The National Arboretum is a special place of remembrance, open year-round, but is particularly spectacular during the festive season.
It’s a beautiful idea to have on your bucket list, visiting the Illuminated Arboretum could become a family tradition. The event takes place throughout December, and it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance.
The attraction is open between 4.30 pm and 9.00 pm, and you can take as long as you wish to admire the dazzling displays.
What to See
You will be able to follow the new illuminated route, filled with colour, light and sound, bringing the stories alive in front of you. Not to be missed are the stunning Beacons of Light at the Armed Forces Memorial. A time for you to reflect on the dedicated services of those who gave their lives to protect the nation.
The installations may change from year to year, but will always incorporate the theme of remembrance, with original pieces and unique music.
The Windrush Path of Illumination
A new exhibit for 2023 is the Windrush Tribute, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush. The illuminated path is adorned with personal images and reflects the memories of the Windrush movement.
The route has been designed so that everything can be seen from the pathway, making it suitable for all ages, and pushchair-friendly. However, sturdy shoes are suggested for any uneven patches of ground.
You are welcome to take photographs and video footage as you explore but do be aware that drones are not permitted. Throughout the Illuminated Arboretum route, you can enjoy festive specialities, including spiced cider, hot chocolate and mulled wine, perfect for a cold night! This breathtaking and moving event is a worthy addition to your bucket list.