Armed Forces Day

We are open to pre-booked visitors

The National Memorial Arboretum is open to pre-booked visitors. Tickets are released each Thursday and can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance. People visiting the Arboretum must follow the latest government guidance relating to travel and social distancing, and anyone advised to self-isolate should not visit the site at this time.

Access to the Arboretum will be via the Remembrance Centre where our visitor toilets are available. The Chapel, Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Building and Shop are now open. We also have indoor seating available in our Restaurant, as well as the outdoor takeaway service from our Coffee Shop.


We are legally obliged to ask all visitors over the age of 16 to either check in with the NHS Test and Trace App or to provide contact details upon arrival.

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

Visiting Us During Coronavirus

Armed Forces Day is the Nation's chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.


Here at the Arboretum, we will be marking this event across two days, with a range of fun family activities, a service of thanks and a food and craft fair.


Booking Information


  • It is essential that visitors book in a vehicle before they visit on Armed Forces Day via our online booking platform. Our daily parking charge of £4 applies to all cars and will be taken at the time of booking.  Motorcycles / cycles / visitors arriving on foot will be not be charged but are still required to book a ticket online.
  • If you are arriving on site by car/motorcycle you will require one parking ticket per vehicle. This ticket will permit each individual in your vehicle to enter our site. If your party is split between multiple vehicles, each vehicle will require a ticket. Individuals and cyclists will require individual tickets. Vehicles unable to present a booking confirmation will be unable to park and members of your party will not be able to gain entry to site. Only visitors parking in our car park will be permitted into our grounds.
  • To help our team manage the arrival of visitors to our site, you will be asked to select an arrival time slot when booking your parking ticket, either 10am, 11am, 12pm or 2pm or 3pm. You will be able to enter our site at any point after your time slot begins, and remain in our grounds until they close.
  • Annual parking pass holders, including Gold Friends, are also required to book a ticket. Parking pass holders should email or call 01283 245 100 to request the discount code to use online. Please ensure that upon arrival you have both your booking confirmation and parking pass ready to present to our parking attendant.
  • We are currently operating with a very small part of our team; with this in mind, tickets can only be booked online. Unfortunately, we are unable to change booking dates and times or cancel tickets so please only book when you are sure you can attend. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience whilst we have a limited team on site.
  • Visitors are able to book parking tickets on behalf of others if required. Please do ensure however that those visiting are made aware of the booking confirmation number, and the name under which the booking was made. Please also share, either digitally or verbally, the confirmation information that will be sent across to you which will help with their arrival.
  • Bookings for mobility aids including wheelchairs and mobility scooters should be made online via our online booking portal

Visiting on Armed Forces Day

Tickets for Armed Forces Day are available now. One ticket will be required by each vehicle arriving at the Arboretum. 
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Service of Thanks

Saturday 26 June, 12noon


On Armed Forces Day we will be holding a short service at the base of the Armed Forces Memorial to recognise the work of our UK Armed Forces, and come together, in line with social distancing guidelines, in thanking them for their hard work. 

A young girl climbs a climbing wall at Armed Forces Day event in 2018.

Family Activities

There will be a whole host of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including climbing walls, a free-drop airbag, Red Arrows simulator, RAF rocket launchers, a WWII assault course and much more.

Live Music


Across the weekend we will be welcoming two fantastic military bands to the Arboretum, the Band of the Mercian Regiment on the Saturday and the Band of the Household Division on the Sunday, to join in our celebrations and play a host of live music for our visitors. 

A member of a military band looking at sheet music

Food and Craft Fair


Featuring stalls from a range of local sellers and small businesses, make sure to take time to look around our Food and Craft Fair, located on The Beat, to find a host of interesting items and delicious treats.

Baked Goods Stall at Food and Craft Fair
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Briggs Equipment

We will once again be joined by our friends at Briggs Equipment, who are kindly sponsoring this event. Make sure to visit their team, who will be bringing a Tank, Forklift Basketball, and other fun activities for the whole family. 
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