Bristol to celebrate Armed Forces Day


Bristol is celebrating Armed Forces Day (AFD) 2019 on Saturday 29th June with a free event for all the family at the historic Artillery Grounds on Whiteladies Road from 12:30 to 5pm. 

Bristol’s Armed Forces need you – show your support for our Armed Forces and come to see the guns that defended Bristol during The Blitz alongside those that fire to mark our city’s two-minute silence every year on Remembrance Sunday.

This year, as well as showing our support for our Armed Forces as a whole, we will be celebrating members of Bristol’s local community who contribute as members of the Reserve Armed Forces.

There will be displays of up to date military vehicles and equipment from the Royal Artillery, Royal Marines, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals and a chance to meet some of Bristol’s Armed Forces personnel.

Historical re-enactors from The Shopland Collection will be exhibiting a spectacular 3.7 inch heavy anti-aircraft gun

There will be a display of authentic Second World War rations and equipment from the Merchant Navy Association plus a number of veteran’s organisations from all three services will be present to talk about what they can offer to past members of the Armed Forces.

A variety of local food and drink vendors will be onsite.

Our venue for Armed Forces Day will be the historic Artillery Grounds.  A unit of part-time Army Reservists, drawn from Bristol’s local community, has served there since 1859.  It is now home to 266 (GVA) Battery Royal Artillery, who fire the minute guns to mark the silence at Bristol’s main Remembrance Sunday event every year.  The GVA, as they are known, will celebrate their 160th anniversary as part of Armed Forces Day Bristol 2019.

We regret that there is no public parking available at the event due to the size of our site.  Parking can be found nearby at Clifton Down.  Frequent bus services stop right outside the Artillery Grounds and Clifton Down railway station is just five minutes walk away.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.

You can also get the official generic AFD pictures at

Reserve Forces