Dive into medieval Normandy and celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings
While the 14th October signifies the starting date of the Battle of Hastings, many are planning their own events to mark 950 since the Battle of Hastings. Culminating in Norman success on the Sussex coast, the Battle of Hastings represents the success of William the Conqueror in taking the crown.
2016 will see events on both sides of the Channel celebrate this huge milestone and there’s no better place to be than in Bayeux, Normandy. Once the capital for William the Conqueror, the historic French town of Bayeux is an excellent location from where students can explore the events leading up to the Norman Conquest.
To commemorate this milestone, we are giving you the opportunity to extend your teaching beyond the classroom for just £186 per student – when quoting TRB950. To learn more about the 5 different tours on offer, scroll to the very bottom of this page.
Steeped in history, Normandy has a wealth of excursions to help support curriculum goals and reinforce learning in the classroom.
Bayeux itself includes the famous Bayeux Tapestry listed by UNESO as a “Memory of the World” since 2007. Recounting the events leading up to the Conquest of England by William the Conqueror, the 70 metre strip of intricate needle-point work is an opportunity for students to get close to an outstanding piece of history. Diving into the history of England under the Normans, students will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding of the British Isles and trace its roots through the Norman conquest and Battle of Hastings. Identify significant people during this period and support your school group in recognising events within a chronological framework. With so much to experience in the Calvados area, incoporate the town of Bayeux into any Normandy tour and reap the benefits of staying at the Château du Molay.
The Bayeux Tapestry is a favourite with school groups of all ages, enabling students to appreciate a superbly well-preserved historical document with a captivating interpretation of the Norman conquest of England. Still a striking display 900 years on, the intricate embroidery not only tells a story with additional animals and mythological creatures but is a fantastic example of the needle-point work completed in the 11th Century. A visit to the tapestry provides students with a unique chance to see an artefact that is not only a piece of history but is an example of history recorded.
Itself a national monument of France, the Bayeux Cathedral was consecrated in 1077. Following severe damage during the 12th Century, the cathedral was rebuilt to a Gothic style. Since then the site has seen additional extensions right up to the 19th Century and offers support to school groups during their educational visit to the area.
Home to the Bayeux Tapestry, the historic French town of Bayeux draws in school groups to its preserved area of timber-framed houses, manors and townhouses. Filled with many sights, including the famous Bayeux Tapestry and Bayeux Cathedral, the town is a great place to explore the Middle Ages. The town itself links in well with modern foreign language trips to the region where students can engage with the market stalls and local businesses of the Calvados area.
The birthplace of William the Conqueror, Falaise Castle provides students with further background to the first Norman King of England and history of the castle itself. With panoramic views across the area the castle, located south east of Caen, continues to offer an exciting insight into the world of dukes, battles and its prime position as a fortification.
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Quote TRB950 to take advantage of this incredible price and open up your students' eyes to a region bursting with history and culture.
A 3 night, 4 day tour for 35 students
Full board accommodation at our exclusive Château du Molay, Normandy
Return Channel crossing
1 teacher place for every 8 students
Applicable to groups booking and staying at the Château du Molay up until the 30th April 2016.
Primary pupils have fun, practise French and soak up the culture of Normandy on a stay at Travelbound’s own château
School groups have fun, practise French and soak up the culture of Normandy on a stay at Travelbound’s own château
A stay at Travelbound’s own château is a chance to have fun and soak up the culture and history of Normandy
Groups learn about the rich culinary heritage and traditions of Normandy staying at Travelbound’s own château
Uncover the realities of the Battle of Normandy and World War II in the area’s monuments, bunkers and cemeteries
Terms and Conditions
* Based on a 3 night, 4 day school tour for 35 students staying full board at the Château du Molay. Price includes return Channel crossing and 1 teacher place for every 8 students. Price is applicable to Château du Molay groups travelling up to April 30th 2016.