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Mardi Gras seasonal special school trip at le Moulin aux Draps

Mardi Gras seasonal special at le Moulin aux Draps

Take your students on an exciting carnival adventure at our Moulin aux Draps centre near Calais with ski tuition included! Learn about some of the local Mardi Gras traditions from carnival to delicious crepes and combined with hearty, home-cooked dinners and a full day's ski tuition this is the ideal seasonal trip to France.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 2 – 16+
  • Native French animateurs
  • February
  • Evening entertainment

Mardi Gras Festival at the Moulin aux Draps

With traditions that date back to medieval times, Mardi Gras is an important celebration in the French calendar.  Give your students an exciting carnival experience with our new Mardi Gras Festival school trip in February.

As well as a full day's ski at the Ice Mountain Skipiste and excursions to local producers, students will have the opportunity to learn about local Mardi Gras traditions. Carnival atmosphere will take over Le Moulin as we prepare for a Mardi Gras party, enjoy traditional crêpes and take part in a themed quiz, all designed to give students an insight in to how the French celebrate this tradition.

Crammed full of one-off treats and great value extras, these seasonal school trips will create unforgettable memories as well as providing a range of learning benefits for students of all ages. This winter programme is a great opportunity for your new year group to bond, provide a confidence-boosting school trip abroad or include language learning too – your native animateur can lead the activities in French.  

You will benefit from all the advantages of off-peak travel with this easily accessible, yet exciting and fun-packed school trip to France.


*final itinerary to be confirmed

Day 1 

  • Coach pick up from school and depart for France
  • Arrive in France and visit a local biscuit factory
  • Decorate a Mardi Gras mask and competition
  • Mardi Gras party and buffet dinner

Day 2 

  • Spend the day at Ice Mountain Skipiste to include 2 hour ski tuition, from beginner to expert, equipment hire and lunch
  • Return to the Moulin for a hearty dinner
  • Create some traditional Mardi Gras crêpes
  • Enjoy a Mardi Gras themed quiz with your animateur
  • Settle down to a film

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!
  • Visit a local bakery and try your hand at preparing your own croissants under the watch of a master baker
  • 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, log fires, 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 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 22 acres of car-free French countryside 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.


Our Mardi Gras Festival school trips include:

  • Indoor real snow ski session including all equipment hire and tuition
  • Board and lodging at the Moulin aux Draps school centre
  • Sole occupancy of the centre for your group
  • 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
Availability & Prices

3 day/2 night trips run from Monday–Wednesday and Wednesday–Friday throughout February & March.

Prices are based on 40 students + 5 free teacher places. Please contact us for availability.



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