Primary School History Trips

Our Primary School history trips are designed to be fully immersive and provide children with an engaging and enjoyable experience. We offer a range of tours that focus on different periods of history across the United Kingdom.

Our flagship tours are our 1940 Evacuee and our 1940 Invasion Tour. Other areas of the curriculum such as Medieval, Romans, Vikings and Tudors are offered. WW1 and WW2 packages to Europe are also available on request.

All tours benefit from a choice of pre-tour presentations which are both engaging and informative for children. These presentations range from talks and re-enactments to drama performances.

WW2 - UK Packages
WW2 - UK Packages

Our WW2 UK based packages are designed to place your children within a fully immersive experience and allow for insight into life during WW2.

We will work with you to design a package that ensures children thoroughly understand the life and experiences of children of similar age during WW2. Through pre-tour presentations with our WW2 Warden instructing on Air Raid drills, to object handling and bespoke visits, we will bring the history to life both within and outside the classroom.

Roman Packages
Roman Packages

Our Roman packages are designed to place your children within a fully immersive experience and allow for insight into life during Roman times.

We will work with you to design your tour package that will deliver an engaging and immersive learning environment for your pupils. Museums and presentations are chosen to ensure that your learning outcomes are achieved. This is a process which begins within school and is reinforced outside the classroom through experiential learning. There will be the opportunity to experience first-hand life within a Roman Auxilliary fort.

Viking Packages
Viking Packages

Our Viking packages are designed to place your children within a fully immersive experience and allow for insight into life during Viking times.

We will work with you to design your tour package that will deliver an engaging and immersive learning environment for your pupils. Museums and presentations are chosen to ensure that your learning outcomes are achieved. Pupils will have the opportunity to experience life within a Dark Ages settlement and visit sites first hand that relate directly to this period of British history. This can include various role play scenarios.

Medieval Packages
Medieval Packages

Our Medieval packages are designed to place your children within a fully immersive experience and allow for insight into life during Medieval times.

We will work with you to design your tour package that will deliver an engaging and immersive learning environment for your pupils. Museums and presentations are chosen to ensure that your learning outcomes are achieved. Pupils will have the opportunity to experience life within a Dark Ages settlement and visit sites first hand that relate directly to this period of British history. This can include various role play scenarios.

Tudor Packages
Tudor Packages

Our Tudor packages are designed to place your children within a fully immersive experience and allow for insight into life during Tudor times.

We will work with you to design your tour package that will deliver an engaging and immersive learning environment for your pupils. Museums and presentations are chosen to ensure that your learning outcomes are achieved. Pupils will have the opportunity to experience life as Tudor farmers, and discover the skills necessary to complete their work. Pupils will also be able to learn about Tudor lifestyles, dance and medicine.

Dynamic Tour Packages
Dynamic Tour Packages

There are a range of positive reasons why children benefit from attending a school trip. In our experience, trips are able to help with a child’s knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the topic they are studying.

We can work with you to design the tour package that you want. This may be something that lies outside the focus of history tours. Despite this, you will be allocated your own tour developer, who will work with you to design and deliver your bespoke school tour package. Whatever the destination, we will work with you to put together this experience for your children.

WW1 Continental Packages
WW1 Continental Packages

The battle of The Somme is often referred to as the darkest day in British military history and highlights the huge scale of WW1.

A Journey to The Somme will help your pupils discover the scale and impact of war whilst providing a clear insight into life of soldiers during WW1.

A journey with us, starting at the Lochnagar crater and finishing up at the Thiepval memorial will provide a breath-taking story of how the battle of The Somme unfolded.

Ypres was held by the allies throughout the WW1 but was the scene of some ferocious fighting, due to its key strategic location. Ypres also marks the first documented use of poison gas in warfare.

A journey that includes Tyne Cott, Passchendaele Museum and a wreath laying opportunity at The Last Post Ceremony will demonstrate the scale of WW1 and the importance of remembrance today.

Your pre-tour workshop, with our Private soldier, will allow students to discover the life and daily routine of many soldiers on the Western Front during WW1. This can cover; trench routine, trench life, weapons, The Somme offensive, causes of war and the involvement of local soldiers.

Alternatively, a session with our Sergeant will allow a unique experience to help your students discover life in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) during WW1.

This, combined with our object handling session, will create a fun and engaging learning environment for your pupils prior to a visit to the WW1 battlefields.

WW2 Continental Packages
WW2 Continental Packages

Normandy was the scene of the largest amphibious operation in military history. The D-Day invasion was the start of liberation for Nazi-occupied Europe.

A trip to the beaches of Normandy will bring the history to life and reinforce their classroom studies. With many significant areas and educational museums there is a vast amount of history to be discovered at Normandy.

Your pre-tour workshop, with our Warden, will allow students to discover life on the home front during WW2. This can include; blackout regulations, equipment used and issues, air raids and how children were affected during this period.

