Forthcoming Events

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

Half Term Holiday Activities

2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the PDSA Dickin Medal, honouring the work of animals in war. This February half-term we are looking at the extraordinary stories of four Dickin Medal recipients, Simon, Beauty, GI Joe and War Horse Warrior.

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Little Saplings Sensory Play - SOLD OUT

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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Sapper Support PTSD Memorial Dedication

The unveiling of the Sapper Support PTSD Memorial will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018.

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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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The Snowdrop Parade

On Wednesday 14 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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Memory Lane Café March

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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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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March 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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Easter Holiday Activities

Make a date to visit the Arboretum this Easter where there'll be lots for visitors of all ages to enjoy. 

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A Spotlight On: Trees at the Arboretum

An insight into identification of some of the 30,000 trees at the Arboretum.

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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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Little Saplings Sensory Play - SOLD OUT

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 Air Force PTI Association

The Royal Air Force PTI Association will hold a service to dedicate their new memorial in the grounds of the Arboretum.

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Commonwealth Week - South Atlantic Medal Association Memorial

For one week only, 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.

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Commonwealth Week - Heroes Behind the Paviours

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 on the Causeway.

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Commonwealth Week - Rock of Gibraltar

For one week only, 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.

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Commonwealth Week - The George Cross Island Association (Malta) Memorial

For one week only, 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.

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Commonwealth Week - Heroes Behind the Paviours

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 on the Causeway.

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Commonwealth Week - WWI Sikh Memorial

For one week only, 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.

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Memory Lane Café April

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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Commonwealth Week - Royal Canadian Air Force Memorial

For one week only, 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.

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April 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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Commonwealth Week - Allied Special Forces Association Grove

For one week only, 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.

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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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Commonwealth Week - Gallipoli Memorial

For one week only, 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.

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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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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 Market

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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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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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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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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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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Armed Forces Day Weekend

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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