Armed Forces Day

18 June 2017

We are proud to be supporting Wakefield Armed Forces Day again this year - it takes place on Sunday 18 June at the new venue of Pontefract Park.​

What's on?

  • Ben Parkinson MBE
  • Farmers Market 
  • BBMF Dakota Flypast 
  • Castleford Veterans Breakfast Club
  • Retired Police Dogs K9 Fireside
  • 299 Parachute Squadron
  • Military Vehicles from 150 Regiment RLC - 
  • Fancy becoming a Police Special?
  • Looking for your old RAF mates?
  • Looking for local Ex Army Mates
  • Local craft beers
  • Acrobatics from Normanton Sports Accro
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
  • 5 Towns Radio broadcasting live
  • Fancy joining your local Army Cadets or volunteering to be an instructor?
  • Try out remote controlled aircraft

Events scheduled for the main area - timetable

Events happening throughout the day

Where is Pontefract Park?

Us​eful information

Is it fr​​ee?

Yes, parking and entry are free. Charges may apply for some attractions on the day.


There is free parking available. However, we are expecting a busy day so if possible please car share or use public transport. There are train stations and a bus station very close by in the centre of Pontefract.

There is a blue badge parking area. The parking assistants will direct you to this when you present them with your badge.


Well behaved dogs are welcome. They must be kept on leads, and you should bring poop scoops to clear up mess. Unfortunately, there is no running water on the site so please bring water for your dog. We are expecting a busy day, so please only bring your dogs if they are comfortable around crowds.

Food a​​​nd drink

There are plenty of vendors on site selling all kinds of food and drink, and we would urge you to support these local businesses. However, please also feel to bring your own picnic, and a picnic blanket.


There are no cash facilities on site, so remember to bring some money with you. There is a farmer’s market, a couple of local micro-breweries, face-painting, and much more.

Remember, all of our stalls are local Yorkshire businesses, so if you can show your support by buying their products they would appreciate the support.


We urge you to take your own photos and share them on our Twitter page (@MyWakefield) or Facebook page (/WakefieldArmedForcesDay) – remember to use the hashtags #SaluteOurForce​s #WakefieldArmedForcesDay

​We have an official photographer on the day, who will be taking photos across the whole site. We will be sharing these on our social media pages, on local media, on printed materials, and other promotional materials. ​​

Contact us

Customer Services

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700

0345 8 506 506