School English Literature Trip to Ypres
John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres Salient in the spring of 1915. Essex Farm, where he wrote the poem, was originally the site of an Advanced Dressing Station and the surgeons' dug-outs can still be visited. You can also visit Vancouver Corner, the first recorded use of poison gas on the Western Front, bringing to mind Owen’s poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”. Not forgetting the evocative Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Specifications & Topics Supported
GCSE: Edexcel English Literature: Unit 2: Understanding Poetry
AS/A2: AQA English Literature A Unit LTA1B World War One Literature
|Day 1||Depart school||Visit to the In Flanders Fields Museum||Last Post Ceremony|
Guided literature tour, including Essex Farm, Vancouver Corner, Tyne Cot and Hill 62
|Return to school|
This price includes:
- Return executive coach travel (TV/video/WC/seatbelts)
- 1 night's half-board accommodation
- Return ferry crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls & taxes
John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' remains, to this day, one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres Salient in the spring of 1915. Essex Farm, where he wrote the poem, was originally the site of an Advanced Dressing Station and the surgeons' dug-outs can still be visited. At the nearby Essex Farm Cemetery, Rifleman S...
This interactive museum mixes artefacts with documentary film, audio-visual presentations and contemporary artwork to vividly portray the horror and brutality of the events of 1914-1918. Visitors use their Poppy Bracelet to read personal stories of those who lived during the War and can send stories to their email address.
Within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces lies the largest military cemetery in the world with 11,954 graves. It takes its name from the German concrete bunkers, whose ruins still remain, which were thought by soldiers from the 50th Northumbrian division to look like Tyneside cottages.
Situated on Menin Road where men used to march from Ypres to the front lines, the Menin Gate is a memorial to some 55,000 British soldiers killed in the Ypres salient who have no known grave. The famous Last Post ceremony takes place here at 20:00 each evening.
Sanctuary Wood and its trench museum show an authentic and vivid portrayal of what is was like to live in the filth and mud of Flanders. The museum collection contains equipment removed from the battlefield in the vicinity. There is a room with photographs and a large, rare collection of three dimensional photo images in viewing boxes.
Best Western Flanders Lodge
The Best Western Flanders Lodge is a modern log cabin-style hotel. French cuisine is served in the Wintergarden restaurant. There is a coffee shop for refreshments or snacks and three meeting rooms, in addition to an auditorium equipped for video conferences at the Flanders Language Valley estate across the road.
The Best Western Flanders Lodge is located in the heart of the historic World War I Ypres Salient, 1 mile from the Menin Gate memorial, and one hour away from the Somme battlefields.View on map
Hotel Menin Gate
This former textile factory provides a brilliant base for groups visiting the battlefields and is located 100m away from the Market Square in Ypres town centre.
Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, and staff in twins or singles (supplement applies). All rooms are en-suite, and groups of 35 or more will have sole occupancy of the premises.
Breakfast is served on site, and evening meals are taken at a restaurant in the town centre just two minutes' walk away. Packed lunches are available on request.
Facilities include a recreational room with TV, pool table, pinball machines, table football, free WiFi throughout, a large garden, and a staff room with minibar and digital TV.
The Poppies School Hotel
Once an inter-war pension for British soldiers, the Poppies School Hotel is now a popular choice amongst school groups visiting the battlefields of the Western Front.
Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, staff in twins or singles (single supplement applies). All rooms are en-suite and the hotel operates on a sole occupancy basis.
The hotel serves breakfast every day, but the evening meal is taken at a local restaurant in the town centre. Packed lunches are available on request.
Facilities include a lounge and recreational room with TV, pinball machine, table football, pool table, 5 internet computers and an extensive courtyard.
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Very easy trip to organise thanks to the Halsbury team.
Another fantastic trip, well-organised and well-presented. The activities were perfect for KS3 pupils and the trip ran like a well-oiled machine! The Platoon Experience was a particular highlight for the pupils, and the length of each activity was great. The Munchenhof hotel was, again, an excellent place to stay with good food for pupils, a good communal space and very safe. We will certainly be booking this tour for the 3rd year in a row.
A really good schedule for students to learn about the events of the war and to commemorate the fallen.
This is a great trip. Year 9 pupils love visiting the trenches and are always moved by their visit to Tyne Cot. The Chocolate shop visit is always brilliantly orchestrated.
Excellent trip, made a real impact on the students
The trip was excellent, as were the arrangements.
Excellent administration. Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects. Good spread of visits.
The trip was brilliantly organised by Halsbury and the coach driver was outstanding.
The whole trip was fantastic. We loved the walk around Ypres especially seeing the Menin Gate. The children loved the visit to the chocolate shop. We enjoyed the Passchendaele Museum - it's a quirky collection of items from WW1 and a reconstructed dugout and trench experience. The visit to the war graves was moving and memorable. The children especially loved Hill 62, real life (wet and stinky) trenches. This is a wonderful trip and our Year 6s have not stopped talking about it since. Our drivers were fantastic - one acted as tour guide giving us top tips on how to get the most out of our visit and rearranged our itinerary to maximise our times at each place. All highly recommended.
The trip was a huge success. The coach was fantastic; it was clean, comfortable and a joy to travel in. All the drivers involved were extremely professional, approachable and helpful and were willing to adapt to our needs when we requested. I would like to thank everyone involved with helping us to plan, prepare and carry out the trip.
The planning and preparation by Halsbury Travel was superb. Staff were efficient and helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our second trip with them. We have already booked next year.
A thought-provoking, eye-opening, educational experience for all. The visit thoroughly supported students' contextual understanding for forthcoming Literature Controlled Assessments.
Excellent trip - it made a real impact on the students.