Things to do

Surrounded by history, No.fifty6 is the perfect base from which to explore the region of Picardy and the Somme. 

THE SOMME BATTLE EXPERIENCE – WALK WITH ME.
Whether you’ve been to the Somme before or visiting for the first time, David and Julie offer a battlefield experience like no other.  Don’t expect a dry, old history lesson here.  Their passion and knowledge of WW1 history is brought to life as they take you through a fully immersive, emotional journey and sensory experience.

Whether you’re interested in tracking down family ties or simply interested in the history, your hosts will personalise your experience with real, individual stories and accounts of life as a soldier in 1916.

A SLICE OF FRENCH LIFE
From coffee to cognac, painting to photography, shopping to people watching, the nearby towns offer a taste of French life at its best.

  • Take a coffee in Albert Square and marvel at the Basilica
  • Fill your suitcase with gifts from the Christmas markets in Arras and Amiens
  • Enjoy the beautiful countryside and quietly watch the native wildlife
  • Go on a steam train at Le p'tit train de la Haute Somme
  • Experience the big town atmosphere on a day out to Lille or Paris
  • Enjoy fine French dining at one of many wonderful restaurants
  • At the end of the day, relax with interesting people in the warm, candle lit lounge at No.fifty6

We are happy to recommend places to visit and restaurants to eat at in the evenings.  If you would like any further information, please contact us.

30th June 2017

As you read this, the commemorations which mark the 101st year since the commencement of the Battle of The Somme will be taking place. Today ceremonies will be held across the Somme from Lochnagar to Fricourt German Cemetery and many other locations across the Somme. We will take a moment of quiet reflection to think about the events here 101 years ago and the shadow those events still cast all these years later.

June has been hot – heatwave time and the fields are dry and bronzed. The farmers shake their heads at the lack of rain (unusual here) and irrigation pipes are springing up across the fields. As always the different weather brings a different beauty to the beautiful part of France we are lucky enough to call home.

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Thank you for the wonderful photos Sarah Franklin taken tonight from our front garden. https://t.co/Svk0LGNnyC

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