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.
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.
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
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.
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
Lochnagar Mine Crater
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
Examples of the kind of hotels you can book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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