A new, free family activity uses augmented reality technology to tell moving stories of sacrifice at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The innovative experience, ARboretum, is part of a new programme of activities to celebrate ‘Our Everyday Heroes’ in the armed forces, emergency services and other organisations who make an invaluable contribution to the country.

Pre-booked visitors to the 150-acre garden and woodland site can download a free app on their smartphone, allowing them to interact with a cast of colourful characters as they discover memorials connected with organisations that have been involved in the pandemic response.

Blu, Kit and Sam, characters that were inspired by designs created by a young artist, help visitors on their journey and allow families to learn about Remembrance, teamwork and reflection.

Chris Ansell, of the National Memorial Arboretum, says: “Our Everyday Heroes in the NHS, emergency services, armed forces and countless other organisations have been essential to the UK’s pandemic response, with many individuals putting their lives at risk in the service of others.”

ARboretum is designed for visitors aged seven and over when accompanied by an adult and is available until at least June 2021.

See thenma.org.uk to book tickets. Click here to download the free app from the Apple App Store and here to download it from the Google Play Store.

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