Language Trips to the Opal Coast

Language Immersion programmes have a proven track record in helping students improve their language skills. At Moulin aux Draps, our team of Animateurs encourage students to speak French at every opportunity and these experiences and memories embed the language deeply through sensory association.

3 days from £199pp*

Moulin aux Draps, Opal Coast French School Trip

Located less than an hour from Calais and within very easy reach of Boulogne, Le Touquet, Arras and the World War 1 battlefields, Voyager's own Moulin aux Draps is the perfect destination for schools looking for a low cost French language immersion school trip.

The hotel itself was only recently built (2000) and as a result it conforms to all the very latest stringent French Health & Safety regulations.

Why Moulin aux Draps?
  • Less than an hour from Calais
  • Exclusively for school groups - sole occupancy during stay
  • Dedicated full-time, native speaking Animateurs
  • Language immersion or interaction programmes
  • Excellent local excursions

 

Find out more about the Moulin aux Draps here!

Outside the main block are 22 acres of wonderful, car-free, French countryside for students to run around and let off steam as well as the 13th Century Moulin itself, which we hope to develop into an Educational Facility. All our grounds are within view of the main building, making supervision easy.

French Language Immersion Programmes

As you would expect, the Moulin aux Draps hosts two of our renowned French Language Immersion programmes – Opal Parle and Voyager Interaction (details below), and the hotel is exclusively for the use of school groups meaning there are few distractions for students.

Evening entertainment for students and staff

Just as we did at our Paris centre, ALL group party leaders can look forward to relaxing evenings as the Voyager staff team deliver a programme of evening entertainment for every school.

Why not come to the Moulin in December and visit the nearby Christmas markets? Arras, Amiens and Boulogne are all within a short drive. 

Call 01273 827 327 for more details - or drop us a line and we'll call you!

Native Speaking French Animateurs

Moulin aux Draps is the perfect venue for any UK school visiting the Opal Coast and is ideal for Primary and Secondary groups, whether your educational focus is French Language, Cross-curricular, History or an end of year Reward trip.

Moulin aux Draps is the primary venue for our French Language Immersion programmes, but History and Cross-Curricular groups are just as welcome.

The 2 French Language programmes are:

  • Opal Parle, where one of our specially trained, Native Speaking French Animateurs spends the week with your group, encouraging them to speak French at every opportunity.
  • Voyager Interaction, where your school spend 1 or 2 days with a carefully selected French school, practicing language skills with French students of a similar age.
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Opal Parle

How do we get your pupils using, speaking and understanding French on a school trip? Central to our Parle programmes are our team of native-speaking 'animateurs' based with your group. This dedicated and specially-trained team speak in French with your students throughout their stay and encourage interactive responses at all times. Not only will they ensure your group are speaking French at every opportunity, they will make sure it's enjoyable. And, their local knowledge will guarantee you get the most out of every visit! 

Every excursion, experience (even mealtimes) is seen as an opportunity to speak and understand the French language. Our staff will guide your school tour, provide a full-evening programme and help each pupil to complete their own special workbook. We have programmes that are especially designed for primary, middle, secondary and sixth forms, and for every level of French, including complete beginner.

find out more about Opal Parle here

What teachers say about the Moulin aux Draps:

"We all had a great time at the Moulin aux Draps and our compliments go to the staff, especially Jean Simon - he was great as the animateur and had a lovely manner with our children. The hotel proved to be very suitable for our aged children and we also felt reassured about the safety aspects as it was locked early in  the evenings, ensuring no strangers could access the building.

The food was also very nice and the packed lunches were very filling and tasty (and the staff thought so too!).

We would definitely recommend this to any school, but especially suitable for primary aged children." 

Catherine Pollard, St Georges School, Darlington

Go one step beyond!

Voyager Interaction

Dining al fresco at the Moulin

What better way to learn the language, than speaking French, in France, with French school children?

Some party leaders have called Voyager Interaction a 21st Century take on the French Exchange, with schools staying as a group in suitable accommodation whilst still having the chance to interact with French school children.

