Somme and Vimy Ridge Trench Warfare

Combine visits to the Somme battlefields and Vimy Ridge for students to gain insight into trench warfare on the Western Front, including a unique visit underground.

2 Day
Key Stage
KS 3, 4, 5


Trench warfare was one of the most important aspects of WW1, where both sides were often very close together. The trenches provided troops with cover, a place to rest and a front line to fight in. This two-day tour around the Somme and Vimy Ridge gives students an insight into life in trenches as well as visiting and learning about key battles and battlefields from WW1.

Study Themes and Curricular Links

  • KS3 National Curriculum – The First World War and the Peace Settlement

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – War and British Society 1790-2010

  • OCR GCSE Syllabus – Depth Study- Britain in Peace and War 1900-1918

  • EdExcel GCSE Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historic Environment – Medicine in Britain and the British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Period Studies – Germany, 1890-1945:Democracy and Dictatorship

  • AQA GCSE Syllabus – Wider World Depth Studies – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Breadth Study – Challenge and Transformation: Britain, c1851-1991

  • AQA A-Level Syllabus – Depth Study – International Relations and Global Conflict, c1890-1941

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects in Depth – The British Experience of Warfare, c1790-1918

  • EdExcel A-Level Syllabus – Themes in Breadth with Aspects of Depth – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1859-1991

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – British Period Study – Britain 1900-1951

  • OCR A-Level Syllabus – Thematic Study and Historical Interpretation – The Changing Nature of Warfare, 1792-1945

  • Scotland National Qualification Syllabus – The Impact of the Great War

  • WJEC Syllabus – Thematic Studies from a Broad Historical Perspective – The Development of Warfare, c1250 to the present day

  • WJEC Syllabus – Period Study – Europe in an Age of Conflict and Co-operation, c1890-1991

  • WJEC Syllabus – History in Depth – Politics and Society in Wales and England, c1900-1939

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Tour Includes

  • Specialist Battlefield Guide. For larger groups we have two guides per booking.

  • Tour pack of information and resources to use in the classroom.

  • Entrance to all museums and trenches.

  • Accommodation in student accommodation in Somme area.

  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner.

  • Travel by coach from your school.

  • Channel crossings.

From £169 per student

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Sample Itinerary - 2-Day Tour

Day 1 - The Somme

After an early morning departure from the school, we proceed to the Channel Tunnel and travel to France.

We begin our day at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Here we visit the new museum, look at the Memorialisation of the First World War, and the subject of missing soldiers in WW1.

We visit the Ulster Tower to look at one of the battlefields fought over on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Here we also go into Thiepval Wood and see trenches and positions uncovered by a team of archaeologists and have the opportunity to safely handle WW1 objects.

In the battlefield cemeteries here we look at the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and on the high ground above the Ancre Valley look at the landscape and the importance of high ground on a battlefield. We also look at war poetry in WW1 discussing the poets who fought on this part of the Somme battlefield.

We end the day at the Lochnagar Mine Crater at La Boisselle to examine the ‘war underground’ and mine warfare on the Western Front in WW1. From here we check in to our accommodation in the Somme area and have an evening meal

Included meals: Dinner

Ulster Tower
Ulster Tower
Included Highlights
  • Thiepval Memorial

  • Thiepval Wood

  • Lochnagar Mine Crater

  • Ulster Tower

Day 2 - Arras and Vimy Ridge

This morning, we depart the Somme for Arras, where we visit the Wellington Quarries and safely go underground into quarries used by the British Army as a shelter system in 1917.

We look at life beneath the Western Front, seeing where men lived and slept, and made their way to take part in the Battle of Arras in April 1917. A unique experience in the British sector of the Western Front.

At the Arras Memorial to the Missing we see the Air Services Memorial and examine the War in the Air, as well as looking into the real history behind Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ and visit the graves of soldiers who were ‘Shot at Dawn’.

We then examine the German Army in WW1 and get insight into the huge losses sustained by visiting the German Cemetery at La Targette, with more than 44,000 burials.

We then visit Vimy Ridge. This impressive battlefield was an area fought over between 1915 and 1917. Here we look at the development of trench warfare, walk through preserved British and German trench systems, and see mine craters from the ‘war underground’.

We also visit the Vimy Memorial to examine the memorialisation of the First World War and discuss missing soldiers.

We then return home via the Channel Tunnel with arrival back at the school expected in the late evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Vimy Ridge Memorial
Vimy Ridge Memorial
Included Highlights
  • Vimy Ridge

  • Wellington Quarry

  • Arras Memorial

  • Vimy Ridge Memorial

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