School English Literature Trip to The Somme

Wilfred Owen's poems have served to bring the harsh realities of war to the generations that have succeeded him and his work has now been given a context with the creation of the Walking in Wilfred Owen’s Footsteps Trail. The 6km trail takes visitors from the Maison Forestière – or Forest House – where Wilfred and his men were sheltering, to the canal banks where he fell.  Historic and military context will fascinate and challenge your students.

Specifications & Topics Supported
GCSE: Edexcel English Literature: Unit 2: Understanding Poetry
AS / A2:
AQA English Literature A Unit LTA1B World War One Literature
OCR Unit F661: Wilfred Owen

Day 1 Travel from UK

Arrive in Cambrai for the Wilfred Owen trail, visiting Forest House and the Sambre Canal, where Owen fell, and the cemetery at Ors where Owen is buried

Evening meal
Day 2

Visit Thiepval Memorial, Lochnagar Crater and Newfoundland Park

Return travel to UK  

This price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel from school
  • Return ferry or tunnel crossings
  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • Experienced battlefields guide
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free staff ratio 1:8
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Itinerary planning service
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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Wilfred Owen trail in northern France

Wilfred Owen trail in northern France

The six-kilometre trail takes visitors from the Maison Forestière – or Forest House – where Wilfred and his men were sheltering, to the canal banks where he fell. The Forest House was transformed in 2011 to become a work of art from Simon Patterson, dedicated to the fateful night when the men advanced on enemy lines; but the path also leads walkers through quiet woodland which e...

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

From the 9th to the 16th centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region, got used to hiding underground to avoid attacks from the invaders from Normandy and then Spain. During the First World War Albert became a British garrison town. It was from Albert that the doomed offensive on July 1st 1916 was launched. Later in 1918, at the time of the Ludendorff offensive, most of the town was be...

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

Newfoundland Memorial Park, Beaumont-Hamel

On the first day of the battle of the Somme, eight hundred men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment went over the top here. Half an hour later, only 68 were left alive and uninjured. The preserved trenches and Caribou monument are a fitting memorial to these men who died thousands of mile from home. The site no longer books guide in advance, from 2016 guided tours are on a ‘first come, first served’...

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

On the morning of the first day of the battle of the Somme, Welsh miners blew a huge mine under the German trenches here. The crater it left, an immense, permanent scar on the landscape, is still clearly visible today. The largest crater ever made by man in anger is now a unique memorial to all those who suffered in the Great War. It is dedicated to peace, fellowship and reconciliation between all...

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

The slaughter on the Somme wiped out a generation, and continues to cast a shadow on Britain’s popular consciousness. This colossal brick structure records the names of 72,000 British soldiers whose bodies were never found. Here students can read the Wilfred Owen poem "Anthem for a doomed youth".

Poppies d'Albert

Poppies d'Albert is a purpose built hotel, catering exclusively for school groups. It is located in the historic town of Albert, in the very heart of the battlefields of the Somme.

The Hotel can accommodate 3 coaches at a time and each group of 45 people or more is allocated sole occupancy of their floor.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms all of which have en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Breakfast is served at the hotel, but the evening meal is taken in a local restaurant.

Each floor has a games room with a pool table and a drinks machine. There is also a staff lounge on each floor with computer, free internet access and minibar. A room is available for group activities. Next to the hotel are a football pitch and a swimming pool, both of which are happy to be used by the hotel's guests. View on map

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