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Not all history was horrible...or was it?

To most teachers, parents and children the Horrible Histories TV shows, books and even stage shows have been a fantastic way for children to learn and engage with history ever since the first books were published in 1993 and the first TV series aired in 2001.


Moulin aux Draps, the perfect place for a pre-Christmas break

It's that time of year when things are starting to feel festive and many people are visiting Christmas markets, in the UK and in France. Many of the guests at Voyager's Moulin aux Draps hotel have been taking advantage of the hotel's proximity to a number of Christmas markets such as Arras or Amiens.


The Top 3 places to visit in Normandy

If France is our nearest European neighbour, Normandy is the closest 'department' geographically and for that matter, closest to our hearts too. Voyager School Travel send dozens of school trips to Normandy every year, the majority staying the Voyager-owned Château de la Baudonnière or Grand' Ferme.


The true benefits of Educational School Trips

Going on a school trip can literally be a life changing event, spark lifelong interests and hobbies, allow students to make new friendships and create memories they’ll treasure forever. 


Language Show LIVE - WIN champagne, chocolates & truffles!

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Come and see us at Language Show LIVE!

it's that time of year again when we are busy preparing for the UK's leading language education exhibition, Language Show LIVE.


Sail Away! Voyager receives Royal Yachting Association accrediation

Voyager Adventure are very pleased to announce that we are now accredited by the Royal Yachting Association for all our sailing sports at our Mediterranean Beach Centre in Argelès-sur-Mer, France.


Adventure personified - Voyager Adventure's latest video makes waves online!

At Voyager Adventure we have always known our resorts, accommodation, instructors and activity programmes really are the best school trips on the market…time and time again our groups leaders and students cannot praise the experience enough and consistently come back to us, year on year.


Mediterranean Madness! - Fantastic 2017 offer for school adventure trips to Argelès-sur-Mer or Tossa de Mar.

As Britain finally warms up and spring suggests its well underway, it seems that the heat must have gone to our heads at Voyager Adventure.


More new additions at the Moulin!

As the weather improves and temperatures slowly rise in Normandy, the team at Moulin aux Draps, Voyager’s  language centre in Pas-de-Calais, are busying themselves with further preparations for the peak summer season.


Voyager Adventure gears up for it’s best season ever!

With the evenings drawing out and warmer winds finally blowing from the south, it’s the time of year where everyone at Voyager Adventure is getting excited in anticipation of the forthcoming season.


New Moulin residents not so ugly!

With spring in the air at Voyager's Normandy property, the Moulin aux Draps, it was with great delight that the staff noticed over the weekend the patter of tiny (webbed) feet!


Moulin aux Draps the perfect setting for a lesson in French!

In February 2016, a party from Leventhorpe School in Hertfordshire arrived at Voyager's Moulin aux Draps in Pas-de-Calais for a 3 day Opal Parle language interaction tour. The group of 55 students and 5 staff were prepared for a packed itinerary with a number of excursions scheduled across the trip including a morning to be spent with students at a local French school.


Christmas Markets - safe, sparkly and ready to make merry!

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas but it’s not everywhere you go that you see the night time lit up with colourful, twinkling lights, great glistening Christmas trees stretching into the air, magical-looking ice rinks packed with happy skaters, twirling Ferris Wheels with excited faces watching the enchantment below from high up in the sky. It’s not every market square that has carole singers and intoxicating wafts of spice and sizzling Christmas treats on offer either. All these pleasures and more can be found in the Christmas markets of Europe. And, you can take your school on a short trip to some of the sparkliest and festive markets in France, Brussels, Germany and Holland quickly and easily with Voyager School Travel. 


A warm welcome awaits you at Voyager's own hotel on the Opal Coast

“A hidden gem”
In summer 2015 Voyager took over the stunning Le Moulin Aux Draps, a former Best Western hotel set in the tranquil countryside near the Opal Coast. Finding the right hotel to add to Voyager’s portfolio of language centres and school accommodation in Europe was no easy business –  Voyager’s Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy is already one of the most popular and respected French language centres amongst English schools. Voyager’s directors Nigel English, Nick Goddard and Trish Bryant had been looking for the right place for their new centre in the Opal Coast for a while:  “Discovering the  Le Moulin was a dream come true,” says Trish. “When we saw it for the first time we knew we’d found a hidden gem.”


What makes our animateurs special? Introducing Lilie

Anyone who visits the Château de la Baudonnière says there is a magic about the place. The enchantment begins as you drive through the idyllic green countryside of La Manche in Normandy to reach the château. Then you meander down the country lane leading to the château and see the 19th-century house for the first time. The turrets and the conservatory give it a fairytale look. Wild rabbits, cocky peacocks, clucky hens and a petulant parrot complete the scene. Later, when you explore the grounds, you find there are woods, a lake, a river and many more nooks, leafy dens and hideaways to keep you enthralled...


Piste wars – resorts accused of exaggerating claims over the length of their ski runs

Thinking of organising a winter ski tour for your school? Well it seems that some European resorts are not quite as well blessed with miles of pistes as they would have us believe.


Meet the team at the Moulin

Taking charge of a hotel has got to be one of the most exciting moments in the history of Voyager School Travel. The keys to the beautiful Le Moulin aux Draps  were passed to the Voyager team earlier this summer and it’s been all go at the hotel ever since. Trish, our Tours Director, has been busy turning this former 3-star Best Western hotel into a five-star centre for Voyager’s French Language Immersion programmes. “We inherited a pristine hotel with the most amazing views,” says Trish. “There are forests nearby and it’s just a fifteen-minute walk into the local town of Desvres. Desvres is like the French equivalent of Royal Doulton because it is a centre for pottery making and there is a museum there devoted to ceramics.”


FREE INSPECTION VISIT for teachers to our NEW 3* OPAL COAST HOTEL

Voyager School Travel are running a free, organised teacher inspection visit this July (22-24 July or 24-26 July) to their new 3* hotel, Le Moulin aux Draps, on the Opal Coast.


Voyager’s very own hotel on the Opal Coast

If you’re planning or already take school trips to the Opal Coast in France then Voyager has some very exciting news for you. We have just bought our own hotel, Moulin Aux Draps, moments away from the Opal Coast and set in the most peaceful and idyllic French countryside. Not only is the Moulin Aux Draps a lovely place to stay but it is only a 15-minute drive from Boulogne or 35 minutes from Calais. A school tour of northern France has never been so easy!

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