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Help soldiers escape and uncover a wartime spy
Visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire are being invited to try a bit of escapism while also viewing the many sculptures and memorials on site. The Arboretum, which is the UK's year-round centre of remembrance, has introduced two new challenges, which have been inspired by the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. The Outdoor Escape Challenges will take place at the Arboretum, at Alrewas, near Lichfield, from August through until the 1st of November. The two outdoor escape games have both been set in the 150-acre grounds of the NMA, which will host the national service to commemorate VJ, or Victory over Japan, Day on Saturday 15th August. Challenge packs for both games can be purchased from the Welcome Desk upon arrival at the Arboretum. Both outdoor challenges may involve participants having to venture off the main Arboretum pathways.

National Memorial Arboretum
Take part in outdoor escape challenges at the National Memorial Arboretum


Operation Locate will involve participants being transported back to the time of the Second World War. Their 'mission' is to try to solve a series of cryptic puzzles which, if successful, will reveal the location of a British Army unit and, in so doing, help them escape from the Imperial Japanese Army. The game takes between two and three hours to complete and is said to be perfect for those who are up for a challenge!

The second game is called Operation Uncover. People taking part in this challenge was also be taken back to the Second World War but, on this occasion, they will be called upon to try to help SOE Girish Patel uncover the identity of a spy. This game should take approximately two hours and is great for family groups, including children from the age of eight.

Each challenge costs 12 per pack to take part.

National Memorial Arboretum
Part of the Arboretum's impressive 150 acre site


Due to coronavirus restrictions, which have been in place since the Arboretum reopened after lockdown, people taking part in the challenges are required to maintain a safe social distance from other participating groups at all times. The numbers of visitors to the Arboretum are also being controlled due to COVID restrictions, which must be booked in advance on the Arboretum website. Numbers have been further restricted for the VJ Day 75th anniversary commemoration on Saturday 15th August, which is being screened live on BBC television.
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Why? Immerse yourself in a wartime escape challenge
When: 1 August to 1 November 2020
Phone: 01283 245100
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Cost: 12 per activity pack
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