Focus Features at the Arboretum

Alongside our daily programme of activity, visiting groups can support their learning by attending one of our special events and workshops. Held throughout the year these Focus Features have been designed to promote learner's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

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    This spring we have three exciting and informative talks taking place, ranging from animal encounters to tales of the past.

    On Friday 9 February we will be joined by Watchman, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the official mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment, and his owner Greg Hedges. They will be helping our young visitors learn how to stay safe when interacting with dogs, as well as giving an exciting history of Watchman's role as a military mascot. This workshop will be fully interactive and pupils will be given ample opportunity to interact with Watchman and ask many questions about dogs, the Staffordshire Regiment, military mascots and some of Watchman’s exciting achievements.

    The following month, on Friday 23 March, we are joined by Dr Irfan Malik for an interesting insight to the contributions made in WWI by his own Pakistani ancestors. Irfan's talk centres around the role of his two great-grandfathers and a total of 460 soldiers from Dulmial Village, Pakistan, who took part in the WWI. Their services were rewarded with a British cannon, which holds centre stage in the village to this day. Irfan also mentions the overall Muslim contribution in the First World War.

    Our final talk of the spring takes place on Friday 18 May, where our team are joined by local historian and RAF Veteran, Roger Hailwood. He will be presenting a slide illustrated and interactive talk on National Service as seen through the eyes of a RAF recruit, from basic training to operational duties. Students will learn about why National Service came about and what it meant for young men, as well as hearing real life stories and anecdotes from someone who actually served.

    For more information and to book, please visit our website.

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    Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR

  • Facilities
    • Accessible by Public Transport
    • Guide Dogs Welcome
    • Disabled Access
    • On Site Parking
    • Disabled Toilets
    Attraction: Facilities
    • Cafe
    • Toilets
    • Picnic Site
    • Shop
    • Pre visit Available
    • Risk Assessment Available


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