Arboretum Celebrates Award-Winning Events Building

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The National Memorial Arboretum will remain open to pre-booked visitors from the local area for outdoor exercise. People visiting the Arboretum must follow the latest government guidance relating to travel and social distancing, and anyone advised to self-isolate or shield should not visit the site at this time.

Access to the Arboretum will be via the Remembrance Centre where our visitor toilets remain available. A limited take-away service is available from our Coffee Shop kiosk.

We are currently unable to offer dine-in options in our Restaurant and our talks and tours are unavailable. Our Gift Shop is closed. 

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The 2019 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards was a celebration of the best tourism and hospitality businesses in the county and saw Aspects, the dedicated conference and events building at the National Memorial Arboretum, collect a Gold Award for Business Events Venue of the Year.


The 2019 awards, held on Thursday 24 October at Aston Marina, recognised regional businesses who gave visitors to Staffordshire an amazing and unforgettable experience.

The milestone award comes just a week after the venue celebrated its first birthday. In the year since its opening, the Arboretum team have welcomed thousands of guests to enjoy the flexible, state-of-the-art facilities Aspects offers for between five and 500 people.

With stunning views and the opportunity to explore the Arboretum, a nationally important site home to over 30,000 trees and 380 memorials, that remembers ordinary people; their remarkable stories, battles fought, sacrifices made, struggles endured and victories won, Aspects provides a unique experience; delivering events that matter in a place that matters.

Aspects is central to the Arboretum’s plans for financial sustainability, helping to ensure that the 150-acre site can remain free-to-enter. The construction of Aspects was made possible with generous funding from The Royal British Legion, the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, The Veolia Environmental Trust and Landfill Communities Fund.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported Aspects over the last 12 months. Since we opened our doors in 2018 we’ve hosted an array of events, from remembrance functions, that have brought families, friends and comrades together, to corporate conferences, away days and gala dinners. This award is for our hardworking team who continually demonstrate their commitment to excellence through the service they deliver.”

Mark Ellis, Head of Visitor Experience