Life in the Trenches a Living History Experience

3 days/2 nights

Overview

3 days/2 nights

This WW1 History tour offers school groups a unique opportunity to understand WWI from a personal perspective, experiencing life as a WW1 soldier. The Platoon experience is an “immersion project” for students to understand the tragedy of war and in particular the Battle of Passchendaele.

The group are fully clothed and equipped as an Australian unit from WW1. We then follow the military story of 4 October 1917. Each platoon member will walk in the footsteps of their predecessor, learning more about the person and at the end of the day, at Tyne Cot Cemetery, you will find out what finally befell your soldier. The day includes a guided tour of the Passchendaele Museum, a Warm ’Tommy Tucker' meal and a guided tour of Tyne Cot Cemetery.

 

“The accommodation was particularly fantastic and we were very pleased with the professional driver”. 

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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
  • Return ferry crossing via Dover / Calais
  • Hotel Accommodation on a Half Board basis
  • Entry to Passchendaele Museum for the Platoon Experience
  • Poppy Wreath to lay at Last Post Ceremony
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Vamoos Travel App
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:8 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Travel to Ypres. Visit the Hooge Crater Museum. Evening meal and activities at hotel.

  • Day 2

    Breakfast at hotel. Board coach to visit the Passchendaele Museum for a guided tour followed by the Platoon Experience. Evening meal at hotel.

    Visit the Menin Gate and lay a Poppy Wreath at the Last Post Ceremony.

  • Day 3

    Breakfast at hotel. Board coach and visit In Flanders Fields Museum. Return to school.

Accommodation

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.