Visiting With Young Families

Open For Visitors

Entry to the Arboretum is free, but for everyone's comfort we are limiting the numbers onsite. We strongly recommend pre-booking your visit to guarantee entry. You can check our latest availability and book online using the link below.

Following the government announcement that England has now moved into Plan B, face coverings are required for our team and visitors in all our indoor spaces (unless you are exempt). 


Visitors are advised that the Coffee Shop is currently closed. Our Restaurant is open from 10am - 3pm. 


Pre-book your visit

The National Memorial Arboretum has something for all ages, from sensory play sessions and half term activities, to leisurely strolls with the family surrounded by wildlife.


We hope the information below helps you plan your visit, though if you have any further questions please do get in touch by calling 01283 245 100 or submit your question online.  

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Exploring Our Grounds


Young girl plays in sensory play frame at the Arboretum

Children’s Play Areas

Our Children’s Sensory Play Garden can be found near to the Remembrance Centre. A second children’s play area, with a picnic area, is near to the Children’s Wood.

Picnic Areas


You are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy during your visit. You’ll find one of our picnic areas next to our Children’s Play area in the Children’s Wood. Picnic packs and children’s meals can also be purchased from our Remembrance Centre.


We ask that only food purchased from the Arboretum is consumed in our Restaurant and Coffee Shop.

Stick Man Sculpture

The Stick Man Trail

Our youngest visitors will enjoy joining Stick Man on his journey back to the family tree. You can pick up a free copy of the self-led trail from our Welcome Desk. We recommend that families wishing to try the trail wear appropriate footwear and clothing. The route may be unsuitable for some pushchairs and dogs can’t join you on the trail. Stick Man (C) 2008 & TM. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffer. Licenced by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Gerard Hobson: Wild Arboretum

Wild Arboretum Activity Packs

Wild Arboretum activity packs designed to help our youngest visitors discover more about just some of the wildlife that calls the Arboretum home are available on a daily basis until 13 March. Each pack includes a children's sticker trail and activity sheet - £2.50 per pack

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Family Events and Activities

We hold lots of exciting activities throughout the year which are designed to help our youngest visitors learn more about the Arboretum, why it’s important to remember and the wildlife in our grounds. Some of our most popular events include our Little Saplings Sensory Play sessions, Autumn Festival and Armed Forces Day.


We aim to cater for the needs of all our visitors and try to accommodate all access requirements where possible. A number of wider blue badge and family friendly parking spaces can be found near to our entrance. Baby changing facilities can be found in the Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square.
Read Our Accessibility Guide
Children in Sensory Play Garden