Visiting with Young Families

The National Memorial Arboretum is now open for pre-booked visitors only. In order to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and team members, there is a limited capacity on site, booking will be required, queuing systems, and one way pathways through the Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square. Additional measures are in place, including hygiene screens and extra cleaning. The Shop and Restaurant, serving a variety of takeaway snacks and drinks, are open. Daily activities, including guided walks, talks and the land train will not take place until further notice. Toilet facilities in the Remembrance Centre will be open. 

Bookings must be made on line and only visitors pre-booking a vehicle will be granted access to site. Further information and details on how to book can be found here.

We offer fully accessible baby change facilities. Please note that children's bikes, scooters and roller blades are not allowed in the Arboretum grounds. 


The Stick Man Trail

Young visitors will love our outdoor adventure trail. Pick up a Free trail map from our Welcome Desk and join Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man* on his journey back to the family tree, while exploring the Arboretum grounds and woods.

Please note this trail will be taking place outdoors on our Arboretum grounds, we recommend that all participants wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and may not be suitable for pushchairs.

Stick Man Trail

*Stick Man (C) 2008 & TM. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffer. Licenced by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.


Children's Play Areas

Both of our children's play areas are currently closed until further notice.

Our Children's Sensory Play Garden featuring tunnels, climbing globe, bannister slides and time circle is located close to the Remembrance Centre. A second children's play area is located in the Children's Wood onsite. 

Sensory Play Garden


Landscapes of Life Exhibition

The Landscapes of Life Exhibition is currently closed.

Our Landscapes of Life Exhibition includes interactive elements for younger visitors to enjoy including a 'magical' pathway of leaves which reveals poppies beneath as you walk though, and a hands-on exhibit for children to design their own memorial landscape with benches, trees, animals and symbols. Family tickets are available, please visit our daily activities page for further information. 

Poppy Floor


School Holiday Activities

We run children's activities during Staffordshire school holidays. Visit our events pages for further information.

Top Tip... Pond dipping equipment is available for hire on selected days throughout the year but we welcome visitors with their own equipment daily. Children should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.


Half Term Activity