School WW1 Battlefield Tour to Ypres and the Somme
Experience the living conditions in the trenches and the destructive power, waste and futility of war by touring the battlefields of the Ypres Salient and the Somme. Experience the events of the 1916 Battle of the Somme by following the Circuit of Remembrance, attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, explore the interactive In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres and visit the British Dugout Experience and German trench system at the Passchendaele Museum.
Causes of the war, the Western Front, development of warfare - tactics and technology, impact of the Great War, the ‘actualities of war’ –the experience of soldiers and the relationship between officers and their men.
Specifications & Topics Supported
• AQA ‘B’ Britain at War: controlled assessments
• Edexcel ‘A’ War and the Transformation of British Society (1903 –1928): the part played by the British on the Western Front, the Impact of War on Britain
• Edexcel ‘B’(SHP) - Unit 1, Option 1C The Changing Nature of Warfare
• Edexcel Unit 2C1 The Experience of Warfare in Britain (1854 –1929)
|Day 1||Travel from UK||Passchendaele Museum - Trench Experience and Tyne Cot Cemetery||
Evening meal and ten pin bowling
1916 Somme Museum in Albert
Lochnagar Crater, Newfoundland Park, Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge
|Evening meal and Last Post Ceremony|
|Day 3||In Flanders Fields Museum and Essex Farm||Travel back to England|
This price includes:
- Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
- Return ferry or tunnel crossings (Dover/Folkestone-Calais)
- 2 nights' half-board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal)
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Travel and medical insurance including I.P.T.
- Motorway tolls and taxes
- VAT at current rates to tour operators
- Free itinerary planning service
- Access to the Vamoos App, to download all tour related travel documents
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.
The museum commemorates the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, in which there were 500,000 casualties in 100 days in which only a few kilometres of frontline were gained. The second part of the museum explores the British Dugout Experience (life underground) including a communication and dressing post, headquarters and dormitories. The third section is a brand new network of reconstructed ...
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.
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...
From the ninth to the sixteenth 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 tow...
In April 1917, Canadian soldiers wrested control of the escarpment here in a brief but bloody battle. A striking monument, an interpretive centre and a section of preserved trenches commemorate them. Friendly, knowledgeable Canadian guides enliven tours of the battlefield and of the tunnels through the chalk that were so instrumental to victory. This is a highlight of any trip to the Somme.
On the first day of the battle of the Somme, eight hundred men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment went over the top at this spot. Half an hour later, only 68 were left alive and uninjured. The preserved trenches and Caribou monument are a fitting memorial to the men who died thousands of mile from home.
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.
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.
All bedrooms are en-suite. The hotel has a self-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals. There is a swipe card system to gain entry to floors, rooms and lifts for extra security.
Hotel Menin Gate
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.
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.
Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms all of which have an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Breakfast is served at the hotel, and the evening meal 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 computers, free internet access and a minibar. A room is available for group activities. Next to the hotel are a football pitch and a swimming pool, both of which can be used by the hotel's guests.
It consists of 3 wings; all rooms are en-suite and have televisions. Students are in multi-bedded rooms while staff are provided with twins.
Breakfast is served every day, and both packed lunches and the evening meal are available on request from the hotel's on-site restaurant.
Hotel facilities free WiFi, pool tables, football pitch, table football, vending machines, karaoke facilities (on request) and a meeting room for group activities. There is also a bar for group leaders to relax in during the evening.
What our teachers had to say about this destination
The sites we visited were excellent and students were able to understand the impact of the First World War. Students particularly enjoyed Hill 62, Tyne Cot and Vimy Ridge as their highlights from the trip.
Our students and staff all loved this trip and I'm sure they would recommend it to anyone considering it. We're already thinking of booking for next year with Halsbury travel, the day after we've returned! The support we received in organising this visit was second to none and our coach driver Alan did everything he could whilst on the trip to ensure our students had a fabulous time.