Opal Coast Adventure, Northern France


  • Prime location on the shores of Ardres Lake, 25 mins from Calais
  • Five on-site lake watersports & good selection of land based activities
  • Small & friendly centre, catering for just two schools at a time
  • Exclusive village and dining marquee for each school


4 night programme from only £289pp including executive coach & ferry

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What's it like?

Hop over the channel to our lakeside Adventure Centre in the pretty French town of Ardres, for an action-packed adventure, just 2 hours from the UK.

With a fantastic selection of watersports and activities onsite, your school never need to leave were it not for the lovely local markets, seaside towns and other popular school visits including Nausicaa Aquarium, Boulogne sur Mer, Chocolaterie de Beussent, Escargot du Bocage (snail farm), Chevres de Montcavrel (goat farm) Parc Astérix and Disneyland Paris.

Fun activities here include canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, kata kanuing and raft building on the lake as well as learning bushcraft skills and testing your nerves on the high ropes course, just for starters.

New for 2019 we are building a brand new artificial underground caving system guaranteed to challenge and excite your pupils.

In the evenings, you will enjoy toasting marshmallows around the campfire, team games and talent shows.

This small & friendly centre has been popular for decades because it's a French adventure made easy.  Everything is on-site, it's close to the port, the programme is excellent and from just £289pp, including transport, it's also great value.


Sample 4 night Adventure Programme from £289pp

  Morning Afternoon Evening
MON Depart school Welcome/ Fencing / Bushcraft  Acorn Olympics
TUES Kayaking / Canoeing High Ropes / Climbing Ice cream trail
WED Boulogne-sur-Mer  Nausicaa Sealife Centre Campfire
THUR  Raft-building Caving-new for 2019! Generation Game
FRI Breakfast Depart/Hypermarket visit Return home


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Our exclusive and well-established Acorn camp caters offers a friendly and safe environment for schools. It's small and perfectly formed, catering for just two school groups at a time in two private tented villages sleeping up to 48 each, making this ideal for schools wanting a quiet setting or even to have exclusive use of the whole camp. As always, each village has a central marquee for dining and socialising and a volleyball court for games. A toilet and shower block is within each reach of all villages and separate facilities are provided for party leaders.

This might be camping, but it's comfortable camping! Tents are standing height with proper beds and hard flooring. Student tents accommodate four per tent. Party Leader tents sleep two and come with a few extra comforts such as timber framed beds, wooden flooring, a wardrobe, lighting. electricity and a fridge. 

Onsite facilities include:

  • Lake with beach area
  • Toilet and shower block with a separate toilet/shower room for adults
  • Drying room
  • Tuck shop
  • Climbing tower
  • High ropes course
  • Fencing and archery range
  • Bushcraft area
  • Artificial underground caving system (2019)
  • Nightline zone
  • Private dining facilities for each group (your own village marquee)
  • Volleyball nets on each village
  • Games area
  • Duty tent (24 hour night support


Local towns & beaches

About half an hour’s drive away from Ardres is Wissant, a pretty little fishing village. Slightly further field (45 minutes) is the popular seaside town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, the perfect place to take your group to practice their French, do a bit of shopping or relax on the beach. 

Nausicaa Sealife Centre

The French national sea-life centre was opened in 1991 and contains over 32,000 marine animals. Features include a touch-tank where pupils can stroke rays, a shark pool and regular temporary exhibitions. A teacher’s education pack is available (order in advance via the web-site). Allow approx 2-3 hours for your visit.

Location: Boulogne Open: Sep - Jun 09.30 – 18.30 Jul –Aug 09.30 – 19.30
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.nausicaa.co.uk
Booking Information: Acorn Head Office
Distance from Centre: 20 miles

Disneyland Resort Paris

Disneyland Resort Paris is the ideal place for everyone and for every age! Disneyland Park, has more than 35 attractions, lots of show, play areas and 60% of the attractions are under cover. With 5 imaginary lands encircling the Sleeping Beauty Castle: Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. Experience each land and feel the magical experience! Walt Disney Studios Park has the atmosphere and architectural style of a real ‘film studio’. With four exciting Production Zones to explore, you can discover the magic of cinema, explore the behind –the – scenes of motion pictures, animated films and TV production. Disney Village is a unique entertainment area that offers a variety of daytime and night-time activities, ideally situated between the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

Location: Marne La Valeè, 19 miles from Paris
Open: 09.00 - 20.00 (Times may vary slightly depending on the time of year.)
Entry Charges: Please contact your Tour Organiser
Website: www.disneylandparis.com
Booking Information: Acorn Head Office
Distance from Centre: 170 miles

Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix is made up of three parks; a leisure park and two theme parks. Parc Astérix will give you the sensation of travelling through a huge cartoon strip depicting the history of the Gaul in a light-hearted manner. Merry-go-rounds, a water flume ride, performances by dolphins and sea lions are just some of the attractions to be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

Location: 20 miles north of Paris
Open: Apr – Nov 09.30 – 19.00. Times may vary.
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.parcasterix.com
Booking Information: Acorn Head Office
Distance from Centre: 150 miles


Take a boat trip on the canals in the city that is known as the Venice of the North or climb the 366 steps of the Belfry for a breathtaking panoramic view. There is also the Folklore museum and Bruges’ many windmills, chocolate museum, diamond museum – Europe’s oldest diamond centre.
Distance from Centre: 65 miles

Bellewaerde Park

Bellewaerde Park guarantees a unique combination of a thrills-an-spills attraction park and an enchanting animal park in an unspoiled natural setting. An unforgettable day for young and old!

