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 In Flanders Fields Museum Last Post Ceremony
Day 2

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
  • VAT
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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“A thought-provoking, eye-opening, educational experience for all. The visit thoroughly supported students' contextual understanding for forthcoming Literature Controlled Assessments.”

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Essex Farm

Essex Farm

Canadian doctor John MacRae wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields" at this dressing station, the remains of which can still be visited. At the nearby Essex Farm Cemetery, Rifleman Strudwick, at fifteen years of age the youngest British Soldier to be killed on the Western Front, is buried.

In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum

This interactive museum allies 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 the stories to their email address. Teachers may download an educational package from: http://www.infland...

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Tyne Cot British Cemetery

Within a kilometre of the farthest point in Belgium reached by the Allied forces, this is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces 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. The names of the fallen are read over a speaker as you ...

Menin Gate

Menin Gate

Situated on the 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.

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

Hill 62 Museum/Sanctuary Wood

Sanctuary Wood and its trench museum are today the most 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 many photographs on the walls 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.

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 may apply). All rooms are en-suite, and with a group size of 35 or more, you will have sole occupancy of the premises.

Breakfast is served on site, and evening meals are taken at a nice 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.

The hotel accommodates up to seventy-two people in sixteen rooms over two floors. Students will be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, staff in twins or singles. 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 (free of charge) and an extensive courtyard.

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