Daily activities

We offer a range of daily activities to help you explore and discover the Arboretum. Here are a few suggestions to help you plan your visit

Daily Act of Remembrance
Join one our knowledgeable guides to hear the history of the Arboretum and observe a two-minute silence in our Millennium Chapel. The silence is conducted at 11am everyday. It is appreciated if visitors are seated by 10.50am for the consideration of others.

Afternoon Welcome Talk
For those arriving after lunch, a 2pm ‘Welcome to the Arboretum’ talk is held daily in the Millennium Chapel. The talk is a repeat of that given at 11am, without the Act of Remembrance.

Far East Prisoners of War Talk
The Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building is a museum in its own right and well worth a visit. Join one of our guides at 12noon outside the building for a short talk about  the servicemen and women who fought in the far east during WWII.  FREE

Shot at Dawn Talk
Held at 1.30pm each day, this moving talk highlights the story of the 306 soldiers shot at Dawn during World War I. FREE


Undiscovered Arboretum Buggy Tours
Our 150-acre site is full of treasures to be discovered, although some of these are a distance from our visitor centre. Join one of our expert guides on a buggy tour to ensure you don’t miss out on visiting Watersmeet, the Christmas Truce Memorial and the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove, plus many more. 50 minutes. £5 per person, £2 per children (5-12 years).

Guided Walks
The stories behind our memorials and the symbolism within them are fascinating. Our volunteer-led walks provide you with the chance to hear some of the best anecdotes and tales of heroism and comradeship from 1914 to the present day. 45 minutes. £3.00 per person.  11.30am and 2.30pm

Land Train
Complete with pre-recorded commentary, the Arboretum’s land train is an excellent way to take in a large proportion of the site’s fascinating memorials. Each train has wheelchair access and can comfortably sit 54 people. We recommend pre-booking for groups of 10 or more people wishing to travel together as the train is very popular. 50 minutes. £5 per adults, £2 per children (5-12 years).

Please note the land train will operate the following service between the 3rd January and 14th March 2016:

3th January – 8th February – NO land train service
9th February – 14th March – Trains run on the hour from 10.30am -2.30pm.  

Top Tip... If you’ve not visited before, this is an excellent way to explore first time!

WWI Trails

To commemorate the centenary years of World War, we have three World War I trails available for visitors wanting to discover more about our WWI-related memorials including the Shot at Dawn and Gallipoli  Memorials.

  • Self-guided Shot at Dawn Trail £2.50
  • Self-guided Poppy Field Memorial £2.50
  • Children’s World War I Discovery Trail £2.50

Victoria Cross Recipients Trail
Many of our memorials have links to those who have received one of the most prestigious rewards for bravery, the Victoria Cross. Our Victoria Cross Recipients trail guides you around some of our memorials which celebrate the most fascinating stories of heroism and valour. £2.50.

Children’s Animal Trail
The memorials in our grounds are full of symbolism. Our Children’s Animal Trail will guide younger visitors around just some of the memorials with animal symbolism in there designs. £2.50

"Our short visit this afternoon was made extremely interesting by the helpful and informative guides. Thank you. It is clear they enjoy being there." Sandra