Essex Farm

Duration: 3 Days

Battlefields and Ypres Explorer

Ypres is the perfect location to visit the battlefields, Passchendaele and the Somme.  See the places where key historical moments happened during the First World War. This was probably the world’s most bloody conflict and our tours are designed to support children’s understanding of the causes of the war as well as the suffering of the individual soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

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All about the Battlefields and Ypres Explorer.

The Edventure Travel Package

All Edventure Travel trips and tours can be customised to your personal requirements, this sample tour is designed to give you inspiration for your own trip. When you are ready to start planning, get in touch and we can design a bespoke package tour for your group. We will always make clear what is included and excluded in your quotation.

Fully Protected

Your trip will be fully protected through our membership of the ABTOT and ABTA. Furthermore, Edventure Travel has its own ATOL licence ensuring that you have complete protection when taking a flight. Edventure Travel offers travel insurance that can be included in your trip to give you protection in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Customised for you

All tours are 100% customised to suit your group. We believe that every group should be treated individually, it’s your tour after all. If you want to add something that is not featured on our website just let us know and we will work with you to develop an itinerary to meet your needs.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Return Ferry/Eurotunnel Crossing
  • Executive Coach throughout
  • All travel when at your destination
  • Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
  • Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
  • Travel Insurance
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Single Room Supplements
  • Personal Expenditure
  • Overseas departure taxes if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Full Time Tour Director
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Meals not mentioned
  1. Day 1 Depart the UK

    Depart and travel to Dover for your ferry crossing to Calais. Upon arrival you will make your way to Ypres.

    Today you will visit Sanctuary Wood and the Hill 62 Museum. Later you will continue to the excellent In Flanders Field Museum.

    Continue to your hotel where you will check in and take dinner. During the evening you will attend the Menin Gate ceremony.

  2. Day 2 Battlefields

    Today you will visit the Essex Farm Cemetery and its concrete dug outs. It was here that John McRae, a Canadian Medical Officer, wrote the now famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Spend the remainder of the morning at the Passchendaele Museum and then visit the German cemetery at Langemarck.

    Later, visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery (the largest British War cemetery in the world) at Passchendaele.

    After lunch, travel to Albert. Stop on route at the WW1 Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge before continuing to Albert.

  3. Day 3 Travel home

    Visit the underground Somme 1916 Museum in Albert followed by the Thiepval Memorial – the largest British war Memorial in the world. Other visits could include Delville Wood, Lochnagar Crater, created by the detonations of mines under the German lines.

    Later, visit Arras to see the Wellington Quarries with its underground tunnels and hospital.

    You will then travel to Calais for your return ferry crossing to Dover.

Essex Farm
  1. The Menin Gate Belgium

    The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a popular destination for school groups to learn more about the tragic loses of World War 1. It is dedicated to over 54,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War 1 and whose graves are unknown. The original plan was for this museum to contain all the names, but it was too small, so over 34,000 UK missing are inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing instead. You could plan for your group to witness the Buglers sounding the Last Post every evening at 20.00 to honour their memory.

  2. In Flanders' Fields Museum Belgium

    Edventure Travel also visit the In Flanders Field’s museum in Ypres which is devoted to the study of World War 1. Activities include a walking itinerary and workshops where your students can learn more about the futility of this war. This museum is situated on the market square in the city centre and is a must visit, as it does not set out to glorify war but shows your students the senselessness of war.

  3. Tyne Cot Cemetery Belgium

    Students will discover that Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and memorial to the missing is the largest WW1 commonwealth war grave in the world. The Battle of Passchendaele, which was one of the major battles of WW1, happened in this precise region. More than 11,900 servicemen who died on the Passchendaele battlefields are buried here. This cemetery is named after the Tyne Cot or Tyne Cottage barn which stood near the level crossing on the road from Passchendaele to Broodseinde.

  4. Sanctuary Wood and Hill 62 Museum Belgium

    This is a must see museum  as students will  learn about the history of WW1 by exploring a reconstruction of a British trench; study artefacts, including weapons, uniforms and shells; and see original pictures of this horrific war. This private museum is one of the few places on the Ypres Salient battlefields where your group can experience an original trench layout which will give your students some insight into what it might have looked like. It is an ideal opportunity for your group to discuss the need for the preservation of battlefield areas.

  5. Langemarck Cemetery Belgium

    At this German cemetery there are more than 44,000 soldiers buried. Students will see the complete contrast to the Tyne Cot cemetery as the authorities would not allow any standing headstones. More than half are buried in one mass grave and their names are engraved on plaques all along the site.

  6. Passchendaele Museum Belgium

    This memorial museum is devoted to the 1917 battle of Passchendaele and is situated in the centre of Zonnebeke. Your students will learn that in just 100 days, almost 500,000 men were killed in one of the bloodiest battles of WW1. Edventure Travel recommends that this is an ideal place to study the battlefields of Passchendaele.

  7. Essex Farm Ceremony Belgium

    Schools like to visit the Essex Farm Cemetery as it was here that the poet, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, wrote the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, in May 1915. Situated near a village called Boezinge, students will discover that more than 1,000 soldiers of WW1 are buried or commemorated here. Over 100 of these are unidentified but special memorials have been erected to commemorate 19 casualties known to be buried here.

  8. Somme Trench Museum Belgium

    Edventure Travel recommends this museum for your school as it goes back over the soldiers’ life in the trenches during the offensive of 1 July 1916. It is situated in a 230 metre-long underground that was used as an air-raid shelter during World War2 and has about 15 alcoves and display cases that your students can explore. Your group will experience the daily life experienced by these soldiers with sound effects, images and lights. Students will also discover this town of Albert, which is a symbol of WW1.

  1. Enthusiasm

    This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.

  2. Knowledge and Perspective

    Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.

  3. Pupil Engagement

    A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.

  4. Hands-on Learning

    Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.

  5. History

    This tour is great for history students, giving them an insight into the events that took place and a sense of what it was like during this period in history.

  6. WW1

    This tour focuses on World War 1 events and goes to key historical sights.

  7. WW2

    Explore the impact of World War 2 and how events shaped the landscape.

  8. Languages

    Students can practise their language skills when exploring this fascinating country.

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