The British Army on the Somme

Tour Introduction

The Battle of the Somme was intended to be the ‘Big Push’ designed to break through German defences on the Western Front and win the war. The traditional view of the battle is one of unmitigated disaster, horrendous casualties and a failure to adapt, but this view is not wholly borne out by the events of that summer 100 years ago.

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Anglia is delighted to offer a range of fully guided battlefield tours for schools which look, not only at the events of 1st July 1916 but, by visiting diverse locations across the Somme battlefield, also consider the lessons learned by the British Expeditionary Force over the weeks and months that followed. These tours will not only further your students understanding of the Battle of the Somme but will serve to place it in a wider context.

Tour Information


  • France

Key Locations:

  • Serre
  • Sunken Lane
  • Fricourt German Cemetery
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Bazentin Ridge
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Villers-Bretonneux
  • Riqueval

Transport Options:

  • Coach


  • 3 days

Excellent service – well run & very helpful

The Perse School

Price Includes:

  • Fully guided
  • Dedicated admin support throughout
  • 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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