Language and cultural excursions

See below for excursions suitable for language and cultural tours. You can also view a sample itinerary for a Primary School or a Secondary School language and cultural tour.

  • Bayeux

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, History, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    Famous for its Tapestry relating the Battle of Hastings and accession of William the Conqueror to the throne of England, Bayeux has also seen the first official appearance of General Charles de Gaulle, only a few days only after D-Day. Walking through the wonderful narrow medieval streets, squares and alleys of Bayeux, you'll see the ancient buildings, timbered houses and historical landmarks. A highlight is the beautiful Bayeux Cathedral and there are scenic views over the little river Aure.

    Select says:

    Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated from Nazi occupation during the 1944 Battle of Normandy and survived almost completely unscathed. Great place to stop for lunch and enjoy a nice quiet village in the heart of Normandy.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Bayeux Tapestry Museum

    Subject/age range: MFL, Art, Cultural, History, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique source on the 11th century beginning with Harold's eventful journey to Normandy through to the Battle of Hastings. Visits are by audio-guide giving commentary on the scenes.

    Select says:

    There is a simplified audio version in English especially for children.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Caramel Making – Isigny Sur Mer

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    See how the caramels are produced and learn about the process. The company has revived the production of caramel in Isigny sur Mer and produces 300 tons of caramel per year. The company continues to grow while preserving the craftsmanship.

    Select says:

    Don't miss the sample tasting! Tours are in French so ensure you have a basic understanding or you have a French speaker with you. Still worth a visit though.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Swimming - Aquanacre

    Subject/age range: MFL, Physical Education, 8+

    What you’ll experience:

    Aquanacre is located in Douvres-la-Délivrande, just 10 minutes from the Château du Baffy. The swimming centre has 3 pools, one outside, and a pentagliss (parallel slides).

    Select says:

    Swimming is always a fun activity to choose for the students and great for unwinding as an evening activity.

    Allow: 1 hour 30mins

  • Ets Réaux Fromagerie - Camembert cheese producers

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 10+

    What you’ll experience:

    The fromagerie is located in Lessay and the tour includes a 15-minute film explaining the manufacture of Camembert REO, frescoes of the nineteenth century Normandy characters, a visit to the cheese factory and museum and a tasting of Camembert REO. The main activity of the fromagerie is the traditional production of camembert which is manually ladled. They also make butter traditionally with churns, cream and other cheese.

     

    Select says:

    The dairy's manufacture of raw milk Camembert is ladled following the technique developed in 1791 by Marie Harel, a farmer in the village of Camembert.

    Allow: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Château de Fontaine-Henry

    Subject/age range: MFL, Art, History, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    Château de Fontaine-Henry is a family Renaissance residence handed down over the generations and has a collection of period paintings and furniture. Guided group tours are in English as well as French.

    Select says:

    A great location for students to bring their sketch pads and pencils. The château has distinctive high, steep roofing and sculpted exterior. 

    Allow: 2 hours

  • Oyster Farm - La Calvadosienne

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    During your visit students visit the oyster banks and learn about the oyster and the history of oyster farming in Europe. La Calvadosienne is accredited as an “educational farm” and the complete visit is available in English. You will also learn how the tidal system affects the farming of the oysters.

     

    Select says:

    La Calvadosienne is located to the east of Arromanches within the oyster farming area of Asnelles-Meuvaines.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Honfleur

    Subject/age range: MFL, Art, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    A town with a rich artistic and historical heritage, Honfleur has beautiful old houses, narrow paved streets, monuments, little shops, traditional restaurants, galleries, artists' studios, a fishing harbour and a marina.

    Select says:

    The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Monet, Boudin, Courbet, and many others. Great place to stop for lunch on route to your destination or on the way home to break up the journey.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Bakery – Boulangerie Les Co-Pains near Cambremer

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The children actively participate in the bread making process, from visiting the mill and learning about the different types of flour to kneading the dough and seeing the stages in dough production such as weighing the dough, shaping it, cooking it in the oven, and cooking time.

    Select says:

    Each child may take the bread they have made with them. There is an indoor/outdoor picnic area on site. This is a must do excursion and one of Select’s favourites in Normandy. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Tours can be tailored to ages and language abilities.

    Allow: 2 hours 30 mins

  • Mont Saint-Michel and Abbey

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, History, Geography, RS, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    Mont St-Michel is in the heart of a great bay that has the highest tides in Europe. After going through the Boulevard Gate and the King’s Gate fortified with its portcullis, you will find the main street with museums, shops and houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. After admiring the Abbey church, you can enjoy the beautiful view over the bay from the ramparts path.

    Select says:

    The Abbey was turned into a prison during the days of the French Revolution and Empire, and needed to be restored before the end of the 19th century. You must transfer to the local bus over the causeway as coaches and cars are now restricted. This is due to a regeneration project going on in the area currently - more information is available at the visitors centre near the car park before you go over the causeway.

    Allow: Half a day

  • Manoir d'Apreval, apple juice/cider farm

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    There is a guided tour to show you the collection techniques, mixing apples, fermentation, and the process of distillation.

    Select says:

    You will also be able to sample some of the wonderful apple juice.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Market Visits

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The markets in Normandy are fabulous places for students to see and sample the diversity of local produce and traditions, and to experience a colourful, lively and welcoming atmosphere. It's also a great chance to try out their language skills. A full list of possibilities can be viewed a at the Normandy tourism website market page.

    Select says:

    Bear in mind that most markets take place in the morning or on specific days. Some accommodations allow you to take food back and make lunches for your group after the market visit. Some groups enjoy doing this as a French language use excersise.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Bell Foundry "Cornille Havard" at Villedieu-Les-Poeles

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, History, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The chimes of the bells greet visitors in the garden, then students participate in a guided tour lasting about 20 minutes through the historical workshop showing how bells are made. They will also view antique bells.

    Select says:

    The foundry continues to manufacture bells for churches, ships, and public buildings throughout the world as well as other bronze works.                                                      

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Biscuit Makers - Sablés d’Asnelles

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    A traditional, pure butter biscuit producer. Located in the small village of Asnelles which has been open now for over 100 years. They will give you a brief tour (normally about 10mins) then you will get the chance to sample the product itself.

    Select says:

    Take some euros as you will also have the opportunity to make additional purchases! Large groups are broken down into smaller groups to ensure everyone gets the full experience.

    Allow: 20 mins

  • Chocolate Factory – Les Marianik's, Touques

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    At Marianik's, located in Touques on the Normandy coast, you can see the production of beautiful and traditional artisan chocolates.

    Select says:

    Make sure you sample some!

    Allow: 1 hour