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2 weeks ago I joined Brighton Hill School to follow them on their 3-day journey onto the Battlefields of Belgium and France. For me at the age of 46 this was a first. Having had little interest in the subject myself in my secondary school years, I will be writing this blog honestly as I found it, what I witnessed in the kids and most importantly for me, the role the History Tour Guides played.

School Children visiting Thiepval Memorial

Venturing onto the Battlefields with a guide: Impactful, thought-provoking and memorable

2 weeks ago I joined Brighton Hill School to follow them on their 3-day journey onto the Battlefields of Belgium and France. For me at the age of 46 this was a first. Having had little interest in...

Where to ski in the USA at Easter

The United States of America – a skier’s dream! When it comes to choosing the perfect time to hit the slopes on a school ski trip, we find that most teachers approach us with February Half Term...

Most under-rated School Ski Resorts in Italy!

In our opinion, it doesn’t get much better than Italy for a school ski trip. Why? Most school ski resorts in Italy offer high altitude skiing, Olympic pistes and great skiing conditions, with...
City of Reykjavik from above, Capital of Iceland

Quirky things to do in Reykjavik on an Iceland School Trip

Quirky things to do in Reykjavik and fun facts to share with students! We’ve created this light-hearted list of fun and quirky things to do in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik. You’ll also...

How to make your tour more sustainable

As teachers of various subjects we face a dilemma. Taking our students out of the classroom to explore the world around them has always been a fundamental ingredient of the education we provide....
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The Rayburn Machine

The production line to create your perfect tour!   Over the years, we’ve come to understand that when planning a tour you need one dedicated point of contact here at Rayburn Tours HQ. This...
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The perfect insurance plan for you

Aviva, we love you!   The team at Rayburn have worked long and hard to find the right provider to be our travel insurance partner in 2022 and beyond. The safety and security of our groups out on...

What Teachers & Students have to say about Iceland!

We know the importance of honest feedback, and after an extended break from travel (for obvious reasons), we decided to not only survey teachers, but also ask the students. We surveyed our...
Students on tour

How can a school trip help your students to think like a Geographer?

Geographical issues are wide ranging, important and complex. Geography should promote an awareness, interest and understanding of the world’s people and places, helping students understand the...
Iceland

Why going above and beyond is worth every minute

I’m a full-time teacher, so what’s in it for me?   Now that’s the burning question that will linger in your mind for all of a millisecond. It’s a question that is quickly quashed when...
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Oh Iceland, how we’ve missed you!

We were thrilled to get school groups back out to Iceland this February Half Term, and it seems the excitement was shared by teachers, students and our Field Study Tutors too, Cath Rule, Geography...
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5 reasons why you should book your tickets to the 2022 UK Choir Festival now!

If you’ve been thinking about booking a space for your choir at this year’s UK Choir Festival, or just a spot for yourself to go and check it out, then look no further. If these 5 reasons don’t...