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The Illuminated Arboretum

by The National Memorial Arboretum

11 Oct 2023

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As the autumn draws in and the trees turn from green to gold, discover amazing things and inspiring stories at the National Memorial Arboretum. Nestled amongst 150-acres of growing woodland and gardens, are over 400 memorials that remember people from all walks of life. Tales of camaraderie, inspirational leaders, heroism, resilience shown in the darkest moments, grit, bravery, and care; each memorial has a powerful story to tell and visitors to the Arboretum leave feeling uplifted and inspired.

The Arboretum has something for all visitors to enjoy, from a large restaurant where you can get a warming coffee and cake, to beautiful autumnal walks, interesting free daily talks that help bring stories to life, and memory making events and school holiday activities. The Arboretum grounds also provide a quiet year-round space for reflection and contemplation. During November, public services of Remembrance will be held on Armistice Day on 11th November, and Remembrance Sunday on 12th November, as well as to open the Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance on 3rd November. Everyone is encouraged to attend, but due to the expected high visitor numbers it is recommended that you book parking in advance of your visit.

Towards the end of the year, from 7th to 23rd December, the Arboretum will once again host Illuminated Arboretum, a fascinating winter light trail with a brand-new route for 2023.

Stretching for around a mile, the trail features breathtaking light, mesmerising sound and fun interactive installations suitable for all ages. Advance pricing runs until 5 November so book soon to avoid disappointment!

The Arboretum is free to enter and is open throughout the year. The Arboretum is easily accessible by road and is located just off the A38 between Burton and Lichfield. Visit for further information and to book.

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