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The Soldiers' return at Arnos Vale

On Wednesday, February 25, as part of Arnos Vales' project marking the centenary of the First World War, soldiers from the 266 (Gloucestershire Volunteer Artillery) Battery, 104th Regiment Royal Artillery will return 45 gravestones currently stored in the cemetery crypt, back close to their original position in 'Soldiers' Corner', where 239 war heroes are buried.

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Sympathy Flowers & Tributes

pink-peony-flowers-at-Arnos-ValeArnos Vale Cemetery is pleased to announce we are now able to offer sympathy flowers and funeral tributes with free delivery to us, through one of our local recommended florists, The Pink Peony floral studio.

Flowers can be ordered either over the telephone, via email or through The Pink Peony website, and then delivered free of charge to us on the morning of the funeral for you to collect.

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Armistice Day Remembrance Service November 11TH, 10:45am


Arnos Vale staff, The Friends of Arnos Vale would like to invite members of the public to join us in marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW1 and the Armistice that ended it. A simple FREE memorial service and will mark 2 minute's silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day.

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Free Workshop for Children

Internationally acclaimed artist Julia Vogl will be running a day of fun family art workshops at Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery on Sunday November 2 and workshops are free for families in the Greater Brislington Area.

‘The Big Sculpture Draw’ workshops are ideal for families and grandparents and include an inspiring  exploration of the cemetery sculptures and creative charcoal drawing, themed as “Giving Shape to Memory”.

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Doors Open with an Apple Twist

night-at-cemetery-blue-skieIconic Bristol landmark Arnos Vale Cemetery is set to welcome visitors for the annual Doors Open event on Saturday, September 13.  However, alongside the usual open access to areas normally kept under lock and key, there is a new twist for 2014 with Arnos Vale teaming up with Bristol Cider Shop to launch Totterdown’s  first ever cider festival on the site.

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£10,000 Anniversary Reward!

Donation-box-unveiling£10,000 anniversary reward for Arnos Vale ‘175’ celebrations

Friends and supporters of Bristol’s Arnos Vale  gathered yesterday to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the cemetery and to re-invigorate the drive to raise money to secure the future of the site, with over £5000 being collected and doubled from a newly unveiled donation sculpture on the day.

Read more: £10,000 Anniversary Reward!


UNVEILING: FUTURE MEMORIAL is a social sculpture by international artists Julia Vogl in collaboration with Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust.  The Participatory art work, aims to reflect individually the living community’s collective thoughts on experiencing the cemetery and collectively illustrate their presence.

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Did you know that over one third of the food that humans eat are dependent on pollination by bees?  They play a vital role in food production and their numbers are on the decline!

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Run Times - Family 5K

It was a great day at the Family 5k on Monday 5th May and would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended especially Puddle Ducks Bristol and Bath , The Bubbahub and JustJog who were just wonderful (check out their pages for some lovely photos); to all the Marshalls, Volunteers and staff who made the day run smoothly and finally to all our runners, toddlers and spectators who made the day so special. Thank you all for your support.

Read more: Run Times - Family 5K

No Parking on 5th May

The Arnos Vale Family 5k will be held on Monday 5th May 2014 and there will be no Parking on site on that day. This is to ensure the safety of our participants and spectators. If you are attending and coming by car, please park in Paintworks on the Bath Road. Verve Properties have very kindly offered parking to our guests on that day in the overflow car park at the far end of the site’

Arts Festival Showcase

A Bristol charity is holding an arts festival with a difference. The week-long event starting at Bristol’s Paintworks Event Space on 26 April features work from hundreds of people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia, built into a creative landscape of installation art.

Some of the art depicts scenes from Arnos Vale Cemetery in various mediums. The Trust’s Art For Wellbeing Group visited the Cemetery over several months to create artworks for Expressions.

Read more: Arts Festival Showcase

Easter Gift Ideas at Arnos Vale

rabbit-2Arnos Vale has a gorgeous little Gift Shop that sells unique and unusual items.  Many of our visitors don't realise that there is a Gift Shop as it is tucked away inside the East Lodge building (the building on the left as you enter the cemetery through the main gates just off the Bath Road entrance).

Next time you're passing by - pop in to the Gift Shop and see what we have available! You'll be surprised to see a wide range of gift ideas that you won't find anywhere else!

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Restricted Parking On Site

Arnos Vale Cemetery is hosting a theatre production between Thursday 20th and Sunday 30th of March. The performances will take place both in the Anglican Chapel and around various locations on the site. On Saturdays 22nd and 29th of March, afternoon matinee performances will be taking place which will affect access to some of the Cemetery.

