Cultural & Enrichment Trips to the Opal Coast
The variety of excursions and places of interest make this an ideal place for students to take in the French culture and the Château d’Ebblinghem is an ideal place to stay for team activities.
Stretching from the Belgian border in the North to the Somme estuary in the South, the Opal Coast is an area filled with natural beauty which offers a taste of real France without the need for a long journey. The area provides a broad mixture of things to do such as historical sites, Gothic cathedrals, sea center and French markets which means there is no shortage of ways to combine culture and fun!
A cultural and enrichment trip prepares a student for the real world and is character building. Students get to experience another culture and create amazing lasting memories. They are suitable for all learning styles; we learn best when we can see, hear, and experience things first-hand. Here are some of the benefits a cultural and enrichment trip can provide:
- Develop a sense of responsibility.
- Be character building, develop students’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-belief.
- Help improve social/interpersonal skills - the ability to communicate or interact well with other people.
- The opportunity to experience cultures, respect differences, and develop new friendships with their peers.
- Broaden their horizons and knowledge.
- Encourages problem solving and teamwork.
- Provides fond memories and long-lasting positive benefits.
Trips can benefit the teacher as well as student! Teacher’s get to observe the student in a different environment and see how they view the world; it can also generate ideas for the teacher to bring back to the classroom.
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Reasons to Visit
Mining History Centre
The largest mining museum in France where a thousand miners worked to extract 1000 tonnes of coal every day. Visitors are taken on a guided tour to by a former miner to retrace the steps of an average working day taking in the lamp room and mine buildings before ‘going down’.
Flemish style buildings and picturesque cobbled squares, disguise a town steeped in war history. Arras is the capital of the Artois region and is well-known for the traditional Flemish style of its buildings and picturesque cobbled squares.
France’s first fishing port has an impressive old quarter with cobbled streets and a beautiful Cathedral. Boulogne is a popular fishing port and cross-channel terminus with many attractive areas and excellent shopping.
This elegant and fashionable seaside resort has wide sandy beaches, a promenade and a watersports complex. There is a market twice a week.
Boulangerie Maillard Trupin
Students watch and listen to the baker describe, in French, the process of making traditional French bread and croissants, before getting the chance to produce and eat their own.
Nausicaá National Sea Centre
Nausicaa is much more than just an aquarium. It is a unique centre for the discovery of the marine environment which is fun, educational and scientific all at the same time, focusing mainly on the relationship between mankind and the sea. They have educational workshops and educational resources to download before you travel.
Les Chocolats de Beussent
A look at chocolate production followed by a tasting. A guided tour in English, which explains chocolate production, from cocoa leaves to moulding and coating and culminates in a tasting.
Peronne Historical Museum
The museum compares the experiences of the major participants in the First World War. It shows what daily life was like on the front but also behind the lines, reflecting the heavy involvement of the civilian populations. In exploring the culture of war, it links the past to the present, testifying to the impact that this conflict has had throughout the 20th century.
Your group will take a guided tour of the goats farm to see how the animals are reared and see how the distinctive goats cheese is made. Students will also get to taste the different types of cheeses made at the farm.
The French eat 25,000 tonnes of snails a year, the equivalent to 700 million individual snails! Visit a working snail farm to give your students an insight into how snails are reared and farmed. As well as touring the farm, tasting sessions are available for groups brave enough to try them.Tuck into snail pâté, garlic snails in a biscuit shell and snail shaped biscuits.
Take a tour of the traditional Becasuc sweet factory, where students are shown how sweets are made and the ingredients used to make a variety of different types of confectionary. Learn from the commentary, demonstrations and even help with the sweet production. Students will be able to sample the sweets made before them and purchase a range of products produced by the factory.
A guided tour of the bee-keeping museum offers an insight into the workings of a hive and how important bees are so essential to our eco-system. Students will be able to view a deserted hive, learn the life cyle of a bee as well as observe a glass hive that shows the bees at work. The process of extracting honey is explained as well as the opportunity for a tasting.
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