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Keep up to date with the latest news and information about Armed Forces Day National Event in Salisbury 28 to 30 June. We'll be posting all the latest news on this page as it happens. 

Parade Route

Armed Forces Day National Event military parade route announced

It's time to start planning where you'll watch the Armed Forces Military Parade through Salisbury city centre as the parade route has been announced.

It starts at approx 9:45am and will last for around an hour.

Regular and reserve personnel, veterans, cadets and blue light services will take part in the parade on the morning of Saturday 29 June 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.

The parade will be attended by HRH The Princess Royal and the world famous Royal Air Force Red Arrows will make a spectacular moment when they fly overhead.


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.

There are limited spaces available so do not delay in booking your attendance.

Look forward forward to seeing you there.

SAFD - 50 days to go!

Ticket details announced for #SalisburyAFD!!

The 50-day countdown has started to this year's three-day Armed Forces spectacular in Salisbury.

Tickets go live for this fantastic event at Hudson's Field from 10am on Wednesday 15 May tickets are free and you can apply for tickets for single days or all three by visiting this site and following the ticket link. The advice is to apply early for tickets as demand is expected to be high.

More info is available online.


Air display details announced for #SalisburyAFD

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. 

Timings are still being finalised, we will announce these as soon as we have the info.

The air display is supported by Old Sarum Airfield.

Photo credit: Gavin Smith

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Pathfinder magazine announced as key media partner for #SalisburyAFD

Pathfinder magazine was today (23 April) announced as a key media partner for the celebration of the Armed Forces which will bring thousands to Salisbury on the last weekend of June (28 to 30).

The international magazine is the leading monthly military resettlement magazine distributed to over 25,000 service personnel, civil servants and veterans all over the world. Started in 1991, there is also a digital online version of the magazine.

More info on this announcement is available online.

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BBC Wiltshire Live Music Stage announced as part of #SalisburyAFD

BBC Wiltshire was today (18 April 2019) announced as a key media partner for Armed Forces Day National Event 2019!

The local radio station will create the BBC Wiltshire Village, which will have local acts on stage between 3pm and 6.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday. There will also be the interactive BBC bus on which people can have a go at being a presenter.

More info is available on our website.

Stonehenge show their support for #SalisburyAFD

A huge thank you to everyone at Stonehenge for their support of Armed Forces Day National Event 2019. We enjoyed fantastic access around one of the world's most famous monuments. 

Even the weather couldn't dampen everyone's spirits as we all countdown to June 28.

Stands at #SalisburyAFD

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an expression of interest for a stand or to take part at Armed Forces Day National Event 2019 in Salisbury. We are currently processing the submissions and will be in contact shortly with more information on applying and booking your pitch. 

Thank you for your patience and for supporting this wonderful weekend in Salisbury. We look forward to seeing you there. 

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Special supporter sponsors announced for #SalisburyAFD

There has been strong take up of the special supporter sponsorship that was open to businesses and organisations in Salisbury and Wiltshire.

Supporter sponsors are Chafyn Grove School, Light My Space, Zircon Software, Women's Royal Army Corp Association, Hamptons International, Parker Bullen Solicitors, Optimal Planning, Callen-Lenz, Solstice Hot Tubs and 24-7 Staffing.

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Silver sponsors announced for #SalisburyAFD

The first silver sponsors of the three-day event are Doccombe, Kier, Trethowans, Qinetiq, CGI, Longleat, RINA Consulting Ltd, Microsoft and Openreach.

Armed Forces Day National Event featured in Salisbury Life Magazine

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Salisbury Life

The 100 day countdown to this summer's Armed Forces Day National Event in Salisbury has begun!

A trumpet fanfare marked the start of the countdown to the three-day spectacular that will celebrate and say thank you to our Armed Forces and all they do to protect us and keep our country safe.

The winners of the popular Shine for Salisbury online competition were announced. Local acts Duck n Cuvver, The Treblemakers and Salisbury Rock Choir will help get the party at Hudson's Field going when they each play on the main stage over the three days, June 28 to 30.

You can read more by visiting our website.

Key sponsors announced for Armed Forces Day National Event 2019

KBR Aspire Defence and Lovell have been announced as platinum sponsors of the event.

The key sponsorships were announced by Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council, to mark the 100-day countdown.

She said: "We are only able to host this spectacular national event with the support of our sponsors. Today I am delighted to announce our platinum sponsors, KBR Aspire Defence and Lovell."

SSAFA, the armed forces charity, has been announced as the official main charity sponsor and the Royal British Legion is a charity partner. General Dynamics, Landmarc, MiPermit and Nationwide Engineering are also supporting the event as gold sponsors.

There is still time for businesses and organisations to get involved. Sponsorship opportunities and packages are open until 31 March. Email AFD2019@wiltshire.gov.uk

SSAFA announced as official main charity sponsor 

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been announced as the official main charity sponsor of Armed Forces Day National Event 2019 being held in Salisbury in June. 

SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) will host the SSAFA VIP arena at the showground at Hudson's Field over the three days, 28 to 30 June, and is further supporting the event with a mass participation walk on 2 June. 

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: "We are delighted that SSAFA is supporting Armed Forces Day National Event in Salisbury as the official main charity sponsor. The charity does such valuable work supporting serving military personnel, veterans and military families. We are proud SSAFA is joining us in this key sponsorship role as we celebrate and say thank you to our Armed Forces for the vital role they perform in protecting us and our country." 

Sir Andrew Gregory, Chief Executive of SSAFA said of the headline sponsorship: "SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been supporting serving military men and women, veterans and their families since 1885.

"We are very proud to be the charity partner for Armed Forces Day National Event 2019, an event that both provides an opportunity to recognise the nation's serving personnel and ensures that we lead the charge on giving back to those who have given us so much.

"The provision of emotional, practical and financial assistance during times of need is at the heart of SSAFA. We call on society to join us in showing our gratitude to the men and women that make up the Armed Forces of today."

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Last updated: 5 June 2019 | Last reviewed: 5 June 2019