New Tour - Pompey Remembers All Sides - 2020

Pompey Remembers All Sides 2020

Remembering Pompeys Fallen On All Sides Across The Somme

20th - 21st June 2020 -  £289

After four fantastic battlefield tours across the last four years we have once again teamed up with Alan Laishley of Portsmouth WW1 research, one of Portsmouth's lead Great war researchers, to bring you a tour that again is different from the last. As the title states, it is still based around the sites and stories of "Pompey" lads, and this time we are back on the Somme. However we will not be visiting the "normal " Somme stops and as we go through the days a twist in the tale will be revealed!

Collection points at - Shepherds Crook Pub 04:00, and Cosham Post Office 04:10. Other pick up points along the M25, M20 can be arranged for anyone wishing to join the tour outside the Portsmouth area.

So why not come and join us for two days visiting, honouring and walking the battlefields of the less visited areas of the Somme, and all with huge Pompey connections....and more!

So after a pleasant journey across the channel we head straight to our first stop in Martinsart. The Pompey connections will immediately come to light, especially as we move on to the lesser visited Warloy Baillon communal cemetery. These communal cemeteries are not visited as often as the bigger cemeteries but the stories in here are no less hard hitting. Our next stop is Adelaide cemetery which by its name tells you of large Australian connections... but again the city of Portsmouth has its hold here to. Just up the road we then stop at the awe inspiring Villers Bretonneux cemetery and Australian memorial. This area is hugely sacred to the Anzacs and a ceremony on Anzac day takes place here every year. However... again there is a Pompey connection and after hearing about this you will have time to climb the memorial tower and take in the stunning views across the Somme that can be seen from the top, or if heights are not your thing then the newly built Sir John Monash museum with its fantastic displays, cafe, souvenir shop and toilets is all at hand.

After a long day on the battlefields, in the cemeteries and at the memorials, we will then head to our hotel in Peronne. Once you are all refreshed the hotel restaurant and bar will then be at hand for some well earned sustenance, rest and reminiscing on the jam packed day you have just had!

Day Two - So after some well earned rest and a good breakfast we start another busy day! Assevillers cemetery is our first stop and the Pompey connections start as we left them on day one. Next we head to Pozieres memorial and Adanac cemetery, one famous for its British connections and the other for its Canadian connections. However, both are linked through the city of Portsmouth, a story that only a man like Alan Laishley could find with his passion for the subject and his city. We then head off to a more famous site, Dantzig Alley Cemetery. The stories you will be treated to and the sights you will see here will live long in the memory. This is where the tour becomes again a little different from most. We will head to the Fricourt area and here Alan will take you on a gentle walk around the village where many different aspects of the Pompey story will be told. The walk will only be for just over an hour, but for those unable to or dont want to walk, you will be taken by coach to several other stops in line with the walk so you wont miss out! We then head to our lunch stop at the Old Blighty Cafe where a good spread will be laid on including tea and coffee for a small charge per person of no more than 15 euros.

Now we said it last year and we have said it again this year, but you can visit as many cemeteries and memorials as you like, but there is nothing more informative or a better way to get a feel for where you are, or what was happening, than walking the ground! So after lunch, in another brilliant walk designed by Alan, you will literally walk in the footsteps of some of the men of Portsmouth. As you walk across the battlefields you will hear the stories of the area, about the men of Pompey, and of the other regiments from all sides in this area. This will include some famous stories that you will have heard, but now your standing where it happened. We will stop at some of the lesser visited memorials and sites and all with Portsmouth connections in some way. This will be a gentle stroll and everyone will be encouraged to join in what will be an afternoon you will never forget. The walk will last for around two to two and a half hours. However, again if anyone thinks they will struggle with the walk we will be operating a coach tour of the same area as the walk and will be discussing the same things as the walkers.

After our afternoon / early evening of walking the ground that you wont forget, we will then head back to Calais for our ferry around 23:00. Estimated arrival back in Portsmouth will be 02:00

A non refundable deposit of £75 will secure your seat on this amazing two day tour with full payment to be received on or by March 31st 2020. We will accept payment by instalment as long as the final amount is made on time.

To be a part of another Baxters Battlefield Tours and Alan Laishley partnership battlefield tour please send all enquiries, questions or to book a place to enquiries@baxters-battlefieldtours.com or call us on 07545242257. This really is another one not to miss!

*Tour price includes collection from designated collection point, ferry crossing to and from France, coach travel across the battlefields, breakfast on day two, and one night hotel stay. (Lunch may be included on day one, but this is to be confirmed)

**Upon booking you confirm you have read and agree to our terms and conditions as per our website

***There is no single room supplement for single travellers on this tour

****As we may be supplying a picnic lunch on day one, any allergies must be made known to us upon booking