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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.