Summer Holiday Activities

Open for visitors!

The National Memorial Arboretum is open freely to all, year-round from 10am-5pm, every day except Christmas Day.  We recommend pre-booking your visit, to guarantee entry.

Please note: on Wednesday 28 July the North part of the site (which includes, but is not limited to, the Royal British Legion Poppy Field, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove and the memorials and individual dedications in the areas surrounding them and the UK Police Memorial) will be closed to visitors until approximately 2.30pm, whilst a private dedication ceremony takes place at the UK Police Memorial.  The new memorial will be open to visitors from Thursday 29 July. There will also be limited access to the memorials on the Naval Review until the service has ended at 2.30pm. We will be unable to offer our Stick Man Trail, Outdoor Escape Challenges and Our Everyday Heroes activity packs on Wednesday 28 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Pre-book your visit

Gather the family this summer and enjoy one of our many exciting outdoor challenges and trails. 

Child Completing the outdoor escape challenge

Outdoor Escape Challenge

Our ever-popular Outdoor Escape Challenges have returned with two brand new tasks based upon the work of the police force. Work together to uncover the identity of a criminal gang leader and disrupt their bank heist plan, testing your skills to solve the puzzles and crack the case. Pick up your challenge packs from the Arboretum Welcome Desk upon arrival. 

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Our Everyday Heroes Activity Packs


Perfect for younger visitors, each pack features:


  • A sticker trail in which visitors are invited to explore the site and visit memorials connected to military organisations that have supported with the Covid-19 pandemic response
  • An exhibition activity sheet with puzzles that can be completed by exploring the displays
  • A craft pack with activities that can be completed at home
  • A special wooden badge


Available from the Welcome Desk upon arrival. £2 per pack.

Everyday Heroes Activity Pack
Our Everyday Heroes Activity Pack

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.

Stick Man Sculpture

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.