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Primary School Trips to The Opal Coast
A Primary school trip to the Opal Coast is a great way to provide your group with a real taste of life in France. The Opal Coast is easily accessible and close to channel ports, whilst offering fantastic visits which will introduce your pupils to a new culture, and fascinate them with an environment so different to their own!
You’ll find our most popular itinerary choice(s) below, but we can tailor-make yours from scratch to meet your exact requirements…
Opal Coast - 3 days from £155pp*
Travelling in November 2013. Price includes executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay, 2 nights' full-board accommodation at the Chateau d'Ebblinghem includes packed lunch on day 2, extensive group travel insurance and a generous free place ratio of 1 in 8.
And then add our most popular itinerary package below for £17pp*
|*Prices shown based on 40 paying passengers departing from England & Wales and are subject to availability.|
Our most popular visits for Primary school trips to the Opal Coast
Here are some of our most popular visits for Primary school trips to the Opal Coast. We can tailor-make an itinerary to your exact needs. Call 0845 688 8988 to create your itinerary from scratch today.
St Joseph’s Village, Guines - Ideal for Language groups
Give your pupils an insight into 19th & 20th century French Life in this re-created French Village. They’ll develop their French vocabulary as they enter the specially constructed windmill, school, bakers shop, garage, and the chapel, all complete with the equipment of a bygone age.
Boulogne-Sur-Mer - Ideal for Language groups
Interact with market traders, explore the Roman Old Town or take a guided tour. Boulogne is a safe and relatively self-contained area and a great base for pupils to increase their confidence and learn about French life. Local market days are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
L’Escargotière du Choquel
Get a real taste of France at this informative snail farm.
Agincourt Historical Museum - Ideal for History groups
The museum contains a wealth of documents, reproductions and photographic enlargements, copies of weapons and armour and a scale model of the battlefield.
- Gain a valuable insight into how and why battles were fought
- Touch and handle the arms and armour
- Interact with full-size talking figures
La Coupole - Ideal for History groups
Here in a most impressive underground V2 base, your pupils will go back in time to witness living conditions under the German occupation of France, as well as re-live the main events of the post-war conquest of Space. Headsets with guided commentary and excellent educational packages are available.
Bunker Eperlecques - Ideal for History groups
This bunker, which survived the 1943 bombings, forms the backdrop to a WWII history lesson with a difference. Features include wall displays which present the world at war and a commentary which explains why this strategic place was chosen.
Activity Based Learning
Boulangerie Escoeuilles - Ideal for Language groups
This is a traditional boulangerie where only French is spoken. During the visit, your pupils will see the traditional making and baking of bread, brioches and papin pies and leave with a fresh croissant or pain au chocolat.
Chocolats de Beussent
Visit this famous chocolate factory in Boulogne… and yes, they do provide free samples!!! Pupils will learn about chocolate and its origins, see demonstrations of melting, moulding and coating and take a tour of the workshop.
Nausicaä Sea Centre - Ideal for Science groups
This modern sea centre contains exhibitions and activities, and aquariums containing 4,000 fish. Special hands-on information and questions test pupils’ knowledge of the sea
- Experience the feel of the various species of sea life in the touch-tanks
- Learn about the sea and the environment from the monitors and cinemas
- View sea lions through the submarine observatory
Language Support Sessions
“Talk French” with Hannah France - Ideal for Language groups
NST has joined forces with Hannah France, an MFL teacher now living on the Opal Coast. At Hannah’s maison, your pupils will take part in a speaking and listening session to prepare them for a key visit in their itinerary, such as a chocolate factory, boulangerie or cheese farm. Language focus prior to the visit will gently encourage pupils to practise phrases and prepare for possible responses to their questions. Hannah will then support the group at their visit, coaching pupils to approach and interact with the local staff. A final debrief will focus on improvement and learning.
Below, you'll find some of our most popular accommodation options for school groups.
This is just a sample of our full range, so for full details of all properties available, please call 0845 688 8988 to speak to one of our Educational Travel Advisors today.
Specifically renovated to provide a superb standard of accommodation, NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem offers unrivalled facilities for school and youth groups.
There are 3 separate buildings at NST’s château, each designed to accommodate one group. You will have sole occupancy of your building including your own dining room, meeting room and games room. NST's chateau is a great base for all subject groups: Primary schools, French Language, History, Religious Studies, Food Technology, Geography and Music.
St Omer, Opal Coast
3 buildings each accommodating 58 guests.
