10 Reasons to Visit this Summer

Whether you’re 5 or 95 we have lots to capture your imagination this summer. Our website is full of fascinating suggestions to help you plan your visit but, if you are short of time, here are ten quick tops tips:

1. It’s 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force.

Pop along to our RAF Wing where, nestled amongst the memorials, you will find our RAF 1940s War Rooms. These interactive rooms give you the chance to create an aircraft strategy, make a military precision bed and check out some memorabilia. RAF characters will be on site to meet you every weekend until 30 September. Open Daily. FREE. 

RAF Replica War Rooms


2. Take a selfie with a Mark IX Spitfire.

This visiting replica aircraft is the perfect backdrop for your latest Facebook or Instagram profile picture. Visit from 20 August until 7 September 2018. Free.

Mark IX Spitfire


3. One hundred years since the signing of the Armistice.

We are paying tribute to those soldiers who never returned from the front. Use your artistic flair to design a memorial flag and plant it in our gigantic Flags for the Fallen map of the UK. Developed by Julie Edwards and Ron Thompson of ‘Planet Art’, this installation is suitable for all ages. FREE. Donations appreciated. 

Flags for the Fallem


4. Enjoy some shade in our Landscapes of Life Exhibition.

Now only £4 to enter until September, entry includes access to Fashion & Freedom, a contemporary fashion exhibition inspired by women’s roles during the First World War, co-commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery and 14-18 Now Centenary Art commissions. 

Landscapes of Life


5. Thank You!

In this Centenary Year, The Royal British Legion are inviting people to say Thank You to the First World War generation. You can enjoy a FREE to view exhibition on the legacies of the war in our Remembrance Centre. Younger visitors can explore our site using a World War I Thank You backpack, complete with mission cards and dressing up items - £2.50+ £5 returnable deposit.

WWI Children's Activities


6. Story Telling.

Join our historic characters to hear family-friendly stories every Wednesday until 29 August. FREE.

Costumed Interpreters


7. Two children’s play areas.

Our smallest visitors will love our Sensory Play Garden whilst older siblings will rise to the challenge of our Woodland Activity Area.

Play Area


8. Fascinating talks!

There’s lots to learn here at the Arboretum. Join us for one of our FREE daily talks: The Welcome Talk (10-45am/ 2pm), Shot at Dawn Talk (1-30pm) or Far East Prisoners of War Talk (12noon).

 Volunteer Talks


9. There’s over 360 memorials to inspire and move you.

Some of our latest ones include The National Memorial to the Victims of Overseas Terrorism, Sapper Support Memorial and The Nursing Memorial.

 Victims of Overseas Terrorism Memorial


10. Food!

We have amazing cakes, cooling ice-cream milkshakes and mouth-watering homemade lunches.