Specially for Armed Forces Weekend, below we have compiled an essential guide to the weekend including whats on, where you can park and all the logistics.
Armed Forces Day Events
Throughout the day at Hudson’s Field, there are many events to keep the family entertained, and visitors can take part in a medal-making workshop, paper plane contest, children’s assault course and many more activities. On the main stage:
Friday, June 28 There will be, Kiss the Gun, Sarums Lot, Break Cover, Royal Artillery Contemporary Band, Duck n Cuvver, The Feeling.
|Friday 28 June||5pm||Main stage||Royal Artillery Contemporary Band|
|Friday 28 June||7:30pm-8:30pm||Main stage||Duck n Cuvver|
|Friday 28 June||9pm||Main stage||The Feeling|
Saturday, June 29 The Military Parade will be on the big screen from 9.30. From 12.30 onwards there will be Spire Sambe, and Air show, Royal Artillery Contemporary Band, The Military Wives Choir, The Invictus Wives Choirs, The Treblemakers and Upbeat Beatles. Kaiser Chiefs will top the Saturday bill at the 9pm, playing hits including Ruby, I Predict a Riot, and Modern Way.
|Saturday 29 June||5:05pm||Main stage||Invictus Games Choir|
|Saturday 29 June||6pm||Main stage||The Treblemakers|
|Saturday 29 June||7:15pm||Main stage||Upbeat Beatles|
|Saturday 29 June||9pm||Main stage||Kaiser Chiefs|
Sunday, June 30 12pm The Salisbury City Band of the Royal British Legion, Sticky Toffee Jazz, Wiltshire Army Cadet Drums and Bugles, Salisbury Rock Choir, Starcast Performing Arts School, Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir, Young Brando, Bjorn Again.
|Sunday 30 June||2:30pm||Main stage||Starcast Performing Arts School|
|Sunday 30 June||3:05pm||Main stage||Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir|
|Sunday 30 June||4pm||Main stage||Young Brando|
|Sunday 30 June||5:30pm||Main stage||Bjorn Again|
A free barbecue from 5pm is to thank serving military personnel and their families. Tickets are available at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk
The full programme is available is here; http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/salisbury-afd-programme
Saturday, June 29, Military Parade 9.45am – 11am
The Princess Royal joins a 1 hour Military parade in the city centre on Saturday morning. It starts at approx 9:45am and will last for around an hour. The world famous Royal Air Force Red Arrows will make a spectacular moment when they fly overhead.
Regular and reserve personnel, veterans, cadets and blue light services will take part in the parade through the city’s streets as well as military horses, working dogs and vehicles. The parade will be led by the mounted dutymen from the Household Mounted Division and will finish with the British Army units which hold the Freedom of Salisbury.
Veterans day will start with a Veterans Big Breakfast hosted by the Salisbury Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club in the SSAFA Marquee
The Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club was started in 2007 in Hull by Dereck Hardman and provides an opportunity for like-minded people for support, chat and banter and not forgetting a great breakfast. With over 270 Clubs and 270,000 members worldwide, Salisbury is proud to put on this Veterans Big Breakfast and to promote an organisation that provides a great service to the military community. Veterans Big Breakfast starts at 9.30am for a 10am breakfast prior to the main event starting at 12pm.
During the afternoon, Military demonstrations and displays are in the main arena at Hudsons Field – a spectacular air display including an Apache: British Army’s attack helicopter, which will do a flypast. Tutor: Light aircraft currently used for pilot training in the RAF and RN, which will do an aerobatic display. Swordfish: Historic bi-plane used by the RN’s Fleet Air Arm during WW2. Historic Army Aviation Flight: A pair of vintage military aircraft used for observation, transport and reconnaissance during WW2 and since. Gazelle Pair: 2 of the Gazelle Squadron’s fleet of Gazelle Helicopters, used for training by the RN and RAF up until around 1998, and by the British Army until very recently for battlefield transport and reconnaissance. BBMF: The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, who will send us the Lancaster, a Spitfire and a Hurricane.
Sunday, June 30, Midday-7pm
Veterans and young people who have served, and those who may serve, can attend a commemoration and drumhead service, supported by the Royal British Legion, with the Bishop of Salisbury and padres leading the service. The organisers hope to get 4,000 people together to create the world’s largest human poppy in the main arena to break a world record.
From Friday to Sunday, The Listening Project Caravan is at Hudson’s field, a project between BBC Wiltshire, Radio 4 and The British Library which allows people to record their stories and memories.
Wilton Shopping Village Celebrating Past, Present and Future Sunday June 30, 12.30pm – 3.20pm
Celebrate the Armed Forces , in the heart of our historic courtyard at Wilton Shopping Village.
Featuring Britain’s Got Talent finalists – The D-Day Darlings!
Free to attend.
Parking over the Armed Forces Day weekend
Parking is very restricted over the weekend. Valley News advises going to look at the Wiltshire Council website for how to make your day travelling to Salisbury hassle free.