Global Friends and woodland legends at the National Memorial Arboretum

Published on: Mon, 21/10/2019 - 10:43

Global Friends

Young adventurers can explore a pair of free activity trails at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, throughout half term (26 October to 3 November). The trails take visitors on a trek around the 150-acre site’s woodlands and gardens, showcasing the Arboretum’s autumnal colours and the hundreds of memorials sculptures nestled among the trees.

The Global Friends Trail whisks visitors on a tour of memorials connected to different countries across the world, from the Sikh Memorial to the Royal Canadian Airforce, challenging them to identify animals associated with each region. A free trail map, available from the Welcome Desk, includes stickers of each animal to attach to a poster 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 free map, available from the Welcome Desk. Activity packs to enhance the adventure can be purchased for £2.50.  

In addition to the activity trails, the Arboretum is home to two outdoor play areas. 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: “Our activity trails are perfect for intrepid young adventurers to explore, providing a fun family day out among the autumn leaves. Stick Man provides a familiar face, while the Global Friends Trail offers an engaging way of learning about how British Armed Forces have worked closely with other countries across world.”