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Twinning Trip to “The National Memorial Arboretum”

Sunday the 31st July to Monday the 1st August 2016.

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country.

The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities and is set in the pleasant Staffordshire countryside between Lichfield and Burton-upon-Trent. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of trees, many of which have a relevance to the memorials around them. Planting started in 1997 and there are already over 50,000 trees planted over the 150 acre site.

Conceived as a living tribute to the war time generations of the 20th Century, the Arboretum is a reminder for future generations to enjoy. But it is not only the service of soldiers that is recognised as there are numerous gardens acknowledging the sacrifice of the civil services and many more. Many people have commented that a visit to the Arboretum is both reflective and hugely uplifting.

DAY 1:

08:30 a.m.

Depart from Verwood. - A break stop will be made on-route.

12:00 p.m. (approx)

We will arrive in Stratford upon Avon for an extended lunch stop.
Guests are free to make their own arrangements for lunch and perhaps go for a short stroll around the town.

03:30 p.m. (approx)

Rejoin the coach and continue onto the hotel (see below) arriving late afternoon with time to relax and maybe take a swim before dinner.

DAY 2:

09:00 a.m.

After Breakfast depart from the hotel and make the short trip to the Arboretum.

11:00 a.m.

Attend the act of Remembrance in the Millennium Chapel which includes a 2 Minute Silence followed by an Introduction to the National Memorial Arboretum. (Optional).

11:30 a.m.

Take a trip around the site aboard the Land Train with pre-recorded commentary (Included in price). See below for other options.
It is possible to leave the Land Train at any stopping point (but not re-board) and walk back to the centre.

12:30 p.m.

Free to wander at will and/or have a meal in the restaurant.

03:30 p.m.

Rejoin the Coach for the return trip to Verwood.

07:00 p.m. (approx)

Arrive back in Verwood.

Holiday Inn Birmingham

The Holiday Inn Birmingham is set in 7 acres of landscaped grounds and offers a very good standard of accommodation and facilities. All the bedrooms are comfortably furnished with en-suite shower/bath, Colour TV, hairdryer and complimentary tea & coffee.

The Health & Fitness club offers a fully equipped gym, 15m swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool. (extra charge may apply) The restaurant offers a 3 course choice of menu dinner and a full English breakfast and you can relax with a drink in the bar after a swim! No lift but low level rooms.

Included in the price.

  • Coach with Guaranteed Seat (Seat Plan will be issued with final details).

  • Hotel - (Meal plan - Dinner Bed & Breakfast)

  • Entry to the Arboretum is FREE and wheelchairs are provided FREE for a donation
    (Mobility Scooters are available for £5 or free if land-train option not taken.
    - please note which if any options are required so that they can be pre-booked.

  • Land Train and pre-recorded commentary.

  • Drivers Tip.

NOT including in price.

  • Meal in Stratford on Avon (Sandwiches can be brought from home if preferred.).

  • Meals at the Arboretum.

Notes for travellers with disabilities. (Remember the site covers 150 acres with 300+ memorials.)

  • Note that while the coach will have a toilet it will be a normal coach.

  • At the Holiday Inn there is no lift, but low level rooms are available on request.

  • At the Arboretum use of the land-train has been included in the price.

    1. It is possible to to reserve a buggy (for 4 people) instead of the land-train or

    2. Mobility Scooters can be hired for £5. (limited number – pre booking required)

    3. Wheelchairs are also available for a donation. (Pre-booking preferred).




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