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History of Warfare School Trip to Normandy & The Somme

The two World Wars saw significant developments in tactics and technology, making a history school trip to Normandy and the Somme idea for those studying the history of warfare!

In the Somme, your students will be able to learn more about the weaponry, tactics and technology and how it evolved over the course of WW1. And in Normandy, your students will see first-hand some of the impressive new technologies that were employed during WW2, including the famous Mulberry Harbours which were used during Operation Dynamo.

Want to look back even further? We also offer a history of warfare school trip to Ypres, Waterloo and Dunkirk, giving your students the chance to look at the Napoleonic Wars, as well as WW1 and WW2.

Sample itinerary

Day 1/4

MorningMorning Travel to Normandy
AfternoonAfternoon Visit Pegasus Bridge
EveningEvening Evening meal

Day 2/4

MorningMorning

Visit Arromanches Landings Museum and Gold Landing Beach

AfternoonAfternoon

Visit to Mulberry Harbour, German Battery at Longues-sur-mer and Bayeux War Graves Cemetery

EveningEvening Evening meal

Day 3/4

MorningMorning Drive to the Somme
AfternoonAfternoon Visit 1916 Somme Museum
EveningEvening Evening meal

Day 4/4

MorningMorning

Visit Thiepval, the Lochnager Crater and Newfoundland Park

AfternoonAfternoon Return to school

What's included?

Activities

Arromanches Landings Museum

Arromanches Landings Museum

Built on the harbour at Arromanches overlooking Gold Beach, this museum uses original artifacts, dioramas and… Read more

Bayeux British Cemetery

Bayeux British Cemetery

The largest British military cemetery in France, this site on the outskirts of Bayeux is the last resting place of some… Read more

Gold Beach

Gold Beach

Gold Beach was the Allied code name for the centre invasion beach during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.The … Read more

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… Read more

Longues-sur-Mer Battery

Longues-sur-Mer Battery

Part of the infamous Atlantic Wall built by the Germans to protect the French coast, Longues sur Mer Battery could have… Read more

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 at … Read more

Pegasus Bridge Museum

Pegasus Bridge Museum

This museum tells the story of the airborne invasion, in particular the 6th Airborne Division's capture of this stra… Read more

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

From the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region, got used to hiding underground… Read more

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 conscious… Read more

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Accommodation

Centre Bon Sejour
Le Clos de l’Ancien Pressoir
UNCMT Bernières-sur-mer
Centre Bon Sejour

Situated on a fine, sandy beach, the centre has a lounge, classrooms and a restaurant, together with a leisure and games area. It also provides outdoor activities such as mini-golf, tennis and sailing. Indoor facilities include table tennis, pool and karaoke.

Students will be accommodated in twin, triple or quad rooms all with en-suite facilities. A lift makes for easy access to the 3 floors.

Le Clos de l’Ancien Pressoir

Le Clos de l’Ancien Pressoir is a converted horse stable which offers modern accommodation in a traditional French setting. The centre also has a large classroom, football pitch and a staff lounge overlooking the entrance.

The centre only accepts one group at a time and offers sole occupancy with students in multi-bedded rooms, and adults in twins and singles.

UNCMT Bernières-sur-mer

UNCMT Berniers-sur-Mer is an excellent school group centre located just 400m from Juno beach. The centre is set in private walled grounds with a resident centre director to help facilitate a great trip.

Students are accommodated in multi bedded rooms with teachers in twins or singles. Each room has en-suite facilities. Meals are served in a separate dining room.

Other facilities, which are perfect for school groups, include a classroom/activity room, a large TV/table tennis room, a separate area for teachers, a volleyball court and a boules pitch.

Reviews

St Bede's Inter-Church School, May 2019

Nothing to improve - I was very impressed with the quality of communication and organisation throughout. Many thanks to Laura for being so helpful and professional.

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