Somme and Vimy Ridge Trench Warfare

Combine visits to the Somme battlefields and Vimy Ridge for students to gain insight into trench warfare on the Western Front, including a unique visit underground.

Duration
2 Day
Key Stage
KS 3, 4, 5
Guides
1-2

Overview

Trench warfare was one of the most important aspects of WW1, where both sides were often very close together. The trenches provided troops with cover, a place to rest and a front line to fight in. This two-day tour around the Somme and Vimy Ridge gives students an insight into life in trenches as well as visiting and learning about key battles and battlefields from WW1.

Study Themes and Curricular Links

  • KS3 National Curriculum – The First World War and the Peace Settlement

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – War and British Society 1790-2010

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – Depth Study- Britain in Peace and War 1900-1918

  • EdExcel GCSE Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historic Environment – Medicine in Britain and the British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Period Studies – Germany, 1890-1945:Democracy and Dictatorship

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Wider World Depth Studies – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Breadth Study – Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851-1991

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Depth Study – International Relations and Global Conflict, c1890-1941

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth – The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects of Depth – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1859-1991

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – British Period Study – Britain 1900-1951

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historical Interpretation – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1792-1945

  • Scotland National Qualification Syllabus – The Impact of the Great War

  • WJEC Syllabus – Thematic Studies from a Broad Historical Perspective – The Development of Warfare, c1250 to the present day

  • WJEC Syllabus – Period Study – Europe in an Age of Conflict and Co-operation, c1890-1991

  • WJEC Syllabus – History in Depth – Politics and Society in Wales and England, c1900-1939

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Tour Includes


  • Specialist Battlefield Guide. For larger groups we have two guides per booking.

  • Tour pack of information and resources to use in the classroom.

  • Entrance to all museums and trenches.

  • Accommodation in student accommodation in Somme area.

  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner.

  • Travel by coach from your school.

  • Channel crossings.


From £169 per student

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Sample Itinerary - 2-Day Tour

Day 1 - The Somme

After an early morning departure from the school, we proceed to the Channel Tunnel and travel to France.

We begin our day at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Here we visit the new museum, look at the Memorialisation of the First World War, and the subject of missing soldiers in WW1.

We visit the Ulster Tower to look at one of the battlefields fought over on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Here we also go into Thiepval Wood and see trenches and positions uncovered by a team of archaeologists and have the opportunity to safely handle WW1 objects.

In the battlefield cemeteries here we look at the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and on the high ground above the Ancre Valley look at the landscape and the importance of high ground on a battlefield. We also look at war poetry in WW1 discussing the poets who fought on this part of the Somme battlefield.

We end the day at the Lochnagar Mine Crater at La Boisselle to examine the ‘war underground’ and mine warfare on the Western Front in WW1. From here we check in to our accommodation in the Somme area and have an evening meal

Included meals: Dinner

Ulster Tower
Ulster Tower
Included Highlights
  • Thiepval Memorial

  • Thiepval Wood

  • Lochnagar Mine Crater

  • Ulster Tower

Day 2 - Arras and Vimy Ridge

This morning, we depart the Somme for Arras, where we visit the Wellington Quarries and safely go underground into quarries used by the British Army as a shelter system in 1917.

We look at life beneath the Western Front, seeing where men lived and slept, and made their way to take part in the Battle of Arras in April 1917. A unique experience in the British sector of the Western Front.

At the Arras Memorial to the Missing we see the Air Services Memorial and examine the War in the Air, as well as looking into the real history behind Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ and visit the graves of soldiers who were ‘Shot at Dawn’.

We then examine the German Army in WW1 and get insight into the huge losses sustained by visiting the German Cemetery at La Targette, with more than 44,000 burials.

We then visit Vimy Ridge. This impressive battlefield was an area fought over between 1915 and 1917. Here we look at the development of trench warfare, walk through preserved British and German trench systems, and see mine craters from the ‘war underground’.

We also visit the Vimy Memorial to examine the memorialisation of the First World War and discuss missing soldiers.

We then return home via the Channel Tunnel with arrival back at the school expected in the late evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Vimy Ridge Memorial
Vimy Ridge Memorial
Included Highlights
  • Vimy Ridge

  • Wellington Quarry

  • Arras Memorial

  • Vimy Ridge Memorial

Accommodation

Examples of the kind of hotels you can book.

The Poppies 1 & 2 - Outside Area
The Poppies 1 & 2 - Outside Area

Poppies School Hotel Ypres

De Stuersstraat 6, 8900 Ieper, Ypres,

Home sweet home for groups of up to 129 and a minimum of 25 in the historical centre of Ypres. Located next to the market square of Ypres, The Poppies 1 & 2 is the ideal accommodation for battlefield tours. Your stay in these authentic, classic, old School Hotel combined with its unique location will make your trip to the Ypres Salient unforgettable.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Located next to Ypres Market Square
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 45 people
  • Vending Machine
  • Games Room with Table Football, Pool Table and Pinball Machine
  • Night Guard on Duty
  • Dining Area

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room
The Menin Gate - Outside View
The Menin Gate - Outside View

Menin Gate School Hotel

Kauwekijnstraat 1 - 8900 Ypres, Ypres, 8900

Located on the doorstep of the Menin Gate Memorial and with the ramparts just across the street, this is the ideal location for groups visiting Ypres and its surrounding area. The Menin Gate offers quality group accommodation for groups of up to 52 persons, it’s a perfect base for school groups visiting the battlefields.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Central Location
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 35 people
  • Vending Machine
  • Pool Table and Ping-Pong Table
  • Teachers Lounge
  • Night Guard on Duty
  • Breakfast Room

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room
The Salient - Outside Area
The Salient - Outside Area

The Salient School Hotel

D'Hondstraat 27,, 8900 Ieper,

The Salient is a historical building in the centre of Ypres, located close to the market square. It can accommodate groups of up to 102 people in a quiet area, even though it's located in the heart of the city centre. The ground floor has recently been renovated entirely and opens onto the terrace and large private garden, which means enough place for everyone.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Located in a quieter area only 160m from Ypres Market Square
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 70 people
  • Vending Machine
  • Games Room with Table Football, Pool Table and Pinball Machine
  • Large Private Garden
  • Teachers Lounge
  • Night Guard on Duty
  • Breakfast Room

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room
Old School Haringe - Outside Area
Old School Haringe - Outside Area

Old School Haringe

Moenaardestraat 95 , 8972 Haringe-Poperinge,

This old school building can accommodate groups of up to 63 and a minimum of 25 in Haringe, a village located 11km from Poperinge, 25km from Ieper and less than 70km from Calais. It has 63 beds in 14 rooms all located on the ground floor. There is a dinning and communal area that can seat 80 people and if you have more than 45 people in your group, you do not have to share this accommodation with another group.

Hotel Facilities

  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available
  • Fully Health and Safety Compliant
  • Located in a small village, in the heart of the Flanders Battlefields
  • Sole Occupancy of Building from 45 people
  • Games Room with Table Football, Pool Table, Computer Games and Board Games
  • Dining Area

Room Facilities

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Single or Bunk Beds
  • Smoke Detectors in Every Room

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