Illuminated Arboretum

Open For Visitors

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm (closes at 4pm from 15 Nov), every day except Christmas Day.  

Entry to the Arboretum is free, but for everyone's comfort we are limiting the numbers onsite. We recommend pre-booking your visit to guarantee entry. You can check our latest availability and book online using the link below. 


Visitors are advised that the Coffee Shop is currently closed. Our Restaurant is open from 10am - 5pm. 

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Join us for an evening to remember as we light-up the arboretum after hours and begin the festive season with a kaleidoscope of colour.


With something to captivate visitors of all ages Illuminated Arboretum will take place across our 150-acre woodland site. Follow Illuminated Arboretum through our gardens and enjoy the majesty of the Arboretum at night.

Visitors walk through woodland during Illuminated Arboretum 2019

Illuminated Arboretum

Illuminated Arboretum will take place every day from Tuesday 7 December to Saturday 18 December 2021.

Image of maze installation at Illuminated Arboretum


5pm | 5.15pm | 5.30pm | 5.45pm | 6pm | 6.15pm | 6.30pm | 6.45pm | 7pm | 7.15pm | 7.30pm | 7.45pm | 8pm

Relaxed Sessions
A limited number of spaces will be available at 4.30pm on 8th & 15th December during our Relaxed Sessions. These sessions are designed for visitors who may have additional needs, and will feature less prominent light and sound features. Tickets for our relaxed sessions can be booked by calling 01283 245 100. 

Ticket Pricing 

Available from 1 October until day of the event. 

Peak Tickets*Off Peak tickets*
Adult £18.00 £14.00
Child (6 - 15 years) £12.00 £9.00
Child (5 and under) Free Free
2 Adults & 2 children or 1 Adult & 3 children
NMA Friend** £13.00£10.50
Group Disabled + carer£15.50£12.00
Group Adult £15.50 £12.00
Group Child £10.50 £8.00
Disabled + carer £18.00 £14.00

*Peak Dates - 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 & 18 December 
 Off Peak Dates - 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 December


**NMA Friends should call 01283 245 100 to book tickets. Discount valid for NMA Friend only.

 † Groups of 10 or more - Group must include a minimum of ten fully priced Adult or Child (6 - 15 years) tickets.




Visitors leave the Remembrance Centre prior to Illuminated Arboretum

Illuminated Arboretum FAQs

Will the Illuminated Arboretum take place in the rain?

Inevitably bad weather can affect any outdoor light trail and therefore Illuminated Arboretum will still go ahead unless the conditions become unsafe. 

If the Arboretum is required to cancel Illuminated Arboretum as it is unsafe to proceed, wherever possible visitors will be offered an alternative date/time to attend. Any decision to cancel will be taken by 2pm on the day and ticketholders will be notified by email or telephone with details of how to reschedule.   

What is the start/end time of the event?

Once you have entered, you are welcome to remain and walk the route as many times as you wish until the Arboretum closes at 9.30pm.  If you wish to visit the Remembrance Centre and then re-enter the route, please let a member of the Arboretum team at the ticket check know and they will issue you with a wristband. 


The last entry to Illuminated Arboretum will be at 8pm. 

Do I need to print my ticket if I booked online?

No you do not need to print your tickets, but please ensure you have downloaded the tickets using the link on your confirmation email as the tickets contain a unique barcode which will need to be scanned on entry.   

Can I purchase additional tickets on the day of my booking?

There will be no ‘on the door’ ticket sales, however any remaining tickets will be available to purchase on our website until the evening of the event

How long is the trail?

The Illuminated Arboretum route is approximately 1 mile long, commencing around 200m from the entrance to the Remembrance Centre. 

How long will it take to complete the Illuminated Arboretum trail?

The Illuminated Arboretum trail is approximately 1 mile long and is designed to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. We ask visitors to be patient as they explore, and at points along the route, we may ask your party to pause to allow previous visitors to progress through the route. 

I am bringing a baby/toddler – do they need a ticket?

