From Defeat to Victory – The Somme 1916

Tour Introduction

The traditional view of the Battle of the Somme is one of unmitigated disaster, horrendous casualties and a failure to adapt. This view is not however wholly borne out by the events of that summer almost 100 years ago.

This 2-day school battlefield trip will start with an opportunity to consider the differing experiences at the northern and southern ends of the British line on the of 1st July 1916 and an examination of why there were differing levels of success. We then move on to look at the night attack at Bazentin Ridge two weeks later and discuss the impact of changes in tactics; explore Delville Wood and see how the BEF approached the challenge of fighting through densely planted woodland; visit Flers, site of the introduction of the tank where your students can see for themselves exactly what was involved in operating this ‘war-winning’ weapon; before finishing at the Thiepval Memorial where there will be time to reflect both on the scale of the battle and how through those short months the BEF developed into an army equipped to win the war.

Tour Information


  • France

Key Locations:

  • Serre
  • Sunken Lane
  • Fricourt German Cemetery
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Bazentin Ridge
  • Delville Wood
  • Thiepval Memorial

Transport Options:

  • Coach


  • 2 days

As usual, outstanding experience

Uppingham School

Price Includes:

  • Fully guided
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • Hotel/Hostel accommodation
  • All meals as shown on your itinerary
  • An executive coach for your exclusive use
  • Return crossings with ferry or Eurotunnel
  • Pre-tour presentation
  • 1 free teacher place for every 10 paying students
  • All entrance fees associated with your visit

Topics Supported

These tours support all programmes of study and specifications covering:

War and British Society

Causes and Events of the First World War

Britain, Europe and the Wider World: 1901-Present Day

Britain at War

The Impact and Experience of war in Britain

The Changing Nature of Warfare

Warfare Through Time

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