Voyager set you up with a French partner school in the area you are visiting, specially selected for the age and linguistic ability of your children. You students will spend a day of your trip with carefully selected students of the partner school, interacting, communicating, making friends and immersing themselves in French school culture.

See what one of our party leaders in Paris said about Voyager Interaction below.

"We had a fantastic trip to Paris with Voyager Interaction. The animateurs were brilliant and spoke French throughout the trip, both to students and to staff (although they also spoke very good English). I would certainly recommend Voyager Interaction and will continue to use their services for our future language trips." Rosalind Powell, The Marches High School

Be 'That' Teacher!

"We have been absolutely delighted with our French experience whilst staying at the Moulin.

I was amazed by animateur Francois' dedication to speaking solely French to the students who gave it a good go and found out that they did not have a choice but to get stuck in! The evening activities were entertaining and well thought out.

The standard of the rooms was incredible and unexpected for a school trip. The food was delicious and the menus were varied and clearly created with the students in mind; I was particularly impressed with the way the students with dietary requirements and allergies were well catered for.

François was incredibly helpful at all stages of the stay at the Moulin, be it at the hotel itself as well as during our many visits, which, as a trip leader, is a huge support."

Party Leader of Leventhorpe School staying at Voyager's Hotel du Moulin aux Draps, February 2016

Sample excursions

Cross Curriculum Excursions

Try some fresh bread at a Boulangerie

Boulangerie

What could be more authentic than a visit to a Boulangerie where your students can sample the smells and tastes of freshly baked bread.


Mmm,Chocolate!

Handmade Chocolate Manufacturer

Take a trip to Les Chocolats de Beussent to see how the world's most popular food is made. You will have the opportunity to experience a guided English or French tour of the workshop, and see the process of melting, moulding and coating; you will even be offered the chance to taste some for yourself.


You'll spoil your dinner!

Handmade Sweet Manufacturer

 A visit to this factory is another gastronomic delight where your students will learn how sweets are traditionally made. Bon Bon!


Boulogne

Boulogne

Boulogne is one of France's major fishing ports, which is not only within easy reach of the UK, but is complete with old town and cathedral. The Old Town is nestled between mighty ramparts, which were built at the beginning of the thirteenth century and can still be seen today. It sits in the shadows of the Cathedral Belfry and Tower, and remains the administrative and spiritual centre of Boulogne. If you and your group are interested in history then the Castle Museum is worth a visit. It was also built in the early thirteenth century and was the first castle to be built without a keep in the history of military architecture.


Nausicaa Sealife Centre

Nausicaa Sealife Centre

The French National Sea Centre is a science centre entirely dedicated to the relationship between mankind and the sea. It houses Aquaria, exhibitions on the marine fauna, and the exploitation and management of marine resources.

www.nausicaa.fr


Bagatelle Theme Park

Bagatelle Theme Park

The Bagatelle Theme Park is a popular attraction situated on the D940 between Berck and Le Touquet-Paris Plage. The attractions include family favourites like log flumes and rafting, to rollercoasters. It also houses a small zoo and a 360 degree cinema. It opens from Easter to Sept.

www.bagatelle.fr


Aqualud Waterpark

Aqualud, le Touquet

If your trip is during the height of summer a trip to Aqualud waterpark could be a welcome way to cool down and wind down…but don’t forget the suncream!

www.aqualud.com


History Excursions

Thiepval Memorial

WWI Somme Battlefields

After eighteen months of deadlock, the Battle of the Somme was supposed to be the decisive breakthrough for the British and French Allies on the Western Front. Instead, with 20,000 men killed on the first day and one million casualties in total on both sides, the Battle of the Somme became a by-word for indiscriminate slaughter. Due to their efforts on the first day of the Battle, George V gave the First Newfoundland regiment the new title of 'The Royal Newfoundland Regiment.' Owing to the massive slaughter that the regiment suffered, the Regiment and the British Legion are still remembered every year on the nearest Sunday to 1st July.


Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park

Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland memorial park is a significant and important destination for students of World War I. It is the site where the British Army suffered their worst ever casualties in a single day, which considering the carnage of the trench warfare that typified 'The War to end all Wars' , is humbling and moving as well as difficult to comprehend.


Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval

The Thiepval 'Memorial to the Missing' remains the largest British war memorial in the world and is dedicated to the 73,357 British and South African men who have no known grave and who died at the Somme between July 1916 and March 1918. The memorial, which dominates the surrounding area, is 150ft high and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The cemetery behind the memorial is unusual because it contains the remains of both French and British soldiers to commemorate the Anglo-French alliance at the Somme.


Pozieres

Pozieres

Pozieres is where tanks were used for the first time, but it is also the scene of some of the heaviest fighting that took place on the Somme.


Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

As the largest crater on the Western Front, the Lochnagar Crater has a diameter of 300 ft. and a depth of 70ft., and when it exploded it created an explosion which could even be felt in London.


Delville Wood

Delville Wood

The Delville Wood Memorial immortalises the memory of the South African troops who lost their lives along the Somme battlefields, whilst the museum at Delville commemorates the 25,000 South African volunteers, who laid down their lives In both world wars and in Korea. The now peaceful setting contrasts dramatically with its story.

There is a cafe and toilets.


Somme 1916 Museum

Somme 1916 Museum, Albert

The museum at Albert is located 10 metres underground and is 250 metres long. The museum will give you and your students the opportunity to experientially understand what everyday life was like in the trenches during the year 1916.

www.musee-somme-1916.eu


Historial de la Grande Guerre

Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne

The Historial de la Grande Guerre museum, aims to show its visitors what life was like for the major participants in World War I, and what the impact of the war was on the rest of the twentieth century. It also shows the effect that the war had on the civilian populations that were occupied by enemy forces, who were often forced to flee their homes. There is an extensive collection which includes many items that were used by the soldiers, which help to clearly depict life during the war. There are also some films and walk through exhibits, which add to the experience.

www.historial.org


See the secret tunnels at Arras

Arras

Arras is famed for the secret tunnels beneath the town that were dug out and used by British troops during the Great War. Eventually, the Battle at Arras claimed 159,000 lives in only 39 days, which is more than the amount of people who died per day at the Somme (2,943).


Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge ran 12km north-east of Arras and was built by the Germans to withstand the onslaught of artillery. The trenches were also protected from infantry attack by concrete machine gun posts. The British and French were constantly trying to take hold of and occupy Vimy Ridge because of its strategic benefits. Repeated French attempts to take Vimy Ridge cost about 150,000 lives between May and November 1915. The original trenches have been reconstructed to show how close the two lines were.


La Coupole

La Coupole

La Coupole is a World War II remembrance museum that seeks to analyse the relationships between science and war, and war and the image. It is located where the secret launch site of Hitler's V1 and V2 rockets were planned to be. It is an impressive museum that uses multi-media interaction in order to bring the facts of World War II to life in a way that is accessible and informative.

http://www.lacoupole-france.co.uk

For 2016 La Coupole has a virtual tour on it's website - visit it here:

http://www.lacoupole-france.co.uk/virtual-visit.html

 


Azincourt

Azincourt Medieval Centre

Interactive exhibition, including a multimedia tour of the French and English camps and the battlefield itself. The museum focuses on the Battle of Azincourt and the whole of the one Hundred Years War. It is specifically designed for younger children and is also a wonderful resource for medieval history teachers.

illucolor.fr/7_vallees_comm/Azincourt/

Sample activities

Sample tour

Sample 4 day Opal Coast tour

Day 1

  • Arrive Accommodation
  • Centre Orientation
  • Evening Ents

Day 2

  • Nausicaa
  • Boulogne
  • Chocolate Factory
  • Evening Ents

Day 3

  • Arras
  • Vimy Ridge
  • Thiepval
  • Evening Ents

Day 4

  • Local Market
  • Depart

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Testimonials

We had a very successful trip to the Opal Coast. The accommodation was excellent and the animateur did a fantastic job immersing our students into the French language and culture. All of the staff at Voyager were extremely helpful and recommended a selection of excellent activities that the students all thoroughly enjoyed. We are already planning our return visit for next year! Grace Chubb, Charters School

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