Sussex at War

A locally themed WW1 battlefield tour for schools in Sussex which can also be adapted to suit any region within Britain.

1 Day
Key Stage
KS 3, 4, 5


On this tour we look at the regional impact of World War 1 by following the Royal Sussex Regiment around Northern France. This one-day tour will introduce you to cemeteries, memorials and battle sites relating to this regiment and helps to give students the opportunity to link WW1 history to their home region.

While the tour covers the story of the Royal Sussex Regiment, we can adapt the itinerary to cover any regiment or unit from the South-East of England.

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

  • 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

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Tour Includes

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

  • Entrance to Lens 14-18 Museum.

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

  • Travel by coach from your school.

  • Channel crossings.

From £65 per student

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We offer flexible payment options

Sample Itinerary - Day Trip

This is an itinerary that can be completed in a day trip from any location in Sussex within 2-3 hours of the Eurotunnel. For schools outside of this area, we can tailor-make an itinerary across two or more days.

Sussex at War - Day Trip WW1 Battlefield Tour

After departing early from the school, we proceed to the Channel Tunnel and travel to France.

We drive into Northern France to Richebourg where we visit the battlefield that saw the men of the South Downs battalions fight on 30th June 1916 – ‘The Day Sussex Died’. We see Sussex graves at Richebourg St Vaast Cemetery and the grave of Sussex Hero, Nelson Victor Carter VC, at Laventie.

We then travel to Loos and see where the Royal Sussex were in 1915 and visit Dud Corner Cemetery and the Loos Memorial. Here we look at the story of Sussex Victoria Cross hero Harry Wells, who fought at the Battle of Loos in 1915.

We also visit the Sussex names on the Loos Memorial, including men who died at Richebourg on 30th June 1916, and examine the story of Rudyard Kipling’s son Jack, from Burwash, who died at Loos.

We end the tour at the Lens 14-18 Museum, which explains the story of the war in this region of France.

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

Dud Corner Cemetery
Dud Corner Cemetery & Loos Memorial
Included Highlights
  • Richebourg Battlefield

  • Loos Battlefield

  • Lens 14-18 Museum

  • Dud Corner Cemetery & Loos Memorial

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If you would like more information or would like to customise this tour to suit your needs, get in touch today.

Reasons to book with us

Tailor Made Tours

Each of our tours are tailor made to suit your school’s specific requirements.

Specialist Guides

Our team of experienced specialist guides are both passionate and knowledgeable.

Curriculum Highlights

Our tours are carefully designed to meet the aims of the National Curriculum.

Safe & Secure

You can rest assured that your school trips are safe and financially secured.