War Poets of the Somme

Prices from: £139 (based on 2 Days, 1 Night)

Adaptable Travel have worked in conjunction with experts in war poets of the Somme to develop a fantastic new tour for English Literature groups.

Some of the most influential and profound poetry has been written by those serving on the Somme during WW1.

By taking a school trip to the Somme with an expert Adaptable Travel guide, your English class will be able to visit the places that influenced the powerful poetry of war poets including Roland Aubrey Leighton, John William Streets and Edward Tennant. The Adaptable Travel specialist guide will join your group on your coach in the UK, and stay with your group for the duration of your tour.

They will guide your group through many of the sights that influenced the poets and bring the poetry to life in its original setting.

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London GB
The tour was fantastic! Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable and the students got a lot out of it. We had a great itinerary and made it to lots of different sites that we wanted to go to. The organisation was generally very good! Students had a great time and expressed a wish that the tour could have been longer!
Confirmed traveller: 30 June 2018
Published on: 11 July 2018
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Great service and organising
Confirmed traveller: 21 June 2018
Published on: 29 June 2018
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Plymouth GB
Very well put together itinerary, very moving trip and also some 'fun' type visits too to keep the students entertained.
Confirmed traveller: 08 March 2016
Published on: 21 March 2016
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To assist you with planning the most relevant and appropriate itinerary for your students, a Leisure & Learning destination pack complete with a full excursion list including curriculum area recommendations will be sent with every quote.

Combine This Tour

This tour is also an excellent opportunity to combine with history, and teach pupils about WW1.

Adaptable Travel can help to tailor make an itinerary based around your exact group requirements. However, below is one of our most popular 2 day itineraries.


Day 1 

Visit Louvencourt Military Cemetery and examine the poetry of Roland Aubrey Leighton - Killed 23rd December 1915, aged 20.

Poetry to be explored - “Violets from Plug Street Wood.” 

Examine the poetry of John William Streets - Killed 1st July 1916, aged 31

Poetry to be explored - “A Soldiers Funeral” and “Comrades.”

Visit Thiepval Memorial and examine the poems of Alexander Robertson - Killed 1st July 1916, aged 34.

Poetry to be explored - “Lines before Going.”

Visit Ors Village Communal Cemetery and examine the poetry of Wilfred Edward Salter Owen - Killed 4th November 1918.

Poetry to be explored - “The Sentry" - Serre, "Exposure” - Serre and “Dulce et Decorum Est” 

A look into the events of 1st July 1916 at Serre which saw the loss of Streets and Robertson. Followed by the nearby locations where Owen wrote The Sentry and Exposure.


Day 2

Visit Thiepval Orival Wood Cemetery to examine the poetry of Ewart Alan Mackintosh - Killed 21st November 1917, aged 24

Poetry to be explored - “In No Man’s Land” Hammerhead Wood Thiepval

Your group will then visit Thiepval (via Connaught Cemetery) the location of Hammerhead Sap where Mackintosh wrote his poem. Visit Devonshire Trench to examine the poetry of William Noel Hodgson - Killed 1st July 1916, aged 23.

Poetry to be explored - “Before Action”

Your group will then visit the trench which became the grave of Noel Hodgson who wrote Before Action the day before his death on 1st July 1916.

Visit Guillemont Road Cemetery to explore the work of Raymond Asquith - Killed 15th September 1916, aged 37, and Edward Wyndham Tennant - Killed 22nd September 1916, aged 19.

A visit to the graves of both men, related through marriage and both officers in the Grenadier Guards and prolific letter writers and occasional poets.

Your group can then view High Wood, Bezantin Ridge, Mametz Wood and Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves. A view of the locations where Sassoon experienced some of his most formative experiences.

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