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Somme & Ypres
Price from
£157
Based on a 2 day trip
 

History school trips to Somme & ypres

History School Trips to the Somme & Ypres

Overview

Inspect artefacts, walk among the many graves and trenches and observe the reminders of war that still scar the landscape. Our bespoke school trip offers history students the ability to trace the footsteps of the soldiers who bravely and selflessly gave their lives for a better future.

Working in partnership with UCL Institute of Education to provide the government funded First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, we have a unique insight into your needs when creating a battlefields school trip. Our partnership with UCL IOE has now been extended to our WW1 battlefields school trips, with itineraries centred round enquiry based learning.

Find out more about the Programme and how to register for your FREE school place here >>

 

Suggested Itineraries

Enquiry Based Learning approach to First World War battlefields tours

Enquiry Based Approach...

Working alongside the UCL Institute of Education, we have developed an enquiry based approach for First World War battlefields tours to Ypres and the Somme that focuses on student-led learning. As part of these tours groups will receive high quality materials and participate in activities that provide an engaging and educational framework. The enquiry based itineraries and materials created with the UCL Institute of Education promote a deeper understanding of the First World War and themes related to this subject taught in the classroom.

Three Easy Steps...

STEP ONE

Enquiry based learning

Select your enquiry question

  • How is the First World War remembered?
  • What was life really like for soldiers on the Western Front?
  • How did technology and tactics develop on the Western Front?
  • How diverse and multicultural was the First World War?
  • What impact did the First World War have upon our local community?

STEP TWO

Contact your local travel advisor

Based on your chosen enquiry question/s, our team of specialists will create your tailored itinerary.

Take a look at our example itineraries below to see what these could include.

STEP THREE

Plan your history tour

You’ll receive itinerary specific guides and student-led activity documents, so you can engage your students in tour related work in advance of travel.

 

4 DAY TOUR

Developed with the UCL Institute of Education

Enquiry Questions:
What was life really like for soldiers on the Western Front?
How is the First World War remembered?

Price from £239 per paying student

  • day
    1
    • Lijssenthoek Cemetery
    • Poperinge Death Cells
    • Memorial Museum Passchendaele
    • Menin Gate (Last Post Ceremony)
  • day
    2
    • Essex Farm Cemetery
    • Langemark German Cemetery
    • Sanctuary Wood
    • Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
  • day
    3
    • Indian Memorial at Neuve Chapelle
    • Sheffield Memorial Park
    • Lochnagar Crater
    • Devonshire Trench
  • day
    4
    • Delville Wood
    • Caterpillar Valley
    • Newfoundland Park
    • Thiepval Memorial

 

Equity day trips to Somme & Ypres

Day trips

Short on time? Take a day trip to Somme & Ypres from only £57 per paying student (inclusive of the museum visit stated in the inclusions) and consider the enquiry question:

How is the first World War remembered?

Our great value day trip includes visits to:

  • In Flanders Field Museum
  • Langemark German Cemetery
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
  • Menin Gate (Last Post Ceremony)

Accommodation

Ieper Lodge

Ieper Lodge

  • Great value for money
  • Multi-bedded student rooms

Purpose-built for school groups, the Ieper Lodge is in a great location near the centre of Ypres.

Capacity: 190

Location: Approximately 1 mile from the centre of Ypres in a commercial zone.

Facilities: WiFi, dining and games room, table football, ping pong and an outdoor area for games.

Accommodation: Pupils will stay in 4-6 multi-bedded rooms that are en-suite bathroom and TV.

Meals: Full board, with continental breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

GUARANTEED AVAILABILITY

We have guaranteed availability for the following dates:

  • 19.10.15 - 21.10.15
  • 22.10.15 - 23.10.15

Old Abbey

The Old Abbey

  • Traditional hotel set in its own grounds
  • Spacious dining areas

A hospitable and welcoming hotel, The Hotel Old Abbey (Oude Abdij in Flemish) is a great accommodation choice for groups and is in an ideal location for excursions to the Battlefields.

