04 April 2018

Spotlight on...Normandy!

The beautiful region of Normandy lies just across the Channel, making it a great choice for a school trip that avoids having to spend too long sat on a coach.

And yet, it’s still relatively free from the tourist hordes, which rush through the region and on to Paris.

In our opinion, Normandy is still a real hidden gem. Plus, there are educational activities here for any number of subjects, including French, history and food technology, meaning it’s a great choice for a cross-curricular tours.

It’s not just medieval history here either. Normandy was the setting for the Allied Landings that brought an end to WW2. And there are a number of fantastic visits here where students can find out more about this pivotal historical moment.

These include Arromanches Landings Museum and the Pegasus Bridge Museum. It’s also possible to visit the very beaches on which Allied forces landed.

Normandy is also a wonderful option for food technology groups. This region is famous for its dairy cattle and apple orchards, and this is reflected in its gastronomy. Butter, cream and cheese rule the roost here, and many dishes are hearty and rich.

Got a sweet tooth? Normandy is also the birthplace of brioche and is well known for its confectionary too, especially the Isigny caramels, which you can watch being made!

Unusually for France, very little wine is produced here, instead cider and apple brandy are the local tipples. We can arrange for you to visit a distillery to see how calvados, the most famous local apple brandy, is made.

And several of our team visited recently, to see for themselves the many incredible educational opportunities that Normandy offers. Find out what they thought in their trip diary.

Interested in visiting Normandy on your next school trip? Contact us today for further information.