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Picardy - Somme - Peronne


Once a frontier town between France and Spanish Flanders, taking a prime position on a prominent hill above the River Somme, Peronne has been subjected to many sieges and struggles in its history. The 13th Century Chateau - parts of which still stand today - and its ramparts have survived numerous invasions and several sieges since Medieval times. After sustaining considerable damage in the Great War, these fortifications have been restored and now provide a home to the renowned Historial de la Grande Guerre museum, an essential visit for anyone with an interest in learning more about World War One.

Peronne's location means it is an ideal starting point for school groups wishing to follow the Circuit of Remembrance, a route which takes in some of the most significant sites of the conflict which now stand as lasting memorials to the many different nationalities fighting for the Allies, including the Newfoundland Memorial, Thiepval Memorial, the Ulster Tower and the Lochnagar Crater - among many others.

Visitors to the town itself are spoilt with many parks, gardens and lakes. Cam Park and its lake which runs alongside the walls of the ramparts offers a children's playground, minigolf course, pedaloes and rowing boats. Another lake runs alongside the Boulevard des Anglais, named in recognition of English efforts in the defence and reconstruction of the town. Indeed, at the end of the road, the Blackburn Bridge, honours the role of the Lancashire town in donating funds to help rebuild Peronne in the aftermath of the hostilities.

Visitors should ensure they take a moment to pay their respects at the local war memorial - 'Picardy Cursing War'. The statue is of a woman standing over the body of a fallen soldier vengefully shaking her fist in frustration and despair.

Accommodation Centre

Situated in a quiet street just off one of the main thoroughfares of the town and close to the Boulevard des Anglais, this Auberge offers peaceful surroundings and views of the ramparts, river and a park.

Accommodation Features

This former Hotel has been fully refurbished and opened to school groups in May 2012.

* Up to 80 guests can be accommodated in 24 fully en-suite bedrooms on two floors

* 2 to 5 beds per room (single or bunks) on each of the three floors

* 4 bedrooms adapted for disabled guests

* 100 seat dining room

* 100 capacity equipped meeting room

* TV room, social space and bar

Other Centres

Euroculture is pleased to present three other residential centres in this region.


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