Cross-Curricular School Trip To Normandy
Travelbound is here to make your school trip to Normandy a memorable experience, and can tailor your itinerary to meet a wide range of learning objectives.
We also love a challenge, so let us know if you’re looking for something new in between your Normandy favourites (snail racing anyone?)
Schools are always sharing any ‘hidden gems’ that they stumble across, so be sure to tell us about yours once you’re back!
The Château du Molay for your school trip to France
The 18th century Château du Molay is now owned and run by Travelbound and has everything you need to relax after a long day of sight-seeing.
Students can let their energy loose across 38 acres of parkland, or take part in a range of organised activities.
Our experienced château staff are there to keep an eye on things while you take time off from being party leader.
And for complete peace of mind off-site, a 24/7 telephone number puts you in touch with a real person should any unexpected issues arise.
Highlights of school trips to France
Bayeux Tapestry’s story in stitch
D-Day history at Arromanches
The Gothic Benedictine abbey on Mont Saint-Michel
Milking goats at a cheese farm
What's included in Travelbound school trips to France*
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
Recommended excursions for school trips to France
This long embroidered scroll is the most important relic to survive from the 11th century. Students can see the epic story of William of Normandy’s conquest of England in 1066, and consider the French and British interpretation of events. Tip: A workbook is available in French for MFL students. A workspace can be pre-booked for one hour for school groups with a replica tapestry image.
Students visit a French market, bursting with delicious local produce. While they are there they have an assignment to complete. Each student is given three Euros and has to use their French-speaking skills to buy ingredients to make a cold lunch back at the château. After they have prepared the meal, it is then judged by the château’s head chef.
A trip to a traditional French bakery lets pupils learn about the complete process of bread making. Students can actively participate and eat in or take away what they help to create. This tour is worthwhile just for the smell alone, but there are also great opportunities to ask the baker some questions in French
This major tourist attraction in Cherbourg is devoted to the adventure of man and the sea and the thrill of the depths. Explore the beauty of the oceans and their essential role through three floors of spectacular multimedia displays and 17 stunning aquariums (opening 2019). Come aboard the submarine Le Redoutable for a unique experience. Relive the final hours of the Titanic. Workbooks and workshops available.
Mont Saint-Michel, a gothic Benedictine abbey, is perched on a rocky islet amid vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides. Over the years the island’s abbey has served as a prison, a fortress against the English and a monastery. As well as the abbey, your group can explore the medieval buildings of the village that grew up beneath its walls, along with stunning views.
This is a working goat farm that allows students to see how dairy products such as milk and cheese are produced. Students can play with the goats and learn about the cheese making process. It’s a great way to find out more about the traditional produce of the area and also presents a good chance to practice language skills and develop vocabulary. The visit includes a short educational film, a talk and a cheese tasting. Visit can be conducted in French or English.
You can choose from a range of fun and educational activities and experienced chateau staff are on hand to ensure that the students are having fun all day and night. Activities can include: archery, a blind trail walk, survival skills, initiative exercises, using various sports facilities for sporting games (such as the seasonal outdoor swimming pool), planting a tree and circus frenzy to name a few.
The 19 minute film ‘100 days of the Battle of Normandy’ is projected in High Definition on 9 screens. The film tells the story of the military planning, preparation and execution of the Battle of Normandy thanks to archive images gathered from English, Canadian, German, American and French archives. The Battle started with the landing of the paratroopers the night of the 5th to the 6th of June 1944, followed by the landings of troops on the Normandy beaches and lasted for three months. The end came with the liberation of Paris and the bombing of Le Havre.
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. The memorial, set around a bronze statue, shows maps and narratives of the military operations. Visitors’ centre staff are available to answer students’ questions.
This factory, located in Livarot, has been run by the same family since 1910 and produces three of Normandy’s best loved cheeses: Livarot, Pont l’Eveque and Normandy Camembert. Visitors can discover the different stages of cheese-making with a view of the casting process, the maturing cellar and packaging.
Students enjoy a demonstration of the preparation of local specialities given by a French chef. This can take place in French or English and some participation is encouraged. This is a great way to engage with the language, culture and local food.
This is the largest of the 18 Commonwealth military cemeteries in Normandy. It contains 4,868 graves of soldiers from the UK and 10 other countries – including Germany. Many of the soldiers buried here were never identified, and the headstones are simply marked ‘A Soldier Known Unto God’. Students can reflect on the sadness, sacrifice and honour of war.
This is the largest of the German cemeteries in Normandy, commemorating 21,222 German soldiers. Students can reflect on the casualties of war on both sides, and consider the German footsoldiers’ perspective. Students can also contrast the cemetery to those of the allied forces. Photo © Jennie Rainsford.
Visit the Cerisy Forest close to Le Molay Littry and introduce students to the fauna and flora of this local nature reserve. The students will be led to discover forest life in a fun and educational way by completing a treasure hunt-type activity based on the trees and animals found in this wide space spreading over 2000 hectares. The activity can be led in either French or English.
This spy-themed adventure is based around Elise Leclair, a lady in her eighties who is proud to have served as a messenger for the French resistance during the war, has set a challenge for students visiting Normandy. Students collect ‘intelligence’ throughout different venues across the region and discover beautiful historical sites such as Bayeux, Arromanches, the Mont St Michel and the Normandy American Cemetery. This quest can be designed to fit your own itinerary. Enrichment or MFL version available.
Aimed at groups travelling to Normandy to improve their students’ French language skills, this trail sees students engage in a spy-themed adventure. Students will work in teams to complete tasks at various locations. The adventure can be customised around a number of key sites stretching from the Bayeux Tapestry to Arromanches and Mont St Michel.
The theme of this amusement park is based around the historical events of 1066 and proves to be hugely popular with visitors. Students can let off steam on the roller coaster, waterborne dodgem cars and water flumes. There are also cinemas, daily live shows and gardens with snail-shaped vehicles on fixed tracks that take visitors on tours. Seasonal opening and excellent for younger students.
In the heart of the D-Day beaches, Arromanches is renowned for its ‘Mulberry’ artificial harbour. Its remains speak of the remarkable technical feat of taking 600,000 tonnes of concrete and equipment across the Channel in wartime to serve as a base for Allied troops. The museum uses models, videos and a diorama that movingly bring life to the displays.
This quality artisan chocolaterie close to Deauville allows students an insider view into how chocolate is made and why it tastes so delicious. A master chocolatier gives a historical and geographical account of the chocolate making process. There is a demonstration of chocolate being moulded and chocolate covered specialities. Students also get to test the product and there is a gift shop for present buying.
This unique museum is dedicated entirely to the daily life and survival of civilians during World War Two in Normandy. Built on the ruins of a house destroyed by bombs in 1944, exhibits include film, photographs, oral testimonies from civilians, and objects from the period. An immersive film plunges the visitor into the bombings of WWII and it also looks at the period of Occupation in Normandy.
William the Conqueror was born at this castle in about 1028 and grew up here. Students can visit the ruins and follow the prosperous times and disasters the castle has seen – intermittent fighting in the Hundred Years War from 1337-1453, and again in 1944 bombing raids.
Tip: There are educational tools available to complement the visit.
The German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer was destroyed by Allied forces on 6th June 1944. Made up of 4 block houses and an observation post looking out to the sea, this is the only battery with its guns still intact. Longues-sur-Mer is one of the most important parts of the Historical Route of the Battle of Normandy at the heart of the allied assault sector between Omaha and Gold Landing Beaches.
Learn the secrets of production in the Apple-press and Fermentation room and the Art of Distillation. This multi-sensory visit is designed to promote the product and the history of the region and is suitable for all ages. The visit concludes at the Taste Bar where an expert will explain the art of tasting using the eye, the nose and the palate.
A must-do for any visitor to Normandy with a sense of adventure and appetite for local delicacies, a trip to the Odon Snail Farm offers an opportunity to discover the uniquely French tradition of snail farming from field to fork. A guide will walk you through each area of the farm, from the workshop and parks to the laboratory, before offering your group a chance to taste the escargots for yourselves.
This outdoor adventure park, located in Cussy, close to Bayeux offers a wide range of activities for students. The Activity Pass includes high ropes courses, mini-golf, tubing, permanent wooden maze and maize maze (seasonal), fixed track zorbing (over 12’s), peddle karting, bubble football and more! There is an on-site café and picnic area. Open April to Sep/October (on request for school groups outside of public opening times).
This Memorial helps students study our shared past and introduces emotion and memory, using dynamic and diverse educational activities. It is possible to book a guide (at a supplement) to accompany the group on their coach to see the battlefield. Optional workbooks and workshops are also available. A 360 degree 17 minute film to promote an understanding of our common European History opens on the 6th June 2019 to mark the 75th anniversary of the D Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy.
The British Normandy Memorial officially opened on the 6th of June 2021 as a place for remembrance and reflection.
Overlooking Gold Beach, just outside Ver- sur- Mer, the Memorial records the names of 22,442 servicemen and women, under British command, who fell on D- Day and during the Battle of Normandy.
A series of stone carved columns bear the names with the ‘D-Day Sculpture’ a set of bronze figures by British sculptor David Williams-Ellis, occupying a prominent position.
The site also includes a French Memorial, dedicated to the memory of French civilians who died during this time.
Accommodation for school trips to France
Our exclusive 18th century Château du Molay can accommodate 195 guests in 42 en-suite bedrooms and is set amongst 38 acres of beautiful private parkland.
Located only 14kms from Bayeux, within easy reach of the world famous Calvados coast and just a 45 minute journey from Caen, the Château is in an ideal location for easy school trips from the UK.
Learning outcomes for school trips to France
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country – the language, culture, history and geography
- Practise speaking a foreign language
- Build confidence and learn to value the skills and techniques needed for personal and team success
- Broaden the mind through the study of another culture
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experience another language and culture
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends
- Understand more about history (World War II and the Norman Conquest)
- Learn about the countryside and local produce
- Try new activities and have fun