Armed Forces Day June 2021

Start date and time: Saturday 25 June 2:30 PM
End date and time: Saturday 25 June 6:00 PM

Location: Princes Gardens, Aldershot

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Hundreds of people will be waving their Union flags and singing along in celebration of our troops at Aldershot's new free Armed Forces Day Prom in the Park on Saturday 25 June, from 2.30 to 6pm in Princes Gardens. 

Bring your flags, rugs, picnics, friends and family to enjoy the mix of traditional and modern live music!

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the whole nation to celebrate the Armed Forces community and to recognise the work they do to protect the UK at home and overseas. 

What's on

The afternoon's festivities start at 2.30pm, with local musicians playing toe-tapping tunes while the audience find their spaces and set up their picnics. The bar, tea tent and street food stalls will open, alongside children's activities and community stalls on Princes Way.  

At 3.30pm, the main Prom concert begins in the beautiful Princes Gardens, with two local concert bands leading a patriotic programme of popular live music. The concert will end in flag waving style with traditional Last Night of the Proms favourites, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, and Land of Hope and Glory. There will also be a special interval performance and appearances from local serving troops.  

Programmes and flags will be available to buy on the day from our charity partners.  

This free event is organised by Rushmoor Borough Council, in partnership with Aldershot Garrison and is supported by local companies and organisations.  

Please note that there is no Armed Forces Day parade this year due to the availability of military personnel. 


Armed Forces Day 2021

Thousands of Rushmoor residents celebrated Armed Forces Day in Aldershot on Saturday 26 June 2021.

Over 4,300 local pupils took part in a large-scale arts project to learn more about the armed forces and thank the troops. Over the last few weeks, children from 20 schools have been creating artwork that came together in a colourful installation on the Princes Gardens Bandstand.

The schools worked in partnership with Aldershot Garrison and The Artroom to explore the different skills needed to make the army a success. The project was funded by Rushmoor Borough Council and a selection of the artwork will be on display at Aldershot Military Museum over the next few weeks.

Alongside the arts installation, four sold out outdoor performances of Louise Jordan's Pop-up Pedestal were held in the Gardens. The show explored the story of Florence Nightingale, who was in the first group of nurses to work on the front line during the Crimean War.

In the evening, six beacons of light shone across Aldershot's night sky in celebration. Thousands of residents were able to see the lights safely from their home and gardens, allowing them to mark the day in their own way.