Armed Forces families invited to exclusive preview evening of Illuminated Arboretum

Published on: Mon, 05/11/2018 - 11:58

Preview evening for Armed Forces Families at NMA

The National Memorial Arboretum is offering 750 free tickets to Armed Forces families for an exclusive preview evening of Illuminated Arboretum on Tuesday 11 December. Illuminated Arboretum is a series of special events in December allowing visitors to view the Arboretum bathed in light, creating a series of artistic vistas and interactive displays.

Armed Forces families are invited to apply for the free tickets to the preview evening by completing a form on the Arboretum’s website to be entered into a draw. Lucky entrants will be selected at random and notified after the closing date, Friday 30 November 2018, allowing them to claim up to six free tickets. Each family will need to present Armed Forces ID alongside their tickets on the night.

Illuminated Arboretum will see visitors walk along a trail featuring a range of installations that use an array of lighting styles, colours, and shapes that will facilitate engagement and inner reflection. At the centre will be the Armed Forces Memorial, encircled by beams of light streaming upward, rising to a pinnacle, forming a beacon high in the night sky; a stunning tribute to dedication and service.

Illuminated Arboretum will be open to members of the public from 12 – 21 December. Tickets can be purchased online ( or by calling 01283 245 100.  

Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing, National Memorial Arboretum, said: “This exclusive preview evening allows us to thank Armed Forces families for their continued dedication as they explore this moving and emotive tribute to service. Illuminated Arboretum is a stunning and awe-inspiring immersive experience that allows visitors to interact with our memorials and the Arboretum’s woodland landscape in new and unique ways.

“Thousands of tickets have already been sold for this illuminating and inspirational experience. We recommend that people book their tickets early to ensure they can visit on their preferred day and time. Illuminated Arboretum is an experience you don’t want to miss.”