Fought on the banks of the River Somme in France, the five-month-long Battle of the Somme was one of the most harrowing events in modern history.
With a million casualties and 300,000 deaths, the fruitless struggle between Allied and German forces has come to represent the futility of war, and a human cost that has never been forgotten.
But to truly understand the scale of the conflict, students need to see it for themselves. Which is why at Anglia Tours, we specialise in creating bespoke, immersive history trips to Somme. Bringing the learning out of the classroom, and into the place where it all began.
Get a quote now for your fully-guided Somme school trip, including history trips endorsed by the Pearson Edexcel’s GCSE History examination boards.
Whatever the focus of your curriculum, Anglia Tours can tailor your Somme history school trip to match, with every excursion specifically chosen to enhance the teaching process.
If you are following Edexcel’s The British Sector of the Western Front 1914-18: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches (link to https://angliatours.co.uk/tours/surgery-and-treatment-on-the-western-front/) you can visit locations such as Newfoundland Memorial Park to see what conditions and hygiene were like for troops.
For those studying warfare and British society, for instance, a school trip to the Somme battle site can bring to life the devastating experience of fighting in the trenches. Students can then discuss the ways in which survivors’ trauma affected British society in the aftermath.
Meanwhile, WWI history school trips to Ypres, Somme and Normandy allow students to compare how tactics and technology were deployed across different locations. Examining the use of flamethrowers and poison gas in 1915, and watching a live demonstration of a WWI tank – first used in 1916.
Alternatively, if you’re seeking an English literature school trip to the Somme, there’s a dedicated tour for that too. ‘In the Footsteps of Wilfred Owen’ allows students to stand exactly where the poet stood on the Western Front in 1917-18, and contemplate his work in a whole new light.
Scroll down to view more sample itineraries from school trips to the Somme battleground.
Although it has been over a century since the Great War ended, many families still like to take personal pilgrimages to the sites where their loved ones fell. If you wish to follow a particular unit through the now-peaceful battlefields, or trace the route taken by former pupils from your school, we would be delighted to support you.
Our 2-4 day Somme battlefield tours can be designed around these reflective moments, to offer a spine-tingling experience that your students will never forget.
Click the link below to view example itineraries of specific The Somme study tours: