Visiting With Young Families

Thursday 7 July 2022

Armed Forces Memorial Closure


The Armed Forces Memorial will be closed between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 7 July for a private event. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The National Memorial Arboretum has something for all ages, from outdoor trails and holiday activities, to leisurely strolls that can end at one of our children's play areas.


We hope the information below helps you plan your visit, however, if you have any further questions please do get in touch by calling 01283 245 100 or submit your question online.  

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Exploring Our Grounds


Young girl plays in sensory play frame at the Arboretum
Please note, dogs are not permitted within our Children's play areas.

Children’s Play Areas

Our Children’s Sensory Play Garden can be found near to the Remembrance Centre. A second children’s play area, with a picnic area, is near to the Children’s Wood.

Picnic Areas


You are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy during your visit. You’ll find one of our picnic areas next to our Children’s Play area in the Children’s Wood. Picnic packs and children’s meals can also be purchased from our Remembrance Centre.


We ask that only food purchased from the Arboretum is consumed in our Restaurant and Coffee Shop.

Queens Baton Relay Trail Marker

The Queens Baton Relay Sticker Trail - £2.50

Inspired by the Queen’s Baton Relay, currently taking place across all the countries of the Commonwealth ahead of the opening of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay sticker trail invites families to find eight batons linked to memorials at the Arboretum. At each of the batons families will discover a fact about a Commonwealth community that has helped build the world today. Once they have placed each flag sticker in the right place on the map, they can return to our Restaurant to collect a sweet treat.

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Little Saplings

Our monthly Little Saplings Sensory Play and Storytelling sessions are designed to help our youngest visitors enjoy the Arboretum and heighten their development and enjoyment of learning. The sessions, suitable for children aged 0 – 5 years, use sound, colour, texture and other hands-on elements to explore a monthly theme. Advance booking is required. £3.50 per child.

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

The Stick Man Trail

Our youngest visitors will enjoy joining Stick Man on his journey back to the family tree. You can pick up a free copy of the self-led trail from our Welcome Desk. We recommend that families wishing to try the trail wear appropriate footwear and clothing. The route may be unsuitable for some pushchairs.

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Family Events and Activities

We hold lots of exciting activities throughout the year which are designed to help our youngest visitors learn more about the Arboretum, why it’s important to remember and the wildlife in our grounds. Some of our most popular events include our Outdoor Escape Challenges, Autumn Festival and Armed Forces Day.


We aim to cater for the needs of all our visitors and try to accommodate all access requirements where possible. A number of wider blue badge and family friendly parking spaces can be found near to our entrance. Baby changing facilities can be found in the Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square.
Read Our Accessibility Guide
Children in Sensory Play Garden