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UK First World War History School Trips & Tours

For school groups studying the First World War, we can now offer a UK experience to enable students to learn more about this period of history and enrich their knowledge.  This experience provides an excellent alternative to the school tours to the First World War battlefields of Belgium and France.

With our curriculum-linked visit, your group can experience a unique combination of locations, uniforms, equipment, weapons and, most importantly, knowledge and expertise to enable your students to develop a deeper understanding of the First World War.

Your students can enjoy a full or half day, fully guided First World War experience that can include an educational workshop in original, restored First World War buildings; gaining an understanding of trench life at a reconstructed Trench System and visiting a local Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery enabling them to learn about the origins and the work of the CWGC, as well as learning about the stories of some of those who lie buried in the cemeteries. 

Prices start from£79pp

Price Shown includes

  • Full day First World War experience at Great War Huts
  • Return executive coach transportation
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers travelling from selected departure points in March 2021 and is subject to availability.


Enjoy a full day First World War educational experience

Themed Educational Workshops

Students will experience educational, tailor-made workshops in original, restored First World War buildings, which make an ideal learning environment to study the period. Looking at the uniforms and equipment used, there will be plenty of opportunities for students to try on the kit and handle the weapons, all set in five acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside.

Themed Workshops include:

  • What was life really like for a soldier in the First World War?
    • Covering social history, as well as military history, this thought-provoking talk covers the social conditions of the time, the reasons for enlisting and the attitudes of typical soldiers throughout the war.
    • Curriculum link - The recruitment and training of combatants, including the introduction of conscription and the development of a professional army.
  • Was trench life really just about mud, blood and rats?
    • Using original Trench Routine manuals from our collections, we give an accurate picture of what life was like for soldiers holding a section of Front Line trench at different points throughout the war.
    • Curriculum link - The development of entrenched warfare in the First World War
  • How good was the training soldiers received during the First World War?
    • The training of Kitchener’s New Armies in particular is a remarkable story of achievement against the odds, with little experience and huge shortages of everything from accommodation to uniforms, equipment and weapons.
  • How did uniforms and equipment develop during the war?
    • Our extensive stock includes all versions of British and Commonwealth uniforms and equipment as well as sets of French and German to compare and contrast.
  • Medicine on the British Sector of The Western Front
    • We cover the whole process of casualty evacuation from wounding on the battlefield, through wounds, transportation, through the different treatments at the Regimental Aid Post, Advanced Dressing Station, Casualty Clearing Station and Base Hospital. This also covers the role of women serving as Ambulance Drivers with the FANY and nursing.
  • The changing nature of Warfare
    • High Command, looking at the senior officers responsible for the conduct of the war; The Development of Gas Warfare, Communications and Artillery

Other curriculum topics that can be covered at the Great War Huts site include:

  • The Second World War
  • The Home Front
  • The Second Boer War, 1899-1902

Visit a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery

A trip to the battlefields can include a moving visit to a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.
Not far away there are CWGC plots in both Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds cemeteries. This offers the opportunity of learning about the origins and the work of the CWGC, as well as learning about the stories of some of those who lie buried in the cemeteries. Some of them died of wounds received on the battlefields and others of much more mundane illnesses and accidents.


Working in collaboration with the Education team at the CWGC, your guide will be able to provide detailed information about those buried at these sites, providing moving stories which help students develop a better understanding of the impact of the First World War.
 

Trench Experience

Gain an understanding of trench life at a reconstructed Trench System (originally built for film and television work, and used by productions such as Journey’s End, Private Peaceful and Downton Abbey) –an ideal location to discover key aspects of trench life such as Trench Routine, the life of the Soldier and specific topics such as the evacuation of casualties, all set in the context of a full size trench system and No Man’s Land, overlooked by German trenches on the high ground. 


Study Themes

The recruitment and training of combatants, including the introduction of conscription and the development of a professional army. 

The development of entrenched warfare in the First World War

Training soldiers during the First World War

How uniforms and equipment developed during the course of the war

Medicine on the British Sector of The Western Front 

 

The changing nature of Warfare

The Second World War 

The Home Front 

The Second Boer War, 1899-1902


Study Levels

KS2

KS3

GCSE

A-Level

 


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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