The Arboretum is the perfect venue for developing an understanding of Remembrance, memorials and the impact of conflict.
We have a full learning programme for visiting groups to enjoy which actively engages groups of all ages across our entire site. Groups can participate in our interactive Poppy Activity, learning more about the how the Poppy came to be a symbol of Remembrance. We also offer guided tours across the National Memorial Arboretum, enabling groups to get a better understanding of Remembrance and encouraging recognition of sacrifice across different conflicts.
We support various curriculum based objectives through our education programme, and aim to provide groups with a fundamental understanding of the importance of Remembrance through interactive and engaging activities. Click here to read how a visit to the Arboretum can help support your school’s attainment within Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework.
Plan your visit
1. Choose a day when you’d like to visit, please have a number of preferred dates in mind.
2. Decide if you would like your visit to be led by our Learning Team, or if you would prefer to be self-led. Or you may choose to do a combination; all types of visit are welcome.
The National Memorial Arboretum is able to offer the following facilities:
• a team of learning staff and trained volunteers
• facilitators to accompany you around the Arboretum
• a stand-alone learning centre, with toilets and access for all
• pre-arranged familiarisation visits
• a gift shop
3. Have a look around our website to learn more about the Arboretum; if you think your group would like to learn more about a specific memorial or area at the Arboretum please specify this prior to your visit.
4. Choose your activity options and complete our online booking form Should you wish to discuss your visit prior to booking, email is our preferred method of contact as our learning team may be out onsite, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please call 01283 245 100 to talk to us directly.
We will then check availability and book in your activity options. A confirmation email will be sent back to you with timings for activities and additional visit information.
We strongly recommend you contact our Learning Team to book a familiarisation visit. This will ensure both you and your young people get the most from their visit.
The National Memorial Arboretum is a unique place for youth organisations to visit and is suited to many themes and areas of focus:
Focus areas for all groups - There is an opportunity to focus on History, including World War I and World War II, memorial design exploring shape, texture, symbolism and stories, Remembrance and much more.
Specifically for Scouts and Girlguiding –We can match our activities and tours to many badges and programme areas.
Specifically for Cadets – Our tours can be tailored to reflect your section and focus on an understanding of sacrifice, highlighting the importance of Remembrance enabling cadets to engage more fully with activities such as Remembrance parades.
Specifically for youth training groups – We have developed an experience which can help young people understand what it means to be a volunteer and work within communities. This can also include information about public services and sectors such as the Fire and Rescue Service and various military organisations.