Capacity: 187

Location: One hour drive from Calais, 25 minute drive from Ypres, in the small town of Lo.

Facilities:Games area including pool table, table tennis and table football, two large dining areas, outside garden and karaoke.

Accommodation: 2-6 bedded rooms plus a larger 8 bedded room, en-suite facilities and TV.

Meals: Full board, with continental breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner.



Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Guild of Battlefield Guides Partner

Guild of Battlefield Guides

Speak to our specialists about including a Guild of Battlefield Guide to your tour. These specialist qualified history guides provide a different insight to your visit as their knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject is immense!

Why use a Guide on your tour?

  • Add a thought provoking dimension to your tour
  • Help to shape a bespoke itinerary
  • Linking of stories and artefacts between battlefields
  • Create one coherent tour with expert knowledge at all points
  • Help you bring the subject to life
  • From as little as £6 per student per day


Subject Specific Excursions

Somme Excursion: Thiepval Memorial

The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a major war memorial to 72,191 missing British and South African men who died in the Battles of the Somme of the Great War between 1915 and 1918 with no known grave. The names of the missing are etched into the memorial along with a large inscription reading “Here are recorded names of officers and men of the British Armies who fell on the Somme battlefields between July 1915 and March 1918 but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death.

Ypres Excursion: In Flanders Fields Museum

This is probably the best museum in the area with loads to see. It offers a real insight into the devastating events that took place during 1914-1918 and allows students to follow the experiences of the people living in Westhoek at the time of the First World War. It’s very interactive and you’ll need a good couple of hours here.

Somme Excursion: Sheffield Memorial Park

An area of great loss, here the original frontline trenches and shell holes have been preserved, which you can reach from a track via the cemetery honouring those who defended the front line.

Ypres Excursion: Talbot House, Poperinge

13km west of Ypres, Poperinge was commandeered by the British Army to accommodate its men. Two chaplains opened this house up as a club for all soldiers regardless of rank, to come and relax. For three years this operated as a safe haven where the men could stay in a ‘home from home’ and experience a little peace. Come and see where the men stayed and sought solace from the war.

Somme Excursion: Ulster Memorial Tower

The Ulster Tower is a memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division. They attacked a German stronghold on July 1st, 1916 known as Schwaben Redoubt with huge losses, about 5,000 were lost, half of their strength. The tower is a copy of Helen’s Tower in County Down, where the men of the 36th trained.

Ypres Excursion: Langemark Cemetery

Behind the monumental gate of rosy sandstone are the graves of 44,061 German soldiers, 3000 of them were cadets and student volunteers of the 22nd to 27th Reserve Corps. They fell in October 1914 during vain attempts to come closer to Ypres.

Ypres Excursion: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

You can download a fantastic smartphone app which will lead you through this cemetery by using real examples of people such as Nurse Jane and gardener Tom. From 1915-1920 the hamlet became the destination for the largest evacuation hospital in the Ypres Salient. There is a fabulous, modern, interactive visitor centre for your students to look round.

Ypres Excursion: Memorial Museum Passchendaele

Memorial Museum Passchendaele The museum gives an amazing impression of the bloody battle of Passchendaele in 1917 where 500,000 lost their lives. The museum also exhibits a superbly realistic British underground bunker system, where you can see the communication and the dressing post, headquarters and dorms. July 2013 sees a brand new extension of permanent exhibitions of trenches, shelters and galleries.

Ypres Excursion: Menin Gate & the Last Post

The famous British war memorial of WW1 and by far the most important edifice in Ieper (Ypres) to the British visitor. It was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. The names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved on its walls. The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen is played by buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers who died in Ypres. Members of the local Fire Brigade play at 8pm every single night and aim to maintain this daily act of homage in perpetuity.

Ypres Excursion: Tyne Cot Cemetery

Many of those who died in 1917 fighting to capture the village are buried in the nearby Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world.

Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!

 

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