See the V2 rocket launch facilities with World of BMW

By Liam Marsden -

Touring & travel

 31 March 2011 16:43

Got nothing planned for the middle of May and fascinated by history? Then perhaps you'd like to treat yourself to the Batllefields Tour, run by World of BMW.

The Battlefield Tour covers Normandy, Picardy and Belgium, visiting some of the most poignant historical sites in those areas, including the Some, Ypres and the Menin Gate, where the Last Post is still played every night at 8pm.

The trip is hosted by long-time BMW tour guide Martin Pegler. Martin said: “You don’t need to be a history buff to come on this tour, there’s a huge amount to see and do.

"The roads are very well maintained and, wonderfully, almost deserted. You can ride for hours and not see more than two or three cars. The landscape around the Somme is perfect for riding and a motorcycle is the ideal transport for the destinations we visit.

“Of course, the big selling point of this tour is the historical aspect. We’ve picked some of the most poignant sites to visit, including the Somme, Ypres and the Menin Gate. In addition to the memorials and actual battlefields, we’ve secured the rare opportunity to see a fully-restored WWI tank up close.

“One of the highlights of the tour is the visit to the V2 rocket launch facilities, a site which saw huge technical innovations which went on to kick start the space race and, within just 30 years, allowed mankind to plant a flag on the Moon."

The Battlefields Tour takes place from 12-16 May. For more information visit