NST’s château is located in St Omer on the Opal Coast, just 45 minutes from Calais and Ypres, 55 minutes from the Eurotunnel terminal, 60 minutes from Boulogne and 90 minutes from Le Touquet.
All bedrooms in all 3 buildings are bright, modern and clean, and feature a private shower, toilet and washbasin.
Meals at NST’s château provide a nutritious balanced diet which is carefully planned to restore the energy expended during the day’s activities. Breakfast and evening meals are provided on-site and packed lunches are supplied daily.
We can be flexible regarding meal times to suit your itinerary, and most special dietary requirements are easily
During your stay at NST’s château, you will be allocated your own personal group co-ordinator – known as a ‘groupie’ – to provide full-time assistance throughout your tour. Your groupie will:
- Be based at the château
- Assist you on arrival to ensure a smooth check-in
- Discuss all your itinerary arrangements with you, including on-site and off-site activities
- Travel with you to all your visits to assist with directions and organisation
- Organise and be present at all your on-site activities
- Be available to assist with any questions or issues
Your Group’s Safety & Security
The secluded location of NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem, and the fact that each group has its own accommodation block, will no doubt be a major reassurance to teachers and parents.
Your group will have its own dedicated room for recreational activities, and access to the communal games room.
- Four hectares of private grounds
- Two football pitches (one floodlit)
- Volleyball area and outdoor activities (during summer months)
- A separate dedicated building housing a games room, teachers’ bar and the château shop
Organised Evening Activities
Our staff will arrange a programme of activities for your group such as talent shows, games shows, quizzes, team challenges, initiative exercises, discos, etc. During summer months, outdoor activities will also be added to your evening programme.
If you would like to add in some study time too, a dedicated room – complete with TV, video and white board – will be available.
A large, modern, purpose-built hotel.
Good quality accommodation offering excellent facilities for groups.
Avenue de la Dune aux Loups
The hotel is located in the forest area of Le Touquet. Le Touquet itself is an attractive, cosmopolitan resort with an enormous beach and excellent facilities for sport and recreation.
- Meeting room
- Dining room
- Study/Recreation room
- Video games, table football, pool table
- Disabled facilities: This hotel is not suitable for disabled guests
- 4-5 bedded rooms
- En-suite facilities
- En-suite facilities
The hotel conforms to all local standards, which:
- does not require fire doors that self-close. Therefore, groups are advised, for additional security, to ensure doors are shut at night.
- does not require windows to have restricted opening.
- does not require plate glass windows/patio doors to have anti-collision motifs to ensure that people are aware glass is present.
- does not require balconies to be at least 1 metre high.
Group leaders are advised to consider this in their risk assessments/group management plan and ensure appropriate control measures are put in place.
A traditional hotel.
Youth Hotel Riva Bella
A single group hotel, located in the centre of Le Touquet a lovely seaside resort, offering good quality budget accommodation. The hoteliers are very experienced in accommodating youth groups and a warm welcome is assured.
12, rue Léon Garet
58 guests, 26 rooms
Le Touquet is an attractive cosmopolitan resort with an enormous beach and excellent facilities for sport and recreation. The hotel is located in a quiet side-street, approximately 100 metres from the beach and the town centre.
- Dining room
- Rehearsal/study room
- Lounge with TV for Teachers’ use
- Private courtyard with picnic benches
- Table football
- Vending machine
- Disabled facilities: This property has no specific facilities or adapted rooms for disabled clients.
- 2-4 bedded rooms
- En-suite facilities
- En-suite facilities
The hotel conforms to all local standards, which does not require windows to have restricted opening. Group leaders are advised to consider this in their risk assessments/group management plan and ensure appropriate control measures are put in place.
A security deposit of €10 per person is payable on arrival. This can be paid either in cash or by credit card. This amount is refundable at the end of your stay provided there has been no damage to the areas occupied by the group. To avoid misunderstanding, we recommend all group leaders undertake an inspection of all rooms with the hotelier.
Free Educational Resources
When you book with NST, you’ll receive some free educational resources to help your group get the most out of their time away.
KS2 / P4-7 MFL Educational Support
Building on our existing educational resources, and by listening to teachers, subject associations and other language learning professionals, our KS2 / P4-7 resources aim to help young learners gain confidence to speak in native languages when visiting abroad.
The resources provide ideas and activities for pre-tour preparation, and link your learning inside the classroom to learning on specific visits whilst you’re away in France. In addition, they follow QCA guidelines.
Our travel games are a great way to keep your group entertained on coach journeys to your destination and on your way home.
Click here to view a sample of our Travel Games for Primary school groups.