EVENT: Armed Forces Weekend 2016

Plymouth Armed Forces Weekend 2016

Armed Forces Weekend in Association with Babcock International
Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 June 2016

Plymouth Armed Forces Week is an annual event held in support of the national Armed Forces Day initiative.

With 50,000 attending the event last year we are continuing to improve our annual event on the glorious Plymouth Hoe, and with this in mind we are developing a spectacular two day event which will be known as Armed Forces Weekend, in association with Babcock International.

The intention of the weekend for Plymouth is to say a big Thank You to the Armed Services, their families and our veterans.

The aim of the event from the MOD; is to raise awareness of and support for our Armed Forces community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country.

Plans to date include:

**Saturday 25 June – 10am to 10.30pm**

Villages & Arena Displays:

  • Veterans Village Sponsored by Royal British Legion
  • Hidden Heritage Living History Zone
  • Royal Naval Village
  • Army Village
  • RAF Village
  • Emergency Services Displays

Event Programme:

  • The annual RAF and Allied Air Forces Monument Service supported by the Royal Marine Band, Plymouth in the Arena
  • Veterans parade on the Hoe including over 30 Royal British Legion Standards
  • Plymouth Youth Music Service (PYMS) Stage
  • Cadets Corps of Drums and Drill Display team in the Arena
  • HMS Raleigh Training School Arms Drill Display with the Royal Marine Band, Plymouth in the Arena
  • Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech on the main stage
  • Plymouth Drake Sea Cadets in the Arena
  • Company B – 7 piece rowdy energetic jump jive band that bring an era of musical vintage bang up to date with their show performance on the main stage
  • The Rifles Freedom of the City Parade and led by The Rifles Band and Bugles
  • HMNB Devonport V HMS Raleigh Field Gun Competition in the Arena. Babcock Cup Presentation in the Arena
  • Jnr Field Gun Run. RM Volunteer cadet Corp. V Pennycross Primary School in the Arena
  • SW Massed Pipe Band in the Arena
  • RAF Air Cadets continuity drill display team in the Arena
  • Air Displays sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems

Evening Stage Entertainment:

  • Military Wives Choir
  • The Function Band of HM Royal Marines Band Plymouth
  • Phil Collins tribute – straight out of the tribute top drawer
  • Red Hot Chilli Pipers – the most famous bagpipe band on the planet…it’s Bagrock!
  • Birmingham Blues Brothers – On a Mission in Plymouth

**Sunday 26 June – 10am to 4pm**

  • Junior Field Gun competition and competition trophy presentations
  • Feu de Joie from 29 CMDO Royal Artillery Citadel with Royal Marine Band, Plymouth
  • 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot (Napoleonic era) drill display, marching and musket firing display
  • Air Displays sponsored by UTC Aerospace Systems

Other activities include the Armed Forces Day Flag Raising Event on Monday 20 June in front of the Plymouth Guildhall and the Children and Young People’s Services have planned a HMS Heroes Service Children’s Voice Awards, The HMS Heroes small marquee, a competition for art and design and much more.

For a full list of events and activities see: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/…/armed-forces-weekend-p1306…

Plymouth Armed Forces Day – 27th June 2015

Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2015

For the full details see: www.visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday

Magnificent air displays including the Royal Navy’s Black Cats Wildcat and the RAF’s Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will take place at Armed Forces Day on 27 June.

Organised by Plymouth City Council visitors will be able to see incredible performances from some of the UK’s leading pilots in our Armed Forces on Plymouth Hoe at 1pm and 4.30pm.

Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Pete Smith said: “The air shows are definitely a main attraction for our Armed Forces Day celebrations and we have a great show planned for everyone to enjoy.”

The Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog will be the first to take to the skies, followed by the Royal Navy Black Cats Wildcat, Dr101 One Design and the RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter.

UTC Aerospace Systems, based in Plymouth, sponsors the air shows and provides technology for military aircraft. Kevin Pindard, Managing Director of UTC Aerospace Systems in Plymouth, said: “Sponsoring this excellent Armed Forces Day air show offers us an opportunity to visibly demonstrate our commitment to, and pride in, our armed forces. Our TERPROM digital terrain system supports Typhoon pilots in operations every day and we believe the technology developed by our 270 strong, Plymouth-based, team is helping make life safer for UK forces wherever they are in the world.”

