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Armed Forces Day 30th June 2018 | Scarborough

Scarborough's Armed Forces Day will be celebrating it's 10th anniversary from 10:00 to 17:00 Saturday 30 June 2018. Our event is one of hundreds held across the country today, to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

South Bay will close to traffic for the event as the Foreshore, West Pier and Sandside prepares to welcome over 30,000 visitors to a FREE event which is set to be the biggest and most popular Armed Forces Day yet.

Our charity collection this year is dedicated to RAF100, Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund and the Royal Marines Association in memory of our much missed standard bearer for Scarborough Royal Marines Association, Clive Linton. 

Armed Forces Day Programme - Download Here

Aerial Displays

Our Airshow Flying Display Director, Charles Skiera of R5 Airdisplays Ltd will ensure the smooth running of this part of the event.

The Blades - 12.00

The Blades
The Blades are unparalleled in their capabilities flying awe-inspiring air displays join us to experience another breathtaking dynamic aerial display!


As with the Red Arrows, The Blades are one of the very few display teams that are permitted to perform an arrival into the show over the heads of the crowd.

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Rich Goodwin 11.00

Dropping in for the first time will be Rich Goodwin and his high energy muscle display bi-plane who will be providing a distinctive display of freefall and canopy skills providing powerful and dynamic aerial entertainment – don’t miss it!

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RAF Dakota 13.50

RAF Dakota

The Douglas C-47 Dakota is without doubt one of the most successful aircraft designs in history.

To mark the RAF 100 years there will be a tribute flypast of a RAF Dakota and the event is hosting exhibitions by RAF Fylingdales, 739 Sqn air cadets and RAFA.

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Other Activities

MCA/Sikorsky Helicopter

There will also be an air to sea demonstration at 15.00 with the MCA/Sikorsky helicopter and the amazing Shannon Lifeboat from Scarborough RNLI.


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Local Cadets Forces

Local cadet forces information, recruitment and demonstration stands include:
  • Sea cadets - Gun Run Challenge against Northampton Sea cadets
  • RAF cadets – drill routine, first aid demonstrations and radio base station
  • Army cadets – rifle drill display, camo face painting and uniform try-on

Complimentary Activities

Alfie Boe - Scarborough Open Air Theatre
  • Twilight Naval Warfare-miniature naval battle at Peasholm Park starts 6pm, 30th June.
  • In the evening there is a special flag waving concert at Europe's largest Open Air Theatre starring world renown tenor Alfie Boe.

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Foreshore Road

• Heroes Welcome HQ for visiting military families
• Formal Area – Civic welcome, Veterans Badge Presentations, Review of parade, Service of Thanksgiving


• Military adventure activities on the beach

• The Standards, Veterans and Cadets parade will be led by a WMIK followed by The Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers 


• 30 x Military charity/welfare support awareness stands 

• Interactive children’s activities

West Pier

• The Yorkshire Regiment “Meet & Greet”


• The Friends of the Red Arrows

• The Army Careers Centre York Military climbing wall and Rebel airsoft rifle range


• WW2 artifacts from Eden Camp

• WW2 Cockleshell Heroes exhibits


• Interactive military displays and vehicles


• AdVintageous vintage market and musical entertainment by Yorkshire Corps of Drums , the Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers and 1940’s singer Chris Myers, will create a nostalgic atmosphere.


• Scarborough Fair Collection at Luna Park includes 1940s melodies from the Allan Organ, McLaren Steam Engine, 1915 Open Top Bus, WW1 Battle Truck and Albion Charabanc

• Yorkshire Military Vehicle Trust plus vintage vehicles 
• Living History tours of The Coronia and The Regal Lady that took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk 

Aerial Timings

Flying the Flag

Flying the Flag Ceremony to launch Armed Forces Week - Monday 25 June. Join the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough to watch the Armed Forces day flag being raised at Scarborough Town Hall (10.00 for 10.30) civic gardens near Queen Victoria statue.

Safety Notice

The flying of Drones, Kites, Model Aircraft and the Release of Helium Balloons is forbidden at this event as it poses a risk to Flight and Public Safety.

Should any of these activities take place, the Flying Display Director may decide to postpone or cancel the Flying Display Activity, spoiling the enjoyment of the event for others. Anyone found to be conducting this activity may face prosecution.

Free Mobility Scooter Hire

There is free mobility scooter hire for veterans with ID from:

Scarborough Shopmobility
5 Somerset Terrace
North Yorkshire
YO11 2PA
Tel: 01723 369910


 In recognition and remembrance there will be an area on West Pier dedicated to WW1-Yorkshire Coast Remembers including:

• Poppy making workshops
• 1568 Sawdust Hearts Project
• a display of 1914 motorbikes used as a Red Cross stretcher bearer and pidgeon carrier despatch
• The Songs our Soldiers Sang – sing-along to a WW1 anthology of morale-boosting songs and stirring marches
• Scarborough Maritime Heritage Trust WW1 - Bombardment of Scarborough and WW2 exhibits at their shop on Eastborough

Free Cliff Lift Rides

Central Tramway Company Scarborough Ltd are proud to support Veterans and serving personnel with free lift rides to and from the Armed Forces Day event on the Foreshore. Access is from Falconers Road just after the Park and Ride drop off with the Central Tramway on the right hand side as the road turns left onto St Nicholas Street. Please show ID, medals, uniform or cap badge.

Making the event happen...

The success of the day can be attributed to many services of the Council, the Armed Forces Day Steering Group and the amazing support of volunteers who work tirelessly to make this day so special, without them this event would not be possible.

Thank you also to our main funding partner the Ministry of Defence.

We hope you will enjoy this special day and come along, enjoy the fun and say “Thank you” to our Armed Services personnel, past, present and future.

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Sponsors and Supporters

Armed Forces Day
Scarborough Borough Council
Armed Forces Day
Discover Yorkshire Coast
Armed Forces Day
South Bay Traders Association
Heroes Welcome in Scarborough
The Royal British Legion
Armed Forces Day

Parking Information


The following car parks will be closed to the public
West Pier Car Park
Eastborough Car Park
Quay Street Car Park From Friday 29 June from 15:00hrs until Saturday 30 June at 21:00hrsClick here for parking and traffic information 

For more Park and Ride information please visit this web site.

For other information bus information please visit:

Train Services to Scarborough
For any train times or services please visit

Lost Persons

We want everyone to have a great time on the day, but sometimes people can become separated. Below are a few simple rules and pieces of information to avoid getting separated and what to do if it happens:

  • The welfare point will be located opposite the Futurist theatre site, so please make sure you are familiar with its location.
  • At air events, most instances of people becoming separated from their parents happens during the flying display elements when everyone looks up! When aircraft arrive to display, please ensure your party are with you.
  • If a lost child has not been claimed by a parent, relative, or carer within 30 minutes of being found by a staff member, the police will be called.

Event Safety

There will be first aid points located within the event aream plus roaming first aiders. If you or someone you are with suffers an injury or is feeling unwell, please notify an event steward who will, in turn arrange for medical assistance.
Please check expected weather conditions before travelling, bringing appropriate suncream and fluids with you if warm temperatures are expected. There are many outlets along the seafront area also selling drinks to keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Please use the beach areas to the north and south of the main display area. 

Please do not bring glass bottles or glasses to the event and help keep our beautiful seafront tidy by using bins provided.

Armed Forces Day 2018