Bring history to life as you journey back in time to the Belgium Battlefields with your Scouts and Guides to experience the reality of the First World War. With real life replicas of reconstructed trenches, a landscape encompassing cemeteries and memorials, and historic cities to discover, this trip will bring to life the scale of sacrifice as well as allow your group to get hands on with the interactive elements along the way.
With so much to explore when visiting Belgium, we’ve put together our list of the top places to visit.
1. Menin Gate – The Last Post Ceremony
The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate is a deeply moving experience and one not to be missed when visiting the Battlefields. Engage in a moving tribute dedicated to the fallen soldiers and make the experience all the more poignant with an opportunity to lay a wreath to pay your respects.
2. Tyne Cot Cemetery
11,900 people who served the British Empire were buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery. Presented immaculately, with several guided tours available, a visit to this Commonwealth War cemetery is a great way to understand the historical rudiments of the First World War.
3. Sanctuary Wood Museum
With real life replicas of the British trenches to trek through and the opportunity to envisage life as a soldier during the war, this museum gives a unique perspective of trench life. The exhibition will give your Scouts and Guides a historical understanding of the thousands of soldiers who fought.
4. Trip to Bruges
Give your Scouts and Guides a taste of Belgian culture with a visit to the medieval city of Bruges. Meander along the canal-lined, cobbled streets and be sure to pay a visit to the souvenir and chocolate shops along the way.
5. De Kluis Campsite
The perfect base for your Battlefields experience, De Kluis Scout Centre has it all for your Scout or Guide adventure! The campsite is in Belgium’s green heart, whilst being just a short distance from Bruges, Brussels and Ypres. Enjoy outdoor adventures and embrace new challenges such as swimming, tree-top assault courses and forest biking.
What are you waiting for?
Explore the Battlefields today!