29 June-1 July 2017: WW1 Battlefields:-
29th and 30th June 2017
Somme 101 Tours – In the Footsteps of Geoffrey Malins on 1 July 1916
10.00 am and 2.00pm on both the 29th and 30th of June. Meet at the Oceanvillas Tea Room in Auchonvillers just before either 10.00am or 2.00pm for the respective tour. Tours return to the Tea Room. (http://www.avrilwilliams.eu/) Tours last for two hours.
Cost: 25 Euros per person payable on the day
1 July 2017 – Sunken Lane Event.
All welcome – booking beforehand is not necessary. Meet at the Oceanvillas Tea Room in Auchonvillers at 7.00am or in the Sunken Lane at Beaumont at 7.15am for the annual commemorative event.. Talk includes rum ration, battlefield description, depiction of whistle blowing . Each tour member will be given an envelope containing details of a specific soldier involved in the 1 July 1916 offensive so they can follow the progress of this named soldier throughout the tour. Participants will walk to the Crater before the return to Auchonvillers. Final walking tour at 2.00pm (as above)
Cost: 25 Euros per person. Payment on the day.
Showing of the film The Somme with narration on the evening of 1 July in the Conference Centre, Auchonvillers. Barbecue and concert to follow.1
18-22 September 2017: Monte Cassino – with Royal Logistic Corps group
28-30 September 2017: Green Jersey Classic Car Tour of the Somme
13-15 October 2017: Family Tree Battlefield Tour
Join Andy and Mark Smith (Militaria expert – The Antiques Roadshow) on a tour to learn about your ancestor’s time in WW1, visiting Plugstreet, Hill 60, Tyne Cot, Passchendaele, the Menin Gate and other important locations . There is something very special about visiting the places relevant to your ancestors’ lives and experiences. This tour, in conjunction with Family Tree, is aimed at family historians, providing military experts, Q&A sessions and guided tours for a small group. For itinerary, costs and details of how to book follow the links below:-
19-21 October 2017: Green Jersey Cycling Tour of WW1 Battlefields
Late October 2017 – Canadian Tour
Andy regularly leads battlefield studies and guided tours for the UK Armed Forces, schools and private clients. As an expert on trench warfare, he specialises in tours on the Western Front but travels the world with recent tours including Italy and Crete. He creates personalised tours depending on group interests and requirements, working alongside his team at Battlefield Partnerships . He is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides.
Previous tours include:-
Battle Honours Tours.
Battlefield Studies for the MOD:
Battlefield Tours for school groups and private groups:
The Sunken Road pilgrimage- Testimonial
” We all thought that we knew quite a lot about what happened in the vicinity in 1916 but your presentations proved that we still had things to learn. We had been in the Sunken Lane many times before but what we experienced that morning was very moving. On the sounding of the whistle, to follow in the footsteps of the soldiers who went over the top from there exactly one hundred years ago touched us all. (We are a group of ex. and serving Metropolitan Police officers and it takes a lot to get us feeling emotional). When we finally opened our envelopes to reveal whether we had been killed or lived on that fateful day only served to enhance those emotions already stirred by the event. All I can say to you and Steve is thank you for giving us an experience which made our whole trip worthwhile and which will stay in our memories for a very long time to come.”