Trip to the National Memorial Arboretum – 20th October 2016

Published September 5, 2016 at 11:01

20th October 2016 – National Memorial Arboretum

Our Retired Members section have planned a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum on 20th October 2016, there are still places available on the coach if any member would like to join them.

The cost of the coach is £10 and will be leaving the Town Hall in Blackburn at 8.30am.  Free entry!

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Val Lovell on 01254 698716 or

See below a list of FAQ from the website:-


Some of our most frequently asked questions are listed below.

If your question does not appear below or you would like further information please contact us.

How long do I need to visit? 
To walk around and see the whole site can take well over a day. If you are more pressed for time you can see the Arboretum’s key memorials in the space of a morning or an afternoon.

How much does entry to the Arboretum Cost? 
It is free to enter the Arboretum! However we rely on the support of our visitors to ensure that we are able to raise our £4,000 daily running cost. We suggest a donation of £5 per person. A daily parking charge of £3 applies for all cars. Charges may apply to other activities and events.

How can I get around the Arboretum? 
There are a number of ways to explore our grounds. By exploring the Arboretum on foot you will have access to all of our 150-acres and the 300 memorials in our grounds. A land train, with audio tour, and guided walk and buggy tours are also available. Our Daily Activities page provides lots more information about the walks and tours available. A limited number of motorised scooters can also be booked in advanced costing £5 per day.

What time should I arrive for my visit?
Visitors wishing to observe our daily Act of Remembrance at 11am in the chapel should aim to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the talk. An afternoon welcome talk, without the silence, is held at 2pm.

What should I bring on my visit? 
The Arboretum is an outdoor site, we recommend that you wear appropriate outdoor clothes.

Can I bring my dog to the Arboretum?
Due to the nature of our site and for the comfort of all our visitors, only working assistance dogs are allowed within the memorial grounds and visitor centre. Dog walkers are welcome to use the designated dog walking paths on the periphery of the site and a special dog walking map is available. This can be collected from our visitor centre reception or downloaded here.

Is there somewhere I can buy food?
The Arboretum Café Bar, open 9am – 4.30pm, is located in the visitor centre and offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks and tasty snacks including paninis, jacket potatoes and homemade cakes.

The Pavilion Lunch Room, open 11am – 3pm, offers warming hearty lunches including a daily roast, dish of the day and homemade desserts.

Can I bring my own food to the Arboretum?
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food to the Arboretum; there are number of picnic areas in our grounds including next to the visitor centre and children’s activity and play area. We ask that visitors refrain from eating food not purchased at the Café Bar or Pavilion Lunch Room inside the visitor centre.

How big is the Arboretum?  
The Arboretum is over 150 acres and is largely flat with paths and grassed areas. The information on our Accessibility page will help visitors with special accessibility requirements plan their visit, however we are always happy to answer any other further questions.

What kind of memorials are at the Arboretum?
Whilst a significant proportion of our memorials have military links, we are also proud to feature emergency service, charity and civilian organisation tributes within our grounds. You can find out more information about our grounds in the What’s here section of our website.

Can you help me find a dedicated bench, tree or paviour?
Our team are always available to help you navigate around the Arboretum. As well as providing direction and information they are also able to search our extensive database to find dedicated items in our grounds. If you require any assistance during your visit please speak to a member of our team.

Can I dedicate a tree, bench or paviour to a loved one?
To ensure that the Arboretum is able to grow and develop we are currently not accepting orders for new tree, bench and plaque dedications. To make a donation to the National Memorial Arboretum on behalf of an individual or organisation please click here. Donations can also be made directly to our Capital Campaign and Remembrance Centre here.

 How can I support the Arboretum after my visit? 
There are many ways to support us. Some people choose to make a regular donation by direct debitfundraise by holding events or provide regular support by becoming an NMA Friend.

How can I leave a comment or suggestions after my visit?
We love to hear from our visitors. If you would like to leave a comment, suggestion or tell us about a previous visit please email, call 01283 245 100 or write to us at National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR. Alternatively please complete our online visitor questionnaire. All feedback is appreciated.

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