TANKS, helicopters and parachute displays will all feature in Longleat's first ever military spectacular to celebrate the British Armed Forces.

On September 30 and October 1, military vehicles, live demonstrations and a marching band will take part in the inaugural event which will mark the Wiltshire estate's ongoing partnership with the Armed Forces.

Attendees will also be able to see a Challenger Two Main Battle Tank, a Gazelle helicopter, armoured vehicles such as a Bulldog, a Mastiff, a Warrior, a bomb disposal robot and the REME Parachute Display Team will be landing in the park as part of a special sunset ceremony, with The Royal Artillery Band playing them in.

"As Commander for the South West of England, I’m delighted to be partnering with Longleat on the Military Spectacular, which celebrates our Armed Forces," said Colonel Andrew Dawes.

"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."

On top of that there will be unarmed combat displays by The Royal Marines, talks and demonstrations from the farriers and saddlers of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and a team of army Cadets will be operating a climbing wall for visitors.

Experts from the Warminster Garrison will be demonstrating how the weapons used by The British Army have evolved; from fighting in the trenches to current weapon systems used in the military.

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

For tickets visit www.longleat.co.uk/whats-on for details.