Read more: Restricted Parking On Site

Custom-made Gates

Originally, in the heart of the cemetery, there was a small compound area that was used for keeping horses and waggons.  In more recent years the space was used by our Estates Team and volunteers as an area to chop and store wood, mend furniture and compost/burn excess green waste. 

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Arnos Vale Spring Newsletter 2014

All the news and reviews regarding Arnos Vale is now available to read in our Spring Newsletter!  You can read the latest edition by clicking on the image below or pick up a hard copy from our Gift Shop (located in the East Lodge building just to the left as you enter Arnos Vale through the main Bath Road gates), Reception or from the Atrium Cafe!

Read more: Arnos Vale Spring Newsletter 2014

Death And The Ploughman - Theatre Production

Death & The Ploughman comes to the cemetery in Spring 2014

During 20th-30th March 2014 Tom Bailey is directing a production of a rare and very old text, Death and the Ploughman at Arnos Vale Cemetery.  The show is an exciting new collaboration between Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, the Tobacco Factory Theatres, and his own theatre company: The Mechanical Animal Corporation.

Read more: Death And The Ploughman - Theatre Production

Internship Vacancy

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

INTERNSHIP VACANCY - Public Engagement and Collections Assistant

Background to Arnos Vale Arnos Vale Cemetery is a fully-restored Victorian "garden cemetery", covering 45 acres, overflowing with stories, monuments and wildlife, all set in a stunning landscape.

Read more: Internship Vacancy

We have a Winner

On Thursday 11th December, the lovely staff members at the Bath Road branch of Bristol Blue Glass, in company with our Chief Executive, Juliette Randall and Administrator Ruth Api, drew the three winners of the Arnos Vale Cemetery Raffle.

Our first prize of £300 was won by ticket number 00001 and the ticket holder has requested to remain anonymous. They did say that they were absolutely delighted and planned to spend the money on a special gift for themselves that they had been looking forward to for some time.

Read more: We have a Winner

Calling all Thespians

This is a call out for anyone interested in taking part as a community performer during an exciting, site-specific theatre production at one of Bristol’s best kept secrets, Arnos Vale Cemetery, in March 2014.

The show is called Death & the Ploughman. It’s a modern poetic translation of a beautiful medieval exploration of love and loss, and the show is being produced in association with the Tobacco Factory Theatre and Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust.

Read more: Calling all Thespians

Christmas Fayre Parking


Please be aware when coming to the Christmas Fayre on Sunday 1st December or The Night Before Christmas story that there is very limited parking at the Cemetery and it may be that you will not be able to park on site. Please bear this in mind when planning your trip to see us and if you can leave the car at home that would be even better. Thank you 

Christmas Trees for Sale

Back by popular demand!  Christmas Trees are on sale at Arnos Vale from 30th November.  Prices are held for the third year in a row!

The premium Nordman Fir trees range in size from 4' right up to 8'. The trees are all excellent quality Premium Nordman Firs and are priced from £20.00 depending on the size.  We will be selling the trees from our Gift Shop, located in the East Lodge building, to the left as you enter through the main gates just off the Bath Road entrance.

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Remembrance Day

Remember all those who laid down their lives during the World Wars and other conflicts since.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery will be holding a short Remembrance service at The Great War Memorial in Arnos Vale Cemetery on 11th November 2013. We will remember those who have died or been injured in service.

Read more: Remembrance Day

Arnos Vale Raffle

Would you like the opportunity to win £300 before Christmas? Tickets for the Arnos Vale raffle are now available in our shop in the East Lodge at only £1 each or £5 per book. First prize is £300, second Prize is a three course meal for two prepared in your own home courtesy of Whisk! and third prize is an Arnos Vale experience pack which includes two places on a tour of your choice. Proceeds will go towards the Endowment Challenge where every £1 raised is matched by the Heritage Lottery Fund up to £500,000.

Read more: Arnos Vale Raffle


Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery publish a newsletter twice yearly to update everyone on the latest news and information.  If you would like a copy please pop into our Reception, located in the East Lodge building (to the left as you enter Arnos Vale through the main gates just off the Bath Road entrance). 

Read more: Newsletter

Guided Tours at Arnos Vale

Discover the Graves, stories and heritage of Bristol on a guided tour of Arnos Vale Cemetery. 

