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History trip to the Somme WWI battlefields, France

A bespoke WW1 history tour of the Somme battlefields and memorials taking in Thiepval and Lochnager Crater and staying at our own Moulin aux Draps residential centre near Boulogne.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 2 - 4
  • Year round
  • Evening entertainment

Visit the battlefields of the Somme for your history school trip

We will create a bespoke WW1 history trip for your school group to encompass the important historical sites and memorials of the first World War in and around the Somme. Most modern history curricula includes the impact and significance of the First World War and our battlefields and memorials school trips are the best way to bring the subject to life. The Western Front battle sites in and around the Somme, such as Thiepval and Lochnager Crater, can be arranged as a short trip staying at our own residential centre, or combined with a visit to Ypres in Belgium to make a more comprehensive history trip. Due to the importance of all students understanding  the impact and history of the First World War, many school groups include a day exploring the Somme as part of an Opal Coast cross-curricular tour or include this tour on our French language immersion programme.

We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.


This is just an example of one of our history tours, please contact our specialists to create a bespoke itinerary for your teaching objectives.

Day 1

  • Depart school by coach to Folkestone
  • Eurotunnel crossing to Calais
  • Bakery workshop
  • Explore Boulogne-sur-Mer
  • Arrive at Moulin aux Draps residential centre
  • Evening meal and evening entertainment with our resident animateur

Day 2

  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Newfoundland Memorial Park
  • Lochnagar Crater
  • Evening meal and evening entertainment with our resident animateur

Day 3

  • Rando-Rail 
  • Cap Blanc Nez
  • Dover Patrol WWI Monument
  • Return Eurotunnel crossing
  • Arrive back at school

Stay at Voyager's own Moulin aux Draps residential centre

Located less than an hour from Calais and within very easy reach of the stunning Opal Coastline, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Touquet, Arras and the WWI battlefields, our Moulin aux Draps centre is the perfect destination for schools looking for an affordable/short French language immersion school trip. The language centre is exclusively for the use of school groups meaning there are few distractions for students.

Our local French staff have considerable experience in looking after British school trips and catering for the needs of British teachers and pupils. The centre is contained within 22 acres of car-free French countryside, giving students plenty of space to run around and let off steam. Supervision is easy as the grounds are within view of the main building and teachers can relax in the evenings as the Voyager team will deliver a programme of evening entertainment for your students.

Click here for more information about this residential centre owned by Voyager School Travel.

Rando Rail France
Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval Memorial
Lochnagar Crater
Lochnagar Crater
Bakery workshop
Rando Rail France


A fun and unique equivalent to a walk through the woods, the Rando Rail is a four-person bike that runs along an old railway track. Students team up and pedal 10km through the French countryside.

Thiepval Memorial

© David Nicholls

Thiepval Memorial

This massive war memorial is a moving tribute to the 72,000+ servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme in WWI. By visiting the memorial, students can get a very visual understanding of the scale of loss in the war through the inscribed names and white crosses on the lawns.

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

The massive carter was created by the explosion of a mine during the WWI Battle of the Somme. The site has since been preserved to act as a war memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers.


© Monica Arellano-Ongpin

Bakery workshop

At a local boulangerie, a baker will perform a baking demonstration for your group in French. Students will walk away with a croissant and a pain au chocolat each!




The city of Boulogne-sur-Mer is the largest fishing port in France and seafood is a big part of the local culture. Groups can explore the history of the city through the streets of the old town with its cathedral, or head to the more modern centre and town hall.

Our Somme WW1 battlefields school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits


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