Life in the Trenches a Living History Experience

3 days/2 nights

From only £219pp


3 days/2 nights From only £219pp

As well as an introduction to the Ypres Salient, this tour offers school groups a fantastic opportunity to understand WWI from a personal perspective, experiencing life as a WW1 soldier.

Please note that group members must be at least 14 years old to take part in the Living History day.


  • Accommodation on a full board basis
  • Poppy wreath to lay at the Last Post ceremony
  • WWI Battlefields Study Guide (with worksheets for pupils)

Curriculum focus

  • AQA GCSE History B: Origins of the First World War
  • Edexcel GCSE History A: War and the transformation of British society 1903-1928 / The part played by the British on the Western Front
  • OCR GCSE History B: Causes and events of the First World War 1890-1918
  • OCR GCE History A: Peace & War International Relations 1890-1941

What's included in the trip?

  • Executive coach travel
  • Use of the coach during the tour
  • Return ferry crossing via Dover / Calais
  • Accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Travel to Ypres. Afternoon visit to the newly re-opened In Flanders Fields museum. Restaurant evening meal then visit the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony.

  • Day 2

    Today your group will visit Passchendaele Museum for the Living History Experience session. After a briefing you will all change into traditional WWI uniform and be given your kit. Each pupil takes on the identity of one of the soldiers in an actual platoon from 1917 and the group retraces the steps of an attack that took place. The experience includes a typical Tommy Tucker lunch. At the end of the day at Tyne Cot each pupil will discover their fate.

  • Day 3

    Meet your guide for a 3 hour tour of the key battlefield sites and cemeteries. Return to school.


Enhance your trip

  • Essex Farm is a commonwealth cemetery and was the location of an Advanced Dressing Station (ADS) during the Great War. There are also several dugouts and blockhouses, some of which are used by the ADS. It is the place where John McCrae wrote his famous poem, a copy of which can be seen here.
  • In 1992 a group of amateur archeologists named “The Diggers” first discovered the remains of an original British trench. In addition to many artefacts “The Diggers” discovered the remains of 155 First World War soldiers. The casualties they discovered were British, French and German, lost in battle and never recovered for seventy years.
  • The German war cemetery of Langemark is near the village of Langemark in the Belgian province of West Flanders. More than 44,000 soldiers are buried here. The village was the scene of the first gas attacks by the German army, marking the beginning of the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915.
  • The largest Commonwealth cemetery on the Western Front with nearly 12,000 graves. The memorial walls contain the names which could not fit on the Menin Gate.