One of the best ways visitors can explore Arnos Vale is to take one of our guided tours with an experienced volunteer guide.  These personal tours last up to 1.5 hours and give a unique insight into the local history, people's stories, wildlife and beautiful architecture that can be found in the 45 acres of garden cemetery.  Our public programme of guided tours runs from March through to November and you can read more on our website.

Read more: Guided Tours at Arnos Vale

Remembered Graves

Many of the graves in Arnos Vale Cemetery are invisible, unreadable or hard to reach.  The Remembered Graves Project is an initiative led by the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery to mark these graves of people of local or national significance that are at reisk of beng lost, by providing memorial stones or markers so that selected graves can be found and remembered.

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Arnos Vale Weddings

Arnos Vale has a new Facebook page just for weddings.

Whether you are looking for an Anglican Wedding Ceremony, Civil Ceremony, Civil Partnership, Woodland Wedding, Reception or evening party then please get in contact!  To receive our Welcome Pack through the post we just need your postal address sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Better still why not make an appointment to come and view the venues and see what we have to offer!

Read more: Arnos Vale Weddings

Wedding Fayre at Arnos Vale

Woodland Weddings at Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale is hosting it's first Wedding Fayre on Sunday 6th October.

As Arnos Vale is licenced for Church of England weddings in our beautifully restored Anglican Chapel, Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships in our Spielman Centre and now also Woodland Weddings in the Underwood Centre - it opens up many options for the discerning bride-to-be.

Read more: Wedding Fayre at Arnos Vale

Part-time Caretaker at Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust runs the only fully-restored Victorian "garden cemetery", covering 45 acres, overflowing with stories, monuments and wildlife, all set in a stunning landscape.

Following a £5m project to restore its historic grounds, monuments and buildings, the Trust has entered into the next stage which is to develop a sustainable organisation to maintain and develop the potential of this unique site.  The cemetery is a special environment offering something for everyone.

Read more: Part-time Caretaker at Arnos Vale

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

SPP Theatre Company breathes new life into Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

The central questions of human existence are explored in what is arguably Tom Stoppard’s finest work in a new production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, from the Southville-based SPP Theatre Company.  Appearing at Arnos Vale 25th, 26th & 27th July.

Read more: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

The Secret History of the Nation's Health

Did any of your recent ancestors die of Cholera, TB, Polio, or any of the terrible diseases that spread fear amongst our distant relations?  Are they buried at Arnos Vale?  David Parker is researching a series for BBC television about the history of health and he is keen to hear from anyone who has researched their family history and knows how any of their recent ancestors died.  If you would like to share your story then please contact David Parker direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Inge Samuels on 0117 3731958.

Stomping Stories

cropped-welliesGet out and about with an after-school story and a crafty activity included.  Arnos Vale have a series of Stomping Stories this summer that are perfect for children aged 4+ years and tickets are only £3 per child with accompanying adults attending FREE!

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First Civil Partnership at Arnos Vale

Ed--Pete-Wedding-3On Saturday 22nd June Arnos Vale held the first ever Civil Partnership in the Spielman Centre.

The weather was dry and the rain managed to stay away for Ed & Pete's ceremony despite the dark clouds hovering above Arnos Vale throughout the morning.  The Spielman Centre is licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships and was decorated in soft colours of pink, blues & purples all brought together from Bijoux Floral with bunting made by a family friend.


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Community Run and Toddle a Huge Success!

community-run-childrenArnos Vale is delighted to announce that £6,000 was raised at Community Run and Toddle sponsored by Puddle Ducks.

Runners, toddlers, volunteers and spectators all contributed to making Bank Holiday Monday 6th May an excellent family day out. Over 100 participants took part in the run and toddle, whilst the sun shone, and helped to raise £6,000. 

How will Arnos Vale spend the money raised?

Read more: Community Run and Toddle a Huge Success!

Belle's Art

Belles-Art-6New to the Gift Shop

"Things that Make Me Smile"

If you are looking for that unusual, unique and special gift for someone special then make sure you stop at the Gift Shop in the East Lodge at Arnos Vale.

New in this week we have hand-made Memory Boxes, lovingly decorated by the one and only Belle of Belle's Art.

Read more: Belle's Art

Help Save Arnos Vale Forever

Juliette-randallPlease sponsor Me!

Juliette Randall

CEO at Arnos Vale

Firstly, apologies for the slightly impersonal approach!  I know you will all understand that I am trying to reach as many of you as I can to help me achieve my fundraising target!

On Monday 6th May we hold our second annual community run and annual toddle at Arnos Vale Cemetery.  It is an exciting event for us and the local community as well as an opportunity for me personally to contribute to the Arnos Vale Endowment Fund Challenge!

