Not just a coach tour, but a personal experience
We are a family based company which is operated by Steve and Susan Cocks. We offer a limited number of battlefield tours each year in order that we can provide the quality of personal service that is the leading aim of our company. We are a publicly listed limited liability company. Our tours are bonded by ABTOT for your protection and peace of mind.
Battlefield Tour Organisation
We are totally committed to the excellence in the quality of our battlefield tours; each tour is the result of careful research, meticulous planning and pre-visits to all sites and accommodation together with personal service throughout the tour. Group members are provided with appropriate written background information, maps and diagrams. Tours include illustrated presentations before dinner, where the schedule allows, for those who want this. Your guide will be aware of the interests of group members and make every effort to address these where possible. We only use new executive style coaches, with reclining seats, seat belts, a toilet and air conditioning. In addition to this, we limit the number of passengers we take on each battlefield tour to 32 and so ensure that the coach is not full. We believe that this will not only ensure you have a more enjoyable tour but it also enables us to treat all our passengers as individuals and so make your tour a more memorable one since you will not be ‘herded’ around in large groups. We serve complimentary tea and coffee en route and bottled water is also provided each day. We are available throughout the day and evening and you are welcome to join us for your evening meal or just a drink. Because of the nature of our walking tours, the details of the organisation on these tours may vary. Please visit the tour page to see the relevant details.
We choose three or four star hotels in central locations for you as this gives you the option to eat in the hotel or to sample meals in local restaurants. Breakfast is always provided at the hotel.
Our passengers join our battlefield tours from across the UK, and indeed from across the world. We have pick up points that are convenient for a range of road, rail and air journeys; we can advise you of a selection of pick up points where you can safely leave your car and, if you wish, stay overnight close to the M4, M25, M26 and M20. There are regular internal flights and train services to Gatwick Airport where we regularly pick up passengers. We are always happy to assist you by discussing your travel arrangements and pick up point from wherever you are travelling
Steve is a History graduate and was Head of History before he became a secondary school Headteacher. He has a long-standing interest in the First World War, in which his grandfather served for four years, and a passion for twentieth century history and the Second World War, in which his uncle served in the RAF and was awarded the DFC. He has led tours to the battlefields for over 20 years and uses his in-depth knowledge of the history of the 1st and 2nd World Wars to bring the sites to life. Steve is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and is a guide on our tours.
Susan studied both History and English at university and has worked as a Head of English and Assistant Headteacher. She achieved an MA in First World War Studies with Birmingham University and has a deep interest in the poetry and literature of The Great War. She acts as tour manager on many of our tours ensuring the comfort of those who travel with us and dealing with any issues that could affect the quality of your experience. She also guides on some tours.