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The Somme has always been an agricultural area with rolling fields exposed to harsh winds and cold conditions which can prove to be very uncomfortable. Students will be able to understand the realities the various forces endured in 1916. The memorials, cemeteries, museums and churches in this region are numerous and considerable effort has gone into preserving the memory and the sacrifices that were made by soldiers and civilians. Students will be encouraged to seek references for men from their communities or members of their families, and it may be possible to visit the sites. (subject to timings and locations). They learn to understand and appreciate how most of the soldiers who died, were a little older than they are now and the difficulties encountered. Why not combine a Battlefield tour with visits to Christmas markets over the Christmas season. Christmas markets can include Ypres, Brugge, Brussels, Arras, Amiens, Lille in the Ypres / Somme areas. We can offer tours further afield in Germany, Poland or The Netherlands.


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Why should you consider Battlefield and History Tours for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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The Somme area great for studying WWI. Battlefield & History Tours specialise in just that - so you can be assured the tour will be well planned and researched. Battlefield & History Tours are part of Rondo Travel – which is one of the founding members of the School Travel Forum and also one of the first School Tour Operators to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. We do not make unnecessary administration charges and wherever possible you will only deal with 1 person from start to finish including being on call for your tour.

Example Itineraries

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All itineraries will be tailored to your specific Learning Objectives or Curriculum studies.

Day 1
Travel via the short sea crossing at Dover / Folkestone. Visit en-route at Vimy Ridge Memorial and trenches.

Day 2
A day with a guide to visit the crater at Lochnagar, Mouquet Farm, Thiepval Memorial and Beaumont Hamel preserved trenches. End the day with a visit to the 1916 Somme museum in Albert.

Day 3
Half day visit to Peronne and the Historial Museum. Half day in Amiens with a visit to the Cathedral and its tower.

Day 4
Travel home via the coastal route with a visit to perhaps a bakery or sweet making demonstration.

What size groups do you cater for?

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Group usually start at a minimum of 10 with no maximum group size. For primary & middle schools we work on a 1:10 free place for a teacher.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Battlefield & History Tours will always try to assist to ensure inclusivity on any of our group trips. This is best achieved by discussing any special requirements from the initial inquiry. Sadly not all destinations are currently accessible but we will always advise on suitable alternatives or work arounds.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Battlefield & History Tours is proud of its history in providing successful and rewarding tours to many groups with SEN needs. The needs of the individual are always taken into consideration


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