Gesta School Tour Operator. Connecting Lives Past and Present. WW1 Battlefields. Kraków. Berlin. Different. Member of the Travel Trust Association (Q3259).
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Gesta has not run tours for a couple of years. It was a great journey and I estimate we took between 2,000 to 2,250 stud...
11/09/2018

Gesta has not run tours for a couple of years. It was a great journey and I estimate we took between 2,000 to 2,250 students to the FWW battlefields between 2011-2016. I met some wonderful people along the way, some have gone on to make a brilliant impact on the school tour industry, a couple are no longer with us. As we near the end of the FWW centenary I want to say thank-you to all who made it possible. Over 2,000 children will have memories that will last for ever but the business itself will be closed at the end of this financial year. Many thanks to all, Steve Garnett

A privilege to have a tiny role in giving students this opportunity. An act and a commemoration they will never forget.
26/09/2016

A privilege to have a tiny role in giving students this opportunity. An act and a commemoration they will never forget.

Three very proud students from Llanishen High School who represented their school in the Last Post at the Menin Gate.

Fantastic effort by the students and staff of Ponteland High School.
26/09/2016

Fantastic effort by the students and staff of Ponteland High School.

GESTA makes a difference to how youngsters feel and see History.

A busy year ahead at GESTA. Here is Steven Jolly, in the wet, ensuring outstanding learning and remembrance. Here also a...
12/09/2016

A busy year ahead at GESTA. Here is Steven Jolly, in the wet, ensuring outstanding learning and remembrance. Here also are the results of Steven's and GESTA's work.

Five years ago today Gesta was formed. Many thanks to all those that have supported us along the way. We remain committe...
05/07/2016

Five years ago today Gesta was formed. Many thanks to all those that have supported us along the way. We remain committed to 'connecting lives past and present' and ensuring students get the best experience possible on the FWW battlefields. They and those that served on those battlefields deserve nothing less. On a personal note, five years into this, if you have a dream, pursue it.

And this evening, after dinner in Ypres, the Ponteland students have an award ceremony. Great appreciation shown for Ges...
04/07/2016

And this evening, after dinner in Ypres, the Ponteland students have an award ceremony. Great appreciation shown for Gesta and Steven Jolly.

Students of Ponteland Community High School at Lochnager Crater today.
04/07/2016

Students of Ponteland Community High School at Lochnager Crater today.

Alder Grange School wreath layers under the Menin Gate.
02/07/2016

Alder Grange School wreath layers under the Menin Gate.

02/07/2016
Shumel

Steven Jolly in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres.

Tynecote cemetery... looking impressive now, but a scene of utter devastation during WW1

Thanks for the comments Shumel. Delighted that everything went so well!
02/07/2016

Thanks for the comments Shumel. Delighted that everything went so well!

2015 was a memorable tour. But 2016 has surpassed it! We owe much of it once again to Steven Jolly. A plethora of knowledge, a mountain of passion and an all round top bloke.

02/07/2016

Students from Ponteland, Northumbria, are currently heading down the A1 to meet Steven Jolly at Dover, where they will embark for their three night stay in Ypres.

We will remember.
01/07/2016

We will remember.

Steven
01/07/2016

Steven

Totally wrapped in learning : Alder Grange students discover the silent witnesses of WW1 with Steven

24/03/2016

As we close up for a week, why not finish with a testimonial I received today from King Edward VI High School. They returned on Sunday from their tour with Steven Jolly and like so many experienced teachers say when comparing us to previous companies they have used, we really do top the bill:

"I would like to extend a huge thank you to Steve for a brilliant weekend away in France and Belgium. The children are still raving about how good a guide he was. I have done this visit before and I have never seen a guide deliver as well as Steve did, or make it as personal as he did. He got the right level of information and empathy through to the pupils. It was amazing! We are now in the process of booking again for next year. Steve also said that you could organise an Auschwitz Tour as well? Could you let me know? Many Thanks!"

Wow, nine tours in eight weeks, working with universities and schools from Cumbria to Kent! It has been our busiest peri...
21/03/2016

Wow, nine tours in eight weeks, working with universities and schools from Cumbria to Kent! It has been our busiest period since we incorporated in 2011 but we continue to 'connect lives past and present' ensuring that today's students get the best possible learning experience on the First World War Battlefields, whilst doing justice to the experiences of those who lived 1914-1918. Learning is at the heart of everything that we do. The students come first and especially in the past few days, we have proved that we are the all round package, in terms of inspiring guides, professional suppliers and outstanding safety management. Many thanks to all those who have made each tour a truly great experience.

Steven Jolly off to Ypres with students from King Edward VI High School in Stafford. Yesterday their tour began at Gomme...
19/03/2016

Steven Jolly off to Ypres with students from King Edward VI High School in Stafford. Yesterday their tour began at Gommecourt, the site of the Stafford's attack on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. On the way today, time to celebrate Mr Malone's birthday!

Very rarely does one have the opportunity to see inside Paul Hargreaves's little black book but here is a page from with...
19/03/2016

Very rarely does one have the opportunity to see inside Paul Hargreaves's little black book but here is a page from within. It shows Paul's mapping of Crayford casualties, through his research prior to their tour, which took place yesterday. Many thanks to the students and staff of Crayford Academy for an excellent, if exhausting, day in the Ypres Salient. Enjoy your weekends!

