Veterans and serving military personnel of past, present and future are celebrated during Blackpool Armed Forces Week. Everyone can enjoy a wide range of activities and events.
Blackpool Armed Forces Week, 19-25 June 2023
This annual celebration has been running in Blackpool since 2006 and is a permanent fixture in the resort’s events calendar.
It’s back in 2023 – and to mark the national event, the whole resort will come together. This special week will welcome serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a wide range of activities. Not just for them but also their families,and the many thousands of people visiting Blackpool.
Show your support and respect for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
The resort unites in welcoming 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.
It’s an uplifting programme of events and entertainment to honour the nation’s military personnel of the past, present and future.
Did you know? That Blackpool Comrades Club was one of the forerunners of the British Legion?
Blackpool Armed Forces Week 2023
From 19-25 June, Blackpool will come together to welcome serving military personnel, veterans and cadets, with a range of activities designed for them and their families, as well as the many people visiting the resort.
Here are some of the events. Full details about each of them can be found here.
Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony
Blackpool Armed Forces Week officially begins with the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag above the Town Hall. This event is free to attend so we encourage you to come and join us.
Coral Island Armed Forces Day
As part of Armed Forces Day 2023, Coral Island will be putting on its annual event for veterans from the UK’s Armed Forces on Thursday 22 June, with a complimentary two-course carvery, The Buccaneer’s a full three-meat carvery, and a seasonal dessert, and a drink upon arrival. The Royal British Legion Riders will also be here on the day, displaying their motorbikes and helping to make collections around Coral Island.
Fylde Memorial Arboretum
As part of Blackpool Armed Forces week, the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee host a service of dedication at the centre of the Memorial Arboretum’s Glade area.
National Armed Forces Day
Details to follow
Sunday Morning Service and Parade
Blackpool comes together to honour and unite Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future.
Attending the service will be veterans 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’s Grade II listed War Memorial. Following the service, Blackpool invites members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets to join in the military parade and everyone is invited to line the route, to cheer, wave and show their support.
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