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Food Technology Trips to the Opal Coast

​The Opal Coast region of Northern France is a popular choice for those wanting a destination that is accessible but packed with fabulous food technology visits

There are a wide range of places to visit that allow students to explore key food technology themes of production, preparation and nutrition.  We recommend visiting a local boulangerie, sweet factory or for the more adventurous a goat or snail farm.  Most visits include cooking demonstrations and tastings of the delicacies made in front of their eyes.  Whether you visit for a day or stay for longer your students will experience true French gastronomy.

Curricuum Topics Key Stage 4

  • Manufacturing/large scale production
  • Labelling and packaging
  • Materials and components
  • Food Preparation and Hygiene
  • Nutrition

Prices start from£429pp

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Depart school by coach, channel crossing. Arrive Calais Visit a local bakery to see traditional bread and croissante being made. Visit a sweet factory to learn how ingredients are combined to make different confectionary
2 Push your students culinary boundaries at either a Snail or Goat Farm followed by a tasting Travel to Calais Channel crossing and return to school.
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Morning Depart school by coach, channel crossing. Arrive Calais
Afternoon Visit a local bakery to see traditional bread and croissante being made.
Evening Visit a sweet factory to learn how ingredients are combined to make different confectionary
Morning Push your students culinary boundaries at either a Snail or Goat Farm followed by a tasting
Afternoon Travel to Calais
Evening Channel crossing and return to school.

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Places to Stay

Reasons to Visit

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.

Sweet Factory

Learn about the history of the sweet shop and see how the sweets and lollipops are made. Students will learn from the French commentary, demonstrations and be able to taste the delicious sweets produced.

Snail 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.

Goat Farm

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.

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.

Le Touquet

This elegant and fashionable seaside resort has wide sandy beaches, a promenade and a watersports complex. There is a market twice a week.

Guided Tour of Boulogne

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. Above the port is an impressive medieval quarter, dominated by the very grand cathedral.


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.

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’.

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.


Ambleteuse WWII Museum

Museum which depicts the history of WWII through a magnificent collection of uniforms, arms and means of transport. The museum in Ambleteuse is a homage to all the veterans of the 2nd World War. In 800 m2 of displays, you will see the chronological history from the invasion of Poland in 1939 to the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

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