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Cross-curricular school trips to the Opal Coast, France

Super easy to reach from the UK, the Opal Coast is a great destination for short trips. The majority of groups stay in our own hotel Moulin aux Draps, which is well linked to a wide range of cross-curricular attractions and sites such as the Somme.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 2 - 3
  • Year round
  • Evening entertainment

We'll help you pack a lot into a short trip to France

The Opal Coast guarantees an abundance of culture, French language and fun! This rich region offers food workshops, city visits, WWI history sites, including the extremely immersive underground Wellington Quarry tour and La Coupole - a museum housed in a huge concrete dome amongst the hills.  For pure fun, why not visit Parc Bagatelle or the beautiful Le Touquet beach to let off some steam. Just a short coach ride from our hotel are excursions to Boulogne-Sur-Mer where students can explore the historic fishing port and the huge Nausicaá national sea centre, Europe’s largest aquarium, which is as educational as it is impressive and offers a particular focus on oceans and climate change. Whatever your curriculum focus, we'll work with you to create a tailor-made itinerary to suit your learning objectives.

Our own Moulin aux Draps residential centre near Boulogne, is the perfect destination for schools looking for an affordable/short school trip to France. The residential centre is exclusively for the use of school groups meaning there are few distractions for students.

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

Sample 4-day itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive
  • Centre orientation

Day 2

  • Arras city visit
  • Vimy Memorial
  • Bakery workshop

Day 3

  • Boulogne-Sur-Mer town visit
  • Nausicaá national sea centre

Day 4

  • Goat's cheese farm
  • Shopping time
  • Depart
  • Arrive home

A wealth of possibilities for students just a short hop from the UK

A school trip to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France is often the first time school children will experience the excitement of being in another country without a parent or guardian. This small taste of independence is a brilliant confidence and character-building tool, as well as important for bridging friendships between classmates and respect for teachers. What makes the Opal Coast a popular choice is the opportunity to pack a lot into a school trip without heading too far and only travelling by coach and ferry.

Stay at Voyager's own Moulin aux Draps residential centre

Located less than an hour from Calais and within very easy reach of the stunning Opal Coastline, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Touquet, Arras and the WWI battlefields, our Moulin aux Draps centre is the perfect destination for schools looking for an affordable/short school trip to France. The residential centre is exclusively for the use of school groups meaning there are few distractions for students.

Our local French staff have considerable experience in looking after British school trips and catering for the needs of British teachers and pupils. The centre is contained within 22 acres of car-free French countryside, giving students plenty of space to run around and let off steam. Supervision is easy as the grounds are within view of the main building and teachers can relax in the evenings as the Voyager team will deliver a programme of evening entertainment for your students.

Le Touquet Beach
Le Touquet
Boulangerie
Bakery workshop
Chocolate making workshop in French
Chocolate Workshop
Sweets
Sweet workshop
Rando Rail France
Rando-Rail
Boulogne
Boulogne
Boulogne town trail
Boulogne town trail
Nausicaa tunnel
Nausicaá National Sea Centre
Maison du Marais
Maison du Marais
Opal Coast Outdoor Laser Tag
Outdoor Laser Tag
Bagatelle Theme Park
Parc Bagatelle
Museum of Resistance Boundes
Musée de la Résistance
Mining History Centre
Mining History Centre
Azincourt Medieval Centre
Azincourt Medieval Centre
La Coupole
La Coupole
Wellington Quarry
Wellington Quarry
Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval Memorial
Pozieres Memorial
Pozières Memorial
Lochnagar Crater
Lochnagar Crater
Delville Wood
Delville Wood Cemetery
Musee Somme 1916
Somme 1916 Museum
Museum of the Great War
Museum of the Great War
Vimy Memorial
Vimy Memorial
Farm of 1001 Feathers
Farm of 1001 Feathers
Goats cheese farm
Goat's cheese farm
Le Touquet Beach

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Le Touquet

The seaside town of Le Touquet has miles of white sandy beaches for school groups to enjoy some down time on. In the centre of the town, you will find quaint cafés and confectionery shops.

Boulangerie

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Bakery workshop

At a local boulangerie, a baker will perform a baking demonstration for your group in French. Students will walk away with a croissant and a pain au chocolat each!

Chocolate making workshop in French

Chocolate Workshop

We can arrange for this workshop tour, where your group will learn how a local French chocolaterie produces their chocolate, to be led in either English or French. Students will even get a chance to taste the chocolates too!

Sweets

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Sweet workshop

Visit a French confectioner and get a masterclass in sugar! Students will watch the sweet makers at work and a few volunteers will get to try their hand at it themselves. Your group will get the chance to sample the sweets too.

Rando Rail France

Rando-Rail

A fun and unique equivalent to a walk through the woods, the Rando Rail is a four-person bike that runs along an old railway track. Students team up and pedal 10km through the French countryside.

Boulogne

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Boulogne

The city of Boulogne-sur-Mer is the largest fishing port in France and seafood is a big part of the local culture. Groups can explore the history of the city through the streets of the old town with its cathedral, or head to the more modern centre and town hall.

