Château d'Ebblinghem

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    Our exclusive school group accommodation on the Opal Coast in Northern France

    Château d’Ebblinghem is ideal for school groups being set in a rural location just 8km east of St Omer on the Opal Coast in northern France, and just 45 minutes from the Channel ports.

    The centre has four buildings designed with school groups in mind all accommodating student and teacher rooms together alongside dedicated dining and teacher areas.

    • Ideally positioned for a range of subject trips including French Language Enrichment & WWI battlefields trips
    • The complex is only open to our groups, providing reassurance to teachers and parents
    • We can accommodate year groups of up to 250 students
    • Dedicated on-centre Group Co-ordinator for each group to ensure the smooth-running of your educational tour, acting as all-round support for your group
    • Programme of evening events and activities tailored to your group’s requirements
    • Inspected as part of our Safety Management System

Accommodation

There are four separate buildings at our château, each designed to accommodate student and teacher en-suite bedrooms together, with dedicated teacher and dining areas too. 

 

L’Auberge

L’Auberge

Students rooms : 13 x 4 beds (2 bunk beds) 

Teacher rooms: 3 x 2 single beds

All bedrooms are en-suite

La Caserne

La Caserne

Students rooms: 18 x 4 beds (2 bunk beds) 

Teacher rooms: 6 x 2 single beds

All bedrooms are en-suite

La Gareyne

La Gareyne

Students rooms : 13 x 4 beds (2 bunk beds) 

Teacher rooms: 3 x 2 single beds

All bedrooms are en-suite

Le Manoir

Le Manoir

Student rooms: 1 x 6 single beds, 2 x 5 single beds, 9 x 4 beds (2 bunk beds)

Teacher rooms: 3 x 2 single beds 

All bedrooms are en-suite

Dedicated teachers’ lounge

Dedicated teachers’ lounge

The ideal place to relax at the end of a long day

Tea & coffee making facilities

Complimentary wine & cheese each evening

Free WiFi 

Dining area

Dining area

Located in your building and exclusive to your group, area can be used for recreational activities too.

Depending on your group size you may share the La Caserne dining area with another school group.

School trips available from Château d’Ebblinghem

Christmas at the Château 

Your group can enjoy the ultimate Christmas market experience staying at Château d’Ebblinghem whilst visiting Lille, Bruges or Ypres markets. Click here for more information on our Christmas market trips staying at Château d'Ebblinghem. 

French language trips 

Find out more about our Modern Foreign Language trips staying at Château d'Ebblinghem. 

WWI battlefield trips

Château d'Ebblinghem is ideally positioned for WWI battlefield trips, with sites in Ypres easily accessed within 45 minutes, Vimy only 75 minutes away and excursions on the Somme Battlefields less than 90 minutes away.

Your group will be able to have a go at baking, and later tasting, traditional ‘army biscuits’ which soldiers would have eaten during WWI. Your students will also gain a practical understanding of the war by trying on replica wartime uniforms.

Click here for more information on our WWI battlefield trips staying at Château d'Ebblinghem. 

 



Your dedicated Group Co-ordinator


    Your Group Co-ordinator (or “Groupie”) is here to ensure the smooth-running of your school tour, acting as all-round support for your group. During the course of your stay your Groupie will:

    • Meet you on your arrival, organise a welcome talk and centre orientation and organise your group into their accommodation.
    • Accompany you on excursions and assist you with supervision and provide practical and historical information regarding your destination.
    • Arrange suitable meal times for your group and help supervise them in the dining area.
    • Liaise with the Group Leader and adult members of the group on a daily basis to ensure good communication throughout your stay.
    • Organise and supervise evening activities for your group.
    • Encourage your students to use their language skills at all times, for example, during mealtimes and evening activities.

Shared recreational facilities


    • ​Two football pitches (one floodlit)
    • Volleyball area
    • A communal games building with pool tables, arcade games and air hockey tables
    • Vending machine
    • Four hectares of private grounds
    • TV, DVD player and white board available in each building
    • Full box of sports equipment 

Organised evening activities at Château d'Ebblinghem

Our programme of evening activities is designed so you can easily enhance your group’s itinerary with a range of cultural, subject-based and fun experiences. All activities are free of charge unless otherwise indicated and are co-ordinated by your dedicated Group Co-ordinator.

For French language groups, activities are led by a French speaking Group Co-ordinator and can be conducted in French, English or somewhere in between, giving pupils every opportunity to practise the target language and help build confidence.

Crêpe Evening

Crêpe Evening

A chance for your group to prepare and cook French crêpes. This activity can be supported by our crêpe activity worksheet designed to help support on-centre language learning. Boules can be added to this activity during the summer months.


French language, food technology, French culture

Disco

Disco

A chance to dance the night away. A popular activity for the final evening of your trip.

Fun, confidence & social skills

Quiz

Quiz

Q & A style challenges, this activity can be based on a variety of subjects and can be combined with the Egg Rocket.

Fun, competition & French language

Superhero Challenge

Superhero Challenge

Teams are given a set amount of time to dress one member as a superhero and then introduce their superhero to the group, as well as introducing their superpower and most importantly their jingle!

Teamwork, fun

Egg Rocket

Egg Rocket

Work in teams to design a device to protect an egg which will be launched into space! This activity can be combined with other activities such as our quiz, mini Olympics and Scavenger Hunt to enable teams to win items to build their egg launch device!

