Armed Forces Day - Celebration day to recognise the military

Bucks and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day held at Aylesbury Rugby Club at Weston Turville - pictured are the Red Arrows during their flypast during a previous year
Bucks and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day held at Aylesbury Rugby Club at Weston Turville - pictured are the Red Arrows during their flypast during a previous year

The clock will be turned back in time at a fun day out for the whole family on Saturday.

With something on offer for all ages, from fairground rides to stalls and performances by groups and singers, the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day will combine music with military tributes and air displays to raise awareness for the work of service personnel.

Visitors to Aylesbury Rugby Club in Weston Turville will have the chance to show their support and gratitude for all the men and women of the Armed Forces from serving troops to service families, reservists, veterans and cadets, at the event which starts at 1pm and goes on until 7pm.

Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher said: “It’s important for Buckinghamshire to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

“This event is our way of saying thank you to all the ex-servicemen and women in the county for what they have done, as well as showing our support for those who are still serving in the armed forces today.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come out in force to show their support on the day.”

Vintage music will come from The Memphis Belles, a trio of sisters of swing, who perform in authentic costumes, and also from The Swingrave Lindy Hoppers local tea dance specialising in a unique blend of music from the swing era and early R&B and jazz.

The RAF Halton Wives Choir will also perform, and so will Katie’s Jumping Fleas, a 14 piece ukulele band with drum and bass.

Bands will include the Army Air Corps Band and the Waterloo Band of the Rifles.

In addition, contemporary acts will include Skasouls tribute band from Princes Risborough and singer songwriter Gemma Aguilar.

The flying display will start at 3.10pm with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane flypast and will continue throughout the afternoon with vintage aircraft including a Mustang, areobatics and a wingwalker before culminating with a flypast from a Spitfire.

There will be loads of stalls, sideshows, a fun fair, zip wire, World War I village, hot air balloon, beer tent and food.

Tickets bought on the gate on the day will cost £15 for adults, £8 children (six - 17 years old), free for under fives.

A family ticket (two adults and two children) is £35.

Ticket prices are reduced if bought up to Friday (June 26). They can be bought online at www.buckcc.gov.uk/armedforcesday or from libraries including Aylesbury, Wendover, Princes Risborough and Winslow.

Due to the limited number of parking spaces available at the venue, visitors are encouraged to car share wherever possible.

Alternatively there will be a free Arriva shuttle bus service from Aylesbury bus station to the event.