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Our Finest Hour: Britain at Bay 1066 - 1940, led by Will Fowler

12th – 15th September 2021

4 days from £595pp

This tour will look at some of the beaches where the Germans intended to land, the plans to defend the British Isles if the Germans had achieved a foot hold, but crucially the role of the Royal Air Force in the air battle that has been immortalised as The Battle of Britain.
  • Accompanied by expert military history guide, Will Fowler
  • Attend the ceremony at The Battle of Britain Memorial on 15th September 
  • Act of Remembrance and opportunity for personal grave visits at Hawkinge CWGC Cemetery 
  • Visits to the Bomber Command Memorial at Beachy Head, Dover Castle and Kent Battle of Britain Museum 
  • Train ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch narrow gauge railway 
  • After dinner talk by Will Fowler 

Our Finest Hour – Britain at Bay, led by Will Fowler

In the summer of 1940 Britain stood alone. The armed forces of Nazi Germany had conquered the nations of Western Europe and now it seemed were poised to launch an amphibious assault on the British Isles. We had been here before but then the enemy was the French. German army staff officers began drafting a plan code named Unternehmen Seelöwe - Operation Sealion. It was ambitious but feasible if the Luftwaffe could ensure air dominance – this would mean that they would be in a position to neutralise the Royal Navy and ensure safe passage across for the shipping that was being prepared to cross the English Channel. Our tour will look at some of the beaches where the Germans intended to land, the plans to defend the British Isles if the Germans had achieved a foot hold, but crucially the role of the Royal Air Force in the air battle that has been immortalised as The Battle of Britain.  

Britain had been threatened before – in the late 18th Century French forces had massed on the cliffs overlooking the Channel and the British Army had manned defences - Martello Towers along the south and east coasts. The last successful invasion had taken place many centuries before when the Normans under King William had landed and defeated the Anglo Saxons north of Hastings. The country would endure a brutal occupation under what was then Europe's superpower.  

Your Accommodation

Ashford International Hotel

★★★★
Overview

The Ashford International Hotel is conveniently located on the doorstep of all that Kent has to offer and has everything you need for a relaxing stay.  With its first-class facilities, this purpose-built hotel has 179 contemporary, air-conditioned guest rooms and is popular with both business and leisure travellers. 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
The Horizon Restaurant offers all-day dining including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with a seasonal menu featuring modern British cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. In the Quench Bar guests can enjoy lighter bites and is the perfect place to watch the world go by. The hotel has a stunning swimming pool, sauna and steam room and a well-equipped fitness centre offering a range of exercise classes. The luxurious spa also offers a range of treatments to help you relax and unwind. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
Guest rooms at the Ashford International Hotel are decorated with bold colours and are the epitome of comfort, with just the right amount of space to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. These lovely rooms have either a double or twin bed with high quality bed linen and are available as a double/twin share or for sole use.  

All rooms are equipped with the following: 

  • En-suite with bath and / or shower 
  • Complimentary toiletries 
  • Desk and office chair 
  • High speed Wi-Fi 
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 
  • 24-hour room service 
  • TV 
  • Direct dial telephone 
  • Climate control 
  • Complimentary use of leisure facilities