Alternatively, our Lance Corporal D-day Medic, can help your pupils discover the events leading up to D-Day. This can include; outbreak of war, medical contingency plan, the ‘Phoney’ war, disaster at Dunkirk, and casualty evacuation.

Accommodation

We believe that the accommodation for your students must be in a safe and secure environment where they can unwind and enjoy themselves. Where possible and depending on the destination, we use accommodation that has facilities that are perfect for students to relax, unwind and build great friendships. Our accommodation, depending on availability, can include: bowling alleys, football pitches, pool tables, basketball hoops and a disco.

Why Travel With Esprit?

1.- Pre-tour Presentations / Workshops

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

2.- Local History Focused/bespoke itinerary

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

3.- Face-to-face Deign Meeting

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

4.- Personal Tour Developer

Every tour comes with a pre-tour option that is unique to your tour. Our unique characters, musical drama performances or guide lectures will really bring the history to life for your pupils.

5.- Company Guide Throughout

All our tours, unless agreed prior, will be accompanied by a guide throughout. This ensures that your staff can relax and enjoy the experience just as much as your pupils

6. – Curriculum Based Package

Our Packages are based around the curriculum and age of your group. This can help your students apply their experiences with us to their exams and coursework.

7. – Flexible Tour Timings

You know your pupils better than anyone. This is why we allow for flexible timings to allow your students to get the best experience.

8.-  Help to increase interest

We can help you gather interest in your tour by offering a presentation to pupils and parents before booking so they know exactly what they are paying for.

9.- Free staff places

Our tours include free staff places, which will depend on the size of the group. A typical 49 seat coach will consist of 44 paying students and 5 completely free staff.

10. We focus on your pupils

We always put your pupils first! With you, we want to design a package that is designed exactly the way you want for your pupils. You know your pupils, we know the industry – together we can build something special!

"From the onset, it was a very humbling and unique experience. It involved a diverse group of people young and old– from visually impaired students, sighted children, blind veterans, a poet and a missionary, all of whom were from different walks of life, who all shared this fascinating experience together."

Suzy
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Fire Cadets

"The tour was an incredibly well organised trip, which was headed by our tour guide Brian [Esprit Tour Services], who was incredibly knowledgeable and shared many fascinating stories. He was instrumental in making the tour such an emotional journey for many of us.

The fire cadets and myself were very overwhelmed by the experience we had and it will be something that we will cherish forever."

Suzy
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Fire Cadets

"He (the guide) did Esprit proud and we would have no hesitation in recommending your tours to anyone interested."

Mr and Mrs Davies

"Ken (WW1 battlefield guide) was the most interesting person we have met in a long time. He was very knowledgeable about everything to do with WW1 and really brought it all to life for us, his explanations of each site we visited was amazing and it was our great pleasure to visit even though we have no known relatives who took part, it was very surreal to learn the facts and figures of the enormous amount of lost lives."

Mr and Mrs Davies

"Thanks so much for the whole WW1 experience last week. Your company was professional from start to finish and it was helpful and engaging that you asked what we were studying to tailor the workshop to exactly what the pupils needed before reading the books. Your company was punctual, efficient and the relationship you built with the kids was lovely to see. It was an exciting hands-on experience that the pupils learnt a lot from. They particularly loved the artefacts and loved being able to touch ‘something real’."

Miss Fallows
Head of Department

"I am just emailing to say thank you very much for today's sessions. The pupils really enjoyed the presentation and were talking about it for the rest of the day."

Miss Seddon
Head of History

"Esprit provided a wonderful World War 1 presentation for St. Michael's on Wyre Primary School. The room was transformed into a WW1 trench, where the children could experience what life was like for the soldiers. There was a wide variety of authentic artefacts for the children to explore, and the knowledge and professional of staff was second to none.

All of the children learned more about life during the conflict and they were keen to ask questions, which were answered expertly. This kind of presentation brings history to life, being engaging and inspiring"

Mrs Brough
Headteacher

"THANK YOU!

We have had an amazing day at school. The children really enjoyed the presentations and have learned so much."

Mrs Brough
Headteacher

"Esprit tours provided an outstanding service for our recent trip to Ypres . The trip planning and consultation pre-tour was meticulous and delivered with military precision …this was much appreciated given our tour was for blind and partially sighted young people and service veterans"

Dr Patterson
Headmaster

"The tour guide, Brian provided wonderful reflections on the Great War, peppered with intriguing and captivating short stories of individual soldiers serving 1914-1918. He demonstrated a deep knowledge, which was thoughtfully matched to the sights of interest chosen to stop at in relation to the needs of our visually impaired group. The flow of information during the journey brought the trip to life for us. It was encouraging to have post –trip visits by Esprit including for our Armistice assembly. Professional, knowledgeable, thoughtful and caring; thank you Esprit"

Dr Patterson
Headmaster