Forthcoming Events

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

Gallipoli Commemoration Service

A service of Remembrance will be held at the Gallipoli Memorial on Wednesday 25th April.  

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A Spotlight On: The Importance of the Mosquito and its Crew

This talk will cover the history and importance of the Mosquito to UK aviation heritage, and the project to restore this aircraft for the UK people.

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Prince of Wales's Own Regimental Stone Unveiling

A new memorial stone will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum dedicated to those who served in The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, and its antecedents The West Yorkshire Regiment and The East Yorkshire Regiment. 

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Staffordshire Day

On Tuesday 1 May the Arboretum will be joining the county in celebrating Staffordshire Day, with a special offer on our 'Landscapes of Life' Exhibition. 

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

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

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Vintage Fair

From vintage finds to handmade items lovingly made locally, you'll find some truly unique treasures at this two-day spring vintage and handmade popup market. 

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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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The Glider Pilot Regiment Society Act of Remembrance

The Glider Pilot Regiment Society will hold its annual service of commemoration at the Glider Pilot Regiment Association Memorial, Renkum Stone, on Saturday 12 May.    

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RAF Association RAF Centenary Service

The RAF Association is holding a special centenary service to commemorate and celebrate 100 years of the RAF.

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Firefighters Annual Service of Thanksgiving

A service of Thanksgiving for serving Firefighters, for those who have served, and those who will serve in the future.

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REME Memorial Day

The occasion is to formally remember the date of 19 May 1942 when King George VI signed the Royal Warrant which resulted in the Corps being formed on 1 Oct 1942. 

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Memory Lane Café May

Our monthly reminiscence café returns this month. Each themed session is designed for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family.

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May Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions. 

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National Forest Discovery Walks

Join us for a guided walk around the Arboretum grounds, as part of the National Forest Walking Festivals.

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A Spotlight On: 'Votes For Women' and the 1918 election in the Black Country

This talk will look at local suffrage campaigns before and during the First World War, and also uncover the history of the 1918 General Election in the Black Country; an election that was of huge significance to the history of women in Britain.

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Early Morning Bird Walk

Explore our grounds in the early morning to learn more about the birds who like to call our site home, on this walk with a representative from the RSPB.  

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National Forest Discovery Walk

Join us for a guided walk around the Arboretum grounds, as part of the National Forest Walking Festival.

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Royal Hong Kong Police Memorial Dedication and Unveiling

The RHKP Association will be holding a dedication and unveiling ceremony for a new Royal Hong Kong Police Memorial. 

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

Our Little Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory activities and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story.

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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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Square Wheels Club

Members of the Square Wheels Club will come together for the presentation of the Masonic Garden, as well as a classic car run.

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D-Day 1944 Remembrance Service

A Memorial Service, including wreath laying, to commemorate D-Day. 

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Royal Marines Association and Corps Family Service of Remembrance

A service of remembrance and commemoration will be conducted by the Royal Marines Association at the Arboretum, to honour the fallen.

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Memory Lane Café June

Our monthly reminiscence café returns this month. Each themed session is designed for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family.

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June Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions.

 

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Father's Day Afternoon Tea

Treat your deserving dad to the Arboretum’s twist on a traditional afternoon tea this Father’s Day!

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Unveiling of the Askari Statue

Join the King's African Rifles and East African Forces Association for the unveiling of their new Askari Statue.

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The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Commemoration Day

This commemoration service will encompass all the operations that The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces have been involved in and allow for the remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price. 

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National Service Veterans Foundation Day

The National Service Veterans Foundation will be holding a Remembrance Service and reunion at the Arboretum on National Service Day.

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Armed Forces Day Weekend

Show your support for our country's Armed Forces during Armed Forces Weekend at the Arboretum.

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A Spotlight On: African Caribbean contributions in WW1

The talk from Gary Stewart, founder of Recognize, will comment on contributions made by African Caribbean soldiers during World War I in the face of adversity and hardship.

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Trench Brothers

Trench Brothers is HMDT Music’s new music theatre work by acclaimed jazz artist Julian Joseph and award-winning composer Richard Taylor set to a libretto by Tertia Sefton-Green. It commemorates the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War bringing to life their hopes and fears, their longing for home, their camaraderie, courage and valour.

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

Our Little Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory activities and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story.

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ATS Foundation 80th Anniversary Commemoration and ATS Statue Rededication Ceremony

There will be a short act of rededication upon the re-sitting of the ATS statue into the WRAC Association plot, as well as to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the ATS in 1938.

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Thank You Youth Festival

We are inviting young people from schools across the country to attend our Thank You Youth Festival. The free to attend day, supported by funding from The Royal British Legion, will explore the invaluable legacy of the First World War generation and will allow attendees to say their own ‘Thank You’ to the generation of people who served, sacrificed and changed the world forever.

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The Luna Cinema presents Pretty Woman

The National Memorial Arboretum presents a cinematic event not to be missed. Join us on Saturday 14 July for a special evening showing of the 1990 classic Pretty Woman (15).

