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Visiting the event, getting here and general FAQs

Planning your visit

We recommend you check out our travel information below on how to get to Armed Forces Day National Event (AFDNE) in Salisbury.

During the event, parking in the city centre is likely to be in high demand and there will be no on-street parking available close to the main AFDNE site at Hudson’s Field. If travelling by car we would encourage you to use the following special FREE car parks. These are either within walking distance or serviced by one of our FREE shuttle buses.

Please note: There will also be a shuttle buses from all Park & Ride sites below available to the city centre on the Saturday morning, for those who wish to view the parade.

RED Car Park - Old Sarum Airfield

This car park is conveniently located near to the event site of Hudson’s Field and is within 15 minutes walking distance. 

Open from 2pm on Friday, from 8am on Saturday and from 11.30am on Sunday.

Please note that there is no accessible parking on the airfield itself so if you are travelling with someone who has mobility issues, please park at the nearby Beehive Park & Ride car Park instead.

BLUE Car Park -  Salisbury Cattle Market

This is the car park to use if you are travelling to the event from the Bournemouth, Blandford, or Southampton direction. Park and ride buses will run every 10-15 minutes from this car parks to the city centre and Hudson’s Field.

Open from 2pm on Friday, from 8am on Saturday and from 11.30am on Sunday.

GREEN Car Park - Wilton park and ride

This car park is aimed at those driving to the event from the west, as there will be park and ride buses running every 10-15 minutes to the city centre and Hudson’s Field on Friday and Saturday, and to Hudson’s Field only on Sunday. We will also have an overflow car park available nearby for use on the Saturday and at other busy times.

Open from 7am on Friday and Saturday and from 11.30am on Sunday.

Buses will return to the car parks at regular intervals until 10.30pm on Friday, 11pm on Saturday and 7.30pm on Sunday. Please note however that for safety reasons, the pick up point for these at the end of the concert will be further away from the event site than normal

Please make a note of your car park and catch the designated shuttle bus.


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On 28, 29 and 30 June 2019, free shuttle buses will run from the City Centre to the Armed forces events at Hudsons Field every 10-15 minutes between the following times:

From Millstream Coach Park (near the Boathouse Restaurant and Central Coach Park):

•  Friday 28 June  –  from 1415 to 1900

•  Saturday 29 June  –  from 0815 to 1900

•  Sunday 30 June  –  from Midday to 1700

From bus stop “K” outside Tesco on Castle Street:

•  Friday 28 June  –  from 1415 to 1900

•  Saturday 29 June  –  from 1400 to 1900

•  Sunday 30 June  –  from Midday to 1700

If you need to travel to Hudsons Field to the City Centre at other times, please use ordinary bus services PR11, X4, X5 or Activ8 (normal bus fares apply on those services).

Returning to the City Centre

Buses will return from Hudsons Field to the City Centre every 10-15 minutes between the following times:

•  Friday 28 June  –  from 1445 to 2100

•  Saturday 29 June  –  from 1445 to 2100

•  Sunday 30 June  –  from 1245 to 1800

Unfortunately buses will not be able to pick up outside Hudsons Field after these times as Castle Road will be closed to all traffic. However, the city centre is an easy 20 minute walk from the event.

Will I be able to get from the parade to Hudson’s Field on Saturday? 

The parade is due to finish at 11.30am, with events at Hudson’s Field starting at midday, so you should have time to get between the two if you wish to, either by walking or catching a shuttle bus from the Coach station. However, the parade will be live streamed at Hudson’s Field should you wish to guarantee your spot at the site. 


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The regular park and ride bus services will operate as normal on Friday and Saturday from their regular five sites and will drop off at the city centre. Travel on the park and ride buses is FREE for those using the park and ride car parks and buses and will pick up from their normal city centre bus stops except as detailed below. Find out more.

However, the Britford, Petersfinger and London Road car parks will close as normal at 6.45pm and will not have a direct bus link to or from Hudson’s Field, so if you are driving to the event from the south or east, please use one of the special event car parks instead.

Please note that the normal park and ride bus routes will be unaffected by the event road closures, except on Saturday 29 June when all buses will start and terminate at the coach station until 2pm. There may also be delays to the Beehive park and ride buses between 1.30pm and 3pm, when no vehicles except for emergency vehicles will be able to access the road past Hudson's Field.

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Parking in the city centre car parks is available throughout the AFDNE event, except for Saturday 29 June from 6am-2pm when the following car parks will be closed to allow for the parade.

Usual car parking charges apply throughout this event.


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We are pleased to be working in partnership with Salisbury Reds to ensure there are plenty of buses available to take you to and from the event. During AFDNE, buses can drop you off at Hudson’s Field if travelling to the event, and at the appropriate bus stops when leaving the event. Please note some of these services will start from the city centre. Details of bus routes and additional buses can be found on the Salisbury Reds websiteClose

Salisbury station is just under two miles from Hudson’s Field. Please note there are no extra train services over the AFDNE event; all trains will run to the usual timetable. Find out the train times.

