National Memorial Arboretum lights up in festive kaleidoscope of colour for sell-out experience

Published on: Wed, 09/12/2020 - 08:42

Festive Kaleidoscope of Colour

Today sees the return of the National Memorial Arboretum’s annual light trail, Illuminated Arboretum. Enthusiastic members of the public ensured that this year’s tickets were sold out weeks before opening.

Every evening until 19 December visitors explore a winding route through the western portion of the 150-acre woodland and garden site, bathed in a kaleidoscope of colour.

Visitors make their way along beautifully lit neon trails, pass through dazzling trees and see beacons of light dance in the night sky above. Light and sound is used to create the mesmerising atmosphere, atmospherically lighting up some sculpted memorials and breathing life into the iconic polar bear atop the memorial dedicated to the 49th West Riding Division.

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, has been granted Good to Go status by VisitEngland, signifying compliance with government and industry best practice. This year’s COVID-19 Secure trail takes you on a stunning new route for an immersive, multi-sensory experience.

Mark Ellis, Head of Visitor Experience at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We knew that people would be looking for new ways to get into the festive spirit this year, but we still hadn’t anticipated tickets selling quite so quickly. It’s a shame that we aren’t able to share this immersive experience with more people this time, but we look forward to welcoming them next year when we hope we can increase capacity further.”