Armed Forces Week

Armed Forces Day 2013

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

20-26 June 2016

Armed Forces Week is Blackpool’s opportunity to say thank you to our heroes. From June 20 – 26 the whole town comes together welcoming serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a wide range of activities targeted at them and their families as well as the many thousands of people visiting the resort.

Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony

20 June 2016

Time: approx 10:00 arrival of the flag 10:30 flag raising

Location: Blackpool Town Hall

Blackpool joins the nation in this countrywide tribute. The Armed Forces Day flag will be returned to Blackpool prior to it being raised above the Town Hall at 10:30.

Music For Heroes

20 June 2016

Time: Doors approx. 19:00 show 19:30

Location: Opera House, Blackpool Winter Gardens

Tickets: £1.00 per ticket, available from Blackpool Winter Gardens, and VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre.

Blackpool says thank you to the Armed Forces past and present, with this musical extravaganza!

Armed Forces Careers Information Day

21 June 2016

Time: 12:00–20:00

Location: Army Recruitment, Houndshill Shopping Centre

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 the Army recruitment shop,at Houndshill Shopping Centre between 12:00 and 20:00 and speak to the professionals.

For further information contact Connexions on 01253 754840.

Houndshill Shopping Centre Celebrates Armed Forces Week

21 June & 25 June 2016

Time: 10:00–17:30

Location: Houndshill Shopping Centre

Houndshill celebrates Armed Forces Week with war-time themed entertainment, military weapons and equipment displays from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Viva Blackpool presents We’ll Meet Again 2016

21 June 2016

Time: Doors 12noon, Show 14:00 Show ends approx. 16:30

Location: Viva Blackpool, 3 Church Street, Blackpool , FY1 1 HJ

Tickets: Show only – £13.90, Concessions (U17 & Over 65) – £11.90, Concessionary rate for service personnel. Lunch options also available.

From the Producer of WE’LL MEET AGAIN Duggie Chapman MBE is  bringing  a brand new Wartime Cavalcade show to celebrate 70 years this year since the end of World War 2.

Starring Comedy Entertainer STEVE BARCLAY, bringing Impressions of the Wartime Comedians and by Very Special Request a return of Britain’s Greatest Virtuoso of the Ukelele ANDY EASTWOOD.

This year we have a New West End singing star MAGGIE O’HARA who will be bringing the Songs of Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields and a touch of Ann Shelton, to our Wartime Cavalcade.

With full supporting cast of MERVYN FRANCIS former singer from the Black and White Minstrel Show and our Special Guest Comedian and Multi-Instrumentalist PETE LINDUP.

With the live Music of the MARTYN ST JAMES BAND here is an afternoon show of real variety with a tribute to our Armed Forces of yesterday, today and tomorrow. With all the great songs and Music of the War Years – this is Damp eye nostalgia that leaves everyone with a warm and sentimental glow.

Join us in Blackpool for the 2016 Armed Forces Week Celebrations, and reminisce on an era which brought the whole country together as one – the good old days!

Going to the Flicks

21 – 23 June 2016

Location: Odeon Cinema Blackpool

Tickets: Invitation Only

Going to the Flicks is a special wartime cinema experience especially for local primary school children. The specially commissioned education film covers Blackpool during WW1, what it was like for children during WW2, footage from more recent conflicts, the Union Flag, the National Anthem, and a short Laurel & Hardy sketch. A question and answer session with tri-service military personnel and veterans will follow the film.

Armed Forces Week Afternoon Tea Dance

22 June 2016

Time: 10:00–17:00

Tickets: £9.95 available from The Blackpool Tower

The famous Mighty Wurlitzer will be played at an Armed Forces themed afternoon tea dance in the magnificent surroundings of Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom. At 14:00 the Standards will march to welcome the Mayor of Blackpool who will be accompanied by serving personnel form the 4th Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Michael Wan’s Mandarin Restaurant Dine Out for Free

22 June 2016

Time: Between 12:00–13:45 only

Location: 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool, FY1 1JD

Tickets: FREE for serving personnel and veterans only (proof of service required, ie MOD 90 or Veterans Badge, subject to availability)

Michael Wan’s Mandarin Restaurant says thank you to our Armed Forces, and veterans with this generous invitation to enjoy a free meal.

T&Cs: Proof of service is required. Subject to availability.  Offer applies to serving personnel and veterans upon proof of ID only, menu prices still apply to all other customers. Offer applies to meal, tea and coffee only, menu prices still apply for all other drinks.

Marton Institute

22 June 2016

Time: 19:30–23:30

Location: Marton Institute, Oxford Square, Blackpool, FY4 4DR


Marton Institute host an evening of entertainment from Grace Lemont, alongside bingo and a raffle to celebrate Armed Forces Week. A free of charge Hot Pot supper will also be served during the evening.

