Château de la Baudonnière
Spend a day of fun with on-site activities such as climbing and archery instructed in French at our own French Language Immersion centre with 100 acres of grounds.
There are many cemeteries in France which serve as poignant memorials to the fallen of WWII. Visits to these sites complement History tours and allow students to gain a greater understanding of the loss of life and the human effects of the war.
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Le Mont St Michel
A tour highlight is a barefoot walk across the sands to reach the 11th century Abbey of Mont St Michel, a beautiful display of medieval architecture, offering panoramic views over the bay.
This visit takes you to the entrancing and ancient city of Bayeaux, with it's rich artistic and architectural heritage, including the magnificent medieval cathedral. You can also visit the Bayeux Tapestry, a unique 70 metre-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.
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.
Two Abbeys, a castle and a good range of shops. As well as the Caen Memorial which stimulates thought and debate about the future of the planet, presenting a wealth of material from the 20th century in an innovative way.
An opportunity to interact with friendly local stall owners and try some fresh French produce or pick up a souvenir or two. Animateurs organise a market mission which tasks students to buy ingredients to make lunch in French.
Whether to get students active and engaged with sports and games with French vocabulary or a chance to wind down with some free time in between excursions, the beach is, of course, a hit with groups of all ages.
Arromanches / Landing Beaches
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 Musée du Débarquement in Arromanches Les Bains, built on the site of the Mulberry Harbour, with working models and film to explain this incredible technical feat.
- Depart school
- Arrive at accommodation
Château de la Baudonnière excursion
- Bread making
- Treasure hunt
- Bayeux Market
- Bayeux Tapestry
- French fancy dress party and quiz
- Arromanches excursion
- Arromanches 360° cinema
- French goat cheese farm
- Farewell party