February Half Term Family Activities

Make a date to visit the Arboretum this February Half Term, where younger visitors can explore the world around them in the Arboretum's natural setting.

Woodland Adventurers Pop-Up Cinema

Gather the family for an indoor cinema experience, joining Paddington Bear and the Brown family on a quest to find the stolen picture book, or Stick Man on his adventure back to the family tree.

Paddington 2 (PG) - 10.30am  Book Tickets
Stick Man (U) 
- 1.30pm & 2.45pm  - ALL STICK MAN DATES SOLD OUT

Free. Tickets required, please pre-book to guarantee entry.


The Stick Man Trail*

Pick up a free map from our Welcome Desk for our fun-filled activity trail featuring popular picture book character Stick Man.

The self-guided trail is open year-round and is aimed at encouraging children aged 3-7 to get outdoors and explore the natural world and find out how things grow. This trail features in our grounds, so we recommend that all participants wear appropriate footwear and clothing. At times this walk may deviate from our dedicated dog walking route, visitors wishing to participate in this activity are unable to bring dogs on this trail.

The trails have been created by Social Farms & Gardens, the UK wide charity supporting communities to farm, garden and grow together.

The Stick Man trail (installed thanks to the support of Magic Light Pictures) is based on the much-loved Stick Man picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.


Animal Trail

Our new Animal Trail is an opportunity for younger visitors to explore our site, searching for some of the different animals hidden in our memorials.

This trail is FREE of charge. Please collect your trail map from the Welcome Desk.


Birdwatching for Beginnners

Our ever popular Birdwatching for Beginners walks continue in 2020, with local bird experts Tony Slater and Stuart Collins hosting a 3 hour walk for visitors to explore the Arboretum and learn which birds to look out for in the different seasons.

9am-10.30am, Saturday 15 February ONLY. For more information and to book please click here.


Nature Detectives

Our Nature Detectives group re-launches in February, where our younger visitors will have the chance to learn about different aspects of wildlife on site through a range of different activities with our guides.

10.30am-12.30pm, Saturday 15 February ONLY. For more information and to book please click here.


Sensory and Outdoor Play Gardens

Our Children's Sensory Play Garden featuring tunnels, climbing globe, banister slides and time circle is located close to the Remembrance Centre. A second children's play area is located in the Children's Wood, with picnic benches and wooden play equipment. 

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9am – 5pm
National Memorial Arboretum
FREE entry. Extra charges may apply for some activities.
01283 245 100
Book Tickets