Please note, we do not offer daytrips. This visit can only be booked as part of one of our overnight trip packages.
Sunken Lane and Hawthorn Mine

Sunken Lane and Hawthorn Mine

Visiting Sunken Lane and Hawthorn Mine during a school trip offers a profound opportunity to engage with history where it unfolded. These sites are famous for their roles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I.

At Sunken Lane, students can walk along the trench where soldiers once awaited the battle's start. It's a powerful moment that brings history to life, allowing students to imagine the intense moments before the conflict began. Educational talks here focus on the strategies used in the war, the daily lives of soldiers, and the impact of the conflict on the area.

Hawthorn Mine is another significant site, known for the massive explosion that marked the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. Today, a crater remains as a stark reminder of the war's scale and the power of human-engineered impacts. Discussions here can cover topics like military engineering, the logistics of war, and the long-term environmental and social effects of such conflicts.

Both sites provide a tangible connection to history, enhancing students' understanding through real-world experiences. These visits not only offer insights into military history but also promote reflection on peace, conflict, and the resilience of human spirit.