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National Memorial Arboretum, Festive Lunch, Train Tour and Carols

.. a place of beauty, tranquillity & remembrance

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Alrewas, nr Burton on Trent # DE13 7AR
12.30pm (Lunch 1pm; Tour 3.30pm & Candlelit Concert 6pm)
£29 Member, £31 Guest
Entrance, guided train ride, two course festive lunch, exhibition entry and carols.
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The National Memorial Arboretum is being created on a 150 acre site as a living tribute to the wartime generations of the 20th century and as a gift in their memory for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy. With a maturing woodland landscape it is home to over 330 memorials, gardens and monuments created by the various forces and regiments involved in our recent history each with a story to be discovered. The memorials are diverse in nature, rich in symbolism and collectively represent a broad population of society from military associations, charitable organisations, emergency services, fraternity groups and individuals.

Our Visit: We will meet up at 12.30pm before heading to our table in the Remembrance Centre restaurant for a mouth watering two course festive lunch at 1.00pm. A turkey dinner with delicious homemade trimmings, followed by a choice of festive desserts awaits. Tea or Coffee is also included and a mince pie. Please advise if you prefer a vegetarian option.

 At 2.30pm we will climb on board the Land Train for our guided tour. The Arboretum’s Land Train is the perfect way to enjoy the 150-acre site. Whatever the weather, the 50-minute journey will provide us with lovely views across the landscape and will introduce us to some of the 300 plus memorials. Highlights en route include the Shot at Dawn Memorial, The Polish Armed Forces Memorial, The RAF Remembrance Garden and views across the Naval Review. Perfect for first time visitors, the Land Train features pre-recorded commentary provides an ideal introduction to the Arboretum and its many stories.

Following on from our tour between 3.30pm – 6.00pm we can enjoy the Christmas entertainment in the Remembrance Centre which will include, a band and youth choir. Take time to visit the exhibition. The Landscapes of Life exhibition which is included in the price along with access to the temporary exhibition gallery. Comprising of a mixture of traditional interpretation and interactive exhibits, you will discover a variety of moving and fascinating stories providing the perfect introduction to the Arboretum and its rich collection of memorials and wildlife

The restaurant will remain open for snacks and drinks before the Christmas Carol by Candlelight which commences at 6.00pm. Amidst the wintry landscape and illuminated with candles the ever growing traditional carol service will fill you with festive spirit.

There is a charge for parking-currently £3 so do take some spare cash….

It can be very blustery here so do take warm clothes and good sturdy shoes for walking

 

Directions: The Arboretum is located on Croxall Lane which is just off the A38 at Alrewas which is between Lichfield and Burton on Trent (take A513 in the direction of Tamworth and look for left turn after a short distance). It is very easy to find as it is signposted from both A38 & A513. A map can also be found at: www.nationalmemorialarboretum.org

 

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Updated Monday 18th December 2017, 16:23

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