Flanders Battlefield and the Menin Gate
April 25, 2020| £45
The second tour of Flanders guided by the Shorncliffe Trust, takes you on an exploration of Flanders Battlefields and Memorials.
You will visit Hooge Trenches, Crater and Cemetery giving you an opportunity to also visit its Museum if you wish.
The Battle of Hooge, also known as the Battle of Bellewaarde, took place on a half-a-mile square of land and involved a number of battalions from the British Army where, in one 12-hour period, more than 1,000 men died in the fighting and 3,000 were injured.
We also visit Sanctuary Wood and the Passchendaele 1917 Memorial Museum, which presents the historic story of the First World War in a poignant and vivid way, with a particular emphasis on the Battle here in 1917 which is known as one of the most horrific battles from the First World War.
With almost 600,000 casualties for a movement of the frontline of merely 8 kilometres. ‘Passchendaele’ not only became a concept in the history of the First World War, it also became a symbol of the great futility of the violence of war in all its horror.
Following a stop at St. Julien to view one of the most moving memorials in the area; our day will end in Ypres to watch the Last Post Ceremony which is performed at the Menin Gate every evening at 8pm.
Travel by Coach /Eurotunnel (Passports required) NB: some places of interest will incur an additional entry fee.
Pick up points: Folkestone, Cheriton, Hythe and Ashford & Folkestone.
(Additional Entry Fees in some places of interest)