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 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
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.
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!
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.
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...
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.
One of France's leading theme parks, Bagatelle is ideally suited for younger children. A perfect way to end a trip!
Artes Cap d'Opale
The Village Vacances is comprised of a central multi-storey building and two wings of self-contained bedrooms. The main building has rooms sleeping 2-6 people, and the bedrooms to either side sleep a maximum of five each. All accommodation is en-suite, and there are no gas appliances or other white goods in any sleeping areas. Whether groups are in the main building or one of the wings, everyone is housed contiguously.
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.
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.
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)
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!