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 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
  • VAT
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.”

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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.

Pain Show

Pain Show

Watch how the 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 toi watch the traditional french "Patissiers" work the marzipan... you may even leave with a marzipan souvenir for your school!

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 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!

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, here you will learn interesting facts about the snails and will be able to hold one to see it 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 the visit with a trip to the shop where ...

Bec a Suc

Bec a Suc

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.

Bagatelle Theme Park

Bagatelle Theme Park

One of France's leading theme parks, Bagatelle is ideally suited for younger children. If you have a music group you could even give a concert at this theme park!

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. 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 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. View on map

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