June 22nd 2017

What will you be doing this weekend for Armed Forces Day?

Cadets holding the Armed Forces Day flag

Cadets holding the Armed Forces Day flag

Throughout the East Midlands, cities, towns and villages are Saluting our Forces by holding events for Armed Forces Day.

The day itself is on Saturday (24 June) but events are happening all around the weekend to ensure as many people as possible can show their support.

The cities of Leicester, Derby, Lincoln and Northampton all have their own events.

On Saturday, following a service at Leicester Cathedral, a parade will leave from Jubilee Square at 11.4oam and head down to the Clock Tower.

There will also be Armed Forces vehicles and stands on display in Humberstone Gate while the third annual Military History Live event runs from 10am to 4pm at Leicester’s Central Library on Belvoir Street.

An ‘An Armed Forces Knees Up’ will be taking place in the centre of Derby on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. The Royal British Legion and Derbyshire Army Cadet Force will be among those in attendance along with a host of units, including some bringing army vehicles to the Market Place.

All three services will be featured in Lincoln’s Armed Forces Celebration which starts at 10am and runs to 4pm in the High Street.

A Parade of Standards opens the event and displays will include a performance by the RAF Waddington Pipe and Drums and a drill competition put on by local cadets.

A special fly-past has also been scheduled for the day.

Northampton’s celebrations start with a parade at 10.30am including a host of vehicles and troops from the local area. Between 11am and 3pm the Market Place will be taken over by a host of performers and Armed Forces personnel.

Outside of the main cities, one of the biggest events sees the Defence Animal Centre hold it’s annual Open Day. You can find out more information about here.

A whole host of towns throughout the area that are holding their own events on Sunday as well as Saturday, all organised and ran by organisations and volunteers from the respective locations.

Newark has a full day of celebrations on Sunday. From 11am to 10pm there will be military memorabilia, military vehicles, re-enactments and family friendly events.

The evening event will be 1940s style music, with dancing and a bar, in the grounds of Newark Castle.

For more information on all the upcoming events, visit our events section of the website here. 


Were is your nearest Armed Forces Day celebration?