Visiting With Young Families

Visiting Us

The National Memorial Arboretum remains open to pre-booked visitors following the introduction of new national coronavirus restrictions from Thursday 5 November, however the number of visitors permitted access each day will continue to be regulated and will be by pre-booked ticket only.

Access to the Arboretum will be via the Remembrance Centre where our visitor toilets remain available. The new restrictions mean that all indoor areas including our Shop are closed and we are currently unable to offer dine-in options in our Restaurant, though a limited take-away service is available from our Coffee Shop kiosk. Our tours, talks and trails are also unavailable.  

Further information about the measures currently in place at the Arboretum can be found by following the link below.

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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

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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 Trail

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.

Accessibility

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
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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 hope that we’ll be able to offer these events again soon.

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Family Escape Challenge

Families will be transported back to the Second World War to help SOE Girish Patel uncover the identity of a secret spy on Operation Uncover. Challenge packs can be purchased from the Welcome Desk when you arrive at the Arboretum. Our challenge game takes around 2 hours and is great for family groups with children aged 8+. Challenge packs are £12 each. Operation Uncover takes place in our grounds and may ask you to venture off the main pathways. Please help us to keep our site safe by maintaining a safe social distance from our other groups enjoying this challenge.