlitzer at an Armed Forces themed afternoon tea dance in the magnificent surroundings of Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom. There will be an exhibition showcasing archive photographs from Blackpool’s military past.


Marton Institute Veterans Night
Date: 25 June 2014
Time: From 19:00
Location: Marton Institute, Oxford Square, Blackpool, FY4 4DR
Tickets: Admission FREE

An evening of live entertainment, performances from Blackpool Brass Band, and a free hot pot supper. Come along and enjoy this wonderful free event supporting veterans, military personnel and their families. Everyone welcome!


Armed Forces Career Information Day
Date: 26 June 2014
Time: 10:00–14:00
Location: Blackpool Town Hall
Tickets: Free – all ages welcome
In partnership with Blackpool Council Connexions Service, representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and RAF will be available to offer careers guidance to anyone interested in joining the Armed Forces. Come along to Blackpool Town Hall between 10:00 and 14:00 and speak to the professionals. For further information contact Connexions on 01253 754840.

Blackpool Council Connexions Service will also be delivering Armed Forces Careers Information at Blackpool’s National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28 June alongside other exhibitors.


Armed Forces and Veterans Dine Out for Free
Date: 26 June 2014
Time:  Contact the venue for further information, Tel. 01253 296656
Location: Buccaneer Family Bar, Coral Island, Promenade, Blackpool
Tickets: FREE.  Advanced booking is essential (Proof of service required, i.e. MOD 90, Veterans’ badge etc, offer subject to limited availability).

Coral Island says thank you to our Armed Forces, veterans and their families with this generous invitation to dine out and enjoy a free carvery meal.


North Pier – Armed Forces Week Family Evening
Date: 26 June 2014
Time: 19:30 – 23:00
Location: Merrie England Bar, North Pier

North Pier pay tribute to the Armed Forces with an evening of free family entertainment in the Merrie England Bar.


Fylde Memorial Arboretum
Date: 27 June 2014
Time: From 11:00
Location: Millennium Grove, Moor Park Avenue, FY2 0LY
Tickets: FREE event

A Service of Dedication to commemorate our Armed Forces and veterans. Attending the service will be members of the armed forces past and present, and civilians. All are welcome.

For those wanting to lay wreaths there will be an opportunity to do so. 


Armed Forces Week Grand Gala Dinner 
Date: 27 June 2014
Time: Reception at 19:00, Dinner Served at 19:30, Carriages at Midnight
Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel
Tickets: £19.95 Per person. To book your tickets call the Norbreck Castle Sales Team on 01253 352341
Members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families, friends and supporters are invited to enjoy a four-course meal followed by entertainment from a top-class cabaret line up and band. Dress code: lounge suits, blazers or black tie. Medals may be worn.


National Armed Forces Day
Date: 28 June 2014
Time: 10:00–16:00
Location: Stanley Park
Armed Forces Day, takes place on Saturday showcasing the best that the armed forces has to offer. Moving to Stanley Park this year to expand the range of activities on offer, the day is packed with live entertainment including war and modern-day training re-enactments, a special “Superstars” style sporting competition which local teams can enter, military vehicle displays, a World War Heritage Exhibition, music, archery, an assault course and much more. For those who can’t attend the event at Stanley Park there are other events throughout the afternoon including activities in Blackpool town centre including a display of historic and fascinating wartime memorabilia and a replica tank.

Click here to see the full running order for Stanley Park


Armed Forces Week Commando Yomp
Date: 28 June 2014
Location: Blackpool Cenotaph to Jubilee Gardens, Cleveleys and back.
Entry: £5 Per person.
For more information and to take part please contact:
Paul Deacon, Blackpool Royal Marines Association on 07810 330073 or email:


Armed Forces Day Blackpool Town Centre
Date: 28 June 2014
Location: BlackpoolTown Centre

On behalf of the businesses in Blackpool town centre, Blackpool BID is bringing an exciting and interactive World War I event to the town centre. There will be a full size replica Mark I World War Tank in St John’s, accompanied by a variety of pieces from World War I including a unexploded bomb site, gun emplacements and various tents and war memorabilia to examine and handle including replica and real (decommissioned) guns.

