From the relics of the 1066 Norman invasion and the D-Day landings, to the regional artisans that line the countryside, Normandy is an exceptional destination for a school trip, courtesy of a wide variety of excursions that cover various subjects and curricula.
In this blog, our aim is to equip you with what you need to plan a school trip to this historic region, so you feel best informed when crafting your itinerary and budget. We’ll explore the learning objectives achievable in Normandy, provide suggestions for cost-effective activities to enrich your schedule, and outline some anticipated everyday expenses.
So, get ready to embark on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and cultural heritage of Normandy with our comprehensive guide, ensuring an outstanding school trip experience for all.
Learning objectives covered by a Normandy school trip
Give your students the opportunity to improve their culinary and language skills with a food technology trip to Normandy. Here, you can instil among your group an appreciation for the region’s delicacies, with excursions to several food artisans available. Whether you decide on a chocolate factory, caramel maker, goats' cheese farm or local cider and Calvados producer, the sheer wealth of gastronomic delights in France’s Normandy region marks it as the perfect destination for a food technology school trip.
With its many cultural links it shares with England, Normandy makes for an unintimidating destination for foreign language groups looking to expand their abilities. Visit a local boulangerie, goats’ cheese farm and traditional markets, or include a visit to nearby historical landmarks – our language and culture trip to Normandy will help instil in your students a fondness for the French culture, history and language.
An excellent location for Key Stage 3 or GCSE students to get under the skin of the Norman Conquest or the Second World War, Normandy is a natural choice for a history school trip. Examine the incredible length of the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the tale of the events culminating in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, visit William the Conqueror’s castle in Falaise, or pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of the D-Day landings at the region’s cemeteries and memorials – there’s something to suit all curriculum objectives in Normandy.
Free things to do in Normandy for schools
With its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and cultural heritage, Normandy offers several free attractions and activities that are ideal for school groups. Here are some suggestions:
D-Day Landing Beaches
School trippers can explore the historic D-Day Landing Beaches, such as Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. While guided tours and museums may have a fee, the beaches themselves are free to access and provide a powerful educational experience for your students.
Entrance to the abbey at the top of Mont Saint-Michel requires a fee, however the island itself is free to visit. Here, students can explore the commune’s medieval streets and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding bay.
The charming town of Honfleur, with its picturesque harbour, colourful houses, and cobbled streets, is a delightful place to explore and soak in the maritime atmosphere. Many of our groups opt for a half-day trip here, as a leisurely break from educational excursions.
France’s answer to Dorset’s Durdle Door, the stunning cliffs of Étretat are a natural wonder that has inspired artists and writers alike over the years. The beach and surrounding cliffs are free to access, while the nearby town is brimming with pretty restaurants and shops.
Jardin des Plantes de Caen
It’s free to explore the botanical gardens in Caen, known as Jardin des Plantes. A peaceful green space with diverse plant collections, this excursion provides a relaxing environment for your students.
Rouen Old Town
Historic buildings, churches, and the famous Gros-Horloge astronomical clock await when you stroll through the medieval streets of Rouen's Old Town.
Côte Fleurie beaches
Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Côte Fleurie, including Trouville-sur-Mer and Deauville. It's a great place for students to relax and unwind on a fair weather day.
Local markets in towns and villages across Normandy are an excellent place for school groups to get a feel of French cuisine and culture. Students can experience the vibrant atmosphere, discover regional products, and interact with locals.
Remember to check the opening hours and any specific guidelines for these attractions, as policies may change. Normandy's mix of historical sites, natural beauty, and cultural experiences ensures that school groups can have a meaningful and budget-friendly visit to the region.
How much do every day items cost in Normandy (2023)?
Prices based on Caen:
- Coffee: €2.15
- Burger and fries in a fast food restaurant: €10
- French baguette at a local bakery: around €1
- Croissant from a local bakery: around €1
Ready to book your school trip to Normandy?
From the richness of its history to the nuances of French language and cuisine, Normandy offers a multifaceted experience that caters to a diverse set of interests. Whether you're keen to explore the historic relationship between France and England, dive into the world of language and culture, or unravel the secrets of French cuisine, Normandy has you covered. Bon voyage, and may your school trip be a seamless blend of learning, exploration, and enjoyment as you travel to the heart of Normandy's cultural tapestry.
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