Read more: Help Save Arnos Vale Forever

Arnos Vale Community Run 2013

community-run-colours6th May 2013

Bank Holiday Monday

Come and join the fun!


Something exciting is happening at Arnos Vale. We are hosting a 5k run on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May. Do you fancy taking part? It starts at 10am and it is a great route, multi terrain with a few a challenging ups! Also this year, we are hosting a toddle sponsored by Puddle Ducks starting at 9am, which is open to toddlers and their parents.

Read more: Arnos Vale Community Run 2013

Toddle Run

puddleducks-runnersCommunity Run 2013

6th May at 9:00am

Before Arnos Vale Community Run on Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May 2013, Arnos Vale will also host a toddle sponsored by Puddle Ducks for babies, toddlers and young children and their parents starting at 9am.

Sarah Peacock, owner of Puddle Ducks Bristol and Bath, jumped at the opportunity to sponsor the “toddle” this year to encourage all her Puddle Ducks families to come and visit Arnos Vale.

Read more: Toddle Run

Mother's Day

Arnos-Vale-Mothers-DaySunday 10th March

If you are planning on visiting Arnos Vale over the weekend then remember Mother's Day Sunday 10th March.  Pop into the Gift Shop where you will find lots of unique gift ideas and cards. 

Also available this week we have some beautiful rustic baskets containing primroses and hyacinths priced at only £4.95!

Be quick - at this price they won't be around long!

New item in the Gift Shop

rabbit-2Easter Egg Cups

Interactive, fun & affordable

Coming this week to Arnos Vale are these delightful Rabbit Egg Cups to decorate at home and make an ideal Easter Gift as well as look absolutely beautiful in your home afterwards.  Although aimed at children, these egg holders are an ideal gift for teenagers and adults too so hurry up and buy yours before the staff members do!  Availalble this week in the Gift Shop, located in the East Lodge, to the left as you enter Arnos Vale through the main gates off the Bath Road entrance. Also stocking many other gift ideas and cards.

Read more: New item in the Gift Shop

Arnos Vale Wild Knitted

get-knitted-animalsCalling all knitters…

Are you looking for a knitting project with a purpose?

Join a group of local knitters from Brislington, Knowle and Totterdown, knitting to secure the future of Arnos Vale.

Arnos Vale is a special place in the heart of the community famous for its wildlife; mice, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes and deer. Volunteer, Carol White, has raised £350 knitting and selling creatures found at Arnos Vale.

Read more: Arnos Vale Wild Knitted

Vote to Win an Artist at Arnos Vale

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Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale needs your votes to wvote-buttonin!

Vote for Arnos Vale to win renowned contemporary artist JULIA VOGL in Museums at Night’s prestigious “Connect10” competition. If successful, Julia Vogl will work with Arnos Vale’s visitors at a night event in May 2013, to create an open-air community artwork incorporating mortuary chapels, crypt, trees and pathways into a meandering trail through the cemetery.


Read more: Vote to Win an Artist at Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale wins Evening Post Competiton

Bristol-Evening-PostArnos Vale are delighted to be one of three local businesses who have won an award by the Bristol Evening Post!

Three Bristol firms – Atmosphere Electric Bikes, Arnos Vale Cemetery and 360 Pole Dancing – have won the Local Business Accelerators competition which aimed to find the most promising young businesses in the area.

Read more: Arnos Vale wins Evening Post Competiton

Garden of Rest One

garden-of-rest-restoredWall Removal and Rebuild

The wall adjacent to the archway in the Garden of Rest 1 (near The Spielman Centre) is due to be removed from the 22nd February 2013.

If you have any plaques, vases or commemorations in this area then they will need to be removed by the 22nd February.  If you are unable to get here then we can remove them on your behalf and store them for one year.

Read more: Garden of Rest One

Fundraising Manager Vacancy

job-vacancyArnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Fundraising Manager Job Advertisement

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust runs the only fully-restored Victorian "garden cemetery", covering 45 acres, overflowing with stories, monuments and wildlife, all set in a stunning landscape. Arnos Vale is now a national exemplar of how a decaying cemetery can be brought back to its former glory, providing new and exciting ways to engage visitors of all backgrounds and ages with a city’s history. It is a hugely significant place for Bristolians, who value it as a place of remembrance, an important working cemetery, a place of local heritage and historic importance, and a very special and much loved landscape.

