Each year, Rayburn Tours help hundreds of students and teachers bring the Western Front battlefields to life. As such, there is a great emphasis on ensuring the Education Team members have also explored the sites where the fighting took place and battles unfolded, so that we can offer you the very best experiences on your History Trip .
This time last week, four members of the Education team – Lucy, Jackie, Silvia and Cath – embraced the opportunity to head out of the Rayburn Tours office and experience a battlefields tour to the Somme for themselves.
The weekend included visits to a selection of key sites, including Newfoundland Park, the former German strong point of Thiepval, the immense Lochnagar Crater, Ulster Tower and Musée Somme 1916. The group were guided through the battle’s events as well as hearing moving accounts of individual soldiers bringing home the harsh realities of war.
The trip also included some more unusual visits to the ‘Village of the professions of yesterday’ museum as well as an eel farm, where Jackie bravely took one for the team and held one of the critters.
Have a peek at what they got up to below…