School Primary Languages Trip to Opal Coast

With visits less than one hour away from Calais, the Opal Coast region is the perfect destination for younger groups. Take your pupils to a chocolate factory, a local bakery, the Bagatelle theme park, Nausicaa National Sea Centre, a trip to the seaside or experience the atmosphere at one of the local markets.

Make it a one day school trip, or stay for a couple of days to really give your pupils the opportunity to explore and practise their French.

Most Popular Activities

Day 1

Depart school

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive in Calais

Group to visit a French bakery or pancake-making demonstration and tasting

Group to have a stroll along the beach before visiting Nausicaa Sea Life Centre

Check-in to accommodation in time for evening meal

After evening meal group to go bowling or have a quiz at the accommodation centre

Day 2

Visit a traditional French market

Visit a snail farm

Visit a chocolate factory

Head back to Calais

Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing

Arrive back at school



This price includes:

  • 1 night's half board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return Channel crossings
  • VAT at current rates to Tour Operators
  • Comprehensive medical and travel 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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“I would highly recommend Halsbury Travel. They were very helpful in every aspect and nothing was too much trouble for them. I have used different coach companies in the past and unfortunately have not had the same level of helpfulness and brilliant service. I will definitely be using them again for future trips.”

Colne Community School


The Nausicaa Sea-World museum seeks to educate children about the marine environment, man's impact upon it and why it is important that marine life should be protected. Tropical lagoons, sea lion enclosures, shark tanks and affectionate stingrays are all very popular with children and school groups.

Le Pain Show

Le 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!

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.

Les Escargots du Bocage

Les Escargots du Bocage

Your visit to this snail farm will begin with a tour where you will learn interesting facts about the snails as well as being able to hold one to see up close. This is followed by a slideshow with an explanation as to how the snails are farmed, prepared and cooked. Finally, you will have the opportunity to try a snail along with a drink of lemonade, finishing with a trip to the shop where you...

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.

Bagatelle Theme Park

Bagatelle Theme Park

One of France's leading theme parks, Bagatelle is ideally suited for younger children. A perfect way to end a trip! 

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.

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 three sperate blocks of chalet style accommodation. Chalets usually have two bedrooms and a bathroom with a usual maximum capacity of 5 beds per room, and 9 beds maximum per chalet.

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. There is also an indoor pool which groups can use.


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 bath or shower and separate WC. All guestrooms have a TV with some English channels and single rooms are available at a supplement.

In terms of communal areas, there is a bar with a terrace and games area, and two conference rooms seating up to 30 people are also available, if required.

As well as a games room and a sauna, the hotel has its own restaurant, offering fantastic panoramic views over both the park and the regional equestrian centre.

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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