Blackpool Armed Forces Week. Photo: VisitBlackpool

Blackpool Armed Forces Week

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

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 2022 – 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.

Blackpool Armed Forces Day - Photo: Warren Fletcher
Blackpool Armed Forces Day. Photo: Warren Fletcher

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 2022

From 20–26 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:

Armed Forces Week Flag Raising Ceremony, 20 June, 10:30am

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.

Fylde Memorial Arboretum, 24 June, 11:00am – 12:30pm

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, 25 June, 10:00am – 4:00pm

This year Blackpool’s Armed Forces Day event will take place at Blackpool Airport, partnering with the Spitfire Visitor Centre, Hangar 42.

There will be a range of activities and displays taking place at the Airport to mark the vital role that the UK Armed Forces have played in the past, are currently taking part in and their potential roles in the future.

The Spitfire Visitor Centre this year focuses on the Royal Air Force in World War Two and the vital part played by Ground crews and Aircrews serving at RAF Squires Gate.  

Entry to the Spitfire Visitor Centre: Adults: £6 | Children 8-16: £4 | 7 and under: Free.

Sunday Morning Service and Parade, 26 June, from 10:30am

Blackpool comes together to honour and unite Britain’s Armed Forces past, present and future.

Sunday morning Armed Forces service and parade. Photo: VisitBlackpool
Sunday morning Armed Forces service and parade. Photo: VisitBlackpool

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.

In addition to these events, other activities include:

Coral Island will play host on 23 June, offering veterans a generous invitation to dine out and enjoy a two-course carvery meal and complimentary drink between 3:00-6:30pm inside The Buccaneer. Tickets are free but advance booking is essential. For more information and to book, please call 01253 922182

Blackpool Football Club Community Trust will be hosting events leading up to Armed Forces Day, these include a free Stadium Tour at Bloomfield Road, Veterans Walk and Talk sessions, as well as coach travel to planned events in the resort. Please contact Tony at or call 01253 348691 for more details.

Marton Institute will be hosting an evening of entertainment to celebrate Armed Forces Week on 22 June.

The full programme for Armed Forces Week, and more details about individual events, news and tickets, please go to:

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4 thoughts on “Blackpool Armed Forces Week”

  1. This page hasn’t had any updates in months. Armed Forces Week is just over a week away so can anyone inform us as to what events are happening in 2021??

    1. We haven’t received any updates from the organisers. In the present circumstances one would assume that there won’t be any large events for the public to attend.

  2. William Mckechnie

    D Day

    On 6th of June 1944
    In the early hours so they say,
    156,000 troops
    Assembled on beach that day.

    Nine allied Nations gathered
    To fight to liberate,
    Europe from Hitler’s Germany
    But thousands met their fate.

    From up there on the clifftops
    German troops were waiting,
    To rain hell fire on Allied troops
    There was no debating.

    23,000 paratroopers
    Over 7,000 ships too,
    This was “Operation Overlord”
    This information all true.

    By Daylight Allied forces
    Were in control it’s said,
    Nearly 10,000 casualties
    And over 4,000 dead.

    Within the next five days
    Allies brought some more,
    326,000 troops
    Landed on Normandy shore.

    54,000 vehicles
    From Nine allied Nations,
    104,000 tons of supplies
    For these military operations.

    Remember these brave souls every year
    On 6th of June okay,
    Because of them we’re all free
    Liberation was D Day.

    William Mckechnie

  3. where is the variety show in the opera hose theatre or in the ballroom and is it on the monday as before

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