Cleethorpes Armed Forces Day weekend 2024 schedule from the carnival to the Red Arrows

The Saturday parade during Armed Forces Weekend in 2022
-Credit: (Image: Duncan Young)


Cleethorpes' Armed Forces Weekend has finally arrived and here is the full schedule to help you plan your trip - from the Community Carnival to the incredible Red Arrows.

North East Lincolnshire's Armed Forces Day celebrations will be held between Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 30, featuring a packed line-up of events to show support to the men and women of our Armed Forces community and our veterans. Billed as the "largest free event on the east coast" with events taking place from Sea Road to the Boating Lake, things will get underway on the Friday night with the return of the Community Carnival. This will see dozens of floats head along the High Street and Alexandra Road along with hundreds of participants.

There will then be displays and activities at the Boating Lake Paddock throughout Saturday and Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Meanwhile, a number of local dance groups and bands will be performing on the stage near to the Armed Forces Memorial Gate, in Alexandra Road, over the weekend. These include groups from Clifton Dance Academy, as well as the All For One choir.

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Saturday will see the main Armed Forces Day parade with military bands, members of the Armed Forces, veterans and cadets, setting off from Grant Street at 1.45pm. There will also be an evening sunset ceremony on the Saturday evening including cadets and the Sea Cadet Band, a march of the standards and veterans before the Union Flag is lowered at the Remembrance Gate.

Of course, it wouldn't be Armed Forces weekend without some amazing aerial displays and this year will be no different. On the Saturday, the Red Arrows will be performing over the resort as part of the display team's 60th anniversary season. They will follow displays including the RAF Typhoon and RAF Tutor.

The Red Arrows will perform in Cleethorpes on Saturday, June 29
The Red Arrows will perform in Cleethorpes on Saturday, June 29 -Credit:raf.mod.uk

The Saturday will climax with a brilliant fireworks display which will be held near Ross Castle to mark to end of a fun-packed day. The weekend is also being supported by traders from around Lincolnshire and beyond, with the Big Wheel returning to the leisure centre car park for the weekend.

Alex Baxter, managing director of the Armed Forces Major Events Team, said: “This is the biggest free event on the east coast held to thank our Armed Forces personnel, past and present, for their service to our country and their support to civilian life. We are a small group of volunteers who organise the weekend, and it takes almost a year of planning, but it’s always a fabulous weekend in the resort."

Cleethorpes Armed Forces weekend 2024 schedule of key events

Schedule is subject to change - some attractions have not yet been confirmed so have not been included.

Friday, June 28

  • 12pm - Events start.

  • 6pm - Carnival parade will start from the High Street

  • Entertainment at Remembrance gate

  • Markets and activities across the whole resort

An RAF Typhoon flies the flag over Cleethorpes for Armed Forces Weekend 2023
An RAF Typhoon flies the flag over Cleethorpes for Armed Forces Weekend 2023 -Credit:Duncan Young

Saturday, June 29

  • 10am - Events start and area opens.

  • 11:30am - 11:50am - WW2 D-Day display at the Boating Lake Paddock

  • 12:45pm - 12:55pm - RAF Typhoon display

  • 1:45pm - 2:10pm - Armed Forces Day parade, setting off from Grant Street

  • 2:10pm - All For One Choir performing on the entertainment stage

  • 2:50pm - 3pm - RAF Tutor display

  • 3:20pm - 3:40pm - WW2 D-Day display at the Boating Lake Paddock

  • 4:20pm - 4:45pm - Red Arrows 60th Anniversary display

  • 6:30pm - 6:55pm - Sunset Parade

  • 7pm - 7:05pm - lowering of the Union Flag at Remembrance Gate

  • 10:30pm - 10:50pm - firework display

Sunday, June 30

  • 11am - Events start and area opens

  • 11:30am - 11:50am - WW2 D-Day display at the Boating Lake Paddock

  • 1:30pm - 1:50pm - WW2 D-Day display at the Boating Lake Paddock

  • 3:30pm - 3:50pm - WW2 D-Day display at the Boating Lake Paddock

  • 3:30pm - 3:40pm - RAF Tutor display

  • 4:30pm - 4:40pm - RAF Typhoon display