School WW1 Battlefield Tour The Somme

Bring history to life and take the subject outside the classroom. On a school history trip to the WW1 Battlefields of the Somme, your group will develop their understanding of what was the worst day in the history of the British Army - the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. It was to be the Big Push to win the war and is reflected in the visits on the tour including the 1916 Somme Museum in Albert, Lochnagar Crater, Thiepval Memorial to the Misisng and Newfoundland Memorial Park. Travel with us on a Centenary tour and receive an extra 3 free places.

Study Themes:
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, 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)

We can tailor make your itinerary to include the Somme and Ypres Salient

Day 1 Depart school Visit Vimy Ridge and Somme 1916 Museum Evening meal and games
Day 2

Visit Thiepval Memorial, Delville Wood, Ulster Tower and Newfoundland Park

Arrive back at school

This price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
  • Return ferry or tunnel crossings (Dover/Folkestone-Calais)
  • Accommodation for 1 night half board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Free staff ratio 1:8
  • Detailed Final Itinerary Pack with relevant maps and visit confirmations
  • 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.
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.
School WW1 Battlefield Tour The Somme

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“Students cannot speak highly enough of the battlefields trip. Many are begging us to organise another as they found it so intresting.”

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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. Please note that it's no longer possible to book guides in advance and so tours are now offered o...

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.

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

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.

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.

Ulster Tower

Ulster Tower

The Ulster Tower is a memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division. It is located very near to the famous Schwaben Redoubt (Feste Schwaben) which the Division attacked on July 1st, 1916. The front lines were at the edge of Thiepval Wood which lies to the south-west of the road between the Thiepval memorial and the Ulster Tower. Thiepval Wood opposite the Tower is also owned by the Somme Assoc...

Delville Wood

Delville Wood

Nicknamed 'Devil Wood' by South African soldiers because of the horrendous losses they suffered here, this site commemorates the South Africans who fell in the First and Second World Wars and in Korea. The Memorial is located in the centre of Delville Wood, with a large Museum to the rear, built in the late 1980s, which follows the story of the South Africans from WW1 to Korea.

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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