Tea for II

We are open to pre-booked visitors

The National Memorial Arboretum is open to pre-booked visitors. 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 the site at this time.

Access to the Arboretum will be via the Remembrance Centre where our visitor toilets remain available. A daily programme of walks and talks are available and our Shop is open.  A limited take-away service is available with a range of freshly prepared hot and cold drinks and snacks.  We are currently unable to offer dine-in options in our Restaurant.

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

Tea for II is an new exhibition, inspired by the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

A comfort of family life, a shared rest from work, and a warming treat; a cup of tea is quintessentially British and symbolic of home.

"My dear friends, this is your hour. This is not victory of a party or of any class. It's a victory of the great British nation as a whole."
Winston Churchill
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Tea and the Home Front

Tea has been a staple part of British culture since the 1700s, and it played an important role during the Second World War both at home and abroad.

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Tea on the Front Line

For soldiers, sailors and airmen serving abroad, tea was also an important part of their daily routine. Even in treacherous times, tea helped to boost morale. It reminded people on the Front Line of home, giving them a moment of normality.

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Tea and VE Day

At the beginning of May 1945 Germany signed an unconditional surrender, bringing an end to the war in Europe. The war which had torn apart homes, families and communities. People gathered and partied in the streets.

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VE Day on the Front Line

Many soldiers on the Front Line celebrated, building bonfires and drinking local drinks.

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VE Day Around the World

VE Day was celebrated around the world. Discover how different countries celebrated the end of the war in Europe.

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