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Enjoy perfect pre-Christmas boost as illuminations return
The picturesque and tranquil setting of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will be bathed in magnificent winter lighting in the run-up to Christmas. The Illuminated Arboretum experience is to return to the Arboretum in Alrewas, near Lichfield, from December 11 to December 20 following the success of the first-ever event last year. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to explore a meandering mile-long route through part of the Arboretum's 150-acre site at night to marvel at the majestic winter light experience. Following the successful debut in 2018, this year's illuminations feature a new selection of artistic installations using light and sound to explore the art of conversation, bathing the woodlands, gardens and memorials in colour.

National Memorial Arboretum
Immerse yourself in the colourful lights of Illuminated Arboretum. Credit Benjamin Wareing


As well as the thrill of walking through wooded areas decorated with hundreds of coloured lights, visitors to the Illuminated Arboretum display will be able to send a message with Semaphore Man, be mesmerised by the 'floating speech bubbles' and navigate through a giant web of colourful threads before discovering Votive Woods and Beacons of Light. Illuminated Arboretum is aimed at blending an exciting, multi-sensory, immersive experience with moving tributes of Remembrance. Many of the Arboretum's 300 memorials will also be lit up as part of the attraction each evening, including the Armed Forces Memorial which bears the names of servicemen and women who have died on duty since the end of the Second World War. The full list of illuminated attractions include Written in the Stars, Semaphore Man, Speech Bubbles, Colour Web, Votive Woods, Synapses, Stepping Stones and Beacons of Light.

National Memorial Arboretum, Armed Forces Memorial
Light show above the Armed Forces Memorial at 2018 event


Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: "This mesmerising experience returns to the Arboretum following popular demand, featuring an incredible new selection of light installations, including several with interactive elements. Visitors of all ages will be excited by the multi-sensory displays as they discover the wonder of the Arboretum at night." The Illuminated Arboretum experience will be available from Wednesday 11 to Friday 20 December. Advance tickets priced 12.50 for adults and 7.50 for children aged 6 -16, can be purchased online by visiting www.thenma.org.uk/events-at-the-arboretum/forthcoming-events/illuminated-arboretum/ or by calling 01283 245 100. Children aged five and under go free.
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Why? Enjoy an illuminated tour of the National Memorial Arboretum
When: December 11 - 20
Phone: 01283 245100
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Cost: Adults 12.50, children 6-16 7.50, under 5s free
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