Explore Somme Battlefield History as a Family

Introduce the kids to World War I history from your cosy base at Butterworth Farm cottage just 90 minutes’ drive from Calais, a B&B with handy self-catering facilities that make it ideal for families discovering the Somme.

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Midway between Paris and the Channel ferry port of Calais, Pozières, a now-tranquil spot, is an unmissable site on the Australian Remembrance Trail. It’s associated with unprecedented Australian sacrifice after the village and the ridge on which it stands became an imporIn the heart of the Somme battlefields area, halfway between Paris and the Channel ferry port of Calais, the village of Pozières couldn’t be better located for families keen to learn about the Picardy region’s wartime history. Just a 10-minute drive away, the Musée Somme 1916 enthrals older and younger visitors alike with its recreation of trench life within the crypt of a basilica once used as air-raid shelters. You’re also 10 minutes from Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial with its partly intact network of trenches, and less than 20 minutes from Froissy, where you can ride the petit train de la Haute Somme - last remnant of a WWI military rail network.
Occupying a former barn, the B&B also has handy self-catering facilities, with a shared kitchen and dining room, living area and terrace. It’s named for British composer George Butterworth, who died in a trench nearby.
Marie and Bernard, your hosts, talk about Butterworth a great deal as well as referring to their property as ‘George’s home’.
“George is with us all the time” they say. They are in contact with Butterworth’s family, who come to participate at a remembrance service for the poet each year.
The family suite is large, with two separate rooms and a shared bathroom. The perfect place for a few days introducing the kids to the legacy of the First World War.
tant German defensive position during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Among memorials in Pozières is one to the 1st Australian Division, as well as the windmill site, which recognise the gallant efforts of the Australians in securing the ridge. Australian official historian Charles Bean said that the Pozières ridge "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth."
Vegemite in the fridge makes Australian visitors feel at home at Butterworth Cottage, where guests from all over the world stay in the B&B which has handy self-catering facilities. Occupying a cosy converted barn, the property is named for British composer George Butterworth, known to have died about 300 metres from the entrance to the barn. His body has never been found. Marie and Bernard, your hosts, talk about Butterworth a great deal as well as referring to their property as ‘George’s home’. They are in contact with Butterworth’s family, who come to participate at a remembrance service for the poet each year.
Pozières is also handy for exploring other nearby war sites including the Musée Somme 1916 in Albert, a 10-minute drive away. The Australian Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux is also easily accessible, less than 30 minutes’ drive away. In Pozières you really are in the heart of the Australian battlefields and especially in the heart of the action of the Battle of the Somme.

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Butterworth Farm is built on the site of the my family farm, where I passed my childhood. Returning in 2000, with my wife Marie, we have rediscovered this village, completely destroyed in the Battle of the Somme.

 

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