The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire has announced a rich programme of commemorative and celebratory events for the coming year.
Major highlights will include the opening of some new memorials at the Arboretum, and activities to commemorate 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force. A range of exhibitions will also be available in the Arboretum’s galleries: Burma Veterans: Unforgettable by Wendy Aldiss, running until 25th February, and Fashion and Freedom, running from March to November.
A number of events will also take place across the Arboretum’s calendar, from lunches coinciding with Mother’s and Father’s Day to vintage fairs and a Twilight Trek.
Groups with an interest in the armed forces can visit during the weekend of 30th June and 1st July for a two-day long event dedicated to celebrating everything the forces do. In addition, throughout the year, a Daily Act of Remembrance will continue to take place at 11am in the Millennium Chapel. It includes a two-minute silence, followed by an introductory talk about the Arboretum. The National Memorial Arboretum reportedly remains the only place in the country that observes a two-minute silence on a daily basis.
Visitors might also like to consider visiting the Arboretum to coincide with seasonal events such as the outdoor cinema season in July (details to be confirmed); the Autumn Festival on 22nd and 23rd September; or Illuminated Arboretum - a light show running from 12th until 21st December. The year’s events will conclude on 22nd December with the festive occasion of Carols by Candlelight.
Sarah Oakden, head of marketing at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We have an exciting and engaging programme of events that will ensure 2018 is our most successful year to date. This is a hugely significant year, as we commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One and the formation of the Royal Air Force. The arboretum will be home to a series of special events and exhibitions about the Armistice and details will be published in due course.”
Full details of all events, including booking details, where applicable, are available at www.thenma.org.uk.