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Military Event, Sat 30 Jun 2018, free entry

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day


Join us in Scarborough to say ‘Thank You’ to the British Armed Forces – past, present and future.
This popular family fun day out, now in its ninth year, takes place on South Bay, Scarborough.
This is a free event – please show your support to those taking part.

Highlights for this year include:

• The return of the much loved and everybody’s favourite RAF display team -The RED ARROWS!

• To celebrate 60 years of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – a SPITFIRE display!

• Guess who will be dropping in to say hello – The RAF FALCONS Parachute Display team!

• Scarborough RNLI/HMCG Search & Rescue Helicopter air to sea rescue demo

• New exhibits -WW1 ambulance cycles and a tribute to WW2 Cockleshell Heroes

SANDSIDE hosts the ‘Vintage Village’, with a Vintage Fair featuring over 20 stalls, vintage displays including military vehicles, pre WW2 classic cars and steam transport . There will be nostalgic songs and music to enjoy including Chris Myers 1940’s tribute show, colourful marching bands parades – North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe & Drums Band and Scandinavian youth marching bands.

WEST PIER is the area to experience the Red Arrows flight simulator, military representation and various military themed selling stalls including The Friends of the Red Arrows. Various military adventure activities can be accessed on South Bay Beach including an assault course, laser battles and bungee rides.

FORESHORE Road is the location for over 30 military charity/welfare stalls, forces recruitment and local cadet forces representation including a gun run display. It also includes the Formal Area for ceremonial activities hosted by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough and civic guests to present special awards and Veterans badges.

The day will end with a Standards, Veterans and Cadets parade organised by the Royal British Legion, headed up by the Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers it will lead into a Service of Thanksgiving including exhortation, last post, one minute silence and reveille at the Formal Area.

Scarborough is the home of the HEROES WELCOME discount scheme giving a warm Scarborough welcome to members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Where displayed the Heroes Welcome logo offers veterans and serving military personnel and their families, discounts or special treatment at restaurants, hotels and other businesses. (ID required)
On Armed Forces Day forces families are encouraged to visit the Heroes Welcome tent outside the RNLI to collect their resort hosting packs with lots of freebies and special offers!

FLYING the FLAG ceremony starts the National Armed Forces Day week – the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough will announce the raising of the special Armed Forces Day flag in a simple ceremony outside the Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough YO11 2HG.
10.00 for 10.30 on Monday 19 June 2017 (flag raised at 10.30)

Please note that the foreshore will be closed from 5am - 7pm on 24 June to road traffic.

*All appearances are subject to availability and to technical, weather and other constraints*

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 30 Jun 2018 10:00 to 17:00


Free entry


Tourism Bureau

01723 383636


Foreshore Road,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 1PD



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Map reference: TA 046887  Lat: 54.28322 Long: -0.39401

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Directions to south bay when there are no major events taking place:
By Road:
Follow signs for Scarborough's South Bay.
From the South end of the bay you will come along Foreshore Road.
From Peasholm Park in the North Bay, go on seafront along Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive and Sandside.

By Public transport:
There is a regular No.6 bus service from the town centre down to the West Pier in the South Bay (day time only). Current timetable at

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access