Forthcoming Events

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE TO ATTEND

Selfies - Put Yourself in the Picture

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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Story Telling - Polar Exploration

Join us this half term for more story telling and exploration around the Arboretum.

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A Spotlight On: The Scout Association - Jamboree Adventures of an Explorer Scout

Join 18-year old former Scout Jake Woollard who will be delivering our February Spotlight On talk. Jake will be sharing his experiences of 11 years of scouting and adventures at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

NEW for 2017, our Little Saplings Sensory Play* and story telling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story. 

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Royal Air Force Police Association and Royal Military Police "Snowdrop Parade"

On Wednesday 8 March 2017 the Royal Air Force Police Association and Royal Military Police will hold a snowdrop parade and memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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March Plant Hunters' Fair

Visitors with an interest in gardening are sure to enjoy attending one of our annual Plant Hunters' Fairs. With nursery experts on hand, stalls to browse and purchase from, and 150-acres of maturing woodland to explore, there will be lots to see and inspire.

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A Spotlight On: What Did Conscientious Objectors Do In The War?

Whilst their Peace Testimony meant that most Quakers were unable to serve in the Armed Forces during war time, many men and women instead volunteered for the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) and Friends Relief Service (FRS) helping those in distress around the world. Join Clare Collins and John Babb Trustees from the Quaker Service Memorial Trust to learn more about the fascinating work of this group of Conscientious Objectors during World War II.

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Mother's Day Lunch

The Arboretum, with its beautiful landscape, is the perfect place to spend time together as a family. Visit us on Mother's Day to spend a relaxing day with loved ones and create special memories. 

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Easter Sunday Lunch

The Arboretum is the perfect place to welcome in the spring with its colourful landscape, mouth-watering menus and activities for all the family to enjoy. Visit us on Easter Sunday to create special memories with family and friends.

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Drive-It Day

Drive-It Day, a celebration of our motoring heritage, commemorates the Royal Automobile Club’s 'Thousand Mile Trial' which was held 1900. This year the Arboretum will again provide the stunning backdrop to a wide display of classic vehicles for our visitors to enjoy.

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A Spotlight On: Joan Lockley - The Hedgehog Carer

Hedgehogs.  Learn more about this declining species and how to care for them.

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Vintage Market

From vintage finds to handmade items lovingly made locally you'll find some truly unique treasures at this spring vintage and handmade popup market with Curly Magpie and Friends. 

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Army Dog Unit Northern Ireland (RAVC) Association Annual Memorial Service

The Army Dog Unit NI (RAVC) Association will hold their annual memorial service at the Arboretum. The service will incorporate a parade, service of Remembrance and wreath laying.

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May Plant Hunters' Fair

After exploring our beautiful memorial landscape for inspiration, receive specialist advice from nursery experts, including RHS medallists and national collection holders, and browse and purchase plants for your own garden.

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Firefighters Annual Service of Thanksgiving

The Firefighters Memorial Trust will hold a Service of Thanksgiving for serving Firefighters, and for all individuals who have served, or will, in the future serve as a Firefighters.

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39 Field Squadron Royal Engineers (Aden Veterans)

The 39th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, will host a 50th Anniversary Memorial Service of Remembrance at the Arboretum.

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'The Parachute Squadron', The Royal Armoured Corps Memorial Dedication

A short service of dedication will be held in honour of a new memorial dedicated to remember those who served in the Parachute Squadron, The Royal Armoured Corps.

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Royal Military Police Annual Remembrance Service

The Royal Military Police Association will hold an annual Remembrance service including a chapel service, parade, march past and an Act of Remembrance at the Arboretum.

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Normandy Veterans Annual Memorial Service and Parade

A short service of Remembrance and a wreath laying will take place at the Arboretum to commemorate ‘D’ Day.

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Armed Forces Day 2017

Show your support for our country's Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day at the Arboretum.

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National Service Veterans Foundation

The National Service Veterans Foundation will be holding a short service of Remembrance, with wreath laying, on National Service Day.

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Royal Artillery Service of Remembrance

The Royal Artillery Association and the wider Regimental family will come together at their annual service of Remembrance and wreath laying on Saturday 1 July.

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Royal Air Force Boy Entrants Association Memorial Day

The Royal Air Force Boy Entrants will hold their annual association memorial day at the Arboretum.

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Arborfield Old Boys Association Reunion

The Arborfield Old Boy's Association will hold their annual reunion at the Arboretum on the 15 July 2017.  The event will include a parade and a drum head service.

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July Plant Hunters' Fair

Start preparing your garden for autumn by joining us in July for the last Plant Hunters' Fair of 2017. Browse and purchase plants for your own garden and receive specialist advise from nursery experts at this ever popular event.

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Battle of Passchendaele Centenary Service

On Monday 31 July a commemorative service will be held at the Arboretum to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele (The Third Battle of Ypres).

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The Allied Special Forces Association Summer Gathering

The Allied Special Forces Association & Escape Lines Memorial Society will hold an annual gathering with music provided by the City of Sheffield Pipe Band.

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A Ceremony of Remembrance at the RoadPeace Wood

All visitors are invited to attend the RoadPeace annual service of Remembrance. The service will remember individuals killed in road accidents.

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Celebration of the Centenary of the Formation of No.14 Squadron RNAS/NO. 214 Squadron RAF

A short service and wreath laying will be held at the No. 214 (FMS) Squadron Memorial to commemorate the Centenary of the formation of No.14 Squadron RNAS/No. 214 Squadron RAF.

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The Allied Special Forces Association Service of Remembrance

The Allied Special Forces Association will hold their Annual Service of Remembrance and Commemoration in the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove on Remembrance Sunday.

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