Location: Ypres, Belgium.
Open: Apr – Aug and selected dates in Sep and Oct. 10.00 – 19.00 depending on the time of year
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.bellewaerdepark.be
Distance from Centre: 60 Miles

Bagatelle Theme park

Bagatelle describes itself as ‘l’attraction par nature’, and offers over 40 attractions.

Location: Merlimont (between Berck and Le Touquet)Open: From Apr - Sep (please note certain days the park will be closed during this time, please check with your Tour Organiser)
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.parcbagatelle.com
Distance from centre: 45 Miles.

Chocolaterie de Beussent

The Chocolaterie de Beussent is one of the last traditional chocolaterie left to make chocolates straight from cocoa beans, imported from Africa and South America. Pupils will have a guided visit of the premises and will be explained how chocolates are made, and will be able to taste some of the products made.

Location: Beussent
Open: All year round, close on Sundays.
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.choco-france.com
Time to allow: 35 Minutes
Distance from Centre: 34 Miles

In Flanders Field Museum

This award-winning museum is located inside the Cloth Hall on the Market Square in the centre of Ypres. It details the history surrounding WW1, what life was like on the front line. It provides the opportunity to learn about the important characters of the First World War. The museum is able to provide educational packs and information. To do these please contact the museum.

Location: Ypres, Belgium
Open: Apr-Sep 10:00-18:00 Oct - Mar Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00. Closed Mondays
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.inflandersfields.be
Distance from centre: 55 Miles

Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial

Tyne Cot Cemetery is the resting place of nearly 12,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces, the largest number of burials of any Commonwealth cemetery of either world war.
Inside the cemetery two mourning angels kneel on top of dome-covered pavilions at either end of the memorial wall, highlighting the harrowing nature of the conflict in this area, Passchendaele.

Location: 9km north east of Ypres town centre
Admission: There are two separate registers for this site – one for the cemetery and one for the memorial.
Website: www.cwgc.org
Distance from centre: 65 Miles

Snail Farm (Escargots du Bocage)

The Airon-Saint-Vaast Snail farm welcomes groups to discover the breeding history of their gastropods. Taster sessions also available!

Location: Airon-Saint-Vaas, France
Open: mid-April to September
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.lesescargotsdubocage.com
Distance from centre: 51 Miles

Chèvres de Montcavrel

Guided tour of the farm workings followed by the process of making cheese from the goats milk with opportunities to sample the different produce.

Location: Montcavrel, France
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Distance from centre: 31.2 Miles

Etaples Military Cemetery

Étaples Military Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Étaples, near Boulogne on the north-west coast of France. The cemetery holds over 11,500 dead from both World War I and World War II.

Location: Etaples Military Cemetery, D940, 62630 Étaples, France
Website: www.cwgc.org/
Booking Information: Acorn Head Office
Distance from Centre: 40.5 Miles

La Coupole (WWll Bunker)

La Coupole is a Second World War bunker complex built by the forces of Nazi Germany between 1943 and 1944 to serve as a launch base for V-2 rockets directed against London and southern England and is the earliest known precursor to modern underground missile silos still in existence. Location: La Cupola Centre D'histoire, Rue André Clabaux, 62570 Wizernes, France

Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.lacoupole-france.co.uk
Booking Information: Acorn Head Office
Distance from Centre: 19 Miles

Aqualud Waterpark

Aqualud is the largest water park in the north of Paris. Over 2km of slides, multiple indoor & outdoor pools & wave machines with on-site casual dining.

Location: Boulevard de la Plage, 62520 Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France
Open: Open from 8 February to 5 November. Outdoor park open from 8 July to 31 August
Admission: Entry charges are applicable, please contact your Tour Organiser for more information.
Website: www.aqualud.com
Booking Information: Acorn Head Office
Distance from Centre: 42 Miles

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What’s included (35 paying or more)

  • Full activity programme (typically 2 x 3 hour activity sessions per day, plus evening entertainment
  • Full board accommodation
  • Door to door transportation (executive coach travel & ferry crossing) - Overseas only
  • All instruction, supervision and equipment
  • Free leader places for supervising adults (1 free place for every 8 paying)
  • Mediterranean Adventure includes full day at waterworld
  • Party Leader family concessions
  • 10 % discount off Acorn Family Holidays (for all those travelling)
  • Party Leader support pack
  • Complimentary inspection visit
  • Financial protection – ABTA and ATOL bonded
  • Fully accredited school and group travel provider

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