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The Luna Cinema presents Darkest Hour

As part of our programme of summer events, the National Memorial Arboretum presents a cinematic event not to be missed. Join us on the Sunday 15 July for a special evening showing of the 2017, Academy Award nominated, Darkest Hour.  

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Royal Air Force Boy Entrants Association Annual Memorial Day

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

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Memory Lane Café July

Our monthly reminiscence café returns this month. Each themed session is designed for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family.

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July Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions.

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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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A Spotlight On: The Royal Air Force

In 2018 the Royal Air Force will be celebrating the centenary of their formation. Join us for a spotlight on the RAF from two servicemen, WO Andy Rodulson and SAC(T) Chris Churchman.

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

Our Little Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory activities and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story.

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Proms at the Arboretum

Join us on this summer's evening to enjoy uplifting live performances set to the backdrop of the Arboretum at dusk.

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Emotions

A portrait photography exhibition showing the emotions of people, and those close to them, who have been diagnosed with cancer. 

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Memory Lane Café August

Our monthly reminiscence café returns this month. Each themed session is designed for people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family.

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August Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions.

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Cyprus Emergency Memorial Service

A memorial service for the 371 soldiers, sailors and airmen, and 21 British civilian police offices who lost their lives during the Cyprus Emergency, 1955 to 1959.

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A Spotlight On: Germany and the First World War, 1918-2018

Join Dr Nicholas Martin from the University of Birmingham for a talk exploring why in Germany, in contrast to the UK, the First World War might be termed the Forgotten War.

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Royal Corps of Signals Annual Service

A service of Remembrance will be held at The Royal Corps of Signals Memorial for members of the regular, reserve and retired elements of the Corps family as well as the families of those who have died in service during the past 10 years.

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

Our Little Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory activities and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story.

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77th Anniversary Memorial Service of the 1941 Greek Campaign

The Brotherhood of Veterans of The 1941 Greek Campaign will be holding a service to commemorate the 77th Anniversary of the conflict. 

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Operation Banner Annual Commemoration Service

The Northern Ireland Veterans' Association will be holding their annual service, followed by a parade to the Ulster Ash Grove for wreath laying and personal tributes. 

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Donor Family Network Service of Thanksgiving

A non-denominational service for families to remember loved one's who have donated organs and tissue and for transplant recipients to give thanks for the gift of life. 

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September Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions.

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Memory Lane Café September

Our monthly reminiscence café, Memory Lane will provide a forum for people living with dementia, their carers, and their friends and family. 

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

Our Little Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory activities and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story.

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Ride To The Wall 2018

Ride to the Wall sees thousands of motorcyclists, both young and old, from around the UK come together in a moving emotional service to remember the names engraved on the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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Memory Lane Café October

Our monthly reminiscence café, Memory Lane will provide a forum for people living with dementia, their carers, and their friends and family. 

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Twilight Trek

Join us as the sun begins to set for our annual Twilight Trek. This atmospheric event offers the opportunity for visitors to experience and explore the Arboretum at twilight.

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October Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions.

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Ride of Respect

Scooterists from the Warwickshire Scooter Alliance will be coming together from across the region to pay their respects and lay wreaths at the Armed Forces Memorial.

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Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association Parade and Picnic

This parade will commemorate 100 years since the end of WWI and the Battle of St Quentin. 

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FEAEA Memorial Inauguration Service

The opening of the RAF Flight Engineer and Air Engineer Memorial. 

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A Spotlight On: The First World War contribution of Dulmial Village, Pakistan

This talk will present the First World War history of the village Dulmial, in present day Pakistan. It will also highlight the important role of Muslim soldiers in the Great War.

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

Our Little Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory activities and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story.

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Gurkha Act of Remembrance

Join members of the Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Gurkha Brigade Association for an Act of Remembrance, followed by a wreath laying, at the Gurkha Chautara.

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Armistice Day / Remembrance Sunday

Our annual outdoor Armistice Day service will be held on Sunday 11 November.

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November Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions. 

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The Showmen's Guild Service of Remembrance

The Showmen's Guild will be hosting a Remembrance Parade and Service at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 18 November.

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Christmas Food and Gift Fair

Enjoy exploring the beautiful wintry landscape of the Arboretum before browsing for those perfect handmade Christmas gifts and tasty festive treats at our Christmas Food and Gift Fair. Children's craft activities are also available and tasty festive snacks and meals will be available in our restaurant.  

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Little Saplings Sensory Play

Our Little Saplings Sensory Play and storytelling is designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. Sounds, colours, textures, auditory sensory activities and other hands-on elements will add to the week’s chosen story.

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December Wildlife Watch

From tiny insects to mammals and amphibious water loving creatures, the Arboretum is home to a wide variety of wildlife, trees and flowers. Nature loving young visitors can discover more about just some of these amazing living things at our monthly interactive Wildlife Watch sessions.

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Carols by Candlelight

Join us in the beautiful winter surroundings of the National Memorial Arboretum for our annual Christmas Carol Concert.

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