February Half Term 'Picture' a Great Day Out at the Arboretum

The Arboretum is one of the most beautiful visitor sites in the UK and probably one of the most photographed; that's why we're inviting budding photographers and little explorers to discover the Arboretum this February.

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Family Smart Photography Workshop

Thursday 23 February. 10am - 3pm

Join professional photographer Alison Fawdrey for a fun-packed day to learn how to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet's camera. Taking place both inside and out, children will have the opportunity to explore the Arboretum for that perfect 'pic' with their newly acquired skills.

You must have your own smartphone/tablet and suitable outdoor footwear and clothing. Suitable for children aged 8+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will be awarded with a certificate of attendance and encouraged to enter their work in the photography competition.

£5 per child. Booking Essential.


'Get in the Frame' - Children's Craft

Monday - Friday, 13 - 24 February. 10.30am - 3pm

The perfect photograph needs the perfect frame! Use the Arboretum as inspiration to create your own special photograph frame. All materials will be supplied and our learning team will be on hand to show you how to get that perfect finish.

FREE. Donations appreciated.  


Polar Exploration Story Telling

Saturday 18 - Sunday 26 February. Between 10.30am - 3pm 

The whole family will love to join our costumed Polar Explorer to hear tales of historic expeditions to the north and south poles. Children will be fascinated to listen to the amazing stories of famous explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Scott of Antarctic, and tales of polar bear encounters won't disappoint in these family-friendly accounts.  

Warm clothing is essential as some stories will be told outside near relevant memorials.  Children are encouraged (not essential) to dress for the occasion in their exploration attire as our on-site selfie frames will provide the perfect photo opportunity as a keepsake for their expedition to the Arboretum.

FREE. Donations appreciated.


Put Yourself in the Picture

Saturday 11 - Sunday 26 February.

Explore the Arboretum's beautiful landscape and capture some of the perfect shots we've framed for you. Our giant frames are perfect for capturing that family selfie and younger visitors can dress up as an Arctic explorer with our exploration accessories and put themselves well and truly in the picture.  

FREE. Donations appreciated.


Arboretum 2017 Photography Competition

With moody skies and low-lying sun, February half term can be the perfect time to take some photographs for our NEW photography competition. Choose your category before you visit to help you capture that perfect image!

FREE entry.


Changing Landscapes Exhibition - The National Memorial Arboretum Then and Now

Until 6 March

Don't miss the chance to see this fascinating exhibition which showcases images of the Arboretum in its early days, alongside recent photographs taken from the same spot.