Bostin' Comedy and a Right Good Singalong

  • 29 June
  • Doors open 6.30pm
  • £24

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Amidst a week of activity celebrating the service of our Armed Forces community*, we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Royal British Legion to bring this ‘bostin’ evening of entertainment to the National Memorial Arboretum. Expect laughter, soul and infinite air guitar! 

Join us as we welcome veteran graduates of RBL’s ‘Recovery through Comedy’ programme following their UK tour; New Orleans style brass band ‘Bostin Brass’ and ‘Massaoke’; an incredible live band playing hairbrush anthems from across the decades, accompanied by giant video lyrics.  Gather your family and friends and get ready to laugh-out-loud and stretch those vocal cords. 

Please note this is a standing event only, set outdoors in Heroes’ Square.  The event is fully accessible - please register in advance for admittance to our dedicated Access Area by emailing info@thenma.org.uk. 

*A special ticket discount applies for serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans for this event. 

Please note this event is not recommend for children under 12. 

 

Join us for a 'bostin' evening of entertainment in celebration of our Armed Forces Community

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A man plays the trumpet in a dimly lit bar surrounded by people

Tickets

 

Adult (16+)£24
Child (15 and under)
£18
Armed Forces Tickets£12
Carer Free 
NMA Friend£21.60

 

Armed Forces Tickets
Our Armed Forces Tickets will be available to current serving members and Veterans of the British Armed Forces. A maximum of six tickets can be booked per serving member or veteran. A Military or Veteran ID must be shown on entry to the event by at least one member of the party.   

NMA Friend
Discount available on up to four adult tickets per NMA Friend. Please call 01283 245 100 to book tickets or book online using the discount code shared in our Friend's communications. 


Groups

Groups of ten* or more can benefit from a special discount on ticket prices. 

Adult (16+)£22
Child (15 and under)£16

*Excluding any discounted NMA Friend or Armed Forces Tickets 

 

Parking

A £4 per vehicle advance parking charge will apply for this event. We do advise that parking and tickets are booked together, as prompted online. If you have not booked parking you can do so by calling 01283 245 100. A £6 per vehicle charge will apply on the evening. 

Visitors who wish to visit us on the 29 June are welcome to do so and you will not be required to book a secondary parking ticket. However, our Remembrance Centre and grounds will close at 5pm, visitors will not be able to remain in our grounds or Remembrance Centre between 5pm and 6.30pm when our doors re-open for evening guests.


Mobility Aids

A limited number of mobility scooters can be booked for use during the course of the evening at a cost of £10 per scooter. Book a mobility scooter online or call 01283 245 100.

The Performers 

Recovery Through Comedy

The Veteran's Comedy Club

A group of veterans who are also comedians (and are hilarious!). Graduates of the Royal British Legion’s Recovery through Comedy course which used comedy to promote resilience, support mental health and improve wellbeing. Since then, the group have performed across the UK, including at the iconic Edinburgh Fringe Festival and are excited to bring their show to the stage at the Arboretum. 

 
A black and white image features two men, one playing the trumpet one playing a trombone.

Bostin Brass

A New Orleans style brass band based in Birmingham Bostin Brass have played soul-music through the streets of Birmingham for the best part of a decade. From their beginnings as a marching band in Digbeth, the group have taken their own brand of Brummie infused second-line, Gumbo with extra HP sauce, and continue to wow audiences in mardi gras parades, concert halls and international jazz festivals. 

The MASSOKE Performers stand in a line with their arms crossed.

MASSAOKE®️

From New York to Australia, and across all of Europe, MASSAOKE®️ have played to huge crowds at Festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe. A brilliant live band, expect rockstar peformances with maximum audience participation as our audience brings the sing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my own seat to use during this event?

This is a standing only event and ticket holders will not be permitted to bring their own chairs to use during the performance, for health and safety reasons and the viewing enjoyment of all visitors. 

The event is fully accessible - please register in advance for admittance to our dedicated Access Area by emailing info@thenma.org.uk. 

Is this event suitable for children?

This event is recommended for children aged 12+.

Please note that the Veterans' Comedy Club's performance does draw on their experiences in both their military and civilian lives and therefore some content may be unsuitable for some members of the audience. In some performances moderate bad language may also be used. 

 

Can I bring my own food and drink on the evening?

Visitors are not permitted to bring their own food and drink into this performance. Our Restaurant and bar facilitites will be available during the course of the evening. 

A bag check operation will be in place, and food and drink being brought into the event will be confiscated. 

Will there be any space to sit during the evening?
This is a standing event and therefore seating will not be provided in the performance area.
Can I bring my dog to this event?
Only assistance dogs will be permitted entry to this event.
I'd like to visit in the day can I remain at the Arboretum until the start of the event?
The Arboretum's Remembrance Centre and Grounds will close at 5pm. Doors will reopen for the evening event at 6.30pm. 
Will the event go ahead in the event of inclement weather?
The event will go ahead in the event of inclement weather, visitors are advised to wear weather appropriate clothing. 
Which forms of military ID will be accepted?
Visitors who have purchased discounted Armed Forces tickets should have a valid military identification or HM Armed Forces Veteran card ready to present with their tickets upon arrival, one identification will be required per six tickets. 
Can I attend this event if I am not part of the Armed Forces Community?
Everyone is welcome to attend this event, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Arboretum. 
What time will this event start and end?

Our doors will open to ticket holders at 6.30pm. Our first act, the Veterans Comedy Club will begin at 7pm. Our final act Massaoke will finish at 11pm. 


Can I get dropped-off or picked up in a taxi from the Arboretum?
A drop-off / pick-up facility for taxis and other vehicles is available next to the Remembrance Centre. Vehicles dropping off or picking up from the Arboretum will not be charged for parking. 
Can I leave my car overnight at the Arboretum?
It will not be possible to leave or stay in vehicles overnight at the Arboretum. A drop-off and pick-up area for taxis and other vehicles is available next to the Remembrance Centre.