Armed Forces Day Red Arrow displays – everything you need to know

Armed Forces Day is just around the corner, which means the Red Arrow displays are too.

The event first began in 2006 under the title ‘Veteran’s Day’ and was founded in a bid to celebrate the armed forces.

However in 2009, it was renamed Armed Forces Day and is now held every year on the last Saturday of June.

This year, there are set to be events in both Folkestone and Plymouth, so fans of the RAF Aerobatic Team have multiple chances to catch a glimpse of the impressive squad.

And if catching the highlights on YouTube won’t quite cut it for you, getting there in time is a must – luckily, we have all the details for this weekend’s events.

Where can I get tickets?

Lucky fans will be able to see the Red Arrow displays in both Folkestone and Plymouth for free this year – so put those credit cards away.

Where and when can I see the displays?

The first of the two displays this weekend will take place in Plymouth Hoe.

The Red Arrow team are set to close the air display at the event, which will also involve Navy Wings Heritage Flight Sea Fury and RAF BBMF Spitfire.

The air display is set to begin in Plymouth Hoe at around 5.10pm on Saturday, June 29, finishing 45 minutes later at 5.55pm.

But if you miss the show, have no fear – The team will be flying briefly in Sunday’s airshow in Folkestone between 4pm and 4.20pm.

However, you’ll have to head up to The Leas to catch a glimpse.

How do I get there?

The event in Plymouth Hoe is located on the historic waterfront of Plymouth in Devon.

Those driving can use the postcode PL1 2TR, which will take you to the main city centre – and a five minute walk away from where the action is kicking off.

If you’re thinking about using public transport, Citybus is offering free travel across the whole weekend to any Armed Forces personnel in uniform, cadets in uniform and those with a veterans badge.

And those using trains can get to Plymouth directly from London in around three hours with Great Western Railway.

Trains from Manchester also travel to the city direct, however it can take up to five hours and a quarter.

Ferry services to Plymouth are also running from Roscoe in France and Santander in Spain.

What else will be at the events?

As well as performances by the Red Arrows, visitors can expect visits from military vehicles, food and drink stalls and a free evening concert in Plymouth.

Folkestone is set to have a performance from the Kent Military choir as well as a Great War trench experience, flight simulator and funfair.

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