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Normandy French language school trip

This French language immersion trip offers students a balanced mix of cultural visits and excursions combined with the option of a day experiencing the activities at our own Château.

  • Key Stage 3 - 16+
  • Native French animateurs
  • Year round
  • Evening entertainment
  • Workbooks

Authentic French cultural experiences in Normandy for school groups

Our Normandy Experience programme is designed to give your students the maximum opportunity to interact with the local community and use their French language in an authentic setting. A typical 5-day programme offers a variety of language-led activities such as a market mission in a local town. Students will benefit from a varied and enjoyable experience while making substantial improvements in their French and gaining greater confidence in using it. The beauty of the Normandy Experience programme is the flexibility to add in your own elements such as the D-day landing beaches or Bayeaux Tapestry to create a cross-curricular trip.

Whatever you choose, all excursions, activities and evening entertainments are led by our native-speaking animateurs in French throughout the trip. We also provide each student with a French workbook to complete during their time away. Subject to availability, most schools will also spend a day at our Château de la Baudonnre to take part in on-site activities.

We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Day 1

  • Arrive
  • Meet your animateur who will accompany your group
  • Centre orientation
  • Evening at leisure

Day 2

Day of French language activities at our château (subject to availability)

  • Archery
  • Bread making
  • Treasure hunt

Day 3

Day of cultural visits with your animateur leading the group in French

  • Bayeux town market
  • Bayeux tapestry
  • French costume night and quiz led by your animateur

Day 4

Day of cultural visits with your animateur leading the group in French

  • Arromanches 360° cinema
  • Goat's cheese farm
  • Farewell party

Day 5

  • Depart
  • Arrive home

We have been taking school groups to Normandy for over 20 years, this knowledge and expertise allows us to select the perfect accommodation for your school’s needs, in particular the group size, age range and itinerary. Our hand-picked accommodations are regularly audited by our Normandy team, who analyse direct feedback from schools to ensure each property meets our exacting standards. All our accommodation offers ensuite dorm rooms, activity areas and ample space for evening entertainment.

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Château de la Baudonnière
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WWII Cemeteries
Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint-Michel
Bayeux Tapestry
Bayeux
Saint Malo
Saint-Malo
Dinan France
Dinan
Caen memorial sculpture
Caen Memorial Museum
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Local French market
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Beach
Tank arromanches beach
Arromanches
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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.

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WWII Cemeteries

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.

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

This island and its surrounding bay are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Scale the cobblestoned streets to reach the churches and the famous gothic-style abbey. Groups with an Animateur will experience a guided barefoot walk across the bay, which is a highlight for students.

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux

Famous as the home of the 70 metre-long Bayeux Tapestry, the medieval town is also home to the largest British military cemetery in France, making it a key destination for groups studying the history of conflict.

Saint Malo

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo is a historic walled city with a surrounding beach. Central to the cobblestoned old town is the Roman Catholic Saint-Malo Cathedral. Popular visits also include the town museum and the Great Aquarium, home to 11,000 marine animals.

Dinan France

Dinan

Visiting Dinan is like taking your students back in time. This medieval walled town is full of charm thanks to its 13th-century castle, river, narrow streets and magnificently preserved timber clad buildings.

Caen memorial sculpture

Caen Memorial Museum

The port city of Caen features a castle built by William the Conquerer but is of most interest to our groups for the Caen Memorial Museum, which is an essential stop for students studying WWII and the Battle for Caen. There is also a section on the Cold War.

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Local French market

A chance for students to be immersed in local culture and produce and to pick up some souvenirs, a visit to the market is a great opportunity for learners to interact in French with the welcoming stall owners.

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Beach

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.

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Arromanches

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.

Our French language immersion programme includes the following as standard:

  • A dedicated animateur to lead the group's trips, excursions and evening entertainment in French
  • Guided local cultural excursions, such as St Mont Michel bay walk, and French language activities including a market mission
  • French language activity workbook per student
  • Full board and lodging (half board available if required)
  • Your choice of return travel
  • Coach for visits and excursions
  • Free teacher to student ratio of 1:10 
  • 24-hour emergency back-up service
  • Subsidised centre inspection visit for two adults

 Extras to budget for:

  • Travel insurance – ask us for more details
  • Meals on journeys
  • Supplements for small groups, single teacher rooms and additional adults
  • Off-site excursions

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