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Armed Forces Day 2017 | Scarborough

Scarborough Armed Forces Day returns for the 9th year providing an opportunity for you to thank the British Armed Forces for their selfless bravery and heroism. South Bay will close to traffic for the event as the Foreshore, West Pier and Sandside prepares to welcome over 25,000 visitors to a FREE event which is set to be the biggest and most popular Armed Forces Day yet.

The site for Armed Forces Day will be packed wall-to-wall with activities, stalls and show-stopping displays, with an item-filled itinerary to cram in before the day is done. Speak with Veterans face-to-face, support over 40 military charity stalls, and marvel at the spectacular RAF aerial displays. Expect a day of great surprises, high excitement and family fun.

Don't bring your car!

RAF Red Arrows Display Team - due to perform at 15.30

Since 1965 the RAF Red Arrows have wowed onlookers with their sky-scraping, gravity-busting manoeuveres, and the RAF's premier display unit returns to Scarborough Armed Forces Day once more this year. 

Last year the Red Arrows completed a nine-week deployment to Asia and the Middle East, and the Squadron's activities in this time alone were viewed by an estimated global audience of one billion people.

The Red Arrows have performed over 4,500 shows since their inception and, weather permitting, visitors to Armed Forces Day 2017 can expect to witness the team's AWESOME flying display across the South Bay!

The RAF Red Arrows display is due to take place at 15.30

RAF Red Arrows

RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team - 11.00

The RAF Falcons are widely recognised as the United Kingdom's leading military parachute display team. Arriving from their base at RAF Brize Norton the Falcons bring their grandstand act to the Yorkshire Coast.

Formed in 1961 the RAF Falcons have performed thousands of displays in their illustrious 56 year history, pushing the boundaries of parachuting and breaking new ground along the way.

The Falcons have enthralled and entertained onlookers in countries on every continent and are set to to astound attendees to Armed Forces Day. Expect surprises when the Falcons arrive - keep your eyes to the skies!

The RAF Falcons are due to perform at 11.00

RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team

Flying the Flag

Flying the Flag ceremony begins proceedings for the National Armed Forces Week. As is tradition the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough will announce the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag.

The Flying the Flag ceremony is open to the public and the service takes place outside the Town Hall on St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG. As with all Armed Forces Day events there is no charge for admission.

The Flying the Flag ceremony will begin at 10:00am on Monday, 19th June with the flag raising at approximately 10.30am. Upon the flag being raised National Armed Forces Week will be declared officially OPEN!


Flying the Flag

Spitfire Flypast BBMF - due over Filey at 12.55, 13.00 in Scarborough

The historic BBMF Spitfire will make a flypast of the South Bay during Armed Forces Day 2017. The Spitfire will be in the air over Filey at 12.55pm, arriving at Whitby at 1.10pm.

The vintage aircraft, a household name since the Battle of Britain 77 years ago, will take to the skies to pay tribute to our heroic servicemen and servicewomen that served in WWII.

The opportunity to witness a Spitfire is increasingly rare, and we are extremely priviliged to host this icon of British aviation.

The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled for Filey at 12.55, Scarborough at 13.00 and Whitby at 13.10



#SaluteOurForces is the Armed Forces' official social media hashtag for all social media platforms.

If you are attending Armed Forces Day this summer, and sharing events from the day with your followers on social media, then please ensure that you use #SaluteOurForces and promote this wonderful cause. 

Help us to continue to bring Armed Forces Week to the nation's attention, and to raise funds to benefit the true heroes of our nation, our courageous armed forces.


Other Activities

  • Vintage Village - with Vintage Stalls, displays and military vehicles.
  • Chris Myers 1940's vintage tribute singer
  • Marching Bands - North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe & Drums Band and Scandinavian youth marching bands.
  • RAF Red Arrows Flight Simulator
  • Military themed stalls including The Friends of the Red Arrows
  • Military adventure activities including assault course and laser battles
  • Huge array of different military charity/welfare stalls
  • Forces recruitment
  • Local cadet forces representation including gun run display
  • Formal Area for ceremonial activities hosted by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough
  • The day will end with a Standards, Veterans and Cadets parade organised by the Royal British Legion, led by the QOY WMIK and the Yorkshire Volunteer Band.

Travel Information

Park & Ride Bus Stops near the event site
Both services have bus stops at:

‘South Bay’ - which is the beginning of the event site outside the Rotunda Museum (or get off at the next stop - Harcourt Place)

‘Harcourt Place’ - cross the road to walk down through the adjacent public gardens which includes access routes for wheelchair users.

Alternatively you can access the cliff lift, operated by Central Tramways down to the “Formal Area” of the event site.
For more Park and Ride information please visit:
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 outside the Futurist theatre, so please make sure you are familiar with it's 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 along foreshore. 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 will be 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 please help keep our beautiful seafront tidy by using bins provided.

Road and Car Park Closures

To find up to date information on all of the road closures happening over the event period please visit:

The following car parks will be closed to the public: (From Friday 23 June from 15:00hrs until Saturday 24 June at 21:00hrs)

  • West Pier Car Park
  • Eastborough Car Park
  • Quay Street Car Park

To find alternative car parks please visit:

Accessible Information

Drop off points for people in wheelchairs:

Designated disabled bays on Foreshore Road and Sandside will not be available due to the area forming part of the event. It is advisable to:

1) Use the Spa Drive Car Park or South Bay Underground car park, both of which are on the edge of the event site. Please note there are limited spaces available.

2) Use the Park & Ride that operates low floor easy access – see Park and Ride information above.

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

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Sponsors and Supporters

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

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