Free fun-filled family event celebrates the armed forces community

Tourism, Museums and The Arts
09:47, Thursday, 9th June 2022

This year’s North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Day on Saturday 18 June is set to be bigger and better than ever with a spitfire flypast, new children’s arena and plenty of other family activities – what’s more it’s free.

Taking place at Brumby Hall Sports Ground in Scunthorpe from 11am to 4pm it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

It’s a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community: from those currently in service, to veterans, cadets and their families.

This year is a special one as we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and retrospectively 100 years of the Royal British Legion and 100 years of the Royal Artillery Association.

The free event will feature live musical entertainment on stage from Barton Community Band, Scunthorpe Concert Band and Sarah Eastwood Band.

There will be much more to keep the whole family entertained throughout the day including:

  • A military parade
  • Cadet Village and cadet games– 119 Air Cadets and Scunthorpe Sea Cadets
  • Static displays and living history exhibitions– three-part World War One display
  • Military organisations
  • Birds of Prey display
  • Re-enactments
  • Picnic area
  • Fun fair
  • Alpacas and friends
  • Stalls for local groups and organisations

In the children’s arena there will be:

  • Chris Barnes from Seal the Deal events from 12pm to 2pm with party games, activities and fun for all the family.
  • Meet and greet characters including Lol Dolls Diva and Unicorn, and Mickey and Minnie.
  • Sarah Stones from Dream a little Dream between 2.30pm and 3.30pm – meet and greet and listen to popular children’s songs.
  • Book readings by Jane Keightley – Blast Off to Planet Fun!
  • Punch and Judy shows
  • Face painting

A range of food and drink stalls will be there on the day, including:

  • The Lions outside bar
  • Coffee on the Run
  • DelDuca ice creams
  • Donut Dreams
  • Pearson’s Catering
  • The Stable Pizza Company
  • Greek Treat
  • Tickle your Tastebuds
  • Jamie’s Sweet Emporium

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said:

“I’m delighted to be sponsoring this year’s North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Day, as part of my work I provide funding to help forces veterans who find it difficult to adjust to civilian life after their service.

“This event is a great opportunity to thank all our servicemen and women and also to recognise those who have served in the past.”  

Cllr Elaine Marper, Armed Forces Champion for North Lincolnshire Council said:

“North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Day is always a wonderful free day out for the family. This year is set to be no different, with even more for all the family to get involved in – including a children’s arena.

“As ever, we are delighted to show our support for our brave servicemen and women. The event recognises the important contribution our armed forces have made and continue to make to our country, and we thank them wholeheartedly for their service.”

Parking is available at UCNL. Disabled parking is available at the sports ground itself.

Former and current members of the armed forces are invited to march in the parade at North Lincolnshire Armed Forces Day on Saturday 18 June 2022.

A short parade will take place from Brumby Hall Sports Ground to start the event. Refreshments will be provided after the parade for those taking part.

If you would like to be part of the parade, or would like more information, please contact North Lincolnshire Council’s events team on events@northlincs.gov.uk.

Bag checks will be carried out throughout the day when people enter. Dogs are not allowed to the event except service dogs.

Armed Forces Day is part of North Lincolnshire Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, having been awarded Gold in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Awards in 2020.