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Armed Forces Week

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

25 June-1 July 2018
Armed Forces Week is Blackpool’s opportunity to say thank you to our heroes. From June 25-1 July, the whole town will come together to welcome 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. 

Special thanks to BAE Systems who have kindly printed the official Armed Forces Week programme, which can be viewed and downloaded below:



Dance for Victory

23 June
Time: 19:00-01:00 (admission 18+ only)
Location: Blackpool Tower Ballroom (tickets are free, and up to six can be requested by e-mailing here.

Get ready to jitterbug, jive, swing and lindy hop the night away when The Blackpool Tower Ballroom becomes centre stage for a spectacular Dance for Victory.

Professor Vanessa and The Blackpool Tower Ballroom are set to present the unmissable fundraiser as part of Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week 2018. Fabulous ‘forces sweetheart’ Madame Galina, who has entertained the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, will compère the event which features Alex Mendham and his Orchestra, coming to the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom direct from London’s Savoy Hotel.

The evening will also include stars of radio and cabaret including Britain’s number one classic burlesque act, Miss Betsy Rose, comedy cabaret favourites Jones and Barnard, a circus troupe, and The Pleasure Beach Dancers.

Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony

25 June 2018
Time: Approx 10:00 for the arrival of the flag, and 10:30 for the flag raising
Location: Blackpool Town Hall
Blackpool Armed Forces Week officially begins with the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag above the Town Hall.
Prior to Blackpool joining the nation in this countrywide tribute, the Armed Forces Day flag will be paraded along the Promenade by representatives of the RAF whilst the Mayor and Armed Forces Champion pay tribute to the Armed Forces on the Town Hall steps. Once the flag arrives at the Town Hall and before it is returned to the Mayor, it is folded and passed to local school children from Weeton Barracks Primary School who then deliver it to DL John Barnet.  
At 10:30 Blackpool will join 10 Downing Street, other Local Authorities and Military Associations by raising the flag above the town hall to show support for the service men and women of our Armed Forces.

Houndshill Shopping Centre Celebrates Armed Forces Week

25 June  until 1 July 2018
Time: 10:00–17:30
Location: Houndshill Shopping Centre
Houndshill celebrates Armed Forces Week with military weapons and equipment displays from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

On 30th June enjoy free war-time musical entertainment including performances from the Irish Guards Singers.

Music For Heroes

25 June 2018

Time: Doors approx. 19:00 show 19:30
Location: Opera House, Blackpool Winter Gardens
Tickets: FREE but includes a £1.00 booking fee per ticket, available from Blackpool Winter Gardens and the VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre.
Blackpool says thank you to the Armed Forces past and present, with this musical extravaganza in Blackpool’s famous Empress Ballroom.
Now in its 10th year, this free concert has become one of the many highlights of the Armed Forces Week celebrations. The Winter Gardens will host a night of music, comedy and live performance with a full program of entertainment. Music for Heroes will be headlined by the excellent MOD band the Band of the Kings Division and will feature the Irish Guard Singers, BAE Choir, Blackpool Music Service and much, much more.


The Band of the Kings Division
The Band of The King’s Division is notable for being the Regular Army’s first professional Brass Band. It is one of three full-time bands, alongside The Band of The Royal Corps of Signals and The Band of The Prince of Wales’s Division, created as part of the restructuring of Army music capabilities in mid-2014.
Since their formation, they have attracted attention from around the world as well as making a name for themselves winning prizes at the famous Whit Friday marches and playing concerts at the both the European Finals in Perth and the Great Northern Brass Arts festival in Manchester. The band has had pieces written for them by a number of leading composers including Philip Sparke and Paul Hindmarsh. They also enjoy a working relationship with leading brass band figures including Garry Cutt and Gordon Higginbottom.

Armed Forces Careers Information Day

26 June 2018
Time: 10:00–17:00
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 10:00 and 17:00 and speak to the professionals. For further information contact Connexions on 01253 754840.

Blackpool Football Club Stadium Tour & Sporting Memories

26  & 28 June 2018 (26 June 13:30 – 15:00 and 28 June 13:00 – 14:30)
Location: Blackpool Football Club (meet at the club shop on Bloomfield Road)
Tickets: £1.00pp. To reserve your place, click here or contact Jason White on 01253 348691 or

As part of the weekly Sporting Memories group, Blackpool FC Community Trust are inviting veterans to attend a stadium tour. This will then culminate with a themed discussion that will focus upon historical moments from the past that link Blackpool FC and the Armed Forces, as well as hearing people's own personal stories. Refreshments will be available.

Going to the Flicks

26 – 28 June 2018
Location: Odeon Cinema Blackpool
Tickets: Invitation only
Going to the Flicks is a special war-time cinema experience created especially for local primary school children. The specially commissioned education film will show pupils from year’s 5 and 6 what happened in Blackpool during WWI and what it was like for children during WWII by showcasing archive video footage and images.  The children will also learn about the diverse role the Armed Forces play in the more recent conflicts, before they are taught the history of The Union Flag and the National Anthem.
A question and answer session with current serving tri-service military personnel and veterans follows the film where pupils can ask first-hand what it is like to be in the military.
The event is further supported by the Great War Heritage Project where battle field items from WW1 will be displayed in the cinema foyer.

