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NEW: 'In Flanders Fields' Ostend, Bruges & Ypres

NEW: 'In Flanders Fields' Ostend, Bruges & Ypres

On this break explore Essex Farm, where John McCrae penned his famous short poem and the cities of Ostend, Bruges and Ypres.

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During the First World War, hundreds of thousands of soldiers fought in the muddy landscapes now known as Flanders Fields. It was here the legend of the Flanders Poppy was born, as poppies grew on the disturbed ground of the battlefields and inspired the famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” On this break explore Essex Farm, where John McCrae penned his famous short poem and the cities of Ostend, Bruges and Ypres.



Return Channel crossing

Coach travel throughout

3 nights bed & breakfast

Excursions to Ghent, Ypres, Bruges & Ostend

Visit to Essex Farm


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ESSEX FARM & YPRES (FULL DAY): A full day excursion takes us first to the picturesque city of Ghent before we continue through the Flanders countryside, where the poppies which once grew here, inspired the Canadian soldier John McCrae to write his famous short poem 'In Flanders Fields'. We visit Essex Farm, where McCrae penned the poignant poem - visit the concrete Dressing Station Bunkers, the nearby cemetery and memorials before we continue to nearby Ypres for some free time. You may like to take the opportunity to visit the In Flanders Fields Museum or simply explore the array of chic shops and eateries, before witnessing the famous nightly last post ceremony at the Menin Gate at 8pm.


(FULL DAY): we travel to Bruges, the 'Venice of the North' famous for chocolate and lace. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its fairy?tale medieval center is a harmony of cobbled lanes and dreamy canals, that link market squares lined with soaring towers and historic churches. We also visit Ostend, the cosmopolitan 'City by the Sea'. This thriving seaside and fishing port is renowned for its mussels, a delicacy in Belgium and its sea specialties, including Ostend Sole (sole filled with shrimps and mussels).

Holiday Alfa Inn ***, Belgium



The family-run Alfa Inn in Blakenberge is situated in an old monastery, the hotel offers modern accommodation and is a 5-minute walk to the local beach.


Hotel Facilities:

  • Bar

  • Lift

  • Wi-Fi

  • Spa & Wellness centre


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Name Address Contact Details
Alfreton, Hall Street Alfreton - Surcharge £15pp,
Hall Street, Bus station, DE55 7BT
Arnold High St Bus Stop Arnold High Street Bus stop,
Outside leisure centre car park, NG5 7EE
Beeston, Lace Road Beeston Lace Road, behind the Cricketers pub
Bulwell Aldi Bus Stop Bulwell, Aldi Bus stop SW12
Sellers Wood drive, NG6 8GE
Chesterfield Bus Station Chesterfield Coach Station,, Beckingham Way
S40 1TH
Derby Bus Station Derby, Bus Station
Bay 27 & 28, DE1 2AY
East Midlands Parkway East Midlands Parkway
Nottingham, NG11 0EB
Heanor Market Place Heanor Market Place, Wilmott Street Surcharge £15p
(Market Square side) DE75 7EG
Ilkeston, Wharncliffe Rd Ilkeston, Wharncliffe Rd, Surcharge £15pp
Market Place, DE7 5GF
Leicester, St Margarets St Margarets Bus Station, Bus Bay SV, Leicester
Gravel Street, Leicester LE1 3AG
Long Eaton, The Green Long Eaton, The Green
Outside Wilkinsons, NG10 1HQ
Loughborough Amber rooms Loughborough Amber rooms, The Rushes
LE11 5BE
Mansfield Bus Station Mansfield Bus station , Bay A
Quaker Way, Mansfield, NG18 1JJ
Nottingham Mount St Nottingham, Mount Street
Alongside the Grosvenor Casino, NG1 6HE
Ripley, Market Place Ripley, Market Place, Surcharge £15pp
Express Stand DE5 3FJ
Sheffield Pond Hill Pond Hill, Opposite Penny Black Public House
S1 2BG
Toton Lane Tram Stop Toton Lane Tram Stop Park and Ride
Toton Lane Tram Stop, NG9 7JA

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