Armed Forces Week, taking place from the 21-27 June, is Blackpool's opportunity to say thank you to our heroes.
To mark the national event, the whole resort usually comes 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 Blackpool.
Our events and celebrations will look a little different this year due to the ongoing restrictions still in place over mass gatherings. However, there will be opportunities to show your support and respect for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
Armed Forces Week - Flag Raising Ceremony
20 June 2022
Time: 10:30am flag raising
Location: Town Hall
Blackpool Armed forces week officially begins with the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag above the Town Hall.
Fylde Memorial Arboretum
25 June 2022
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Location: Millennium Grove, Moor Park Avenue, Blackpool, FY2 0LY
Founded by Don Aiken, a D-Day Veteran and located in the fields next to Moor park school, the Fylde Memorial Arboretum stands as an area of remembrance 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 Liaison Committee will host a service of dedication at the centre of the Memorial Arboretum's Glade area.
National Armed Forces Day
26 June 2021
Tickets: Adults £6.00 / 8-16s £4.00 / Unders 8s Free / Veterans and UK serving personnel and their immediate families FREE (on the production of valid ID ( i.e veterans badge, MOD 90)
Location: Hangar 42 Spitfire Visitor Centre, Blackpool Airport, Squires Gate Lane, FY4 2QY
More details coming soon.
Sunday Morning Service & Parade
26 June 2022
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 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. 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.
Step back in time
Did you know Blackpool maintained its tourism offer throughout World War Two and gave many holidaymakers, and soldiers on leave, a chance to temporarily escape and forget the horrors of war? The town also had two operational RAF airfields and even manufactured bomber aircraft.
Heritage Blackpool has been working closely with Blackpool Gazette, a local newspaper which has been delivering and reporting on life and events in Blackpool for over 100 years, to archive important moments in history for us to view in years to come.
In 2020, Blackpool Gazette kindly provided more than 120 digitised images of Blackpool during WW2 from their archive – and you can view them for free! These photos offer a glimpse into the past to see how the UK’s most loved seaside resort played a crucial role throughout the war. Discover Blackpool’s war-time history here.
How can children get involved?
There are plenty of opportunities for children to learn all about World War I and World War II. We have uploaded some colouring sheets below which are a useful way to introduce the importance of veterans and our Armed Forces to your little one. All you need to do is download and print. Happy colouring!