Visiting as a group

Visiting groups are warmly welcomed at the National Memorial Arboretum. Whatever your interests, there is lots to see around our site with 150-acres of developing landscape to explore and more than 330 symbolic and inspiring memorials to see. A place of national and historical significance, we offer a great value memorable day out for visiting groups of all sizes and types.

It is free to enter the grounds of the Arboretum though many visiting groups prefer to take advantage of our pre bookable activities. These can include; delicious catering packages, tours, talks and entry into our new Landscapes of Life exhibition with special rates available for groups. 

Use the useful information provided below and the What's Here section of our website to plan your next group visit to the Arboretum. Or click here to learn more about our Great for Groups Winter Warmer Package which, is available until 31 March, and, at only £10 per person offers an even greater value visit. For further information about our range of packages please call 01283 245 143 or email groups@thenma.org.uk. 

We politely request that groups of ten or more book in advance of their visit to the Arboretum. 

 

EXHIBITIONS & Audio GuideS

The Arboretum is expansive encompassing 150-acres of woodland and gardens, with stories waiting to be discovered around every corner. Our exhibitions have been designed to help visitors interpret the Arboretum grounds and the cultural significance of Remembrance. Our Remembrance Centre houses three exhibition galleries:

Landscapes of Life
The Landscapes of Life exhibition will help set the scene for your visit into our grounds and includes an immersive audio-visual theatre, digital poppy field and exhibits and interactives for visitors of all ages. The exhibition charts the history of Remembrance from the Bronze Age to the present day, details Remembrance practises of the world and tells just some of the stories of heroism and valour behind the many memorials onsite. There is also an area where you can contribute your own memories. 

Temporary Exhibitions
Our Remembrance Centre houses two temporary exhibition galleries which help to build upon the story of Remembrance. Changing up to four times a year the exhibitions in our temporary galleries range from traditional hangs to contemporary pieces. 

  • 21 October 2016 - 28 February 2017 - Echoes of War by Robert Perry - Paintings of the Battlefields of World War I
  • 4 March - 2 July 2017 - Pallet by Peter Walker - A new immersive light installation commissioned by the Arboretum 
  • From 21 October - Changing Landscapes - A curated collection of images charting the growth of the Arboretum
  • 8 July - 24 September - Passchendaele by Stephen Dixon - A sculptors take on the Battle of Passchendaele

Also included within your exhibition ticket price is use of one of the Arboretum's audio guides. Use this portable device to learn more about the memorials and landscape of the Arboretum as you explore. 

A charge applies for this activity. Groups of ten or more will receive a special discount on all exhibition tickets booked in advance. 

 

 

Guided Walks for groups

Our experienced guides are very knowledgable about the history of our site, the memorials featured and our plans for the future. Join them on a guided walk at 11.30am and 2.30pm everyday to hear their fascinating insights.

 

 

Land Train Tours

Take a 50-minute trip on our covered land train and enjoy the running commentary as you explore the grounds of the Arboretum. Please note our land train does not operate in January. 

A charge applies for this activity, special group discounts apply to pre booked group parties.  

 

 

Food & Drink

We offer a wide range of catering options at the Arboretum, with both a restaurant and coffee shop onsite. The following options can be pre-booked in advance of a group visit: two-course lunch, afternoon tea, rustic afternoon tea, tea, coffee and biscuits. 

 

 

Tailor Made Tours for small groups

Our Tailor-made Tours are ideal for parties of up to seven people. We'll provide an experienced volunteer guide as your personal host for the day. Learn about our memorials and hear the fascinating stories behind them, all from the comfort of an electric buggy. Included with this package is a delicious two-course lunch.   

Our packages are always very popular so advance booking is required to avoid disappointment. 

Great for Groups Events

Time your visit to coincide with one of the hundreds of events that are held at the Arboretum each year. From poignant Remembrance services to celebrations such as Armed Forces Day and seasonal events including Holly Wreath Making. If you would like to plan your group visit around one of our special events or activities visit our events calendar to find out what's on throughout the year.

 

 

Stopping En Route

As a free to enter site, we provide the perfect rest stop for groups travelling elsewhere. Located just off the A38 between Lichfield and Burton upon Trent, we are ideally located for a short stop before reaching the M6, M42 and M1. Spend an hour with us and sample our homemade cakes, enjoy a pot of tea and take in our amazing landscape.  

Coach drivers, if you book in advance, you'll receive a £5 gift voucher on arrival to spend in the Restaurant or Coffee Shop. We also provide free coach parking too.

We Can Visit You - External Talks

Do you want to share your love of the Arboretum with your friends, colleagues and association members, or maybe you are looking for future speakers for your WI, Probus or youth group?

One of our friendly speakers would be delighted to visit you to share their wealth of knowledge, stories and photos. Talks can be tailored to suit your group i.e. Military, Wildlife, Trees, Landscape. Presentations are available throughout the UK, a small charge and travel expenses will apply – speakers will supply any equipment required.

For further information or to book please contact the Arboretum Email: groups@thenma.org.uk or telephone: 01283 245 143.

 

 

Visiting Staffordshire

Staffordshire and the National Forest are beautiful areas to visit. If you are looking to extend your stay, there is a wide choice of nearby accommodation on offer from, cosy countryside B&Bs to large chain hotels with leisure facilities. If you book online here, you will help to support our charity as we receive a small commission from accommodation providers.