WWI Experience

Whether you are looking for an introduction to the subject of the World Wars for young groups or an intensive week of history, young people take a journey through WWI immersive stories and facts supported by practical exercises to expand their understanding. This programme provides two full days of WWI experiences, plus other activities and excursions tailored to your requirements.

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WWIexperiencefor7 11s

Suitable for

Primary schools

Secondary schools

As part of your programme, your group can get involved in a selection of activities including:

  • Archery
  • Fencing
  • Climbing
  • French games
  • Circus Skills
  • Team Tech
  • Beach games
  • Beach art
  • NEW Chateau Mystery
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Plus, exciting evening entertainment sessions such as:

  • Disco
  • Mini Olympics
  • Scrapheap Challenge
  • Beach walk
  • NEW Night trail
  • NEW French movie night
  • NEW French Bingo


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Recommended excursions for primary and secondary schools

  • Wellington Quarry in Arras – A fantastic, experiential and thought provoking visit to a set of medieval chalk quarries that were joined up during WWI by New Zealand tunnelers and used by the British to hide 28,000 soldiers for eight days before launching a surprise attack on the Germans in 1817.
  • Vimy Ridge – Ten minutes from Arras, this site has reconstructed and preserved trenches and defences from WWI and saw fighting between France, Britain and Canada against the Germans on hill 145. The group will explore life in the trenches and different battle tactics before visiting the memorial monument.
  • WWI Battlefields – A full day on the Somme battlefields. Our guides deliver personal stories of bravery and sacrifice, showing a true picture of WWI across five sites:
    - Albert Trench Museum
    - Mansell Copse
    - La Boisselle – Lochnagar Crater
    - Beaumont Hamel
    - Thiepval
  • Allied and German cemetery - visit the cemeteries of the Allied and German forces, compare the two and discuss their differences. At the end of WWI the Allies buried their dead with respect and dignity in beautiful, well maintained cemeteries presented to the allied countries by France. But what of the fallen German soldiers?
  • Dieppe – a half day visit to the busy port town to learn about the town's history. The group will learn about Operation Jubilee, a tactical beach landing during WWII, students will recreate the raid by storming the beach to experience how it might have been.
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Your group could also experience French food as part of their visit we recommend:

  • Visit to a local produce market: Abbeville on Wednesdays (40 minutes away), Mers-les-Bains on Thursdays (20 minutes away), Eu on Fridays (20 minutes away), Dieppe on Saturdays (30 minutes away). Groups can buy their own picnic to eat on site, and also do a French language exercise using their workbooks.
  • A fantastic hands-on visit to an organic goats’ cheese farm near Neufchatel (1hr and 10 minutes from the Château, half-day visit). The children get to learn all about life on the farm, to pet and milk the goats and finally taste all the produce, from milk and yoghurts to cream cheese.
  • NEW An educational visit to the local cider orchards in Criel-sur-Mer (within walking distance of the Château). The children learn all about the life cycle of the apple and how juice, cider and apple vinegar is made.
  • A meal at a local restaurant on Criel seafront, within walking distance of the Chateau, with a large available choice.
  • A visit to a traditional Creperie in Dieppe ...this is a great opportunity to practice in French. 
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Here are some suggested visits on the way to or from the Chateau:

  • Visit Nausicaa, one of Europe’s largest sealife centres with over 35,000 marine creatures to discover.
  • Biscuiterie d’Hardelot: visit a traditional biscuit factory and attend demonstrations of how they are made – and how they taste!
  • Chocolaterie de Beussent – the passionate owner of this small chocolate factory takes the group through the process of chocolate making, with a tasting at the end!
  • A commemorative visit to Etaples Commonwealth Military Cemetary near Boulogne-sur-Mer


Learning outcomes

If you’d like to, you can combine your programme with your choice of learning outcomes to maximise the impact for your pupils. The learning outcomes which naturally sit within this programme are:


Demonstrate self-confidence in themselves and show trust and support for others.


Be able to demonstrate resilience through exposure to failures and overcoming difficult challenges.

Life skills

Achieve goals, adapt positively to change and see setbacks as opportunities to learn.