Commonwealth Week

Join us in celebrating Commonwealth Week at the Arboretum, with daily themed talks and food from around the Commonwealth.

Monday 16 April - Sunday 22 April 2018

Please see below for our full Commonwealth Week programme.


Daily Talks

Join one of our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers for a free talk on one of the many memorials on site with links to the Commonwealth. 

South Atlantic Medal Association Memorial and the Antelope Garden
Monday 16 April - 10.30am & 2.00pm

Rock of Gibraltar Memorial
Tuesday 17 April - 10.30am & 2.00pm

The George Cross Island Association (Malta) Memorial
Wednesday 18 April - 10.30am & 2.00pm

WWI Sikh Memorial
Thursday 19 April - 10.30am & 2.00pm

Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial
Friday 20 April - 10.30am & 2.00pm

Allied Special Forces Association Grove
Saturday 21 April - 10.30am & 2.00pm

Gallipoli Memorial
Sunday 22 April - 10.30am & 2.00pm 

To find out more, please click on the talks.

Heroes Behind The Paviours

The Victoria Cross was introduced in 1856 by Queen Victoria to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War, and continues to be used today. During World War I a total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded. As part of the centenary commemorations of World War I, the Department of Communities and Local Government laid commemorative paving stones in the birth place of each Victoria Cross recipient to honour their bravery and provide a lasting legacy within their communities. Of these 145, awarded to servicemen born overseas who fought for Britain, were laid the National Memorial Arboretum. 

Join our in-house expert Phil Nixon to hear the fascinating stories of the First World War Commonwealth Heroes remembered by the Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stones at the Arboretum

Tuesday 17 April - 12.00pm & Thursday 19 April - 12.00pm

Victoria Cross Paviours

During World War I a total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded. Of these, 145 were awarded to servicemen born overseas, but who fought for Britain.

Commonwealth Menu

Our in-house chefs will also be celebrating the Commonwealth by offering a daily special from one of the many Commonwealth countries. 

Monday 16 April - Sunday 22 April


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