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!

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.

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, advanced booking is essential from 08/06/15 (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

25 June 2016

Time: 10:30 – 17:30

Location: St John’s Square


Blackpool celebrates National Armed Forces Day throughout the Town Centre and on the Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool Promenade with FREE live entertainment all day, vintage  and modern-day military vehicle displays, model spitfires, military exhibitions, family competitions, a Spitfire 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

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 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 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: TBC

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

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: