Visiting With Young Families

Visiting Us

Please note that by law you can only visit in groups of up to 6 people (unless you are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than 6).

The Arboretum is now open for pre-booked visitors only. Bookings are made per vehicle and can only be made up to two weeks in advance.

In line with Government legislation, we ask all visitors to wear masks in all indoor spaces.

We have implemented new procedures to help keep our visitors and team members safe, including one way systems, additional cleaning regimes, amended food offer, digital chapel welcome talk and reduced daily capacity.

Our restaurant is currently offering a carry out and table service offer. If you wish to dine inside the restaurant, please book a table with our food services team on arrival.


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The National Memorial Arboretum has something for all ages, from sensory play sessions and half term activities, to leisurely strolls with the family surrounded by wildlife.

We hope the information below helps you plan your visit, though if you have any further questions please do get in touch by calling 01283 245 100 or submit your question online.  

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Exploring Our Grounds

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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.

Picnic Areas

You are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy during your visit. You’ll find one of our picnic areas next to our Children’s Play area in the Children’s Wood. Picnic packs and children’s meals can also be purchased from our Remembrance Centre.

We ask that only food purchased from the Arboretum is consumed in our Restaurant and Coffee Shop.

Stick Man Trail

The 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.


We aim to cater for the needs of all our visitors and try to accommodate all access requirements where possible. A number of wider blue badge and family friendly parking spaces can be found near to our entrance. Baby changing facilities can be found in the Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square.
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Family Events and Activities

We hold lots of exciting activities throughout the year which are designed to help our youngest visitors learn more about the Arboretum, why it’s important to remember and the wildlife in our grounds. Some of our most popular events include our Little Saplings Sensory Play sessions, Autumn Festival and Armed Forces Day. We hope that we’ll be able to offer these events again soon.

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Family Escape Challenge

Families will be transported back to the Second World War to help SOE Girish Patel uncover the identity of a secret spy on Operation Uncover. Challenge packs can be purchased from the Welcome Desk when you arrive at the Arboretum. Our challenge game takes around 2 hours and is great for family groups with children aged 8+. Challenge packs are £12 each. Operation Uncover takes place in our grounds and may ask you to venture off the main pathways. Please help us to keep our site safe by maintaining a safe social distance from our other groups enjoying this challenge.