NST's Château d'Ebblinghem French Christmas Experience School Trips

With three popular Christmas markets nearby, one festively-decorated 19th century manor house accommodation, a Christmas quiz and a five course traditional Christmas dinner to be enjoyed with friends, we know-ho-ho your students will just love this magical Christmas school trip experience.

Your group can enjoy the ultimate Christmas market experience staying at NST’s own Château d’Ebblinghem whilst visiting Lille, Bruges or Ypres markets.

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Morning flight from Ireland Explore Ypres markets & the Menin Gate Arrive at NST's Chateau d'Ebblinghem Christmas Quiz night
2 Day trip to Lille to experience the Christmas Markets Five Course Christmas Meal
3 Boulangerie visit with demonstration & croissant tasting Return flight to Ireland
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Morning Morning flight from Ireland
Afternoon Explore Ypres markets & the Menin Gate
Evening Arrive at NST's Chateau d'Ebblinghem Christmas Quiz night
Morning Day trip to Lille to experience the Christmas Markets
Afternoon Five Course Christmas Meal
Evening
Morning Boulangerie visit with demonstration & croissant tasting
Afternoon Return flight to Ireland
Evening

Price Shown includes


On-tour support includes...

  • Services of a See Off Representative at your departure airport
  • Your dedicated Group Co-ordinator, if staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem, will ensure the smooth-running of your school tour, acting as all-round support for your group. 

 


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Northern French Christmas Experience

With three popular Christmas markets nearby, one festively-decorated 19th century manor house accommodation, a Christmas quiz and a five course traditional Christmas dinner to be enjoyed with friends, we know-ho-ho your students will just love this magical Christmas school trip experience.

Your group can enjoy the ultimate Christmas market experience staying at NST’s own Château d’Ebblinghem whilst visiting Lille, Bruges or Ypres markets.

 

Les Chocolats de Beussent

Learn about the industry of chocolate making and combine the demonstrations of melting, moulding and coating with worksheets, a guided tour of the workshop (in English or French), and the chance to enjoy tasting samples!

Local Boulangerie Visit

There are a number of boulangeries in the region where your pupils will watch and listen to the baker describe, in French, the process of making traditional French bread and croissants, before getting the chance to produce and eat their own. 

Becasuc Sweet Factory

Take a tour of the sweet factory located in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where pupils will learn from the French commentary, demonstrations and be able to taste the delicious sweets produced. 

Boulogne-sur-Mer

This port town provides several cultural experiences located close together. 

  • Take a guided tour of the town and practise your language skills with the local French guide. 
  • Explore the Roman old town, spending time in its shops and cafés and practising language skills. 
  • Pupils can also compare French life past and present. 
  • Local market days are Wednesday and Saturday. Pupils can interact with traders, build language confidence and pick up a bargain or two.

 


Evening activites

While staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem, your group can take part in the following activities:

  • Organised evening activities (including a French night, snail tasting, making traditional tarte au sucre, mini Olympics, a disco or karaoke, Superhero Challenge, NST’s Got Talent, boules...and much more!)
  • Excellent recreational facilities (including a games room, a teachers’ bar, a shop, two football pitches, volleyball area and four hectacres of private grounds)

Educational resources

Free Christmas market worksheet for students

For groups visiting the Christmas Markets, we currently offer free, fun Christmas market worksheets for students to complete. This is a great way to encourage your group members to interact with and observe their surroundings and truly get involved in the goings-on at these fantastically festive marketplaces.

 


Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
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