Armed Forces & Veterans Dine Out for Free

23 June 2016

Time: Seating times vary please contact the venue for information, Tel: 01253 922182

Location: Buccaneer Family Bar, Coral Island, Promenade, Blackpool

Tickets: FREE – £5pp deposit required fully refunded upon arrival, advanced booking is essential from 30/05/15 (proof of service required, i.e. MOD 90 or Veterans Badge, Subject to 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.

Fylde Memorial Arboretum

24 June 2016

Time: From 11:00

Location: Millennium Grove, Moor Park Avenue, FY2 0LY


A Service of Dedication to commemorate our Armed Forces and veterans.

Armed Forces Week Grand Gala Dinner

24 June 2016

Time: Reception 19:00 Dinner served at 19:30 Carriages at Midnight

Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA

Tickets: £18.95 per person. To book call 01253 352341

Members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families, friends and supporters are invited to enjoy a five 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 – St John’s

25 June 2016

Time: 10:30 – 17:00

Location: St John’s Square


Don’t miss the famous replica Spitfire and her ground crew who will be on hand for all your questions. Marvel at the size of the Land Guns and talk to the crew about the role the guns played during the wars. Have your photo taken with the Sergeant Major, learn about life in the trenches or onboard with the Navy. There really will be something for everyone on this very special day.

There will be live acts on stage celebrating all your forces favourites from Glenn Miller to James Brown and loads in between and don’t miss our military bands. There will be limited seating in front of the stage so please feel free to bring your own seats to enjoy the show. Feel free to sing along or if you are feeling really energetic join in with the dancers.

National Armed Forces Day – Blackpool Promenade

25 June 2016

Time: 10:30–17:30

Location: Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool Promenade


The National Armed Forces day celebrations continue on the Tower Festival Headland with a Military Careers office, vintage  and modern-day military vehicle displays, an RAF Hurricane flypast, and much more.

Armed Forces Day Military Concert

25 June 2016

Time: 19:30–00:00

Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA

Tickets: FREE EVENT, available from the Norbreck Castle Hotel and VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre, Promenade. Tickets on sale soon.

Armed Forces Day is brought to a climax with a full live concert by the Band & 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

26 June 2016

Time: Assemble from 10:30 Service 11:00 Parade approx. 11:30

Location: Blackpool Cenotaph/Promenade

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 may do so after the service.

Blackpool Taxi Pull

26 June 2016

Time: From approx. 12:00

Location: Start on Promenade in front of 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 the Pleasure Beach, turning round and travelling back to the Cenotaph.

The Submariners Sizzling BBQ

26 June 2016

Time: From 13:15

Location: Guards Club 37E Whitegate Drive Blackpool FY3 9DG

Admission: FREE, £2.00 Per plate of BBQ

Copy: Blackpool Submariners Association will host a special sizzling BBQ event for serving personnel and veterans post service and parade.

Other Offers & Discounts

Viva Blackpool

Viva are delighted to offer Armed  Forces personnel, veterans and their families 20% discount on tickets for The Ratpackers, Swing and Bling show on Thursday 23rd June and also the Viva Vegas Live! show on Saturday 25th June, when quoting AFW16 upon booking.

For more information or to book please visit the Viva Box Office at 3 Church Street, or by telephoning (01253) 297297.

T&Cs: Proof of service is required.


Sandcastle Waterpark

Free entry for Armed Forces Personnel and also 50% off admission price for family tickets. Guests wanting to take advantage of this offer need to present their ID at the Sandcastle Waterpark reception on the date of visit. Additional charges apply for the Hyperzone and Sea Breeze Spa.

T&Cs: Offer only valid on production of an official valid form of Armed services ID. Offer only applies between 20th and 26th June 2016.Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.


Stanley Park Golf Course Armed Forces Raffle

Will be holding an Armed Forces Week raffle, with the chance to win a 7 day Season Ticket for the golf club in 2017, which is worth over £500! Raffle tickets cost £5 each, and will be on sale from Monday 20th June until Sunday 26th June when the raffle will be drawn at the Golf club by military personnel.  For your chance to purchase a raffle ticket please visit the Stanley Park Club Pro Shop on North Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 8LS. All proceeds will go towards a worthy Armed Forces cause.


Stanley Park Golf Course Armed Forces Discount

Stanley Park Golf Club are offering all Armed Forces Personnel, and veterans a 50% discount on a round of golf, upon quoting ‘Armed Forces Week’.  Booking in advance is essential, please call 01253 302613.

T&Cs: Proof of service is required. Advanced booking is essential. Subject to availability.


Nandos, Blackpool Town Centre

Nando’s have kindly offered a free meal for any armed or ex armed forces personnel with 20% off the bill for the rest of the party.

T&C’s: Proof of service required, Nando’s Blackpool only, during Blackpool Armed Forces Week


Please note dates, events and offers maybe subject to change.

Clubs & Institutes

Throughout the week, activities supporting the Armed Forces will take place in many venues across Blackpool, including The Royal British Legion, and Houndshill Shopping Centre.

If you would like to participate or support us in delivering Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2016 please contact: