School Food Technology Trip to Opal Coast

For those looking for a school trip slightly closer to home, the Opal coast region is always a popular choice.

For food technology groups, we suggest visiting a local bakery, chocolate factory, sweet factory, snail farm, pancake-making demonstration or maybe a traditional French market with fresh produce? Make it a one day school trip, or stay for a couple of days to really explore the area.

 MorningAfternoonEvening
Day 1

Depart from school

Channel crossing

Arrive in Calais

Arrive in Boulogne - time for lunch followed by a pancake-making demonstration and tasting

Group to visit Bec-a-Suc Sweet Factory

Time for evening meal followed by an evening walk around the town

Day 2

Visit a local market and traditional Boulangerie

Travel to Calais

Group to take part in a Chocolate Workshop

Channel crossing

Arrive back at school 

This price includes:

  • 1 nights' half board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • VAT at current rates to Tour Operators
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Detailed information pack
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAMOOS - our easy to use travel app
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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Bec a Suc

Bec a Suc

Your visit to this traditional sweet factory will be both fun and educational. Patrick and Kerry welcome school groups of all ages to learn how sweets are made from start to finish. The visit includes free tasters and a visit to the shop afterwards.  This is one of our most popular visits in Northern France.

Manufacturing/large scale production

Labelling and packaging

Chocolats de Beussent

Chocolats de Beussent

To start your tour, you will be given a brief history of cocoa, including how the beans are used and how they are cultivated. You will then be given a demonstration of the different manufacturing techniques, including coating and moulding. To conclude your visit, you will have the chance to sample some of the chocolates and even buy some to take home!

Materials and components

Manufacturing

Weekly Markets

Weekly Markets

The weekly markets in Pas de Calais offers a fascinating insight into rural French life. Walk around the stands; take in the atmosphere, try new foods and immerse yourself in the culture.

Understanding nutrition

Understanding the need for different types of equipment and temperatures for the storage of food

Boulangerie Le Fournil

Boulangerie Le Fournil

This traditional family-owned bakery is well worth a visit. You will have the chance to watch a baker at work in the original part of the bakery and some self-practice too. To conclude your visit, you will be able to sample fresh baguettes and croissants.

Manufacturing/large scale production


The importance of measuring/getting the correct proportions when designing/making products


Using a range of tools and equipment safely and hygienically to produce quality products

Pain Show

Pain Show

Watch how speciality pancakes are made from the basic ingredients and help to produce them. Finish your visit by enjoying your own pancake with jam or chocolate sauce accompanied by an orange juice! You will also have the opportunity to watch the traditional french "Patissiers" work the marzipan... you may even leave with a marzipan souvenir for your school!

The importance of measuring/getting the correct proportions when designing/making products

Using a range of tools and equipment safely and hygienically to produce quality products

Lille Markets

Lille Markets

Lille offers a wide variety of markets to choose from; the Wazemmes Market has a selection of food, flowers, fabrics, and exotic products and is one of the biggest and liveliest in the city. Colourful, with a “Soho” atmosphere, you’ll often hear an accordion being played. On Sundays, a flea market is set up around the Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul church. The Concert Market i...

Understanding nutrition

Social, economical, cultural and environmental considerations

P&J Calais

P&J Calais

Before you return home, make sure you stop at P&J Calais, to stock up on handmade Belgian chocolates! Chocolate workshops and demonstrations are also available.

La Gaufre du Pays Flamand

La Gaufre du Pays Flamand

An old fashioned waffle-maker where each visitor leaves with a packet of brown sugar or violet waffles. The visit also includes a demonstration of waffle making and tasting... an ideal visit for those with a sweet tooth!

Manufacturing/large scale production

Using a range of tools and equipment safely and hygienically to produce quality products

Artes Cap d'Opale

Artes Cap d'Opale is located in Ambleteuse, a peaceful seaside resort full of history north of Boulogne.

The Village Vacances is comprised of a central multi-storey building and two wings of self-contained bedrooms. The main building has rooms sleeping 2-6 people, and the bedrooms to either side sleep a maximum of five each. All accommodation is en-suite, and there are no gas appliances or other white goods in any sleeping areas. Whether groups are in the main building or one of the wings, everyone is housed contiguously.

Most rooms on the ground floor are accessible, but there are also three specially adapted rooms for handicapped guests.

The centre offers full- and half-board accommodation. Facilities include a reception, bar and restaurant. There is a classroom which can be hired out for a fee, and plenty of outdoor space for students to exercise or relax in.

Hippotel

The Hippotel is set within tranquil woodlands, just half a mile from the centre of Le Touquet.

The accommodation has rooms for up to 6 people, each with a bath or shower and separate WC. All guestrooms have a TV. Staff single rooms are available at a supplement.

In terms of communal areas, there is a games room and sauna, a bar with a terrace and games area, and two conference rooms seating up to 30 people. The hotel also has its own restaurant, offering fantastic panoramic views over both the park and the regional equestrian centre.

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Stella Maris

This popular youth centre is located in the middle of the dunes in Stella- Plage which is a beautiful quaint little seaside town.
This youth centre offers 85 rooms. Each room can sleep between 2-4 students and each with its own private WC/shower.

There is a restaurant on-site that can offer breakfast and evening meals and packed luches can also be arranged.
The reception desk is open from 08.30 until 19.00, 7 days a week and sells a selection of phonecards and postcards - there is even a daily collection from the postbox.

There is a Classroom/Meeting room, Bar & café, Giant screen TV, Video/DVD player and Karaoke machine.

Groups can watch films free of charge and can have a karaoke/disco night for 5€ per person.

This fantastic accommodation centre also has a leisure room with table football, table tennis and video games. Outdoors, students can also make use of the Sports playground (football, basketball, volleyball and badminton)

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