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.
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
Visit a traditional French market
Visit a snail farm
Visit a chocolate factory
Head back to Calais
|Arrive back at school|
This price includes:
- 1 night's full-board accommodation
- Return executive coach travel (TV/video/WC/seatbelts)
- Return ferry or Eurotunnel crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls and taxes
Bring your students to see the tropical lagoons, sea lion enclosures, shark tanks and affectionate stingrays. Nausicaa SeaLife centre seeks to educate children about the marine environment, man's impact upon it and why it is important that marine life shoud be protected. This is one of our most popular visits amongst primary school groups.
Watch how the speciality pancakes are made from the basic ingredient and help to produce them. In the end enjoy your own pancake with jam or chocolate sauce with an orange juice! Watch as well how the traditional french "patissiers" work the marzipan and take a marzipan souvenir for your School.
To start your tour, you will be given a brief history of cocoa, including how the beans are used and how it is 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!
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 to practice too.To conclude your visit, you will be able to sample fresh baguettes and croissants.
Your visit to this snail farm will begin with a tour of the farm where you will learn interesting facts about the snails and will even be able to hold one to see it up close. You will then be shown a slideshow of pictures with an explanation about how the snails are farmed, prepared and cooked. Finally, you will have the opportunity to try a snail along with a drink of lemonade. To finish your vi...
Patrick and Kerry welcome school groups of all ages to their traditional sweet factory, where they will see the production of sweets including free tasters and a visit to the sweet shop after.
Pupils will be in multi-bedded en-suite bedrooms and staff in twins. Please note that if staff members require single rooms a supplement will apply.
Breakfast is served at the hostel every day, and both the evening meal and packed lunches are available on request.
It offers WiFi, pool, table tennis, garden and TV area. An activity room can be reserved for group activities. View on map
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. View on map
What our teachers had to say about this destination
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.
The trip provides a good opportunity for pupils to experience being in France and practise speaking French. The Pain Show, Bec a Suc and Boulangerie would all be recommended for others.
Boulangerie Le Fournil - absolutely brilliant. Very friendly and really encouraged our children to have a go at speaking French. Children loved making croissants and kneading the dough for bread. Adults were given tea/coffee and considering the children were all given a croissant and pain au chocolat to take away this was truly excellent value.
A fantastic trip! The pupils loved it all. The bakery and sweet factory were excellent and geared totally towards the appropriate age group. Highly recommended. The coach drivers were super, helpful, good humored and very professional. A super day out!