Illuminated Arboretum

The ever-popular Illuminated Arboretum returns to the Arboretum between 7 December – 23 December (inclusive). This unique and inspiring light installation encompasses a 1.2-mile accessible route around the Arboretum grounds and is designed to encourage exploration and discovery.

A kaleidoscope of colour, the route weaves around many of the memorials and trees cleverly using light and sound to tell the Arboretum’s stories. From poignant moments where visitors are encouraged to reflect and remember to interactive elements that encourage child-like wonder.

Together with magical photo opportunities such as the 50-metre Tunnel of Light and the breath-taking installation Beacons which lights up the iconic Armed Forces Memorial, it is an evening to remember.

Entry to Illuminated Arboretum is every 15 minutes between 4.30pm and 7.30pm and visitors are free to spend as long as they wish going around the route. A selection of tasty takeaway treats, pizzas and hot drinks are available to enjoy during Illuminated Arboretum evenings, available from the Restaurant and concessions throughout the night.

Groups of ten or more enjoy a substantial discount against standard pricing with tickets priced at £8.50 for children and £18.00 for adults. 

Illuminated Arboretum (C) Bruce Adams, Daily Mail

Whatever the Weather

The Arboretum is beautiful all year round with a range of activities you can enjoy whatever the weather. Throughout winter, the Arboretum remains open for group visits closing only on Christmas Day.

Established on a once barren reclaimed mineral extraction site over 20 years ago, the 150-acres of grounds have grown to become a tranquil and beautiful space where everyone can explore, discover and remember. Discover more about the Arboretum’s past, present and future during one of our free 20-minute daily Living Remembrance talks.

The Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness is the only place in the country where the Act of Remembrance is observed every day. The Chapel, which welcomes people of all faiths and none, provides a quiet space where everyone will feel comfortable. The Act, consisting of the Last Post, a Silence and the Reville starts at 10.50am daily and is free to all.

Groups can see the Arboretum’s forever changing landscape from the comfort of our covered Land Train which runs regularly throughout the day between February and December. Complete with pre-recorded commentary, the land train is the perfect way to discover the stories behind many of its fascinating memorials. Ideal for first time visitors, the land train tour takes 50 minutes and is accessible for manual wheelchair users. £6.50 per person for groups of ten or more. 

At the heart of the Remembrance Centre is Landscapes of Life, a free-to-enter permanent exhibition which introduces the concept of Remembrance and why it is an important human need spanning thousands of years. Visitors will also find a changing series of free-to-enter exhibitions that reflect the Arboretum through themes of Remembrance, the natural landscape, and hidden histories.

During January to March groups can stay in the warmth of the Remembrance Centre and enjoy a Winter Warmer Package. The package includes a warming lunch of homemade meat and potato pie with seasonal vegetables and tea or coffee, with a fascinating 45-minute presentation from our expert guides. Priced at £14.50pp. 

External Talks

If you’re struggling to visit the Arboretum, then bring the Arboretum to you. The Arboretum’s team of volunteers will provide a 60-minute presentation with Q&A, filled with interesting, informative, and fascinating stories. Ideal as a pre-visit insight, or if your group can’t travel to us. Bookings are now being taken for 2024. £35.00 plus mileage expenses.

To make a booking or for further information call 01283 245 100 or email groups@thenma.org.uk

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