Work begins at Hudson's Field to set up Salisbury AFD

Work begins at Hudson's Field to set up Salisbury AFD

Published at 12:12pm 19th June 2019. (Updated at 12:17pm 19th June 2019)

The huge three day event next weekend (June 28th to 30th) will take an awful lot of preparation on site.

Salisbury is the focus of this year's National Armed Forces Day event, with three full days of activities.

That means there's a lot to set up and work has now begun.

Three trucks stacked with fencing arrived at Hudson's Field this morning (June 19th)

Fences will be put up around the perimeter of the Salisbury AFD site for security and crowd management reasons.

That will start to go up from today, ahead of the stage build, the fairground going in, and the exhibitor areas being set up.

Map of Armed Forces Day setup on Hudson's Field
The site map for Salisbury Armed Forces Day shows the stage at the bottom, near Stratford Road

PARKING FOR SALISBURY AFD EVENTS AT HUDSON'S FIELD:

There will be NO parking available on site throughout the three days - but there are three designated FREE parking areas for the event.

They will be at Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury Cattle Market and Wilton park and ride.

FREE shuttle buses will be put on between those car parks and Hudson's Field, as well as a shuttle bus service from the city centre.

RE-ENTRY TO HUDSON'S FIELD ALLOWED?

If you have tickets to any, or all three, of the day's events at Hudson's Field, we will able to get in and out of the site.

Ticketholders will be stamped as we leave, so we're able to re-enter later on that day.

WHAT'S PLANNED AT ARMED FORCES DAY SALISBURY ON FRIDAY?

  • Event open from 2.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Last admission 7.00pm
  • Entertainment and activities for all
  • Free barbecue from 5.00pm for serving military personnel and their families
  • Live music on the main stage, from local acts including Break Cover, the Royal Artillery Contemporary Band, and Shine 4 Salisbury winners Duck n Cuvver
  • Headliners The Feeling will be on stage at 9.00pm
The Feeling (Stray FM)
The Feeling will be playing hits like 'Never Be Lonely', 'Fill My Little World' and 'Sewn' on Friday June 28th

SALISBURY AFD ON SATURDAY:

  • Event open from 9.00am - 10.30pm
  • Last admission 7.00pm
  • Big screen for those wanting to watch a live stream of the military parade in Salisbury city centre
  • Armed Forces demonstrations and displays in the main arena
  • Royal visit from Princess Anne following the military parade
  • Air display over Hudson's Field, supported by Old Sarum Airfield, and featuring the Red Arrows
  • Live music from Spire Samba, Royal Artillery Contemporary Band, Military Wives Choir, Invictus Games Choir, The Treblemakers and The Upbeat Beatles
  • Headliners Kaiser Chiefs will perform on the main stage
  • Fireworks finale at 10.00pm
Kaiser Chiefs ( Wiltshire Council)
'Ruby', 'Everyday I Love You Less and Less' and 'Oh My God' will among the hits from Kaiser Chiefs in Salisbury on Saturday June 29th

SUNDAY ACTIVITES FOR ARMED FORCES DAY:

  • Event open from 12.00pm midday - 7.00pm
  • Last admission 5.00pm
  • Commemoration and drumhead service, supported by Royal British Legion, with the Bishop of Salisbury and padres
  • World record attempt for the largest human poppy
  • Afternoon tea for veterans
  • Live music on stage from Salisbury City Band of the Royal British Legion, Sticky Toffee Jazz, Wiltshire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums and Bugles, Salisbury Rock Choir, Starcast Performing Arts School, Middle Wallop Military Wives and Young Brando
  • Bjorn Again will be performing the hits of ABBA as the headline act to close the event
Björn Again Salisbury Armed Forces Day 2019
Björn Again will be at Salisbury Armed Forces Day 2019, headlining the main stage

HUDSON'S FIELD CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC:

In order for the site to be set up ahead of the event and cleared afterwards, the space will be shut to the public for around 2 weeks.

It will close to the public on Friday June 21st and re-opening on July 4th.

Wiltshire Council say they appreciate it's a popular area, and a closure may cause inconvenience but have said:

"This is a one-off event and we hope that residents will understand that we need to ensure safe set-up of the event."

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