The conclusion of a £28 million improvement programme is expected to see the Staffordshire-based arboretum welcome a record number of visitors this year.
With the completion of building works, a number of events set to take place, and a host of new memorials, the National Memorial Arboretum expects to attract more visitors than ever this year.
Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the Arboretum, said: “The result is beautiful and welcoming buildings, set within a maturing wooded parkland featuring stunning memorials and sculptures that are helping us to engage new audiences in our common history and heritage.
“In inspiring visitors to remember and to celebrate the service, suffering and sacrifice of others, we are keeping the flame alive for future generations.”
What to expect on a future visit
November will see the opening of Aspects, a stand-alone conference and events pavilion which complements the recently opened Remembrance Centre.
The central Armed Forces Memorial has also been updated and landscape and signage improvements have been carried out, making a visit more accessible.
Over 250 events, including veterans’ associations reunions, seminars, educational talks, outdoor learning, and nationally important memorial dedications are already said to take place.
The new memorials will ensure that almost every branch of the Armed Forces, key conflicts, and other organisations that serve the nation, are represented.
The predicted footfall is expected to be driven in part by improved provisions and mass participation events including RAF 100, World War One Centenary Commemorations, and the annual motorbike riders’ tribute, Ride to the Wall.
Don’t forget to apply for our Reader Club trip…
Have you applied yet for our Reader Club trip to the National Memorial Arboretum? This fam trip is taking place on Saturday 5th May and will include in introductory talk, a guided tour, two course lunch and free time.
The deadline for applying is Friday 2nd March, and you can sign up here.
For more information about the Arboretum itself, visit www.thenma.org.uk.