Armed Forces Weekend

Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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Armed Forces Day is the Nation's chance to show support for the people who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving service personnel to their families, veterans and cadets.

At the Arboretum, we will be marking this event across two days, with a range of fun interactive family activities. 

Due to expected high visitor numbers, advanced booking is recommended to guarantee entry over Armed Forces Weekend.

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A young girl climbs a climbing wall at Armed Forces Day event in 2018.

Family Activities

There will be a whole host of FREE activities for the whole family to enjoy, including climbing walls, Segways, archery, zipline, a free-drop airbag and much more.

Military Band at Armed Forces Day

Live Music

Live music will soundtrack our celebrations; and you'll be able to listen to lots of fantastic performances over the weekend.

Visitors enjoying a game of Forklift Basketball


We aim to cater for the needs of all our visitors and try to accommodate all access requirements where possible. A limited number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available to hire at the Arboretum each day and are often used by our visitors to explore our site. Mobility scooters can be hired for a daily charge and a wheelchair for a donation of your choice. 


A number of accessible toilets can be found in the Remembrance Centre, as well as a Changing Places toilet


Assistance dogs are allowed in all areas of the Arboretum. 

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