School Trips to the Somme & Ypres
A trip to the Somme & Ypres will expose your students to a new environment and will create memories to last a lifetime. This unique, historic trip, where students can trace the footsteps of the soldiers who bravely gave their lives for a better future, is one of our most popular destinations for school trips. Having previously been selected by the UK Government to operate the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education, we have gained many years of experience running WW1 battlefield tours. We are proud to share our tours to Ypres and Somme are some of the most highly rated by Party Leaders in the school travel market.
Why choose Somme & Ypres?
- Enquiry based learning, focussed on your learning outcomes
- Unforgettable experience
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Below is a sample of excursions Equity can organise for your school trip to the Somme & Ypres - for subject specific excursions have a look at the
recommended educational trips to the Somme & Ypres
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.
Established in 1954, Bellewaerde is the oldest theme park in Belgium. Students will fall in love with the various attractions on offer including thrilling rollercoaster rides, an indoor aquapark, live stunt shows, a zoo boasting over 300 exotic animals and behind the scenes educational tours of the park. Due to Bellewaerde’s close proximity to Ypres, a day trip can be combined with a visit to the Hooge Crater as part of a WW1 battlefields tour.
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!
Trip ran really well and staff at Equity were very helpful and accommodating. The places we visited were excellent and our students really enjoyed the trip.
- Wellacre Technology College, WW1 Battlefields Tour to Ypres
Somme & Ypres Accommodation
Poppies Youth Albert – Somme
- Set in historic centre
- Recently refurbished
The Poppies Albert specialises in accommodating large groups of students. The hotel is located in the centre of the town of Albert and is very close to the Somme battlefields and less than 2 hours' drive from Paris.
Location: Close to the town centre of Albert, ideally located for all the Somme WW1 excursions. Less than 2 hours drive to Paris
Facilities: Games room with table football, pinball machine and snooker table. Teachers lounge with pool table. Free Wi-Fi throughout. Basketball and football pitch across the street.
Accommodation: Comprising 48 bedrooms over 3 floors. 2-6 bedded rooms all with en-suite facilities. Rooms are separated over 3 floors. Sole occupancy of an entire floor can be arranged for groups of 45 or more.
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals available.
Ypres Lodge - Ypres
- 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.
Location: Approximately 1 mile from the centre of Ypres, good value for money. Close to the main ww1 Battlefields sites.
Facilities: WiFi, dining and games room, table football, ping pong and an outdoor area for games. Bar for the adults. Coach parking available.
Accommodation: 4-6 multi-bedded rooms for the students, twins or singles for the adults All have en-suite bathroom and TV
Meals: Full board, with continental breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
The Old Abbey - Ypres
- 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.
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.
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Recommended Educational Trips to the Somme & Ypres
Equity can recommend the Somme & Ypres for the following subjects - click on the boxes below for more information about subject specific itineraries and excursions.