Day Trips from just £59 per pupil
For schools without scope for a longer trip, a surprising amount can be achieved spending just a few hours across the water, with a wealth of opportunities within easy reach of the French ports.
Boulogne-sur-Mer alone is worth the short journey to experience a taste of French life; here the pupils can make the most of the expansive beach, sea-life attraction Nausicaa, the fish market and they will love exploring the imposing ramparts surrounding the old high town overlooking the bustling port. A quick trip to a French Hypermarket to pick up some ‘bonbons’ or other French goodies is a regular request – not forgetting ‘Lunch in Flunch’!
With the proximity to the Western Front, it is easy to make fulfilling visits to many WW1 places of interest including the Wellington Quarry in Arras, l’Historial de la Grand Guerre in Picardy and the memorials of the Circuit of Remembrance of the Somme. With the Belgian town of Ypres a little over 75 minutes away from Calais, it is also possible to pay respects at the Menin Gate, visit the On Flanders Field Museum and the Tyne Cot Cemetery near the war-ravaged village of Passchaendale. Back in France, the Second World War bunkers and missile-launching sites at La Coupole and Eperlecques can also be recommended with their fascinating relics and excellent educational programmes.
Several notable cities are easily reached on the French Autoroute system – Amiens, Arras and Lille all offer plenty to enthuse and interest school groups for a day. A day trip can even stretch to Paris for a guided tour, a boat trip on the Seine, a visit to the Louvre or just a few hours roaming the boulevards or admiring Notre Dame and the many other iconic sites which dominate the French capital’s cityscape.
For Primary Schools, a visit to a local Market and maybe a Goat farm, Cheese, biscuit or chocolate factory might appeal to the younger pupils. In December it is possible to reach some of those towns in Northern France such as Lille, which offer the excitement and atmosphere of a continental Christmas Market.