Summer spectacular at the National Memorial Arboretum

Mon, 30/07/2018 - 10:46

NMA Fireworks

On Saturday 4 August, the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, will host its second annual summer proms concert in the grounds of the 150-acre woodland site. As the sun begins to set, The Band of The Royal Anglican Regiment will regale the audience with a rousing repertoire of traditional proms favourites, the Central Youth Theatre will appear on stage with their rendition of their latest act; Fly Home Little Heart, and musical duo Classical Reflection will perform for the admiring crowds.

Pre-booked picnic hampers are available for those looking to make the occasion extra special. Each beautifully handcrafted picnic (vegetarian & gluten free options available) will be packed full of tasty treats for two and presented in an eco-friendly reusable National Memorial Arboretum cool bag and accompanied with two drinks selected by the purchaser (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available). Each picnic hamper costs £33, orders must be placed by 5pm Friday 3 August.

The proms form part of the Arboretum’s burgeoning events programme during a significant year of Remembrance, when the nation celebrates the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force and prepares to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Featuring several pieces of music composed or inspired by service personnel, the concert will pay homage to the last 100 years of service by members of the Armed Forces. In addition, it provides the opportunity to reflect on the invaluable contributions of the people who provided support to those on the front line including nurses who cared for the wounded and people back home who valiantly worked to ensure there was still food to be put on the table, despite the spectre of blockades.

Admission is from 6pm with entertainment commencing at 8pm. The proms will conclude at approximately 10.30pm with a firework finale.

Sarah Oakden, Head of Marketing, National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Our first proms event in 2017 was a tremendous success and this year’s event will build on that foundation, with hundreds of additional tickets already sold. The new picnic hampers full to the brim with tasty morsels for two are proving immensely popular, though guests are also free to bring their own food and drink if they prefer. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this magnificent evening of summer entertainment, the proceeds of which support the work of the National Memorial Arboretum and enable us to remain free to enter.”

Please see website for ticket information and costs.