National Memorial Arboretum

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The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities. Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 50,000 maturing trees and nearly 300 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country or who have died in conflict.

The Arboretum is situated on land gifted by Lafarge Tarmac and is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the current conflict in Afghanistan.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

The National Memorial Arboretum is open every day from 9am to 5pm. In the winter months the grounds close at dusk but our Visitor Centre remains open until 5pm. We are closed only on Christmas Day. During summer months the last admission is at 4.30pm (unless otherwise stated).

Admission charges

Entry is free at the National Memorial Arboretum, though donations are appreciated.

Additional info

Car park, gift shop, licenced restaurant, disabled access

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Half Term Family Activities

  • 28 May — 3 June 2016 *on now

Tuesday 31st May marks the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest sea Battle of World War I. To engage younger visitors, helping them to learn more about this important Centenary anniversary, a range of naval themed family activities will be taking place in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum during half term between the 28th May and Friday 3rd June.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Suggested donation £2 per child

Website

http://www.thenma.org.uk/events-and-news/forthcoming-events/half-term-family-activities/

Battle of Jutland Remembrance Service

  • 31 May 2016 10:50-11:30am

At the start of the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland the National Memorial Arboretum will be providing an opportunity to commemorate the sacrifices and contributions made by the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, fishing fleets, shipbuilding towns and coastal communities who continue to guarantee our security in both peace and war.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Genealogy Workshops

  • 15 June 2016 2-4pm
  • 6 July 2016 2-4pm

The two hour FREE workshop will provide a basic introduction to genealogy and provide resources to prompt discussion and thought into information already available, and where and how you can find other sources that will help you in your search.

Battle of the Somme Candlelit Vigil

  • 30 June 2016 9-10pm

During the sunset service, with readings and poetry, those waiting to enter battle 100 years ago will be remembered. Musical entertainment and Battle of the Somme guided walks will commence at 7.30pm in advance of the service which will begin at 9pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.thenma.org.uk/somme100

Above Ground Trench Installation

  • 1 July — 18 November 2016

A section of an authentic replica WWI trench will be constructed at the Arboretum so visitors can learn more about the living and working conditions of those who fought in the Great War. The trench will be available to view from 1st July. Costumed interpreters will be on hand on various dates during the school summer holidays to take budding historians back in time. FREE.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry, donations appreciated

Somme 100 En-Masse

  • 1 July — 18 November 2016

The mass-participation project will be created in partnership with an Artist in Residence and provides the opportunity for individual visitors, families, community groups and schools to contribute towards a cumulative work of art, the final piece of which will be placed in situ at a special sundown service on 18th November.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry, donations appreciated

Website

http://www.thenma.org.uk/somme100

Battle of the Somme Guided Walks

  • 3 July 2016 — 18 November 2017

Join one of the Arboretum’s expert guides on a tour around the grounds to discover just some of the memorials which have links to the Battle of the Somme. The Walks will take place on Sundays between the 3rd July and 20th November 2016.

Admission

£3 per person

Website

http://www.thenma.org.uk/somme100

National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
Alrewas
Staffordshire
DE13 7AR
England

Website

www.thenma.org.uk

E-mail

info@thenma.org.uk

Telephone

01283 245 100

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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