Teamwork, fun

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Teams are given a list of items to find around the centre in a set amount of time. This activity can be conducted in French, English or somewhere in between and can be combined with the Egg Rocket.

Teamwork, decision making, French language

Mini Olympics

Mini Olympics

A collection of relay style games based on both drama and speed, focusing on teamwork and encouragement. Designed for active participation. This activity can be combined with the Egg Rocket.

Teamwork, support & encouragement, competition

EST’s Got Talent

EST’s Got Talent

A chance for your group to show off their talents. A popular activity for the final evening of your trip giving students chance to prepare their acts beforehand.

Fun, competition, confidence building, support & encouragement

Passport to the World

Passport to the World

Students are given maps to find flags placed around the centre. The flags hold questions for them to answer before they return to base. This activity can be combined with the Egg Rocket.

Teamwork, fun, competition, French language

Sports & Games

Sports & Games

A variety of more traditional sports and games can be offered.

Fun, teamwork, competition

Campfire

Campfire

Enjoy a traditional campfire, guests can enjoy songs, relax, share stores and reflect on their shared experiences from the day.

Teamwork, fun, support & encouragement

History Activities

History Activities - Journey to the Trenches

An interactive activity taking the group from enlistment through to life in the trenches. Within this session, the group will discover more about life as a WWI soldier, create their own propaganda posters, consider a soldier’s personal items taken to war in addition to seeing WWI artefacts and tasting army biscuits with camp coffee!

This activity must be pre-booked through your Tour Co-ordinator and takes place during the day.

History, teamwork, fun, decision making

History Activities

History Activities - View WWI artefacts

Take a close look at a range of WWI artefacts at the château to help evoke the atmosphere of the war and aid pupils in their understanding of trench life.
Groups studying Medicine and Surgery can view medical items that would have been used during the war.

This activity will be conducted by your history guide

WWI History: WWI Medicine & Surgery on the Western Front

History Activities 

History Activities - WWI Army Biscuits

In this hands-on biscuit baking activity, students prepare traditional ‘army biscuits’ which soldiers would have eaten during WWI. Take part in a quiz, then taste the results with camp coffee!

This activity must be pre-booked through your Tour Co-ordinator and takes place during the day.

Small charge applies.

French Enrichment Activities

French Enrichment Activities - Fabrication de tarte au sucre

Enjoy a tarte au sucre demonstration in the target language at NST’s château, then make your own during this fun activity. Tarts will be cooked by staff member.
This activity must be pre-booked through your Tour Co-ordinator and takes place during the day.

French language, French culture, food technology, fun, educational

Small charge applies.

French Enrichment Activities

French Enrichment Activities - Dégustation de fromage

Sample a range of French cheeses and discuss the varying tastes, your likes and dislikes in the target language. A fantastic after-dinner activity at NST’s château. This activity must be pre-booked through your Tour Co-ordinator

French language, French culture, food technology, fun, educational

Small charge applies.

French Enrichment Activities 

French Enrichment Activities - Le Petit Déjeuner à la Française

Groups will also be able to experience more French culture and language by experiencing a traditional French breakfast.

French language, French culture, food technology, fun, educational

Resources to support & extend language learning

Resources to support & extend language learning

We offer a range of language resources to help your group get the very most out of their time away.

Our Go Explore journal encourages pupils to expand their vocabulary and we provide additional language resources to help support with on-centre learning including a crêpe activity worksheet and meal vocabulary placemats.

We also provide a range of town trails for local towns which are an excellent method of getting pupils to read, repeat and understand French words and phrases whilst exploring a French town.

 

Games Room

Games Room

Our games room includes arcade games, pool tables, air hockey and is available to groups after evening activities or as a free time alternative.

Charge applies, payable in Euros.

Meals

Meals are designed to provide a nutritious balanced diet, breakfast and evening meals are provided on-site and packed lunches are supplied daily. Meal times are flexible to suit your itinerary, and most special dietary requirements are easily catered for.  The Head Chef will prepare a carefully balanced menu which provides a taste of France but at the same time will still be familiar to most students. 

Daily menu 

Continental breakfast

Cereals, toast, croissants or pain au chocolats, orange juice and hot drinks

Lunch

Prepared by the pupils to their preference and consists of freshly made baguette with a choice of fillings, crisps, biscuits or cake and fruit.

Evening meal

Hot starter, a main course, choice of salads and a dessert. Teachers will also be offered red and white wine. On your last evening, students will have the chance to try ‘les escargots’ (snails)!

Supporting healthier eating habits:

  • Fresh fruit with all meals
  • Healthy and nutritional salad at dinner time
  • At least one hot, fresh vegetable served each day
  • Freshly made vegetarian soups at dinner
  • Reduction of salt 
  • Reduction of fats (particularly trans and saturated fats)
  • Reduction of added sugars
  • Promoting fibre-rich foods
  • Water is available with all meals
  • Orange juice is available on request
  • Semi-skimmed milk is available with breakfast 

Watch our château mini-movie

Helping to combat climate change 

Reducing the use of single-use plastics

19,781 single-use water bottles not used since the introduction of our on-site water re-fill stations, saving 99 turtles from ingestion or entanglement from marine debris.

We aim to save 120 turtles by the end of 2019.


Offsetting carbon emissions, reducing deforestation & providing wildlife habitats 

For every group staying with us, a Maya nut tree will be planted in Peru and we’ve pledged to offset an additional tonne of CO2 through the Portel-Para reducing deforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon.