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Northern France Music School Tours

Performing to the appreciative audiences in Northern France will help grow a novice’s confidence and abilities, whilst Bruges and Brussels provide prestigious performance opportunities for more experienced music groups.

Combined with an array of memorable visits, a concert tour to Northern France offers groups the opportunity to bond and fully concentrate on their rehearsals and performance. An ideal destination for music groups on their first school music tour or those with a tight budget. 

Prices start from£589pp

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ full board accommodation staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Organisation & publicity of 3 concerts
  • Services of your own Group Co-ordinator (Groupie)
  • Organised evening activities
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Generous free place ratio of 1 in 8

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from England and Wales on selected dates and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

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On-tour support includes...

  • Your dedicated Group Co-ordinator, if staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem,  will ensure the smooth-running of your concert tour, acting as all-round support for your group. 


Popular options in Northern France

Top performance venues

Last Post Ceremony, Ypres

Choirs and bands can perform two hymns alongside the British and Belgian national anthems at this daily ceremony commemorating the fallen of WWI. Participating in this ceremony is an incredibly moving experience for groups who are often able to lay a wreath on request.

Jardins Publiques, Calais

Popular, lively bands can perform in Parc Richelieu or at the rotunda in  Parc St Diene. Both venues are located in Calais, just 45 minutes from NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem.


St Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent

Sacred choirs and orchestras are welcome to perform in this beautiful cathedral. Use of the organ can be arranged in advance.

Church of St Rochus, Blankenberge

Sacred choirs, classical chamber ensembles and orchestras are offered the chance to perform at this lovely Neo-Romanesque church in the seaside resort of Blankenberge.

The Church of Our Lady, Bruges

Choirs and instrumental chamber groups are invited to perform afternoon concerts in the wonderful ‘The Church of Our Lady’ located in the heart of historic Bruges.

Church of St Anthony of Padua, Aalst

This welcoming church allows both sacred and secular music, and the Priest works hard to ensure concerts by guest groups are well supported.

Church of St Michael, Ghent

Well known for its popular concert series and centrally located in Ghent, this church welcomes groups with mixed programmes.The Church also takes part in the Ghent Music Festival every July.

St Omer Public Gardens

Retirement Homes

We have a selection of welcoming retirement homes that enjoy hosting guest performances in a variety of cities and towns, including Dunkirk and Brussels.

Market Place, Bruges

Groups not needing electricity/amplification can perform during the day in this stunning city square, which always attracts good audiences outside the summer months.

Market Place, Ypres

This popular and attractive square is situated in the heart of Ypres where concerts regularly draw appreciative crowds.


Perform at the best coastal bandstands we offer, such as Blankenberge, Ostend, Nieuwpoort and De Panne.

Top visits

In Flanders Field Museum

This superb state-of-the-art, interactive museum is now an even richer experience with the updated larger museum. Covering most aspects of the war in Flanders, each visitor will receive a wristband that will take them on a journey in the museum through the eyes of someone who was there. Educational worksheets and study resources and workshops are available

Menin Gate & Last Post Ceremony

The largest and the most important of the British memorials to the Missing in The Salient, The Menin Gate holds the names of 54,896 soldiers of the British Empire. This memorial marked the start of one of the main roads out of Ypres towards the Front Line. Following a meal at a local restaurant, your students will witness the moving ‘Last Post Ceremony’ which takes place every evening at 8pm.

Bellewaerde Theme Park

Spend a day at this fantastic theme park, home to a wonderful mix of rollercoasters, shows, animals and water features.

Les Escargotières

Get a real taste of France! At a working snail farm, your group will learn how one of France’s most famous foods is reared. Then sit back and see which of your pupils will be first to sample one for themselves. 

Les Chocolats de Beussent

Learn about the industry of chocolate making and combine the demonstrations of melting, moulding and coating with worksheets, a guided tour of the workshop (in English or French), and the chance to enjoy tasting samples!


Reputed to be the best preserved medieval city in Europe, Bruges abounds with character and charm. The many canals and waterways have given it the name of ‘Venice of the North’ and these plus the winding cobbled streets, gabled houses and hump backed bridges make Bruges so delightful.

Ostend & Blankenberge

The marina in the centre of Ostend is lined with plenty of cafés and groups can watch the artists at work at the outdoor painting exhibitions along the promenade. In the town of Blankenberge local markets are held throughout the year on Friday mornings and Mondays during high season.


Known as the ‘City of Flowers’ it’s also a place of historic interest. The centre of Ghent especially comes to life on Sunday mornings when, up to midday, there are no less than five different markets all within ten minutes walk of each other: antiques, animals, birds, flowers, and a painter’s market. There are also several interesting museums in the town - the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Folklore Museum.

Evening activites

  • Organised evening activities at the château 
  • Excellent recreational facilities at the château (including two football pitches, volleyball area and four hectacres of private grounds)


Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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