Armed Forces Day

Plymouth Armed Forces Day is an annual event held in support of the national Armed Forces Day initiative, returning to the Hoe in June.


Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come along and show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community from currently serving troops to reservists, veterans, cadets and their families.

​The start of the day will see the Parade of Standards, as veterans and cadets march across the Hoe promenade. Throughout the day, visitors will be able to watch the Field Gun competition with tri-service teams competing for the prestigious Babcock cup, the Unarmed Combat Display by 30 CDO Stonehouse Royal Marines and performances from bands including the City of Plymouth Pipe Band and the marching band of the Royal Marines, Plymouth.

​From 5pm, an air display will take to the skies, starting with a rescue display from the Coastguard in partnership with the RNLI. There will be a flypast from a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter and an RAF Spitfire plane. The closing display will be from the spectacular Red Arrows, which will be performing for the first time since their appearance at Armed Forces Day in 2012.

​Across the Hoe, a number of ‘villages’ will showcase the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and the emergency services, with vehicles and equipment on display, information about recruitment and military personnel to meet. The Veteran’s Village, supported by Royal British Legion, will also see more than 60 local charities and organisations showcasing their work, offering information, advice and support. 

​The main stage will host performances from local choirs and groups throughout the day, including the Community Military Kids Choir and the Military Wives choir. 

​From 6pm, a free evening concert sponsored by C&G Catering, will entertain the crowds with a fantastic range of live music. The night will be headlined by One Step Behind, the UK’s leading Madness tribute band. Also taking to the stage is Scarlett Lee, last year’s X Factor runner-up, a Tom Jones tribute act and the Royal Marine Function Band. 

For more information visit the Plymouth Armed Forces Day website.


Road Closures 

7am to 7pm    Hoe Road from the Mound at the Citadel to the Junction of Madeira Road, with parking restricted throughout this time
7am to 7pm    Top of Osborne Place to the junction of the back of The Esplanade 
5.30pm to 7pm    Citadel Road from the junction of Lockyer Street to the junction of Sussex Street, with parking restricted from 7am
5pm to 6.30pm    Madeira Road from the junction of Lambhey Hill in its entirety 
5pm to 6.30pm    Hoe Road from the junction of Madeira Road to the junction of Pier Street 
3pm to 6.30pm    Staddon Lane (from the junction of Staddon Heights golf cub to the junction of Jennycliff lane)
3pm to 6.30pm    Jennycliff Lane from its junction of Staddon Lane to Lalebrick Road 

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking is available in Ballard House car park (West Hoe Road, PL1 3BJ) for approximately 50 car parking spaces for blue badge holders.  

A shuttle bus supplied by Citybus will operate between Ballard House and the Hoe from 8.30am to 7pm. The bus will run from Ballard House every 30 minutes in a circular route to West Hoe Road, The Crescent, around Derry's Cross roundabout, Citadel Road and then to Hoe ramp access on Hoe Road, where the bus will drop off/pick up disabled passengers - a blue badge must be shown to enable usage of the bus for free.  

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.



Cost: Free


Categories: Entertainment | Major event

  • Saturday, 29 June 2019 (All day)