Armed Forces Weekend returns to the National Memorial Arboretum with free family activities, military bands and a Service of Tribute

Published on: Wed, 22/06/2022 - 11:31

Armed Forces Weekend

Over the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum in the heart of the National Forest in Staffordshire will be able to come together to show their support for the Armed Forces community. The 150-acre site is hosting a selection of fun free activities such as Forklift Basketball, Segways, a Red Arrows simulator and a WWII assault course as part of this year’s Armed Forces Weekend celebrations, alongside a Service of Tribute.

“Armed Forces Day on 25 June is the Nation's chance to show support for the UK’s Armed Forces community, from serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets,” explains Mark Ellis, Interim Lead at the National Memorial Arboretum. “Here at the Arboretum, we’ll once again be marking the event with fun family activities, a service of thanks and food and craft stalls throughout the weekend.”

At noon on the Saturday, Armed Forces Day, a short service of tribute will take place in the amphitheatre to recognise the hard work of the UK Armed Forces, offering visitors the opportunity to gather and thank personnel for their service.

Throughout the weekend, families will be able to try out many different exciting free activities, including climbing walls, Segways, archery, forklift basketball, a free-drop airbag, a Red Arrows simulator, a WWII assault course, and activities led by the RAF STEM team. There will also be music from an ensemble from Royal Signals Band (Saturday) and the Household Cavalry Specialist Contemporary Band (Sunday).

Briggs Equipment, the UK and Ireland’s premier engineering services and asset management specialist, is a regular sponsor of the Arboretum’s Armed Forces Weekend, providing both financial support and a physical presence at the event. This year, the must-see forklift basketball will be making a return to the Briggs stand, in addition to a tombola with a selection of great prizes, a giant Jenga game and an exciting exhibition of armoured vehicles.

It is free to visit the National Memorial Arboretum during Armed Forces Day weekend, however, visits should be booked in advance online to guarantee entry: https://www.thenma.org.uk/what's-on/events-exhibitions-and-talks/events/armed-forces-day