WWI Centenary
History School Trips

WWI Centenary
History School Trips

2014 to 2018 marks 100 years since World War I and this period provides a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your students to not only embark on a school battlefields tour to the Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, but also play their part in creating a long-lasting legacy of the conflict.

In October 2012, former Prime Minister David Cameron said, 'Our duty with these commemorations is clear. To honour those who served. To remember those who died and to ensure that the lessons learnt live with us forever.' To further quote Mr Cameron, 'That is exactly what we will do', by enhancing our already popular World War I Battlefields Tour to Ypres and the Somme to create something truly unforgettable.

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Why Rayburn?

  • Completely tailor-made experience to match your requirements
  • Team of experts with over 50 years’ experience
  • Dedicated History Tour Guides for even more input and guidance on tour
  • Designed to meet the aims of the National Curriculum

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The Western Front - October 2018
From £220pp

Take a look at our unique package to the Western Front in October 2018 where history will be brought to life as you visit key First World War sites.

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Retrace Your Local Regiment's Footsteps

What better way to help your students step into the stories of the First World War than by uncovering the facts of individuals and the regiment local to your school? A unique service offered by Rayburn Tours provides you with research that allows you to retrace the footsteps of your local regiment as they took to the battlefields and trenches in Ypres and the Somme during the First World War.

As you share this information and we tailor your itinerary to visit some of these important locations, there’s no doubt that this research will make your commemorations more poignant and help students to empathise with soldiers who came from the areas in which many of them are living today.

Family History Research

Should your students have relatives who are known to have died in the war, our History Tours Consultant will endeavour to uncover information about them, their regiment and the battles in which they fought. In many cases, we can tailor your itinerary to visit these locations.

Battlefield Guides

Prepared, assessed and registered in accordance with the Guild of Battlefield Guides’ standards of knowledge and practice, we have carefully selected a handful of guides who will use their extensive knowledge of the World War I Battlefields to support you in delivering historical information ‘in-the-field’.

On-hand for the entire duration of your trip, the enthusiasm and knowledge of each of our Battlefield Guides and History Tour Guides can’t fail to rub off on your students, helping them to gain even more from their Battlefields Tour. Find out more about our History Tour Guides in our Useful Information section below. 

Safety and Financial Security

At Rayburn Tours we’re proud of our continual commitment to safety. We monitor the safety of all aspects of our trips so that you can focus on having a memorable experience for all the right reasons.

When you choose Rayburn Tours you can be rest assured that your school trip is in safe and secure hands thanks to our years of experience and all the right policies and accreditations behind us.


Learn more about our Safety and Financial Security policies
  • ABTA Bonding and ATOL Licensing
  • Safety Management System Policy
  • Risk Management Handbook
  • Crisis Management System
  • School Travel Forum Membership
  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Specialist School Travel Insurance Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What safety support do you have in place for clients choosing to tour with you?

    At Rayburn Tours we are proud of our continual commitment to safety. Clients who tour with us can be assured that we have the following support services and systems in place: Safety Management System, Generic Risk Management, Crisis Management System, ATOL Licensed, ABTA Bonded, insurance, 24-hour emergency contact system, hotel audits, coach audits and activity audits. 

    In addition, we are a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), giving you the reassurance that all of our trips meet, or indeed exceed, the safety standards required by your school and Local Authority.

  • Do you provide risk assessments for the visits you offer?

    You can download our Generic Risk Management Handbook which will help you complete your risk assessment for your school or Local Authority. The aim of the handbook is to provide all tour leaders with supportive suggestions to help raise awareness to risk, suggest control measures to help mitigate the risk and manage risk pro-actively. For further assistance, please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to help.

  • Are all of your coaches audited?

    UK coaches: Yes, all of our UK coach companies are audited by our in-house team. Copies of which can be made available to you.

    Foreign coaches: It is important to remember that each country is governed by their own standards and laws and these may differ from UK law. We request that an audit is completed by the foreign coach company which includes confirmation of the following: they will comply with all national, local and other laws, rules and codes of practice, and that all services contracted shall be performed with all due skill, care and diligence The vehicle is fully insured for the duration of the tour.

  • Can I talk to Rayburn Tours whilst out on tour?

    Yes, a 24-hour emergency phone number will be provided in your final documents pack and one of our experienced members of staff will be happy to help with any problems you have whilst out on tour.

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