Stanta – Battle Training Ground

Available Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
18/08/2022 - 18/08/2022 Guaranteed £32.00
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Thetford Forest

Overview

Many will have seen the red & white ‘STANTA’ signs near Thetford.  But what is it…….??

Stanford Training Area (STANTA), originally known as Stanford Battle Area, is a British Army training area situated in the English county of Norfolk. The area is approximately 30,000 acres (120 km2) in size; it is some 7 miles (11 km) north of the town of Thetford and 25 miles (40 km) south-west of the city of Norwich. The site is run by the Operational Training and Advisory Group (OPTAG).

The area was originally established in 1942 when a battle training area was required and a ‘Nazi village’ established. Military exercises were already known in the area; tanks had deployed to Thetford in the First World War. The complete takeover involved the evacuation of the villages of Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford, Sturston, Tottington and West Tofts.

The area was used during the run-up to the D-Day invasion and since then has hosted many exercises. A regular visitor is 16 Air Assault Brigade who hold their annual Gryphon exercises there. It is also used by cadets to complete Fieldcraft exercises.

In 2009 a 12.5-acre (51,000 m2) village designed to replicate its Afghan equivalent, was added to the Battle Area for the training of troops deployed in support of the War in Afghanistan. The site, built at a cost of £14 million, is state of the art and manned by Afghan nationals, ex-Gurkha soldiers and amputee actors, who simulate the Afghan National Army, locals and wounded soldiers.  The village includes houses, a market and a mosque. It also features a system that pumps out smells like rotten meat and sewage.

Further details can be seen by clicking here.

Only a handful of tours are arranged each year and IC Travel have secured a rare opportunity to visit this secretive location.  Under 16’s not permitted.

Price includes  a donation to Military Charities.

Price Includes

  • Executive coach travel and the services of an IC Travel courier
  • Entry and tour
  • Donation to military charities

Price Excludes

  • Meals and refreshments

Itinerary

Day 1

Coach departs Taverham 1.30pm
Local pickups en route
Return time TBC

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Stanta – Battle Training Ground
From £32.00
per Adult

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