Summer Holiday Activities

  • 21 July - 1 September 2023
  • 10am - 5pm
  • Free entry

Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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In collaboration with Wild Rumpus, The New World is an extraordinary interactive experience that draws inspiration from the natural surroundings of the Arboretum and the powerful stories of service and sacrifice we share.

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A young girl peers out of den created using pallets and net
A young boy writes on a piece of paper
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Each adventure around The New World will be as unique as those who have chosen to travel through it. Divided into six distinct areas within the Arboretum grounds, the journey of our intrepid explorers will begin at The Oracle and be guided by a simple spin of the wheel. Using your guide to 'The New World', which can be collected from the Remembrance Centre, our explorers will plot their own journey across the Arboretum landscape.

Perhaps you’ll arrive at the Memory Maze first. When did you laugh the hardest? What is your favourite memory? We want you to recall and share your most playful memories and joyful moments to help this installation grow.

Strange and wonderful things grow in the Dream Garden. Marvel at the weird and wonderful plants, then plant your own seeds to take home with you. Before you begin the next stage of your quest, search the planters for hints and tips on how to create your own dream garden at home.

All adventurers need to rest and restore as they travel, in the Sanctuary there is space to sit and be. Rest, reflect and contemplate before continuing your travels together.  

Imagine and build your very own space to play in the Playscape. Perhaps your design is inspired by some of the wonderful things that you have seen on your adventure so far? Explore the designs created by other visitors, and suggest slogans for the ‘signs of the times’ placards that frame the space  - what wonderful future can our collective imagination conjure up?

Journey to Utopia where we’re building a bamboo land and need your help. Explore the bamboo structures we’re creating and add your own creations!
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The Dream Garden

Visiting the Arboretum

The New World installations are open from 10am – 5pm.

Entry into the Arboretum, and The New World Installations is free, though advance booking is recommend to guarantee entry and save on parking.
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