There will be a stage with live music from the war years to sing and dance along to, costumed actors will inform and entertain the crowds about life during the war and a ‘real’ Sergeant Major will be on hand throughout the day to assist with drilling children in traditional physical education.

Please watch the Events page on for further updates on the day’s town centre events.


Armed Forces Day Military Concert
Date: 28 June 2014
Time: 19:30 – 00:00
Location: The Blackpool Tower Ballroom
Tickets: £9.95, available from BlackpoolTower

Set in the ornate splendour of the Tower Ballroom, Armed Forces Day is brought to a climax with a full live concert by the 48-piece Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire). Please note: This is a concert and not a dance event.


Sunday Morning Service & Parade 
Date: 29 June 2014
Time: Assemble from 10:30, Service 11:00
Location: Blackpool Cenotaph

Blackpool comes together to honour, and unite Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future. Attending the service will be veterans, cadets, serving military. Everyone is welcome. Following the service, Blackpool invites members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets to join in the short parade along the Promenade. Friends, family, and members of the general public are invited to line the route, cheer and wave their Union Flags.

Those wanting to lay wreaths are invited to do so after the service.


Blackpool Taxi Pull
Date: 29 June 2014
Time: From approx 12:00
Location: Start on Promenade in front of the Blackpool Cenotaph

Raising money for Ex-Service charities, local taxi drivers will pull three London type taxis in red, white and blue setting off from in front of Blackpool’s Cenotaph, heading to BlackpoolPleasureBeach, turning round and travelling back to the Cenotaph.


Blackpool Royal British Legion
Date: 29 June 2014
Time: 13:00 – 16:00
Location: Royal British Legion Club, King Street, Blackpool

Following the Cenotaph Service and parade many of those taking part return to the Royal British Legion Club, which is handily sited near St, John’s only a short distance from the Cenotaph.   Serving Personnel and Veterans especially welcome.


Clubs & Institutes

Throughout the week activities supporting the Armed Forces will take place in many venues across Blackpool, including The Comrades Club, The Guards Club and many more.


Special Offers:


Sandcastle Waterpark BlackpoolSandcastle Waterpark is the UKs Largest Indoor Waterpark with 18 fantastic slides and attractions. In the 84o tropical climate there is truly something to entertain the whole family. Whether it’s the thrill of the Aztec slides, Montazooma – 360o loops and back to back turns, and Aztec Falls where riders drop into a dark electrifying chasm or Masterblaster – the Longest Indoor Rollercoaster Waterslide in the World, Sidewinder – the World’s 1st Indoor Vertical Waterslide or the more relaxing free flowing Ushi Gushi Action River, the tranquil Shimmering Shallows and the ever popular Typhoon Lagoon which provides a wave of fun. For our younger watery explorers there is the Caribbean Storm Treehouse which has an interactive adventure play area and a giant tipping coconut which cascades over 600 gallons of water over unsuspecting victims or a range of water cannons, mini slides and jets in HMS Thundersplash and Fort Riptide.

Sandcastle Waterpark is located on the South Beach in Blackpool.

Don’t forget to ask about our SplashCash wristbands which allow you to load up cash onto a waterproof wristband to spend with ease once inside! Plus we have the Seabreeze Spa open with over 7 relaxing features for our over 18 guests.

Use code: CODE: ARM0614

Terms and conditions:

Valid for June 2014. This voucher entitles Armed Forces personnel to free entry with half price entry for their accompanying family members (standard admission only – Hyperzone and Seabreeze spa excluded). Please bring ID to show that you are a member of the Armed Forces. Please print this offer off and bring to guest services on arrival, only one copy per transaction. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. The offer print out must be shown at guest services upon arrival. This offer print out is not for re-sale. Photocopies cannot be accepted. Voucher value 0.0001p. Sandcastle Waterpark’s opening and closing times vary please check prior to your visit. Management reserve the right to refuse admission.


armedforcesmealCrown Carveries

Saturday 28 June is Armed Forces Day, when we want to salute the great work Britain’s servicemen and women do. So if you’re either currently in the forces or have retired from them, download your voucher, bring it to your local Crown carvery on the day, and we’ll treat you to a meal on the house*.

For full T&C’s and to download the voucher, please visit the website here.