All visitors (including children under five years) must have their own valid ticket, which must be produced to gain entry to the event. Children, under 16, must be accompanied by a responsible adult, aged 18+.  

How can I get to the Arboretum?

The National Memorial Arboretum is located in Alrewas, Staffordshire, and is well signposted from the surrounding areas.   

Please use the postcode DE13 7AR for satellite navigation systems. Detailed information about getting to the Arboretum can be found here

I will not be travelling with other members of my party? Will we all need a parking ticket for each car?
Yes, each car will require a parking ticket. Parking tickets can be purchased alongside your Illuminated Arboretum tickets, or on the evening of your visit.  
Will there be plenty of parking?
Parking will be available on our main car park, as well as our overflow car park which is just a three-minute walk along Croxall Road.  Disabled bays are available in the main car park, as well as a drop off / pick up point. 
I don't have a parking ticket, can I pay on the evening?
Parking tickets can be purchased alongside your Illuminated Arboretum tickets or on the evening of your visit at the Arboretum. 
Is there a charge for car parking?

Yes, there is a charge of £4 per vehicle.  This cost supports the ongoing maintenance of the Arboretum, which is a registered charity. 

I am planning to visit earlier in the day. Do I need separate day and evening car park tickets?

You will not be required to book separate parking tickets. 

I am an NMA Gold Friend / Annual Car Park Pass Holder. Do I need to book a car park ticket?
No, you will not be required to book a ticket but please ensure that you have your annual parking pass ready to present to our parking attendants on the evening of the event. 
Will it be possible to visit specific memorials during my visit?
Illuminated Arboretum follows a set route around some of our grounds. Visitors won't be able to visit memorials that are unlit or are off the Illuminated Arboretum route. If you would like to leave a tribute at a specific memorial please do speak to a member of our team and we will ensure that items are placed in the areas requested the following day. 
What should I bring/wear?

Illuminated Arboretum is an outdoor light trail. Please ensure you have sufficient warm and waterproof clothing as well as sturdy shoes as the route covers areas of uneven ground.   

Is the site wheelchair/pushchair friendly?

The Illuminated Arboretum route has been designed so that it can be solely viewed from pathways. Though much of the route travels along our hard-standing pathways the route does feature areas where pathways are more uneven or are softer underfoot. 

A limited number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters available to hire. To ensure availability, they should be booked in advance either online here or by calling 01283 245 100. We respectfully ask that a donation is made for the use of a manual wheelchair; a charge of £5 applies for the hire of an electric scooter. Payment will be taken at the time of booking.  

There is level access to the Remembrance Centre, where toilet facilities, including disabled cubicles and baby changing facilities are available.   


Visitors with specific questions relating to accessibility can contact us on 01283 245 100 or email

Are dogs allowed?

Due to the nature of our site and for the comfort of all our visitors, only working assistance dogs are permitted at Illuminated Arboretum.

Are there toilet facilities nearby?
Male, female and disabled toilets as well as baby changing facilities are available in the Remembrance Centre.  Toilets will also be located along the trail  A member of our team will be able to advise you on the nearest restrooms available.   
Will I be able to purchase food and drink on the evening?
Yes, we'll be offering a selection of tasty takeaway treats and hot drinks to enjoy during our Illuminated Arboretum evenings
Will the gift shop be open?
The gift shop will be open from 9am until 10pm.
Am I able to take photographs and capture video during the course of the event?
The taking of images and film footage (all methods) for personal use is permitted at the Illuminated Arboretum.  The National Memorial Arboretum reserves the right to photograph and film Illuminated Arboretum for use in, but not restricted to, printed marketing and promotional materials, digital communication channels including websites and social media, presentations and exhibitions. By entering the event, you give permission for your likeness to be recorded through video and still photography. Visitors are advised that media outlets may be on site during the event.


If you have any specific questions regarding Illuminated Arboretum that are not answered above, please email or call 01283 245 100. 


Details all correct at time of print.  Please note all information may be subject to change. 

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