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Armed Forces Day

ARMED FORCES DAY: All The Gen On What's Happening And Where To Park

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Live music, air display and fireworks are just some of the things taking place at this year's Armed Forces Day.

When is Armed Forces Day?

This year it will be held on the 29th June, with the main event happening at Hudson's Field in Salisbury from 9:30am to 10pm. 

What's happening on the day?

The day starts with the most iconic event; the military parade through the city centre at 9:30am.

There will be over 1,300 military personnel taking part in the parade, including six bands and a military dog unit. In Hudson's Field the parade will be broadcast on big screens, so everyone will have the chance to watch it. 

The celebrations take to the sky at 2pm for a display from a number of different aircraft, including an Apache helicopter, historic plane Swordfish and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, supported by Old Sarum Airfield. 

Throughout the afternoon there will be live music performances from local musicians. Master choir leader, Gareth Malone's Invictus Choir will be performing, as well as one of the Military Wives Choirs, including other musical performances.  

The evening finishes with indie rock band the Kaiser Chiefs taking to the stage and showing their support for the Armed Forces. 


Kaiser Chiefs. Salisbury Armed Forces Day
Kaiser Chiefs.

How to get tickets?

Armed Forces Day is being celebrated across three days; Friday 28th, Saturday 29th (main event) and Sunday 30th June. 

Tickets are free, but are capped due to limited space at Hudson's Field and can be purchased from Wiltshire Council website. 

However, tickets for the main event on Saturday are now sold out. 

Where to park?

Car parking will be in high demand so there are three event specific car parks; Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury Cattle Market and Wilton Park and Ride. These car parks are free and a short distance to Hudson's Field, each has a shuttle bus to take you to and from the main event.

Disabled parking is also available. For wheelchair users, the designated car park is Old Sarum Airfield, other car parks have blue badge areas. 

City centre car parks are available to use through the event and the usual charges apply. Except on Saturday between 6am and 2pm, when the following car parks are closed for the parade; Lush House, Brown Street East and West, Old George Mall and on street parking. 

There will be shuttle buses running from the coach park next to Boathouse Restaurant in the centre to Hudson's Field. 

More information can be found on the local council website. 

Will there be road closures? 

Many roads around the city and Hudson's Field will be closed for the duration of the event. On Saturday, roads in the city centre will be closed from 6am-2pm for safety and security while the parade is taking place. 

On-street parking bays are also closed around the centre and Hudson's Field, more detailed information can be found on the local council website. 

Listen: BFBS' Chris Sturgess speak to Lieutenant Colonel Ashbridge, the parade organiser, about what to expect on the day...

What's happening on Friday 28th June?

Friday is when the celebrations for Armed Forces Day begin in Salisbury, with an afternoon full of entertainment. 

Serving military personnel and their families are invited to a barbecue from 5pm at Hudson's Field, and tickets can be found on the Tickets for Troops website. 

There will be a variety of entertainment, from 2:30pm, on the main stage including the soprano Laura Wright, band 'Duck and Cuvver', and headlined by rock band 'The Feeling'. 

What's happening on Sunday 30th June?

On Sunday it is all about celebrating the veterans and cadets of our Armed Forces. There will be a commemoration and drumhead service with the Bishop of Salisbury. 

Feeling up to making a world record? An attempt to make the largest human poppy will also be taking place, so get involved. 

A number of acts will be taking to the main stage and the BBC Wiltshire stage to keep the entertainment going until the end of the weekend. Bjorn Again, ABBA tribute band, will be bringing the weekend's celebrations to a close from 5:30pm. 

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