Call me a bit of a cynic, but I thought the days of the really good Army Show were long gone. I went with the kids a couple of years ago and it was a very weak version of the old Rushmoor arena affair that I remember as a kid. I have just been today with the kids and it was awesome. Eveything that I thought had been killed by the dreaded Elf of Safety was back- climbing towers, clambering all over tanks, sitting in helicopters, doing PT corps obstaclke courses, driving diggers, even belting ice hockey pucks at some poor lad in the RLC... The arena shows were excellent- the PWRR para team, White Helmets and King's Troop. Even the 'mock battle' didn't muck about pretending they were fighting 'Redland'- they were firmly on patrol in Helmand, bad guys tried to blow them up with an IED and got the good news from HMG, GMG, 105 then the big daddy GMLRS really spoilt their day. We got there at 10.30 and left at 6 when we were chucked out, and still didn't see everything. If you are anywhere near Aldershot tomorrow and have kids (or are still a big kid yourself), my advice is go. I think you can get in free in uniform (someone may be able to confirm this) but otherwise it is well worth the entrance fee. Oh, and a final thanks to everyone who put in the effort today- good effort guys.