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Bonfire sparkler celebration school trip

Bonfire seasonal special at le Moulin aux Draps, France

Take your students on magical autumn adventure at our Moulin aux Draps centre near Calais. With crackling fires, glowing games and real snow skiing fuelled by hearty homecooked dinners and the odd freshly toasted marshmallow, this new seasonal trip to France is an ideal off peak school trip.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • Native French animateurs
  • Oct-Nov
  • Cosy autumn evening entertainment

Bonfire and Wintersports Festival at the Moulin aux Draps

Le Moulin aux Draps invites students & teachers to experience an enchanting programme of seasonal activities that make for an extra-special school trip to France during the autumn term.

Unique to this residential is the unforgettable opportunity for students to experience skiing for the first time. Gear up for a thrilling day of skiing with a professionally-instructed lesson on the real-snow indoor slopes at Ice Mountain Adventure Park—gear hire and lunch included!

Crammed full of one-off treats and great value extras, these seasonal school trips will create unforgettable memories and a range of learning benefits for students of all ages. This winter programme, running from October–November provides a great opportunity for your new year group to bond early on in the academic year. 

Rally your students together and benefit from all the advantages of travelling in the autumn term with this easily accessible, enchanting and fun-packed school trip to France.

Our native French animateurs can lead the activities in French. To incorporate language learning into your trip, check out immersive French trips and French exchanges at Moulin aux Draps residential centre.  

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Day 1 

  • Coach pick up from school and depart for France
  • First stop, visit a local baker and try your hand at preparing croissants under the watch of a master baker
  • Arrive at le Moulin aux Draps and enjoy a BBQ dinner
  • Light the bonfire, toast marshmallows and join in bonfire games and songs with your Animateur

Day 2 

  • Spend the day skiing on real snow at Ice Mountain Skipiste – including a 2-hour ski lesson and afternoon on the slopes. Equipment hire and picnic lunch included
  • Return to the Moulin for a hearty dinner and decorate your own bonfire ice cream
  • Spend the evening with an animateur-led quiz and film in cosy onesies and slippers

Day 3

  • Receive a mouth-watering tour of a French chocolaterie and see how the sweet treats are made, from melting to moulding & coating—and the all-important taste test!
  • Make a stop at a hypermarket on your journey to port to grab some last minute French goodies (time permitting)
  • Travel home and arrive back at school

As the nights draw in, our Moulin aux Draps centre is transformed into a winter wonderland adorned with twinkling lights with hot chocolate and warming comfort food to play host to our specially-themed winter festivals, available from October to February only. 

Located less than an hour from Calais, our newly expanded Moulin aux Draps residential centre is the perfect destination for schools looking for a short and affordable French trip. Our cosy centre is contained within an 18-acre rural estate with plenty of indoor and outdoor space for our seasonal festivities. 

Our local French team has considerable experience in looking after British school groups and after a day on the slopes, teachers can relax with a vin chaud as our animateurs deliver a programme of entertainment for students.

Click here for more information about this residential centre owned by Voyager School Travel.


This school trip includes:

  • Our own animateur to escort your group and run evening activities throughout your stay
  • Indoor real snow ski session including all equipment hire and tuition
  • Full board and lodging at the Moulin aux Draps school centre
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions and activities
  • Return coach travel and channel crossing
  • All applicable tolls and taxes
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 for coach trips
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits
Dates & Prices

Bonfire Seasonal Specials - 3 day/2 night trips running Monday–Wednesday or Wednesday–Friday throughout October & November.

November is filling up fast! The dates below are when we have the best availability:

11–13 November 2024


13–15 November 2024


18–20 November 2024



The quoted price is based on 40 students + 5 free teacher places. Please contact us for availability or a quote for other group sizes.




£359 pp
3 day/2 night full board, coach and channel crossing, ski session & all activities 
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