Armed Forces Week Afternoon Tea Dance

27 June 2018
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 Blackpool 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

28 June 2018
Time: Seating times vary, please contact the venue for information. Bookings taken from Monday 11th June. Tel: 01253 922182
Location: Buccaneer Family Bar, Coral Island, Promenade, Blackpool
Tickets: FREE - £5pp deposit required fully refunded upon arrival, advanced booking is essential (Booking from 05/06/2017) (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 2 course carvery meal from 12.00 – 15.00, and a complimentary drink upon arrival.

Fylde Memorial Arboretum

29 June 2018
Time: From 11:00
Location: Millennium Grove, Moor Park Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 0LY
Located in the fields next to Moor park school, the Fylde Memorial Arboretum stands as an area that provides the service associations, and the people of Blackpool and the Fylde, a place of peace and beauty in which to remember their fallen comrades and loved ones. 
As part of Blackpool Armed Forces week, the Fylde Ex-Service Liason Commitee will host a service of dedication at the centre of the Memorial Arboretum's Glade area. All are welcome to attend the service that will include Mayoral presence from all three boroughs of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

Armed Forces Week Grand Gala Dinner

29 June 2018
Time: Reception at 19:00, dinner served at 19:30 and carriages at Midnight
Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA
Tickets: £19.75 per person. To book call 01253 352341

Members of the Armed Forces, veterans, families, friends and supporters are invited to enjoy a four course meal whilst being treated to the music of the Stowe Brass band.
After dinner the invited Guest of Honour will pay tribute to the Armed Forces before the Blackpool Armed Forces Week special recognition award is presented to this year’s winner.
Following the formalities there will be a raffle and then 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

30 June 2018
Time: 10:00–17:00
Location: Tower Festival Headland Promenade, Blackpool

Enjoy a full day of entertainment on Blackpool Promenade to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

A number of vintage and modern day military vehicles will form a static display along the Promenade, including everyone’s favourite the famous replica Spitfire from the Lytham St  Annes Spitfire Ground Display Team.  A real life Royal Navy Wildcat Helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron will attend with ground crew on hand to show you this stunning aircrafts features and answer your burning questions. Cheer on local military cadet forces as they battle it out for the Armed Forces Week trophy in a series of command task challenges led by the School of Military.

Enjoy live musical entertainment on the main stage from the Irish Guards Singers, The Band of the Kings Division and much more. If you are interested in a career within the Armed Forces pop in to the careers and information unit to have your questions answered and find out more details.

Come and see what other stands and displays are on offer including Military associations, local military cadet units, decommissioned Military items for all to view, and fun and games for all the family!

Armed Forces Day Military Concert

30 June 2018
Time: 18:30–00:00
Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool, FY2 9AA
Tickets: FREE EVENT, available from the Norbreck Castle Hotel and VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre

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).
Based at Castle Armoury in Bury, the Band and Drum Corps of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) was founded by its president Lieutenant Col (Rtd) Eric Davidson MBE DL to keep alive the tradition of the former constituent regiments; The Lancashire Fusiliers XX and The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The band has currently around 30 members with the drums numbering around 20. The uniform proudly worn is that of the regular regiment which is headquartered in the Tower of London.

As an individual unit they have travelled the length and breadth of the country performing their now famous ‘black light’ show; precision drumming under cover of darkness, the movement of their sticks only visualised by the emission of ultra violet light.

In addition the band have a full set of fanfare trumpets which have featured in events such as the rugby league finals at Wembley and Old Trafford and the Mayor-making ceremonies each year in Bury.

Blackpool Armed Forces Day Military Concert is a journey through some of the finest composers in history, featuring both military and classical arrangements.

Please note: There are a limited number of tickets available for the Military concert.

Sunday Morning Service & Parade

1st July 2018
Time: Coming Soon
Location: Blackpool Cenotaph/Promenade

Blackpool comes together to honour and unite Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future in an emotional and fitting tribute to the Armed Forces Past, Present and Future.
Attending the service will be veteran’s associations, cadets, serving military as well as their friends, families and associates. Everyone is welcome to the service of appreciation that takes place within the grounds of Blackpool grade II listed War Memorial.
Following the service, Blackpool invites members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets to join in the military parade That will be led along the Promenade by the Band & Corp of Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. 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 – 11th Anniversary

1 July 2018
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

1 July 2018
Time: From 13:00
Location: Guards Club, 37e Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9DG
Admission: Free, Discount: 50% off BBQ food for all uniformed regular service personnel
Blackpool & Fylde Submariners Association will host a special sizzling BBQ event for serving personnel and veterans of the Fylde Coast post service and parade. All locals and visitors to the Fylde Coast also welcome.
Cost: £2 burger ,£2 hotdog
Our fund raising Charity we are supporting and raising funds for this year is: 
The Not Forgotten Association 
They have support wounded veterans from all 3 Services since 1919.

Clubs & Institutes
Throughout the week, activities supporting the Armed Forces will take place in many venues across Blackpool, including The Royal British Legion.