Read more: Fundraising Manager Vacancy

Unique Jewellery at Arnos Vale

jewellery-set-1Gift Shop

Arnos Vale

'Stuff by Al' is a unique collection of glass jewellery and bowls created by Alistair Reekie.  Alistair began working with glass only two years ago, but his peers are already calling his work inspirational and unusual. 

He is fascinated by the way light is transformed by clever glass work and is not afraid to experiment with colours and textures.  He is equally delighted by experimental mistakes as he is by perfect creations. 

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Volunteering Opportunity at Arnos Vale Cemetery

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Help us gather a People’s History of Arnos Vale Cemetery


Arnos Vale Cemetery has been awarded an HLF Your Heritage grant to undertake an oral history project in the cemetery. Your Arnos Vale: A People’s History of Arnos Vale Cemetery is a community oral history project which will use community contacts and public roadshows to build contacts with contributors from which to collect contemporary and historic materials relating to Arnos Vale and the late 20th century history of the campaign to save the cemetery.

An exciting community project

Read more: Volunteering Opportunity at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Your Arnos Vale

your-arnos-vale“Your Arnos Vale – A people’s history of Arnos Vale Cemetery”

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust has announced the launch of an oral history project, funded by the award of a grant of £35,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and match-funded by the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery. 

We are currently advertising for 8 volunteers to undertake some research as part of this project - if you are interested in finding out more please click here.

Read more: Your Arnos Vale

Remember a Life

black-and-white-candlesChristmas Memorial Service

Saturday 15th December 2012 at 2.00pm

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust extends a warm and open invitation to everyone to join us for a memorial service to remember loved ones at Christmas.

The Service will be conducted by Fr Gwyn Owen of Christ the Servant, Stockwood and there will be an opportunity to write a message to hang on our Christmas tree and light a candle in remembrance.

Read more: Remember a Life

Atrium Cafe Opening For Christmas

hot-chocolateChristmas at Arnos Vale

Join us for some Christmas Cheer

We look forward to welcoming you at The Atrium Cafe this winter.

We’re open every day, apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, and have just launched our delicious winter menu.

Warm up with a gingerbread latte, enjoy a hearty squash and chickpea tagine or a slice of our warm apple cake with clotted cream. Or all three!

Read more: Atrium Cafe Opening For Christmas

Arnos Vale - Christmas Opening Times

christmas-clockDecember 2012

This Christmas, if you wish to visit the Cemetery on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day the gates will be open on these dates from 10:00am - 4:00pm.

For all other days please see the chart below.

The Atrium Cafe is open daily from 10:00am-4:00pm except for Christmas Day and New Years Day.

The Gift Shop is open daily from 10:00am-4:00pm except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Read more: Arnos Vale - Christmas Opening Times

Outdoor Learning Centre

SantanderArnos Vale wins Outdoor Learning Centre in

Santander Enterprise award


Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust has won £50,000 in Santander’s national Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) to help fund an outdoor learning centre.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust was one of six social enterprises to win an award in this year’s SEDA which saw a total of £240,000 distributed to organisations across the South West as part of a UK-wide £2 million prize fund.

Read more: Outdoor Learning Centre

Friends 25th Anniversary Celebrations

friends-of-arnos-vale-cemetery-logoThanks to everyone who made yesterday's celebration of the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery's 25th anniversary such a great day.

Friends, supporters, trustees and staff were all present to celebrate the Friends' remarkable achievements and to look to the future with two new projects being launched. Read all about it in today's Post. it all started a quarter of a century ago... Evening Post Article

Watch the ITV story here

Christmas Trees for Sale

christmas-tree-from-arnos-vThe Trees Are Back!

Available NOW!

Christmas Trees are available to purchase from Arnos Vale now!

This picture on the left was kindly sent in by Simon Tofts last year. Simon purchased his tree in 2011 and picked the biggest one we had!

The trees are excellent quality and available now from our Gift Shop. They are the super premium quality Nordmann Fir Christmas Trees and we have a range of sizes available:

Read more: Christmas Trees for Sale

Virtual Tour


Virtual Tours of Arnos Vale

New to the website this week is the addition of four Virtual Tours of the site.

Kilgore661 visited Arnos Vale in August and fell in love with the beauty and tranquility of the site as well as the buildings and offered to come along one day to film various areas with a Gigapan camera.  What's a Gigapan Camera?  Well, we didn't really know what it was either but we were intrigued to discover more..... and we are so glad we did!

Read more: Virtual Tour

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Looking for activities this Easter weekend? Meet the monuments and people of ArnosVale in Taster Tour Sat 1.30. http://t.co/iZgZm9oF2x
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