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Opal Coast French language school trip

Opal Parle is our most flexible and accessible language immersion trip and gives students the chance to practise their French while enjoying a mix of fun excursions led by native-speaking staff at our own centre near Boulogne.

  • Voyager owned
  • Key stage 3 - 4
  • Native French animateurs
  • Year round
  • Evening entertainment
  • Workbooks
  • Carbon offset

Flexible options for school groups to learn French in the Opal Coast

Just a short hop across the Channel from Dover, the Opal Coast features historic towns, vast sandy beaches, chocolate factories, goat’s cheese farms and everything in between making it very popular with French learners and first-time visitors to France. Our experienced French-native animateurs will guide your school tour and provide a full evening programme to create an immersive French experience. They'll build your students' confidence and encourage them to speak French at every opportunity. But perhaps above all else, they are here to make sure it's fun!

A brilliant optional extra to our programme is the opportunity to spend a morning or day at a local French school. Using our local knowledge, we will pair you with a French partner school that matches the age and level of your children, giving your group the unparalleled opportunity to practise their language skills with their French peers. 

For a more personal and in-depth language experience, check out our winter camp programme. Available between November and February, the Moulin's winter camp offers more on-site activities and games such as breadmaking and science experiments, all led by our brilliant lead-animateur, Justine.

New since your last visit! The Moulin aux Draps centre is under new management, with a team from our centre of excellence, Château de la Baudonnière, taking the helm. Bring your students in 2023 to interact with French school students at the centre, practise conversational language and experience a real cultural exchange that’s certain to inspire a love for learning French. We’re also introducing new on-site activities including beach volleyball and pétanque, all set against the centre’s 22 acres of wildlife. Read more about what's new at the Moulin aux Draps centre.

This is our suggested Fast Track 4-day Opal Coast itinerary. If you would like to change the duration of your trip or choose different excursions, just contact us for a bespoke quote.

All activities, excursions and evening entertainment is conducted in French by our experienced animateurs.

Day 1

  • Board your coach for your trip to France
  • Arrive in France 
  • Students enjoy their first visit in France - the snail farm  
  • Check in to Hotel du Moulin aux Draps and meet your animateurs
  • French quiz evening

Day 2

  • French activity "Market mission"
  • Boulogne town trail
  • Local bakery demonstration, in French of course!
  • Nausicaa National Sea Centre or Treetop adventure and high ropes
  • French games evening

Day 3

  • Guided history excursion to Vimy Ridge
  • Fun at the Rando Rail adventure
  • French games evening

Day 4

  • Checkout 
  • Board the coach for your Channel crossing back to England
  • Arrive back at school

 

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 French language immersion school trip. The language 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.

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

Boulangerie
Bakery workshop
Boulogne town trail
Boulogne town trail
Nausicaa tunnel
Nausicaá National Sea Centre
Local French Market Excursion v2
Market mission
La Coupole
La Coupole
Le Touquet Beach
Le Touquet
Rando Rail France
Rando-Rail
Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval Memorial
Lochnagar Crater
Lochnagar Crater
Vimy Memorial
Vimy Ridge Memorial
Opalaventure
Opalaventure
Desvres art centre
Desvres Art Centre
Maison du Marais 2
Maison du Marais
Chocolate making workshop in French
Chocolate Workshop
Goats cheese farm
Goat's cheese farm
Blockhaus dEperlecques
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques
Bellewaerde
Bellewaerde
Etaples Cemetery
Étaples Military Cemetery
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!

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.

Local French Market Excursion v2

Market mission

Visit a local market with your animateur where teams of students will be given money to buy food for lunch. Students will be tasked with ordering in French, creating a great opportunity to interact with the friendly stall owners in their native language. Students will also have free time to pick up some souvenirs.

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.

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.

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.

Thiepval Memorial

© David Nicholls

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.

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.

Vimy Memorial

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Vimy Ridge 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.

Opalaventure

Opalaventure

Set within 7-hectares of forest surrounded by sand dunes, Opalaventure is an exciting treetop adventure in the heart of the Opal Coast. Tackle ziplines, high ropes, rope ladders and more!

Desvres art centre

Desvres Art Centre

Enjoy a guided tour and workshop in one of the creative techniques offered by these two local craft centres. The area is rich in the raw materials needed for pottery resulting in a thriving local industry.

Maison du Marais 2

Maison du Marais

Discover the Audomarois marshland. The exhibitions include models and artefacts, films and aquariums. When you’ve discovered the background to the marshland, glide through the waterways in a flat-bottomed boat with an expert guide to see the island homes of the residents, the flora and fauna.

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!

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!

Blockhaus dEperlecques

Blockhaus d'Eperlecques

The bunker of Eperlecques is the biggest bunker of the north of France, as a witness of this dark period, from 1939 to 1945. It was opened to the public in 1974 and classified "ancient memorials" in 1985.

Bellewaerde

Bellewaerde

Boasting among other things the highest water chute in Europe, Bellewaerde Park is just across the border in Belgium. Enjoy thrilling rides, marvel at exotic animals and explore the park.

Etaples Cemetery

Étaples Military Cemetery

Étaples Military Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Étaples, near Boulogne on the north-west coast of France. The cemetery commemorates over 11,500 lives lost in WWI and WWII.

Our Opal Parle French language immersion programme includes:

  • A fun programme of student activities led in French by our own highly trained team of French-native animateurs
  • All centre-based French language games, activities, lessons and evening entertainment
  • All off-site cultural excursions and language activities such as town trails and market missions
  • A French-language activity workbook per student
  • Full board and lodging including snacks
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • Private teachers’ lounge area
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • 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 with COVID cancellation cover included
  • Subsidised centre inspection visit for you and a colleague
  • The opportunity to carbon offset your trip. Click here to find out more.

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

Ready-made resources to get your trip off the ground

These ready-made trip resources are designed to reduce your admin and help speed up the process of planning, promoting and getting approval for your trip:

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