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School English Literature Trip to The Somme

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Bring Wilfred Owen’s war to life for your students with an English literature school trip to the Somme!

Wilfred Owen’s poems have served to bring the harsh realities of war to the generations that have succeeded him. His work has now been given context with the creation of the Walking in Wilfred Owen’s Footsteps Trail.

The 6km trail takes visitors from the Maison Forestière where Wilfred and his men were sheltering, to the canal banks where he fell. The historic and military context will fascinate and challenge your students. This trip also offers a fantastic opportunity to join forces with your school's history department, deepening all students' understanding of the conflict and how it inspired such beautiful, thought-provoking poetry. 

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 2 days/1 night)

Day 1/2

Morning

Morning

Travel from UK
Afternoon

Afternoon

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

Evening

Evening

Evening meal

Day 2/2

Morning

Morning

Visit Thiepval Memorial, Lochnagar Crater and Newfoundland Park

Afternoon

Afternoon

Return travel to UK
Evening

Evening

 

What's included?

  • tick icon1 night's half-board accommodation
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconExperienced battlefields guide
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconReturn Channel crossings
  • tick iconReturn executive coach travel
  • tick iconVamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • tick iconVAT at current rates to tour operators

Educational activities and visits

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

On the morning of the first day of the battle of the Somme, Welsh miners blew a huge mine… 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… Read more

Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum

From the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, the people of Albert, like many in the region,… 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 Bri… Read more

Wilfred Owen Trail, Northern France

Wilfred Owen Trail, Northern France

Groups visiting northern France can now follow in the footsteps of the young British war… Read more

Accommodation

Poppies d'Albert
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.

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.

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The trip went really well and because I have run the trip many times in the past, staff at Halsbury were keen to support me and ensure everything I wanted to do was made possible.  — Middlewich High School, July 2019

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