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.

Battle of Passchendaele Centenary Service

  • 31 July 2017 From 10:40am

Join us for this special service which will include acts of Remembrance, poetry, readings and a musical accompaniment provided by a military band. Following the Arboretum service, a broadcast of the Government service of Remembrance at The Tyne Cot Memorial will be relayed onto a large screen in Heroes' Square.

The Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) was fought in the West Flanders Region of Northern Belgium between the 31 July and 6 November 1917. Heavy shelling and poor weather conditions in the area created a boggy quagmire of thick mud rendering some weapons inoperable, with the mud, in some places, eventually becoming so thick that men, horses and mules drowned in it. The Battle came to an end on the 6 November 1917 following the allied capture of the village of Passchendaele, only five miles from the start of the offensive. It is reported that there were 500,000 casualties.

The Tyne Cot Cemetery, where a service will be held by the Government to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world. Nearly 12,000 Commonwealth servicemen of World War I are buried there. The Tyne Cot Memorial, also located at the Cemetery, commemorates nearly 35,000 British and New Zealand soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient after August 1917.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission is FREE, donations welcome.

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

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