Enjoy a Half Term woodland adventure at the National Memorial Arboretum

Published on: Mon, 17/02/2020 - 14:23

Half Term Fun

Young visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, can embark on a woodland adventure this half term, enjoying a selection of activities that will encourage them to explore the natural world around them. Activities around the 150-acre woodland and garden site include two free activity trails and a pop-up cinema.

An Animal Trail will take visitors on a trek around the Arboretum’s budding landscape, challenging them to find some of the animals hidden in memorials. A free trail map, available from the Welcome Desk, includes stickers of each animal to attach to a Arboretum map to take home.

Stick Man*, star of the popular children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is the host of the second trail. Offering an interactive learning experience for three to seven-year olds, the trail has been designed to help children go on their own adventure as the learn the story of Stick Man and his adventure back home to the family tree. The trail is free to explore with a map, available from the Welcome Desk.

A very limited number of free tickets remain for the Woodland Adventurers Pop-Up Cinema daily showing of Paddington 2 at 10.30am, booking is recommended for this popular activity.

*Stick Man © 2008 & TM. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licenced by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Two outdoor play areas can also be found at the Arboretum. The Sensory Play Garden uses sensory exploration and discovery to introduce younger visitors to the concept of Remembrance, in addition to providing traditional play. It features tunnels, climbing globe, banister slides and time circle, and the sympathetically designed area sits naturally within the grounds of the Arboretum, blending into the landscape. The second children's play area in the Children's Wood offers wooden play equipment and picnic benches are located nearby.

Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing, said: “There is plenty for families to do at the Arboretum this half term and our activity trails are fantastic way of encouraging young people to embrace the outdoors. Stick Man is an easily recognisable character, while the Animal Friends Trail offers a fun way for people to interact with some of our memorials.”