Festive Activities at National Memorial Arboretum

Festive Activities at National Memorial Arboretum

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Posted 2023-12-14 by Tony Collinsfollow

Fri 01 Dec 2023 - Fri 05 Jan 2024


Family and friends can get into the festive spirit this winter with tasty treats, seasonal experiences and a warm welcome at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. From winter walks through maturing woodlands to a festive light trail, musical performances and family craft activities, this season promises to be memorable for those wanting to visit the 150-acre Arboretum site, situated at Alrewas, near Lichfield, over the festive period.

Among the forthcoming attractions is a live music event from 11am to 2:30pm, on 16 December. Visitors can enjoy listening to Christmas classics as the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Warwickshire, spreads festive cheer during their performance at the Arboretum. At the same time, visitors can also learn more about the Christmas Truce Memorial in a fascinating free talk taking place in the Millennium Chapel between 15 and 17 December.

Plenty of festive activities at the National Memorial Arboretum


The Illuminated Arboretum (£24 adult/£14 child continues until 23 December) with a new route and several new displays this year. Visitors of all ages can be enchanted by a whole range of multisensory installations as part of the returning spectacular winter light trail. Featuring a mile-long immersive display of light, colour and sound, three new community-led art installations will be showcased as part of the Arboretum’s ‘Guiding Lights’ project.

Just for younger visitors, the Arboretum has laid on a winter trail around the site to discover more about the many animals that call it home. They can pick up an Activity Trail map for £2.50 per person. There will also be a whole host of activities from 2-5 January 2024, including magical interactive storytelling, shadow puppetry workshops, and arts and crafts where children can make their very own owl to take home.

Seasonal tasty treats added to the menu


If walking through the 150 acres of memorials, gardens, and woodlands gets you feeling hungry, the Arboretum has plenty of festive delights among the regular tasty treats on offer. Throughout December, visitors can warm up inside after a long walk in the wintery grounds with a fresh minced pie and warming mulled wine (£5). As a pre-Christmas treat, family and friends can share a Festive Afternoon Tea which includes a selection of savouries and sweets to enjoy up until 22 December (£19.50 per person, children's Festive Gingerbread Boxes £5.95). A roast turkey festive lunch is also available in the Restaurant on Saturday 16 December (£10.95 per person), along with the regular roast lunches every Sunday.

Mark Alexander, Head of Visitor Services at the National Memorial Arboretum., said: “The festive period is a special time of year at the Arboretum, with events that appeal to all members of the family. Whether you are watching a memorial come to life with stunning light and sound projections during Illuminated Arboretum, gathering with loved ones to listen to seasonal music or just want to quietly visit a significant memorial over the festive period, the Arboretum at Christmas offers a special experience for everyone.”

An illuminated trail will delight visitors in the late afternoons and evenings


The Arboretum is free to visit, open every day until 4pm (until 3pm on 24 and 31 December), and will only be closed on Christmas Day. Booking in advance via the Arboretum website is recommended to guarantee entry and save on parking (£4 in advance, £6 on the day). For more information and to book tickets for festive events: https://www.thenma.org.uk/what's-on/festivities

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