The National Memorial Arboretum will remain open to pre-booked visitors from the local area for outdoor exercise. People visiting the Arboretum must follow the latest government guidance relating to travel and social distancing, and anyone advised to self-isolate or shield 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 limited take-away service is available from our Coffee Shop kiosk.
We are currently unable to offer dine-in options in our Restaurant and our talks and tours are unavailable. Our Gift Shop is closed.
Further information about the measures currently in place at the Arboretum can be found by following the link below.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Many soldiers on the Front Line celebrated, building bonfires and drinking local drinks.
VE Day was celebrated around the world. Discover how different countries celebrated the end of the war in Europe.