Armed Forces Week – 22-28 June 2015

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 June each year, 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.

Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2015 will be held between 22 and 28th June with National Armed Forces Day on 27th June.

Sandcastle Waterpark

22nd – 28th June 2015 


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Blackpool’s Strongest Man Competition

20 June 2015

Time: 10:30–17:30

Location: St John’s Square, Blackpool

Our Local Heroes Foundation, one of the leading North West based charities, has organised a strongman event which is to be hosted by Blackpool BID.‘Blackpool’s Strongest Man competition will take place on Saturday 20th June 2015 in St John’s Square. Strongmen from all over the county will go head-to-head in what promises to be an exciting series of events to determine who will be crowned as Blackpool’s Strongest Man. Greg ‘Man Mountain’ Dunnings a veteran who was injured in Afghanistan now works for the charity and takes part in strongman competitions in his spare time. He is 6’7”, 25-stone of solid muscle, and at 23 years old is looking to be hailed as one of the strongest juniors in the UK. Greg was tasked to organise the event and has put together a fabulous range of strength tests such as the ‘Truck Pull’, ‘Conans Wheel’, ‘Farmers Walk’ and the’ Yoke Carry’ amongst others in what promises to be a spectacular show of strength which is guaranteed to be a popular event. Make sure you put this date in your diary and don’t miss out on a day of family fun.

Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony

22 June 2015

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

22 June 2015

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

Location: Opera House, Blackpool Winter Gardens

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

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

Armed Forces Careers Information Day

23 June 2015

Time: 12:00–20:00

Location: Blackpool Central Library

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 Central Library between12:00 and 20:00 and speak to the professionals. For further information contact Connexions on 01253 754840.

Viva Blackpool presents We’ll Meet Again

23 June 2015

Time: Doors 12noon, Show 14:00 Show ends approx. 17:00 Dancing and fun until 17:30

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

Tickets: Show only – £12.90, Concessions (U16 & Over 65) – £10.90, Concessionary rate for service personnel. Lunch options also available.

Widely acclaimed as Britain’s Best Matinee Show – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is an unashamed celebration of British wartime entertainment produced by Duggie Chapman MBE.

Join us on ‘Armed Forces Week’ here at Viva as we celebrate with an afternoon of Music, Comedy & Song. Remember the great radio stars of the 40s and 50s, when music really was music!

Going to the Flicks

23 – 25 June 2015

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

24 June 2015

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.

Marton Institute

24 June 2015

Time: 19:30–23:30

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


Marton Institute host an evening of entertainment from Michelle Montuori, 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

25 June 2015

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

26 June 2015

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

26 June 2015

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

27 June 2015

Time: 10:30 – 17:30

Location: St John’s Square


St John’s Square in Blackpool town centre will be commemorating National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June in style this year with an interactive fun-filled and educational day. There will be a variety of military vehicles and personnel from both the modern and War eras including the ever popular Spitfire ‘Lucy’ with the Spitfire Display Team. Come along to the square and learn about life during the Wars, try out your skills on the climbing wall, meet our sailors from the WW2 Navy, take part in drill lessons from our real Regimental Sergeant Major. When you are ready for a rest from all the activities and exhibits, take a seat near the stage as St John’s comes alive with the music from the 1940’s.

National Armed Forces Day – Blackpool Promenade

27 June 2015

Time: 10:30–17:30

Location: Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool Promenade


The National Armed Forces celebrations continue on the Tower Festival Headland with a Military Careers office, a static Royal Navy Helicopter display, an RAF Spitfire flypast, a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter air display and much more.

Armed Forces Day Military Concert

27 June 2015

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

28 June 2015

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

28 June 2015

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.


Stanley Park Golf Club

22nd-28th June

50% Discount on Green Fees to all service Men and Women from 22nd to 28th JUNE. (Please Show your service card or Vets Badge)

The Big Raffle – To win a 7 day 2016 Stanley Park Golf Membership, £5 a ticket – Open to all

All Proceeds to FESLC

Pop into the pro shop to buy your tickets now

Clubs & Institutes

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

If you would like to participate or support us in delivering Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2015 please contact: