A family trip to Talbot House in Poperinge Belgium with children in early teens; an excellent on site museum with hand held computerised info for kids and adults, along with short excerpts from those with living memory, and films of the period. It is possible to stay at Talbot House, the accommodation is simple and clean, the hospitality is we what we would assume was enjoyed by our forefathers while getting some R&R. Run by friends of Toc H club which began at Talbot House. Superb breakfast and atmosphere. Walk in the steps of soldiers who visited Talbot House during the Great War.
Poperinge has a large market square with accommodation and places to eat and drink, the "Killing Post" at the site of the prison for soldiers who were assumed to be guilty of some misdemeanour is now a small museum.
Ypres is only a short drive away also with an excellent interactive museum and of course the Menin Gate ceremony at 8pm each day. Paschendale museum also a short drive away.
Drive up to Hull for overnight Ferry crossing, all the Flanders Fields is about 1-2hrs drive from Zeebrugge. Eating in the large market square in Ypres is good and easy free parking after 6pm.
Our children did not find it tedious in fact they were very interested and moved by the environment. The garden to the rear of Talbot House is kept in immaculate condition a delight to sit in and contemplate. My grandfather visited this place and told me about it.
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