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What better Christmas treat than the Arboretum lit up
The lights will be going on at the National Memorial Arboretum when the year-round centre of remembrance experiences a kaleidoscope of colour in the run-up to Christmas. From December 9 to 19, Illuminated Arboretum will return to the site at Alrewas in Staffordshire, inviting families to marvel at the colourful displays along a new and improved route. As visitors venture along a winding trail around the western portion of the 150-acre woodland site, they will see and experience wonderful displays that use light and sound to create a festive atmosphere. At the same time, some of the near 400 memorials erected throughout the grounds will be bathed in colour. The Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion and has almost 30,000 maturing trees, has been granted Good to Go status by VisitEngland, signifying compliance with government and industry best practice.

National Memorial Arboretum, Illuminated Arboretum
Enjoy the illuminated displays at the National Memorial Arboretum


Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: "Illuminated Arboretum is one of our most popular annual events, offering an exciting, multi-sensory, immersive experience for the whole family as we approach the Christmas season. In the first week of ticket sales, we've already sold 30 per cent of our total capacity! "This year we're introducing a new and improved route that will be more beautiful than ever and with plenty of space to enable social distancing. Visitors of all ages will be captivated by the stunning light display during what will truly be a night to remember."

National Memorial Arboretum, Illuminated Arboretum
Walk through lit-up woodland. Credit Benjamin Wareing


The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice and fosters pride in our country. It is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present time. Tickets for Illuminated Arboretum can be purchased online by visiting www.maximcloud.co.uk/nationalmemorialarboretum/day/?eventconfig=29. Discounted early bird prices cost from 11 for adults and 7 for children aged 6-15 until October 31, and from 14 for adults and 9 for children from November 1. Off-peak admission is from 5pm.
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Why? Enjoy the illuminations at year-round centre of Remembrance
When: 9 - 19 December 2020
Phone: 01543 245100
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Cost: Early bird tickets from 11 for adults and 7 for children aged 6-15
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