Opal Coast Excursions (Northern France)

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


Bruges

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