Boulogne town trail

Boulogne town trail

To maximise your group's language learning, your animateur will lead our interactive tailor-made town trail through Boulogne, encouraging your students to read, understand and speak French in situ.

Nausicaa tunnel

Nausicaá National Sea Centre

Nausicaá is the largest marine life centre in Europe with 1,600 species within 17 million litres of water! The centre promotes sustainability and marine management and is an educational and scientific visit suitable for cross-curricular groups.

Maison du Marais

Maison du Marais

A fun way to discover the Audomarois marshland, Students float along the waterways in a flat-bottomed boat with an expert guide to see the island homes of the residents, the flora and fauna. The exhibitions also include artefacts, films and aquariums.

Opal Coast Outdoor Laser Tag

Outdoor Laser Tag

Team up and prepare for battle! Based in a safe, sandy, forested area, this outdoor laser tag game is great fun for groups. There's also a volleyball pitch and picnic area for students to eat lunch.

Bagatelle Theme Park

Parc Bagatelle

Bagatelle amusement park has a good variety of water rides, rollercoasters and attractions to suit all ages, so your group is sure to be entertained!

Museum of Resistance Boundes

Musée de la Résistance

The Museum of Resistance in Bondues is housed in a 19th-century fort that was occupied by German troops in WWI & WWII. Students will learn about the lives of the fighters of the French resistance and how they worked with the British Intelligence Service.

Mining History Centre

Mining History Centre

This is a museum housed in a former colliery that explores the three centuries of coal mining in northern France. The buildings are complete with the massive antique machinery and the highlight of the visit is a guided tour underground!

Azincourt Medieval Centre

Azincourt Medieval Centre

This museum focuses on the Battle of Azincourt and the Hundred Years' War. An interactive exhibition includes a multimedia tour of the French and English camps and the battlefield of Azincourt. It is specifically designed for younger students learning medieval history.

La Coupole

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La Coupole

This huge concrete dome amongst the hills was built in 1944 to house jet-propelled rockets. It is now an exceptional war museum and interactive planetarium. La Coupole is a great choice for groups studying WWI and WWII.

Wellington Quarry

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Wellington Quarry

Beneath the city of Arras lies a network of tunnels that were used by over 20,000 British soldiers during WWI in a surprise attack on the German troops. The Carrière Wellington museum allows students to walk in the footsteps of the soldiers underground in the illuminated tunnels.

Beaumont Hamel Memorial Park

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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

This WWI memorial is on the site where the British Army suffered their worst ever casualties in a single day. A bronze Caribou monument stands as the emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Thiepval Memorial

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Thiepval Memorial

This massive war memorial is a moving tribute to the 72,000+ servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme in WWI. By visiting the memorial, students can get a very visual understanding of the scale of loss in the war through the inscribed names and white crosses on the lawns.

Pozieres Memorial

Pozières Memorial

The village of Pozières was completely destroyed in the WWI Battle of the Somme. This memorial commemorates the more than 14,000 casualties of the battle and is a stark visual reminder of the scale of the loss of life for students.

Lochnagar Crater

Lochnagar Crater

The massive carter was created by the explosion of a mine during the WWI Battle of the Somme. The site has since been preserved to act as a war memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers.

Delville Wood

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Delville Wood Cemetery

Delville Wood was the scene of heavy combat during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and once more in 1918. The cemetery remembers the 5,500 South African servicemen buried there, of which over half are unidentified.

Musee Somme 1916

Somme 1916 Museum

For teachers wanting students to get a greater understanding of the lives of soldiers during WWI, this museum is a good choice. The exhibits are housed in tunnels 10 metres underground, so it's also an entertaining visit for groups.

Museum of the Great War

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Museum of the Great War

The Museum of the Great War is the largest WWI museum in Europe. There are many exhibits that demonstrate the social impact of the war on regular civilians, making it a great resource for students to learn more about how war impacted day to day life.

Vimy Memorial

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Vimy Memorial

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the Canadian servicemen who lost their lives in WWI, particularly in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The towering limestone memorial is a very striking sight for students.

Farm of 1001 Feathers

Farm of 1001 Feathers

Working farm visit with a variety of animals and birds, ,located in a beautiful area near Montreuil sur Mer. Your visit includes a craft workshop. The visit lasts around 1.5 hours and costs £5.50 per students. Open year round.

Goats cheese farm

Goat's cheese farm

Visit a local goat's cheese farm to meet the goats, find out how cheese is made and try some for yourself!

Trips to our Moulin aux Draps centre include the following as standard:

  • A fun programme of evening activities (led in French if required) by our own highly trained team of French-native animateurs
  • All off-site cultural excursions and activities 
  • Full board and lodging with three cooked meals and snacks
  • Free teacher to student ratio of 1:8 for coach trips and 1:10 for air groups
  • Private teachers’ lounge areas
  • 24 hour emergency back-up service
  • Teacher evening wind-down activities such as cheese and wine tasting evening
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Coach to take your group off-site for visits
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Subsidised centre inspection visit for you and a colleague

Extras to budget for

  • Meals on journeys
  • School to airport transfers (if required)
  • Visa charges, collective passports
  • Supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults

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