Sports, Service and the Commonwealth

  • 11 April - 11 November 2022

This summer the Arboretum is celebrating sport, service and friendship between the nations and territories of the Commonwealth. 

 

You’ll be inspired to learn about and remember diverse communities from across the Commonwealth which have served alongside each other to build the international friendships and world we know today. Plus, you’ll discover how sport plays a key part in the lives of Armed Forces personnel and in supporting ex-serving personnel as they return to civilian life. 

 

Visitors will be able to see new exhibitions, create a collaborative work of art, take part in guided walks, and participate in sporting activities, an augmented reality experience and our ever-popular outdoor escape challenge.

Exhibitions

Queens Commonwealth Exhibition

The Queen's Commonwealth

Until 4 September

This exhibition, located in the Millennium Shelter, explores the Queen's role as the Head of the Commonwealth, and how the Commonwealth fosters collaboration and friendship through a shared spirit of service. 

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Greetings From...

Until 4 September*

 

Visitors are invited to design their own postcard in Remembrance of those who have travelled to serve their Nation and build new communities, keeping in touch with distant loved ones and friends with letters and postcards. The designs will be added to a new art installation in the grounds of the Arboretum.  

*Participation can take place between 11am and 3.30pm on the following days: 11, 12, 18, 19 25 and 26 June; 2 and 3 July; 9 July – 4 September.

Sports in Service

Until 16 October

The new ‘Sports in Service’ exhibition explores the enduring relationship between sport and the Armed Forces, highlighting how sporting activities play a key role in the lives of serving personnel both throughout history and today, from the rigorous physical training they endure to the service sports teams and competitions that they participate in. 

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Sikh Memorial

Family Activities

Commonwealth ARboretum

Commonwealth ARboretum

Until 4 September

Young families can join augmented reality tour guides Blu, Kit and Sam for a 30-minute visual and interactive experience in the Landscapes of Life exhibition that will take them on a journey to learn about the diverse communities and friendships between the countries that take part in the Commonwealth Games.

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Archery Target at the Arboretum Games

The Arboretum Games

Until 4 September

This summer, visitors to the Arboretum can take part in free sporting activities such as archery, table tennis, volleyball and basketball while learning about the connections between sport, service and the Commonwealth. 

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The assault course element of the Arboretum Games

Commonwealth Outdoor Escape Challenge

Until 30 October

Now in its third year, this year's version of the popular outdoor escape challenge invites groups of families and friends to solve cryptic puzzles and discover the stories behind some of the memorials dedicated to communities from across the Commonwealth.  

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Person completing the Outdoor escape challenge at the National Memorial Arboretum

Plan your Visit

Entry to the National Memorial Arboretum is free, but for everyone's comfort we are limiting the numbers in our buildings and grounds. We recommend booking your visit in advance to guarantee entry.
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