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Flypast, History Re-enactments and Family Fun at Armed Forces Day

Historical re-enactments, fun fair rides, live music, historical exhibitions and a very special flypast are all part of the family fun at a free Armed Forces Day event in the Abbey Gardens.

Armed Forces Day is a celebratory family fun day and a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. 

There will be lots of activities for all the family including historic re-enactments, storytelling, military vehicles, arts and crafts and live music in Bury St Edmunds' historic and award-winning Abbey Gardens on Saturday June 30. 

One of the many highlights of the day will be a low level flypast by a World War II Hurricane fighter.  Alongside the Spitfire, the Hurricane was the workhorse flown by those brave RAF pilots, who Churchill nicknamed ‘The Few’ during the Battle of Britain.  The roar of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine is guaranteed to give you goose bumps as it flies over Abbey Gardens.


Further activities throughout the day will also include living history re-enactments from throughout the ages, including the Norwich & Norfolk Medieval Association, the 95th Rifles Living History Society and the Suffolk Regiment Living History Society. 

For those of you with children who have energy to burn, there we will also be a climbing wall and fun fair rides!  But don’t worry, there will also be lots of more sedentary activities such as face painting and arts and crafts activities.

Live music will be provided by Haverhill Silver Band, the Sea Cadets band and Bury St Edmunds Concert Band.

There will also be plenty of historical exhibitions and military vehicles on show and a range of refreshment stalls from tea and cakes to pizza and hamburgers.

The day itself, organised by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Bury St Edmunds Town Council, will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 30 June in the perfect setting of the beautiful Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

There’s no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the celebrations!

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