Plymouth Armed Forces Day
  • Plymouth Hoe

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Plymouth Armed Forces Day is a spectacular and exciting award-winning day of entertainment, with air displays, parades, demonstrations, competitions and activities for the whole family. 

The event is an opportunity for everyone to say a big 'Thank You' to the Armed Forces community and to celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country.

This year’s family-friendly Armed Forces Day looks set to attract more than 40,000 people as it promises to deliver a whole host of exciting and exhilarating displays, interactive activities, military bands, parades and a not to be missed air display featuring death defying acrobatics.

During the event, the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and veteran’s organisations, charities and the emergency services will showcase their services in a variety of 'villages' set out across the Hoe. There will be static displays, arena displays, air displays, parades, military vehicles and an evening entertainment stage. Military hardware including weapons displays, static helicopters, military vehicles and equipment will also be on show as well as the popular and exciting arena programme. One of the highlights this year is the Senior Field Gun competitions featuring HMNB Devonport, HMS Raleigh and HMS Ocean.

The spectacular air display will take place between 16:20 and 18:05 and will include:

  • Strikemaster Jet
  • Muscle Pitts - the ultimate high energy aerobatics biplane
  • TRIG display
  • Calidus Gyro display
  • BBMF RAF Dakota 
  • Breitling Wing Walkers formation display
  • Extra 330 aerobatic display team
  • Sea Vixen Fighter
  • Team Raven formation aerobatic display team
  • Boeing Chinook display.

In the evening Plymouth Hoe will be transformed, with thousands of people expected to flock for the free concert. Acts confirmed so far include the popular Military Wives Choir, Joey and the Lips and eighties favourite Toyah Willcox.

Visit the Plymouth Armed Forces Day website for the programme of events and further information.

Joining Forces with Plymouth University

To see how our collaboration with the armed forces is creating opportunities, from student learning and academic research, to support for veterans and service personnel visit

Plymouth University's partnership with Help for Heroes

The pioneering collaboration between Plymouth University and Help for Heroes Plymouth Recovery Centre aims to bring additional therapeutic benefit and value to H4H beneficiaries (wounded, injured and sick serving and veteran personnel, their families and dependents) through educational and research engagement. 

Plymouth University mechanical engineering students joined Help for Heroes during Plymouth Armed Forces Day in June 2016 to showcase their innovative handcycle. This has been designed and developed by our students with the aim of attempting the women's world land speed record in Nevada in September 2016 which they successfully achieved.

Visit our partnership page for further details.

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