One of the most popular destinations for UK schools, Normandy covers a number of subjects, including Languages, History, Art and Cuisine.
The focal point of your Normandy Experience programme is a visit to our Château de la Baudonnière, a unique French speaking environment designed especially for UK schools.
Your pupils will enjoy activities such as canoeing, archery, fencing, bread-making, assault course and climbing while they learn French at the same time. Everything we do for you at the Château involves practical, spoken French at an appropriate level for your group. You will spend the remainder of your time visiting your choice of Normandy’s broad range of historical and cultural attractions. We arrange all your visits for you and you will be accompanied to every venue by your dedicated native French speaking animateur – all you need to do is let us know where you would like to go.
If you are in the area this year, perhaps on another school trip, please feel free to drop in at the Château. We have an open door policy and would welcome the opportunity to show you how we do things. Just give us a call!
The excursions form an important part of your tour, giving your students the chance to really explore the history and culture of Normandy, talking to our native French speaking staff and the locals. We also provide more structure with our worksheets which will engage and focus your students in the particular environment, be it the local market or the D-Day Landing Beaches. Your dedicated tour manager has local knowledge which will enable you to be more at ease.
This visit takes you to the entrancing and ancient city of Bayeaux, with its rich artistic and architectural heritage, including the magnificent medieval cathedral. You can also visit the Bayeux Tapestry, a unique 70m long document, made in the 11th century of woollen embroidery on linen cloth. The tapestry tells the epic story leading up to the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of King Harold by William the Conqueror.
Arromanches and Caen
Arromanches is at the heart of the D-Day Landings. There are museums with vivid and emotive displays, including the famous 360˚cinema with unreleased footage from war correspondents, filmed on D-Day. There is also the Musee du Debarquement in Arromanche des Bains, built on the site of the Mulberry Harbour, with working models and film to explain this incredible technical feat.
The Caen Memorial stimulates thought and debate about the future of the planet, presenting a wealth of material from the 20th century in an innovative way.
St Malo and Dinan
Normandy is rich in towns where every stone is steeped in history, with medieval ramparts perched over picturesque valleys. Two of the finest are St Malo and Dinan.
St Malo has a magnificent cathedral, Wax Museum and the Old Market Hall, shops with local crafts and open markets. It’s also home to one of the largest aquariums in Normandy, where you can ride on a submarine or even touch living fish – a real hands on experience!
Dinan is one of the most attractive medieval walled cities in France. The old town is full of half-timbered houses, churches, castles and cobbled streets overlooking the river Rance. Its fortifications made Dinan an almost impregnable fortress.
Le Mont St Michel
Possibly the most beautiful place in Normandy. Built in the 11th century, the Abbey is a feat of medieval architecture with outstanding and panoramic views over the bay – and its rooms are as impressive as its exterior. As a centre of Christian pilgrimage, the Abbey has been kept in good condition throughout its life. The nearby Maison de la Baie explains the history of Le Mont St Michel with an audiovisual tour.
The adventurous can approach by crossing on the tidal causeway, but wearing shorts is recommended! One of our expert French native guides will be keeping you on course, whilst noting the local flora and fauna, pointing out some of the many points of interest, and explaining about the famous salted sheep.
Local Markets and Beaches
French markets are always lively and colourful. You will see all kinds of stalls, including fruits and vegetables of the season, fresh fish and sea food, and French livestock such as chicken and rabbits. You can join the bustle, buying all kind of souvenirs from French fashion, jewellery and sunglasses, to the traditional Camembert or Normandy cider. You’ll certainly find the ‘hot produce’ stalls with their evocative smells of pancakes, saucisses grillées and more, are impossible to walk by without sampling!
If your group would like have a little R&R and unwind a little, there are many delightful sandy beaches, perfect for an impromptu picnic. One of our French native guides will be happy to organise beach games. Alternatively, your guide can take you on a beautiful coastal walk, and tell you about the wildlife, and the reasons for the rapid transformation of the coastline.
Goats Cheese Farm
Observe all the processes involved in the production of this unique product, culminating in a tasting session.