The Typhoon will be flown by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby who will put on a display that will showcase what this aircraft can do as well as demonstrate the dedication, professionalism and excellence of the RAF personnel who fly, maintain and support Typhoon operations in the UK and across the world.

Flight Lieutenant Shaun Kimberley returns for his second year flying the Grob 115E Tutor. The Tutor is the RAF’s elementary trainer and Shaun will superbly demonstrate the agility and performance of this aircraft.

The Tutor replaced the Bulldog as the RAF’s elementary trainer some 15 years ago and today the Bulldog is owned privately and will be flown by Rod Dean who will demonstrate its classic aerobatic capability. Rod is a very experienced display pilot and is well known for his displays in the Hunter, Spitfire and other ‘heavy metal’ warbirds. It is hoped that the Bulldog will formate with the Tutor so two generations of aircraft can be seen together.

The Black Cats Wildcat will provide an exciting helicopter display that will thrill audiences with their air shows. Wildcat is the latest generation of multi role helicopter specifically procured to operate from the Frigates and Destroyers of the Royal Navy, a task it is taking over from the Lynx.

The Rihn DR-107 One Design is an American aerobatic homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Dan Rihn and first flown in 1993. The DR-107 was designed as a low-cost one design aircraft for competition and sport basic to advanced aerobatics, including International Aerobatic Club Class One competitions. It will be flown by Phil Burgess, an RAF avionics engineer, who is one of the UK leading aerobatic pilots.

The RAF Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter will be the final aircraft to make a flying visit to Armed Forces Day. The aircraft is a standard Rolls Royce Avon powered Hunter T7 trainer. It is capable of a wide range of aerobatic manoeuvres as well as speeds approaching 600kts. The aircraft will be flown by retired RAF Squadron Leader Chris Heames who has been displaying this particular aircraft since 2001.

Visitors will also be able to get a closer look of a military aircraft by visiting the static Sea King, located on The Promenade.

Key highlights of the day include:

  • 11.15am – Sea Cadet Display in the arena
  • 12pm – Military Kids Choir and Community Covenant Speech on the main stage
  • 12.15pm – Military Wives perform on the main stage
  • 1pm – Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Tutor and Bulldog flying displays
  • 1.30pm – Field Gun competition heat one: HMS Raleigh vs. 29 CDA RA in the arena
  • 2.40pm – Field Gun Competition heat two: HMNB Devonport vs. HMD Raleigh in the arena
  • 3.45pm – Field Gun Competition heat three: 29 CDA RA vs. HMNB Devonport
  • 4.30pm – Royal Navy Blackcat Wildcat air display. DR 107 Aerobatic display and Hawker Jet Fighter display

Evening entertainment (on main stage)

  • 5pm – Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth
  • 6pm – Jay James
  • 7.15pm – Beatlemania
  • 9.30pm – ZU2

The air shows are part of a wider entertainment programme for Armed Forces Day in Plymouth. For more information and to download programmes go to visitplymouth.co.uk/armedforcesday.

*Note – the above aircrafts and times may be subject to change.

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Armed Forces Day – Plymouth 2014

Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2014Armed Forces Day 2014 provide to be another huge success with large numbers of people arriving to show their respects to our armed services, past and present.

Here are some photos and a brilliant video to show you the highlights of this years Armed Forces Day in Plymouth:

Video by Steve Wright Films, including footage from the Royal Navy Raiders Parachute team:

Video and commentary of the days key events by Sam Whitfield

Plymouth Hoe Event: Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2014

Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2014Plymouth Armed Forces Day – 28th June 2014 on the Plymouth Hoe Parade

A HUGE line up of events are scheduled for Plymouth Armed Forces 2014 including live music into the late evening!

Air displays, parachute jumps, parades and performances by the chart-topping Military Wives Choir are just a few things getting people excited about Armed Forces Day 2014.

See the full line up of the Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2014…

Plymouth Hoe Events Calendar 2014

plymouth hoe events calenderThe Plymouth Hoe Events Calendar is now updated with listings and dates for events on the Plymouth Hoe in 2014.

Each year the events get bigger and bigger! In 2014 expect to see big things from huge sailing races (Solitaire De Figaro), thousands of bikers take to their bikes for the annual Mega Ride charity ride, a HUGE music festival as MTV ‘Crashes’ Plymouth and a celebration of Plymouth’s joining of the three old towns… Phew! But wait there is more!