This photo reveals what GESTA is doing. Look at the students and teachers. The engagement is clear. A tour guide, Paul H...
11/03/2016

This photo reveals what GESTA is doing. Look at the students and teachers. The engagement is clear. A tour guide, Paul Hargreaves, stands raised above them reading poetry, engaging the students in the Great War. Look at the teachers, for some this is a trip they have been doing for years but they are clearly listening, also engaged. Many thanks to the students and staff of Bexley Grammar School for choosing GESTA for three years running. Many thanks also to Paul Hargreaves and James Broome for their guiding. Many thanks, finally, to all those who lived 1914-1918, whose experience of war, has taught us so much about the importance of peace. These are lessons that must not be forgotten in the twenty-first century.

84 Year 9 students from South-East London are heading to Ypres with Paul Hargreaves and James Broome.
11/03/2016

84 Year 9 students from South-East London are heading to Ypres with Paul Hargreaves and James Broome.

Given this business was created in Stafford, there is always something special about taking schools from Staffordshire o...
09/03/2016

Given this business was created in Stafford, there is always something special about taking schools from Staffordshire on their residentials. Next week we take King Edward VI High School to Arras, the Somme and Ypres and that most definitely includes Gommecourt, where this wreath was laid in 2012 by Stafford students at the graves of Stafford men. To all our followers from Blessed William Howard, who have shared trips to the FWW Battlefields and Kraków with us, we hope you are all well!

Many thanks to the students and teachers of East Manchester Academy for sharing four days on the FWW Battlefields with G...
08/03/2016

Many thanks to the students and teachers of East Manchester Academy for sharing four days on the FWW Battlefields with Gesta. On Saturday night, at the Menin Gate, the students had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of their school and the UK's Ambassador to Belgium had the privilege of meeting them. The students were a real credit to themselves. p.s. many thanks for sharing the picture Shelby.

'Sudden successive flights of bullets streak the silence.Less deadly than the air that shudders black with snow,'Extract...
07/03/2016

'Sudden successive flights of bullets streak the silence.
Less deadly than the air that shudders black with snow,'

Extract from Wilfred Owen's 'Exposure'

On their final day, snow greets the students of East Manchester Academy at Vimy Ridge.

After two powerful days in the Ypres Salient, our students from East Manchester Academy today are heading to the Somme.
06/03/2016

After two powerful days in the Ypres Salient, our students from East Manchester Academy today are heading to the Somme.

04/03/2016

Whilst our group from East Manchester bed down for the night in the refurbished Poppies 2, our Wilmington group have returned from Ypres after a day of learning, remembrance and appropriate jollity. Many thanks to James Broome and Paul Hargreaves for their busy day of guiding.

An early start, as students from Manchester and Wilmington (Kent) are about to head out to the Great War Battlefields wi...
04/03/2016

An early start, as students from Manchester and Wilmington (Kent) are about to head out to the Great War Battlefields with Steven Jolly, Paul Hargreaves and James Broome of Gesta.

Vermandovillers German Military Cemetery, Somme.
02/03/2016

Vermandovillers German Military Cemetery, Somme.

Steven
27/02/2016

Steven

Students gripped by the GESTA experience. Teachers in charge recognised the strength and skill of GESTA guide, our teaching experience merged with guiding gave students a quality experience that developed them academically and emotionally . We enthused kids, nurtured a love of history and showed our passion.

26/02/2016

158 students from both the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys and Bexley Grammar School, arrived home this evening from their visits to the First World War battlefields with Gesta. Many thanks to Paul Hargreaves and Steven Jolly for their outstanding guiding. Being at Bexley as the students left with parents, it was a pleasure to hear them giving their thanks to Paul. Lots of smiley faces after a long day!

Tonight, our tenth group from the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury, will lay a wreath at the Menin Gate...
25/02/2016

Tonight, our tenth group from the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury, will lay a wreath at the Menin Gate, on behalf of all the Old Langtonians who died in the Great War. The school's four houses are named after four of these men - William Burgess, Archie Hardman, Cyril Mackenzie and Eric Sharp. We are proud to have been working with the Langton since 2011.

25/02/2016

Many thanks to all those from the University of Cumbria and Leeds Trinity University who have left reviews of Gesta and Steven Jolly. As we near our fifth birthday, since our founding in 2011, it truly is appreciated.

Cold but a brilliant three days in Arras and on the Somme with teacher trainees from Cumbria and Leeds.
21/02/2016

Cold but a brilliant three days in Arras and on the Somme with teacher trainees from Cumbria and Leeds.

Steven
20/02/2016

Steven

In search of the story of the Newfoundlanders at Beaumont Hamel : LTU UOC trainee teachers.

20/02/2016
Bev

Bev

Just returning with my group of trainee teachers from a few days in the Somme region organised by steven on behalf of Gesta. Steven has been the perfect guide knowledgeable, well organised but most importantly full of enthusiasm and a super sense of fun!.Many thanks steven and hope we can travel with you again very soon.

Steven
19/02/2016

Steven

Arras looking wonderful in the early morning sunshine. Trainee teachers from Leeds Trinity University and the University of Cumbria all set for our day on the Somme. The story of the Leeds Pals, the Lonsdale Battalion and the Battle of the Somme awaits. Gesta connecting lives past and present through a personal and emotional approach to History. This is no ordinary story.

18/02/2016

Snow is falling in Arras tonight, where our group of trainee teachers are enjoying their evening, readying themselves for what could be a cold day on the Somme tomorrow.

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Gesta school groups are warmly invited to the WW1 centenary revival of Journey's End by R C Sherriff, live in Ypres from October 10 - November 12. We would love you to come. For more info visit http://www.journeysend.eu/
An excellent company for WW1 Battlefield tours - highly recommended.