Opal Coast Adventure, Northern France

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Highlights

  • Exclusive, well established Acorn centre, on the shores of Ardres Lake
  • Top water sports programme with five onsite lake watersports
  • All activities are on-site
  • Lots of cultural visits on the doorstep
  • Excellent value 4 night programmes from only £259pp
  • Only 2 hours from the UK by coach & ferry

What's it like?

Hop over the channel to our lakeside Adventure Camp in the rural town of Ardres, for an action-packed French adventure just 2 hours from the UK by ferry and coach. 

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

There is a choice of adventure or French discovery here, depending on what you want to do. You can enjoy an action packed adventure programme with the best range of activities available in Northern France or you can choose our French Discovery programme, which offers and includes a range of popular cultural visits as well as onsite activities. 

This exciting destination in picturesque Northern France is perfectly positioned on the peaceful shores of Ardres lake and offers schools an exciting multi-activity programme and a taste of French culture, within easy reach of the UK.

It's also great value for money with 4 night trips ranging from £259-389pp in 2018, which includes door to door coach travel, ferry, full adventure or discovery programme, full board accommodation and free leader places on a 1:8 ratio. 

French Adventure Trips- Opal Coast

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There are two types of programme available here. Adventure or Adventure & Discovery.

Our 3 or 4 night Adventure programme offers schools and groups an action-packed onsite activity programme with up to five water sports available and an array of popular land based activities. Paddle your canoe on the lake, work together as a team and build a raft to take onto the water, learn bushcraft skills and test your nerves on the high ropes course. In the evenings, you will enjoy toasting marshmallows round the campfire, team games, talent shows and so much more. Prices from £159pp for a 3 night weekend stay or from £259pp for a 4 night stay.

Alternatively, if you would like include some visits into your programme, you can choose our 4 night Adventure & Discovery programme which includes a range of onsite adventurous activities from Kata kanu to high ropes as well as some popular visits including Boulogne sur Mer marche, croissant making, Nausicaa Sealife Centre, Chocolaterie de Beussent, a snail farm or Goat Farm. This programme costs an additional £20pp to allow for entry charges and additional coach travel. Prices start from only £279pp.

Our NGB Qualified/assessed staff will keep your group entertained from morning ‘til night! There’s a lot on offer here to suit all interests and abilities and conveniently, everything taking place onsite here so you don’t have to leave. Most schools like to visit Cite Europe for a spot of shopping and French practice on the way home.

Sample Adventure Programme from £259pp

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French Adventure & Discovery Programme from £279pp

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Lots of schools want to experience the many cultural delights of Northern France and have a little adventure thrown in too. Our brand new French Discovery programme offers the perfect balance of French cultural discovery and adventure. Arrive and enjoy an afternoon of onsite activities. The following day will include a range of exciting onsite activities including a selection of watersports (we are the only provider in the area that offers these). Then, the cultural experience begins with the chance to experience Boulogne sur Mer market and practice a little french and make your own croissants at a Boulangerie. In the afternoon you will visit the popular Nausicaa Sea Centre, a must see destination for schools and then go back to centre for dinner and some fun and games with our team. The next day is a chocolate lovers delight, with the chance to visit a chocolaterie, with a cocoa plantation, followed by a town trail in the picture postcard town of Montreuil sur Mer (where you can go and buy your own lunch ingredients). Plus a visit to either the local Snail Farm or Goat Farm, depending on what you prefer. On your way home the following day there will be the opportunity to visit a large local hypermarket. A final opportunity for a spot of shopping and another chance to practice French.

This great value programme ranges from just £279-£409pp including visits.

French Adventure & Discovery Sample Programme

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Local Excursions (optional)

  • Local towns & Beaches
  • Nausicaa Marie Complex
  • Disneyland Resort Paris
  • Parc Astérix
  • Bruges
  • Bellewaerde Park
  • Bagatelle Theme Park
  • Chocolaterie de Beussent
  • In Flanders Field Museum
  • Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial


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Accommodation

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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
  • 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

 

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    • 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
  16. How to reserve your dates

    Call 01384 398 870 (Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm or Friday 8am-5.30pm) Or click here