When and where to watch the Armed Forces Day Red Arrow displays

It’s Armed Forces Day and the celebrations are about the get underway – but where are they taking place?

Red Arrow displays are set to mark the event, which was first launched in 2006, on both sides of the south of the UK this weekend.

The first will take place today in Plymouth Hoe, Devon, and the second tomorrow in Folkestone, Kent.

But as well as the incredible aerobatics team, many other military vehicles and aircraft are set to impress the crowds.

So with everything from tanks to Spitfire planes – we have the details on what will be on and where.

When are the Red Arrow displays?

The Red Arrow team are set to close the air display at the event in Plymouth Hoe, which begins at around 5.10pm, finishing 45 minutes later at 5.55pm.

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

However, you’ll have to head up to The Leas to watch the performance over the sea.

Where can I watch them?

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

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.

The second event, taking place in Folkestone, will be based at The Leas.

What is the schedule at Plymouth Hoe?


RAF and Allied Air Forces Memorial Service, supported by Tavistock Stannary Brass Band (Arena)

10.15am – 4.30pm

Junior Field Gun Competition (Junior Field Gun Arena – Elliot Street end of Promenade)


Military Kids Choir and the Community Covenant Speech (Main Stage)


Parade of Standards: Cadets and Veterans, all veterans are invited to join the Parade (Hoe Promenade)

11am – 3pm

Plymouth Music Education Hub (Plymouth Youth Music Service Stage – Hoe Promenade, west end)

11.25am – 11.45am

RAF Cadets Display (Arena)

11.50am – 12.15pm

Ocean City Sound Barbershop Chorus (Main Stage)

12.20pm – 12.40pm

Tri Service Field Gun Competition Run 1 – HMNB Devonport vs The Royal Engineers (Arena)

12.45pm – 1.10pm

City of Plymouth Pipe Band (Arena)


T23 Frigate sail past and gun salute (Plymouth Sound)

1.15pm – 1.35pm

30 CDO Stonehouse Royal Marines Unarmed Combat Display (Arena)

1.40pm – 2pm

Tri Service Field Gun Competition Run 2 – The Royal Engineers (Sappers) vs RAF Cosford (Arena)

2.05pm – 2.30pm

Rock Choir (Arena)

2.35pm – 2.55pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Run 3 – RAF Cosford vs HMNB Devonport (Arena)

3pm – 3.30pm

HM Royal Marine Band, Plymouth – Marching Display (Arena)

3.30pm – 4.05pm

Tri-Service Field Gun Competition Grand Final, followed by presentation (Arena)

4.10pm – 4.30pm

Army Cadets Display (Arena)

4.15pm – 4.30pm

Junior Field Gun Competition Presentation (Junior Field Gun Arena – Elliot Street end of Promenade)

4.35pm – 5pm

Military Wives Choir (Main Stage)

5.10pm – 5.55pm

Air Display – Navy Wings Heritage Flight Sea Fury, RAF BBMF Spitfire Flypast, RAF Aerobatic Team and Red Arrows Display

6pm – 7pm

Live Music: HM Royal Marine Function Band, playing a selection of musical ensembles (Main Stage)

7.10pm – 7.55pm

Live Music: Scarlet Lee – X Factor runner-up (Main Stage)

8pm – 9pm

Live Music: Tony is Tom Jones – A unique tribute (Main Stage)

9.15pm – 10.30pm

Live Music: One Step Behind – The Masters of Madness. The UK's premier and longest surviving Madness tribute band (Main Stage)

What is the schedule at Folkestone?

10.45am – 11am – Main arena

The Princess Of Wales's Royal Regiment Band March From WW1 Memorial Arch Playing To Bandstand

Play On Standard Bearers And Cadets With National Anthem

Welcome/ Introductions By The Worshipful Town Mayor Of Folkestone

Folkestone & Hythe Sea Cadets, Air Cadets And Army Cadets (2 Detachments) With Raising Of The Flags

11am – 11.45am

Blue Falcons Gymnastic Display Team (Main Arena – Display Area)

12pm – 12.20pm

The Dulcettes (Bandstand)

1pm – 1.30pm

PWRR 'The Tigers' Parachute Team Display (Grand – Drop Zone), followed by Dakota Air Display

1.30pm – 2pm

The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Band (Main Arena)

2pm – 2.20pm

Royal Gurkha Regiment Taekwondo Display

2.30pm – 3pm

Cadet Units Tug of War Competition (Main Arena)

3pm – 3.15pm

Spitfire Air Display

3.25pm – 3.50pm

Lindy Hoppers WWI Themed Dance Act (Main Arena)

4pm – 4.20pm

Red Arrows Display Over The Sea (View From The Leas)

4.40pm – 5.10pm

Kent Military Community Choir (Bandstand)

5.20pm – Main Arena

Mayor's Thank You And Farewell Speech



Sunset And Lowering Of The Flags

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