RAF 100 Celebrations

In this anniversary year, join us in celebrating 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force at the Arboretum. 

From 1 April we will have a full programme of activity taking place, including family activities, events and an exhibition.


Key Events 

To see some of our key RAF events, please check out our events calendar here. 


'Making an Impression' RAF 100 Family Activities

26 May - 3 June 2018

Join artists Benny Semp and Laura Higgins during May Half Term for a free creative activity to celebrate the RAF's 100th Birthday. Little hands can enjoy making clay moulds to cast in plaster of Paris, building up a striking display of shapes, patterns and textures in RAF colours. There will also be a generous supply of toys, letter stamps, tools, spare parts and widgets to make a big impression. Mount your finished plaster casts onto the giant Roundel board and leave it for other visitors to see, or take it away as a long lasting souvenir of this exciting event.


British Pathé RAF Films

6 May - 31 July 2018

Enjoy watching some British Pathé footage for the RAF, being shown daily in our Millennium Chapel*.

*films being shown in Founders' Room until 8 May. 


Tribute 100

30 March - 30 June 2018

Forming part of our activity celebrating RAF 100, a brand new exhibition Tribute 100 has opened to the public. A personal response and tribute to the Royal Air Force, by leading modern aviation artist David Bent (Hon CRAeS), the exhibition includes the launch of works never seen before. 

Tribute 100


RAF Memorials

Below are some of the many RAF Related memorials you can see on the Arboretum site. A full list of all memorials can be found here.

Royal Air Forces Association Remembrance Garden

This is the first national Remembrance Garden in memory of all those who have served in the RAF and Commonwealth air forces was opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 28 September 2009. The eagle, named Winston, is made up of over 1,000 hand-forged feathers and is surrounded by a segmented RAF roundel separated into four quarters to depict the RAF Association at the heart of RAF welfare.

 RAF Association



 RAF Police

The Royal Air Force Police Memorial

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Police has supported
worldwide RAF operations since 1918. Peaking in 1945, the branch comprised 20,500 personnel and by 1948, RAF Police investigators had brought to justice the surviving killers of 50 RAF officers who had taken part in the Great Escape.




Royal Air Force Regiment Memorial

The Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment provides specialist Force Protection for military airbases worldwide and is a unique Corps within the RAF. It has been on operations constantly since the Second World War. Her Majesty The Queen is Air Commodore-in-Chief of the RAF Regiment.

 RAF Regiment



 II Squadron Memorial

II (Army Cooperation) Squadron RAF Memorial

II Squadron was formed at Farnborough on 13 May 1912 as one of the original Squadrons of the Royal Flying Corps. The Squadron has been deployed in many of the arenas of war since the First World War and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2012: the first and thus the oldest fixed wing Squadron in the world, with a record of service that is truly ‘Second to None’.




RAF 47 Squadron Memorial

No. 47 Squadron Royal Flying Corps was formed on 1 March 1916 at Beverley, as a home defence unit to protect Hull and East Yorkshire against attacks from German Zeppelins. The memorial’s five figures represent two airmen from the First World War and Second World War and the other three figures represent a modern air crew.

 RAF 47 Squadron