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Everyone can enjoy AFDNE, and this guide includes locations of accessible parking, toilets and wheelchair access to the event.

Disabled parking is available but limited so you are advised to consider your transport arrangements carefully in advance.

Our accessible car park for those who require wheelchair access shuttle buses is located at the Beehive Park & Ride Site. All other car parks will have blue badge designated parking areas; please note these are operated by regular shuttle buses which may not be suitable for those with wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Please see above for more information on the event car parks.

The accessible viewing area located at Hudson’s Field is now sold out. There is no accessible viewing area for the parade, but wheelchair users may wish to watch the parade at New Canal by the taxi rank, where the pavements are wider.


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There are footpaths leading up to site, please see Visit Wiltshire for more information on walking routes in Salisbury.


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There are a number of cycle paths to our AFDNE site at Hudson’s Field; find out more. There will be a limited number of cycle racks on site on a first come, first served basis. 

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General event FAQs

Please see our tickets page.

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Please see the information above.

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Yes, please see the accessibility information above.

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Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. Please note there is no shade/shelter at this event and the crowds are anticipated to be large, so we recommend you do not bring dogs on site. Some displays will be loud and there will be fireworks, which will be unsuitable for dogs.

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Salisbury City Council is offering the opportunity to hire a mobility scooter at Hudson's Field free of charge on Saturday 29 or Sunday 30 June.

To reserve your scooter, please call Shopmobility on 01722 328068 by 4.30pm on Wednesday 27 June.
Please note:


  • You will be unable to book on the day – all hires must be pre booked
  • Customers will need to provide proof of ID when picking the scooter up
  • There is no limit to how long the scooter is used for but must be returned by 6pm

This service is kindly provided by Salisbury City Council. Please call 01722 328068 for more information.

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Yes. More details can be found in your event programme or on the site map. You can also speak to one of our security staff on the day who will be able to direct you to the right location if required. 

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Yes. Road closures will be in place in the town centre on Saturday during the military parade. There will also be road closures in place between 28-30 June around the main event site on Hudson’s Field. View details of all road closures.

Residents and businesses directly impacted by the closures have all been sent letters to make them aware of the closures. 

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Yes, you may bring your own food and drink. Please note there you are not allowed to bring the following on to site: glass, sharp knives or other items of cutlery, alcohol or barbecues. All bags will be searched prior to entry on site.

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Yes, there will be water refilling stations on site.

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There will be a cash machine on site. Some vendors will take card transactions, and there is also a cash machine at the nearby Co-Operative Food store on Castle Road.

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You can cycle to the event and leave your bike in one of the cycle racks located at Hudson’s Field, but these are first come, first served.

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All our FREE shuttle bus car parks have no height restrictions.

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Start times vary. Full details will follow in the event programme.

Event opening times:

  • Friday: 2pm-10pm (last entry 7pm)
  • Saturday: 9am-10pm (last entry 7pm)
  • Sunday: midday-7pm (last entry 5pm)

Please note not all attractions will be open for the full times; please see the event programme for details. There will be no entry or re-entry to site after the last entry times.

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No, drones are banned at the event.

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Yes, on the Saturday at 10pm.

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Yes, live streaming of the event will be available on a big screen at Hudson’s Field.

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The parade is due to finish at 11.30am, with events at Hudson’s Field starting at midday, so you should have time to get between the two if you wish to. However, the parade will be live streamed at Hudson’s Field should you wish to guarantee your spot at the site. 

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An outline programme is below; the full programme will follow soon. You will be able get a copy of the event programme from one of our volunteers or you can view the event programme on our website. This includes timings of the event as well as a site map. 

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If you’re still stuck, feel free to send us a message on our Twitter or Facebook page.

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Full details will follow soon.

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The main event site will be closed to the public between 21 June and 4 July, to allow for the event to be set up and taken down safely.

We have made routes around the event site for people to pass through, but access will probably be further restricted between Monday 24 June and Monday 1 July.

This is a one-off event and we hope that residents will understand that we need to ensure safe set-up of the event.

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Yes, you will be stamped as you exit and can re-enter when you like. 

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Entry closes at 7pm on the Friday and Saturday and 5pm on the Sunday.

Please note: This includes re-entry after leaving the site and getting your hand stamped.

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If travelling from the North (including Amesbury, Devizes, Tidworth, Marlborough and Andover), please head for the Beehive Park & Ride Car Park where there will be frequent shuttle buses to Hudson's Field and the City Centre.

If travelling from other areas, you may prefer to use Central Car Park in the City Centre and then catch a shuttle bus to Hudson's Field from the coach station next door.

If you are staying for the concert at the end of the day, special shuttle buses for those with mobility issues will operate back to the car parks approx 30-45 minutes after the end of the event – please head for the Castle Road exit and ask for directions from one of the stewards on duty.

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Last updated: 27 June 2019 | Last reviewed: 27 June 2019