Check out the full Plymouth Hoe Events Calendar 2014…

Plymouth Festival of Sail 2013 – A look back…

This years Plymouth Festival of Sail 2013 packed together a number of top events including Armed Forces Day, Route Des Princes race, P1 Powerboat and Jet Skis, Market Traders and more… On the 29th June 2013 myself (scott) and members of the Plymouth Hoe Waterfront Website Media team descended down to the Plymouth Hoe Waterfront to capture the festival.

Wendy writes of her Armed Forces Day experience…

armedforcesday2013Well, the weather for this years Armed Forces Day couldn’t have been better! The sun was beaming down as I made my way to the Hoe with my family to catch the afternoon’s events. We hadn’t been able to make it in the morning, however we needn’t have worried about missing out; there was a packed programme all day long, so there was still lots for us to see and do. Making our way onto the Hoe, we were surprised by how many things were going on!

The place was heaving, with everyone in a real party mood. There were so many stands and tents to have a look at; we didn’t know where to start! However, my youngest made the decision for us all when he spotted the Oshkosh truck parked up with a stream of young visitors waiting to grab their chance of sitting in the driving seat.  Towering above us, this six wheel drive monster was attracting lots of attention from both young and old. Well, it’s not every day you get the chance to have your picture taken in one of those beasts!!

Photo opportunity number one of the day was swiftly followed by number two – a tableful of guns grabbed the attention of my thirteen year old. Having considered himself way too old and cool to be having his pic taken in the Oshkosh, he had a change of heart about being snapped when presented with the opportunity of handling an AK47!! We even got a smile for the camera, now that can’t be bad …

The sun was blasting down on us and after a while I felt the need for some liquid refreshment – drink in hand, we sat on the grass by the stage and enjoyed the music of Company B, an amazing group specialising in jump jive. They had us all tapping our feet and feeling that summer vibe, with a few brave souls at the front getting right into the spirit and dancing away!  Their rendition of “Minnie the Moocher” had the audience singing along. Cue embarrassing mum moment – I don’t care, I had to join in with the “hi de hi de hi de hi” even if it had my boys covering their ears!!

The boys still had plenty of energy to burn off, so we set off for more adventures. Christian was thrilled to find an inflatable life raft to explore; in fact it was hard to drag him out of it! It was only when he saw large numbers of children walking past with very lifelike “injuries” that he decided to venture out of the raft and have a very realistic gash inflicted on his arm, complete with lots of fake blood to complete the look! He proudly showed off his “war wounds” to anybody who was passing!

Our afternoon of fun was brought to a perfect end with the announcement of the last aerial display of the day. We treated ourselves to ice-creams and watched the planes with delight as they looped the loop and flew at each other. I know they aren’t as close to each other as it looks, and they are well trained, but it still had us gasping in case they did actually meet head on!!

I can’t wait for next year’s event; it was the perfect family day out, in the perfect location. Hope to see you there!

Photos from the Plymouth Festival of Sail 2013

Video of Armed Forces Parade

Plymouth Festival of Sail 2013 – Photo from Armed Forces Day

Paul Mcdonnell took this amazing shot on top of Smeaton’s Tower. This photo was even featured on the BBC in their “your week in pictures” here. Good work Paul 🙂

Plymouth Hoe Armed Forces Day 2013 - Paul McDonnell

Paul also wrote a few words about the music from Friday Nights line up of top local bands and summed up the whole festival of sail with these words: “I couldn’t feel more plymouthian if I tried when gigs and events like this are successful and popular

Read Paul’s full blog update here.

The Plymouth Hoe Waterfront Website Media team are currently nursing sunburn, whilst processing images and writing a summary of parts of the Plymouth Festival of Sail, however even at this stage we all agree this year’s event was very well organised and ran smoothly from what we observed. Hats off to the organisers – The Plymouth City Council Events Team working in Partnership with Destination Plymouth, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership & Plymouth City Centre Company :).

Timetable for Plymouth Festival of Sail – Plymouth Festival of Sail – Armed Forces Day, Route Des Princes, P1 Powerboats, Plymouth Race

Timetable for the Plymouth Festival of Sail 2013 – Thank you to Mayflower Marina 🙂Plymouth Hoe Festival of Sail TIMETABLE 2013

For a complete timetable of the armed forces day please see: http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/events/armed-forces-day-2013-p1306823