One of the Nature Detective backpacks

Families are being invited to get closer to nature during the half-term break at the National Memorial Arboretum.

One of the Nature Detective backpacks

The Alrewas venue is hiring out ‘Nature Detective’ backpacks to help visitors explore the environment around them.

With a trail map, binoculars, magnifying glass and bug pot available for £4, families will be able to seek out the wide range of creepy crawlies that live in the landscape.

Mud kitchens have also been installed, while visitors can also purchase a seed pack to help contribute to the arboretum’s wildflower meadow.

Other activities on offer include a free Stick Man activity trail and a chance to decorate a wooden vessel to represent one of those that took part in D-Day during World War Two.

Sarah Oakden, head of marketing at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “The arboretum is home to a host of fantastic natural elements to explore and throughout half term we are offering some fantastic resources for families to help them embrace nature as they explore the site and discover the significance of the memorials and the fascinating personal stories behind them.

“During this 75th anniversary year, we are also pleased to be able to give our visitors the chance to join us in remembrance and contribute to our outdoor art installation, amongst other D-Day related activities.”

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