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

EXHIBITIONS

Landscapes of Life 

With fully immersive audio visual displays, hands-on interactives, artistic interpretation and the opportunity for visitors to share their experiences, it's the perfect start (or finish) to a visit here. Entry price includes an audio guide for use in the Arboretum grounds. 

Entry Prices:

   
Adult     £7.50 
Child (6-16 years)   £6.00
Under 5 years      FREE
Member of the Armed Forces  £6.00 
Concession  (student/ 60+)   £6.00
Family of Four (one or two adults)  £20.00 
Additional Child     £4.75 
NMA Friend Standard   £6.00 
NMA Friend Concession  £5.75 
NMA Friend Family  £18.00
NMA Friend Gold/ Silver  FREE
Prebooked Groups of 10 or more  £5.75

 

Temporary Exhibitions Programme

In addition to our main gallery Landscapes of Life, we offer a varied temporary exhibition programme throughout the year. 

 

 

WALKS, TOURS AND TRAILS 

Undiscovered Arboretum Buggy Tours

Our 150-acre site is full of treasures to be discovered, although some of these are a distance from our Remembrance 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. 40 minutes. £5 per person, £2 per child (6-16 years), under 5's free.


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, Under 5's free.  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. Highlights en route include the Shot at Dawn Memorial, The Polish Armed Forces Memorial, The RAF Remembrance Garden and views across the Naval Review. 50 minutes. £6 per person, £3 per child (6 - 16 years), Under 5's free. Family of Four (one or two adults) £15.

Land Train Timetable 2016/17

  • 1 December to 2 January – Land trains operate hourly from 10.30am – 2.30pm
  • 3 January to 17 February – No land trains operate
  • 18 February– 17 March - Land trains operate hourly from 10.30am – 2.30pm (Monday - Friday). Land trains operate every 30 minutes from 10.30am - 2.30pm (Saturday and Sunday).
  • 1 March to 30 November – Land trains operate every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 3.30pm

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

Tailor-made Tours
Our Tailor-made Tours are ideal for groups of up to five people and make a great gift. We'll provide an experienced guide as your personal host and during the course of the day you'll learn lots about the many memorials onsite and the fascinating stories behind them all from the comfort of an electric buggy. Tailor-made tours for one to five individuals cost £125, including a two-course lunch each. Tailor-made tours must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Please call 01283 245 100 for further information or purchase a Tailor-Made Tour voucher via the link below.

 

WORLD WAR I

Join us to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele until 10 November. Throughout the summer and early autumn, we will be paying tribute to those who fought on the Western Front in World War I and also those left behind at home.

World War I Trench. Visit our above-ground replica trench to explore the living and working conditions of a WWI soldier. Can you discover our officers' dugout, funk hole, gas bell and trench latrine? Suitable for all ages.

FREE. Donations Appreciated.

Heartfelt Messages Art Installation.  Contribute to our mass participation work on art. Inspired by the many messages sent between loved ones during the war, we are creating an emotive installation which will be displayed in our War Widows Wood. Suitable for all ages.

FREE. Donations Appreciated.

World War I Explorer Backpacks. Younger visitors will enjoy exploring our site for WWI links with this backpack full of tools and gadgets. Use the periscope to peek over the parapet of our trench, navigate the site with the compass and follow Tom's WWI story as you go. 

£2.50 + £5 returnable deposit.

 

TALKS

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.  

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.  

All talks are FREE, donations are appreciated.

 

"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

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS


The Arboretum is open every day, except Christmas Day. The following Christmas opening hours will apply.

Christmas Eve - 9am - 3pm
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - 10am - 4pm
New Years Eve - 9am - 3pm
New Years Day - 10am - 4pm