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

Pick-up from school

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive in Calais

 

Group to visit a bakery

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

Arrive in Lille - group to visit a waffle factory

Demonstration and tasting with a professional chef (including lunch)

 

Depart Lille and head back to Calais

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive back at school 

 

This price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel (TV/video/WC/seatbelts)
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Pancake-making demonstration and tasting
  • Return ferry/Eurotunnel crossings
  • Cookery demonstration with a professional chef
  • Detailed information pack
  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAT
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

A la Bonne Gaufre

A la Bonne Gaufre

At this old style waffle factory, you will discover the history of the waffle, as well as learn about how this delicacy is produced. Your visit will include waffle tasting at the end, where you will get to try out all the different flavours!

Bêtises de Cambrai (Sweet Factory)

Bêtises de Cambrai (Sweet Factory)

A "bêtise" is a mistake, something stupidly done or gone wrong. The story goes that in the 19th century, young Monsieur Afchain was an apprentice in his parents confiserie (founded in 1830). His mother scolded him for making sweets that were not right according to the family recipe - she shouted that he had made "bêtises". However, his mistakes were so popular with ...

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

Manufacturing/large scale production

FUAJ Boulogne

Situated halfway between the port and the old town, the Auberge Annette Allan-Lantz is in an ideal location for visiting Boulogne and the Pas-de-Calais. Run by very friendly staff, this centre is enjoyed by school groups every year.

Pupils will be in multi-bedded en-suite bedrooms and staff in twins (a supplementary charge applies for single staff rooms).

Breakfast is served at the hostel every day, and both evening meals and packed lunches are available on request.

It offers WiFi, a pool, table tennis table, a garden and a TV area. An activity room can be reserved for group activities.

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Hippotel

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

The accommodation has rooms of 2 to 6, 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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