Date: 19 July 2022

A long-awaited trip to explore two national landmarks, one with a history dating back centuries, the other opened to the public in 2001.

Our first stop will be Lichfield Cathedral, where we will be offered refreshments and a guided tour of the building.  Lichfield, like St Albans, has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries, originally housing the shrine of the Anglo-Saxon Saint Chad.  Visitors today can admire not only the beauty of the medieval Cathedral building, but also extraordinary survivals such as the eighth-century St Chad’s Gospels, and the Lichfield Angel, a carving only discovered in 2003 which may have been part of the original shrine.

We will then continue to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, just up the road from Lichfield.  After a well-earned lunch, we will board the Land Train to explore the UK’s centre for Remembrance - 150 acres of garden and maturing woodland containing more than 350 memorials to military and civilian organisations and associations, together with moving tributes to individuals.

There is a certain amount of walking and steps around the Close and Cathedral at Lichfield.  At Alrewas, the modern Remembrance Centre and the Arboretum are all on one level.

This will be a busy but rewarding day, and to make the most of it we will need to make an unusually early start.  Our coach will pick us up at 8.00am at the Verulamium Museum car park, St Michaels, where we should return by 6.30pm.

Tickets for this event cost £56 (includes coach travel, morning refreshments, guided cathedral tour, one course served lunch, land train tour).  Booking opens at 10am on Friday 6 May, and will close at noon on Friday 8 July, so be sure to reserve your place before then.

If you have any queries about the trip, please email [email protected]