Armed forces celebratory and commemorative events

There are a variety of events throughout the year and across the county celebrating Kent’s military heritage and commemorating the service of men and women in our armed forces throughout history.

To mark 100 years since the start of World War 1, a timeline of Kent's residents' first-hand experiences in the First World War was created by volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Archive Centre.

The Step Short Memorial, a memorial arch in Folkestone, was opened by Prince Harry in 2014 to remember the millions of men who passed through the Harbour on their way to battle.

Events calendar 2019

If you know a significant event that is missing, contact civic.office@kent.gov.uk.

DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
Each Monday
(Except bank holidays)
9am - 11.30amArmed forces veterans breakfast clubPublicThe Courtyard Restaurant, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZBob Giles
01795 530013
courtyardbrogdale@outlook.com
6 June 10:50amD-DayPublicThe Vine War Memorial, Dartford Road, Sevenoaks TN13Ann White/ Avril Mitchem
01732 459953
council@sevenoakstown.gov.uk
6 June11amD-DayPublicGarden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
11 June10amRecognise and Remember subgroupPrivateWantsum Room, Sessions HouseAlice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk
15 June1pmRBL Funday and BBQ remembering the 75th anniversary of D-Day and Armed Forces DayPublicChart Sutton Memorial Playing Field, Maidstone ME17 3RSMike Fitzgerald
mikefitzgerald2018@outlook.com
24 June10:15amChairman of Kent County Council’s Armed Forces Flag Raising CeremonyPublicCounty Hall Square, MaidstoneKCC Civic Office
Civic.office@kent.gov.uk
25 June6pmChairman of Kent County Council’s Armed Forces Covenant EventInvitation onlySessions House, County Road, MaidstoneKCC Civic Office
Civic.office@kent.gov.uk
28 June7pmArmed Forces Celebration ConcertPublicThe Canterbury Academy, Knights Avenue, Canterbury CT2 8QAEric Hearn
07802 610686
hearjen@outlook.com
29 June10am - 4pmArmed forces event dayPublicBrogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, ME13 8XZBob Giles
skyguy3929@yahoo.com
29 June10am - 4pmArmed forces event dayPublicVine Gardens, Sevenoaks TN13 3UHAnn White/ Michele MacDonald
01732 459953
council@sevenoakstown.gov.uk
30 JunetbcAFD FolkestonePublicto be confirmedVicky Deakin
vicky.deakin@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
1 July11amCanada DayPublicShorncliffe Military Cemetery, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
Each Monday
(Except bank holidays)
9am - 11.30amArmed forces veterans breakfast clubPublicThe Courtyard Restaurant, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZBob Giles
01795 530013
courtyardbrogdale@outlook.com
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
Each Monday 
(Except bank holidays)
9am - 11.30am
Armed forces veterans breakfast club
Public
The Courtyard Restaurant, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Bob Giles
01795 530013
15 August11amVJ DayPublicGarden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
Each Monday 
(Except bank holidays)
9am - 11.30am
Armed forces veterans breakfast club
Public
The Courtyard Restaurant, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Bob Giles
01795 530013
15 September5:45pmBattle of Britain DayPublicThe RAF Memorial, The Leas, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
Each Monday 
(Except bank holidays)
9am - 11.30am
Armed forces veterans breakfast club
Public
The Courtyard Restaurant, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Bob Giles
01795 530013
15 October10amRecognise and Remember sub groupPrivateWantsum Room, Sessions HouseAlice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk
29 October10amKent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board MeetingPrivateThe Oak Room, Oakwood House, MaidstoneAlice McLean
alice.mclean@kent.gov.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
3 November2pmDedication of Garden of RemembrancePublicGarden of Remembrance, Sandgate Road, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
Each Monday 
(Except bank holidays)
9am - 11.30am
Armed forces veterans breakfast club
Public
The Courtyard Restaurant, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Bob Giles
01795 530013
10 November10:30amRemembrance SundayPublicThe War Memorial, The Leas, FolkestoneToni Brenchley
toni.brenchley@folkestone-tc.gov.uk
10 November10:45amSevenoaks Remembrance Day ServicePublicThe Vine War Memorial, Dartford Road, Sevenoaks TN13Ann White / Avril Mitchem
council@sevenoakstown.gov.uk
11 November11amMachine Gun CorpsPublicCheriton Road Cemetery, FolkestoneTrevor Mays
truckintrev@live.co.uk
DateTimeEventType of eventAddressContact
Each Monday 
(Except bank holidays)
9am - 11.30am
Armed forces veterans breakfast club
Public
The Courtyard Restaurant, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham ME13 8XZ
Bob Giles
01795 530013