Longleat in training for Military Spectacular

Longleat will host its inaugural Military Spectacular (September 30-October 1) to celebrate the British Armed Forces.

With tanks, helicopters and military vehicles alongside live demonstrations, a marching band and parachute displays, the event will mark the Wiltshire estate’s ongoing partnership with the Armed Forces.

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, visited Longleat in the summer to officially witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by Viscount Weymouth of the Longleat estate.

Military vehicles on display will include a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, a Gazelle Helicopter and many other armoured fighting vehicles such as a Bulldog, a Mastiff and a Warrior.

There will also be unarmed combat displays by The Royal Marines, and demonstrations from the farriers and saddlers of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) will bring a bomb disposal robot and the REME Parachute Display Team will land in the park as part of a special sunset ceremony with musical accompaniment from The Royal Artillery Band.

There will be more music from The Royal Household Cavalry and The Royal Artillery Bands and a team of army Cadets will operate a climbing wall for visitors.

Colonel Andrew Dawes, commander for the south west of England, said: “This is a new and exciting way for the Army to engage with all sections of our society.  We very much look forward to meeting all visitors, demonstrating some of our military capability, answering their questions and of course providing an overview of the opportunities for employment within the Armed Forces.”

As an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, Longleat supports the employment of veterans, service spouses and partners and offers a discount on Day Tickets to members of the Armed Forces community.

Admission to the event is free with a valid day ticket.

Pictured are Alfie and Millie Hands in front of a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.