Saturday 29 June 2019

Armed Forces Day

Southampton — 29 June 2019

Armed Forces Day

11:00 am to 4:00 pm

A fun, free, family event to celebrate the role of the Armed Forces is being held at Royal Victoria Country Park, which was once the home of the world’s largest, purpose-built military hospital.

The event will feature a full-sized replica Hawker Hurricane plane and Battle of Britain Exhibition Trailer, a WW2 bomb disposal activity from ‘Hysterical History’ and stands from a number of museums, including the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and Museum of Military Medicine, as well other local heritage and community organisations and charities connected with the military or role of the hospital.

The Royal Victoria Chapel will be open, with exhibitions telling the story of the Royal Victoria Hospital and visitors can climb the tower to enjoy spectacular views over the Park and Southampton Water. Visitors can join guided walks around the Park and military cemetery to explore the history of the the site and stories of the people who lived and worked there.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Ocean Brass, the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band “The Spitfires”and Rhythm & Pan steel pan band. There will also be family activities, including climbing wall, inflatables and face painting, and a world food court. Entry is free, but normal car parking charges apply and some activities may carry an additional charge.