Portsmouth Historic Dockyard celebrates Armed Forces Day 2018

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Royal Marines School of Musics marching band webRoyal Marines School of Music’s marching band will be making an appearance at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Armed Forces Day event.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will be hosting a free Armed Forces Day event on 30th June 2018, and there will be a special appearance from a full-size replica Spitfire MK26 from Ace Squadron as a special tribute to the past.

The day-long programme of events includes two military utility vehicles and the ever-popular Royal Marines School of Music’s marching band will be entertaining crowds as they march through the site from 1:30pm. Visitors can also enjoy the musical stylings of Dotty Duo, Fine Voice Academy Chorus, and the Royal Marines Association Dance Band under the canopy in the port arena alongside HMS Victory.

As a one-off, families can visit Action Stations free of charge to take part in activities. There is a mine sweep challenge plus this year, the doors of The National Museum of the Royal Navy galleries will be opening for free.

Dotty Duo webDotty Duo will be performing at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Armed Forces Day 2018

More importantly there will be a chance to speak to veterans, hear their stories and reminisce about days gone by in a veteran’s tea room. There will also be a very special exhibition this year by photographer Wendy Faux. The ‘Not Just A Wife’ exhibit will take visitors into the lives of those who married the soldiers of the British Army, based on the account of 50 Army spouses who have given candid interviews about their relationships with their friends and family, the army, and the life they lead. Military-related charities such as Help For Heroes, Royal British Legion, Blesma, and Armed Forces Para Snow Sports Team will also be on site.

John Rawlinson, Director of Visitor Experience of The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: “Armed Forces Day is a highlight for us each year when we can show our support for the Armed Forces. We are honoured to welcome veterans on site and our visitors love to meet them and share their memories. It’s a special day for us all.”

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is working in partnership with Portsmouth City Council, who also have a free event on Southsea Common, with a Lynx Helicopter, band of HM Royal Marines, the Lighting Bolt army parachute display team and more. A free shuttle bus will run regularly between Southsea Common and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard during the event.

In addition, visitors can make the most of their visit by purchasing an all attractions ticket with 30% discount on this day only which is valid all year round. The ticket includes entry to popular attractions including the Royal Navy Submarine Museum which has a new exhibition marking 50 years of the at-sea deterrent Polaris as well as a Harbour Tour.

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