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Visiting Us

Please note that by law you can only visit in groups of up to 6 people (unless you are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than 6).

The Arboretum is now open for pre-booked visitors only. Bookings are made per vehicle and can only be made up to two weeks in advance.

In line with Government legislation, we ask all visitors to wear masks in all indoor spaces.

We have implemented new procedures to help keep our visitors and team members safe, including one way systems, additional cleaning regimes, amended food offer, digital chapel welcome talk and reduced daily capacity.

Our restaurant is currently offering a carry out and table service offer. If you wish to dine inside the restaurant, please book a table with our food services team on arrival.


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Learning and engagement is at the heart of what we do at the National Memorial Arboretum. We are home to over 400 memorials, each with their own stories to tell, as well as a diverse woodland landscape.

Please find below a selection of materials that we invite you to use from home, and we hope you will join us at the Arboretum to continue your learning.

VJ Day

Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marked the day that Japan surrendered in the Second World War, bringing about the end of the conflict. This came several months after Victory in Europe Day (VE Day).

Use the resources below to discover more about those who fought in the Far East. Our activity packs, developed in partnership with The Royal British Legion, and guided walks will explore the story of the "Forgotten Fourteenth". Comprising a million people from across the Commonwealth, the Fourteenth Army was one of the most diverse forces in history. 
VJ Day Child Activity Pack VJ Day Activity Pack VJ Day Quiz Pack
VJ Day Exhibition Tile 7

Explore Our Online VJ Day Exhibition

Visualising History: Remembering The Forgotten Army is a new exhibition by illustrator and researcher Kremena Dimitrova. The exhibition tells the story of the Fourteenth Army in the Burma Campaign and investigates the lasting legacy of the multicultural army.

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VJ Day Guided Walks

As part of our programme commemorating the 75th anniversary of VJ Day we've transformed our planned series of guided walks into free downloadable virtual tours. Each of these features some fascinating stories about memorials connected with the Second World War and VJ Day. 
VJ Day 75 Tour Part 2 VJ Day 75 Tour Part 1
Burma Star Memorial

VE Day

On 7 May 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered and the Second World War in Europe was over. On 8 May, people in Britain and across the world celebrated Victory in Europe, also known as VE Day. Discover more about the Second World War and VE Day at home by using the worksheets below.
VE Day KS3 Pack VE Day Adults Activity Pack VE Day KS2 Pack

Adult Learning Pack Crossword Answers

Crossword answers
Image of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Memorial

The Art of Remembrance

In times of conflict or disruption, artists and designers are also employed to help support the country’s response and those serving for their country. Discover some of the ways that art and design is used in times of disruption.
The Art Of Remembrance Activity Sheet

Second World War Rationing

Before the start of the Second World War, Britain imported around two-thirds of its food. After war was declared in September 1939 the British Government had to reduce the amount of imported food as German submarines began attacking British supply ships. Download this activity pack to learn more about the rationing timeline, 1940's meal planning and the spirit of 'Make Do and Mend'.
Second World War Rationing Activity Sheet
A orange butterfly on purple flowers

Garden Species and Sampling

At the National Memorial Arboretum, we are really proud of our diverse natural environment and the plants and animals that call it home. This activity will teach you about the scientific concept of sampling through the use of a piece of equipment called a quadrat.
Garden Species and Sampling Worksheet Activity Sheet
Image of The Royal Army Medical Corps Memorial

Medicine, Conflict and Emergencies

In times of conflict, scientists and medical professionals often have to develop new treatments and medicines. This activity looks at the major medical treatments and processes developed in times of conflict or national emergencies, and how they went on to benefit the Nation.
Medicine Conflict Emergencies Worksheet Activity Sheet
A selection of drums

Music and Remembrance

Every day at 11am, we hold a short Act of Remembrance in our Chapel which includes the playing of a piece of music known as The Last Post. This piece, normally performed on a bugle or trumpet, has become the most well known piece of music associated with Remembrance. This activity gives you the chance to compose your own musical call to signal a message.
Music and Remembrance The Last Post Worksheet Activity Sheet
The Royal British Legion

Teaching Remembrance

You can also explore Remembrance in school and at home using learning resources from The Royal British Legion’s Teaching Remembrance Hub. Free to download, they offer lessons, assemblies and activities to engage children aged 4-16 in discovering, discussing and understanding the enduring importance of Remembrance.
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