Visiting With Young Families

We are open to pre-booked visitors

General admission tickets are released each Thursday and can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance. People visiting the Arboretum must follow the latest government guidance relating to travel and social distancing, and anyone advised to self-isolate should not visit at this time.

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the final stage in the roadmap for lifting the national restrictions will be delayed, we wanted to reassure you that the outdoor events that we have planned for the summer will still be able to go ahead. These include our Armed Forces Day celebrations (26-27 June), Luna Cinema (16-18 July) and our Summer Proms (7-8 August).

 

The Chapel, Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building, indoor seating in our Restaurant, our Shop, some exhibition space, and most other indoor areas at the Arboretum remain open.

 

We are legally obliged to ask all visitors over the age of 16 to either check in with the NHS Test and Trace App or to provide contact details upon arrival.

 

Further information about the measures currently in place at the Arboretum can be found by following the link below.


Visiting Us During Coronavirus

The National Memorial Arboretum has something for all ages, from sensory play sessions and half term activities, to leisurely strolls with the family surrounded by wildlife.

 

We hope the information below helps you plan your visit, though 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

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.

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ARboretum Augmented Reality Experience

Using our new app, visitors will be guided to eight locations around the Arboretum, where an augmented reality character will appear. Participants can take part in fun family activities and learn about some of the people who have supported the country through the pandemic.

Stick Man Sculpture

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 and dogs can’t join you on the trail. Stick Man (C) 2008 & TM. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffer. Licenced by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Accessibility

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
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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 Little Saplings Sensory Play sessions, Autumn Festival and Armed Forces Day. We hope that we’ll be able to offer these events again soon.