24 June 2023

Armed Forces Day

AFD National Event

Every year, the Armed Forces Day National Event puts the host town or city in the spotlight, gathering national media and public interest.

Next year’s Armed Forces Day National Event will be hosted by Cornwall Council in Falmouth in 2023. The National Event promises to be an action-packed day featuring the very best of the Armed Forces.


RAF parachutists are photographed from below against a blue sky
The RAF Falcons Display Team who kicked-off the National Event in Scarborough this year.

Bids for the 2024 Armed Forces Day National Event will open in due course – monitor this page for updates. 

Councils wishing to host the National Event should consider the below.

  1. How you will increase the public support for, and appreciation of, all those who serve and have served in HM Armed Forces.
  2. The format your event will take.
  3. Your previous experience of organising large-scale events. In particular any previous Armed Forces Day events.
  4. The governance and organisation structure that you will use to plan and deliver the event.
  5. How you plan to fund the event. (If successfully selected as the National Event, you will receive a grant of £25 000).
  6. How you will promote the event, including your media resources and strategy.