Normandy Trip 2017

22nd June 2017

 

This year we went on our annual trip with year 8 to Normandy.  We had fabulous weather and the pupils enjoyed an action packed 4 days.  We began with a stop in Honfleur, which is a beautiful seaside town, eating our packed lunches in the park and having a walk round the cafes and shops.  We visited a cider farm this year and had a guided tour of the orchards and the apple presses.  We sampled the apple juice and ate our sandwiches outside in the lovely sunshine.  We visited Mont-Saint –Michel and walked there across the causeway, followed by a brisk climb to the top for a tour of the abbey. 

There was the usual free time when pupils bought souvenirs and of course ice creams and crepes.  We went to Alligator Bay and this year we got to see live feeding demonstrations of the snakes, lizards and crocodiles, which was not for the squeamish.  As always we took part in some turtle petting too.  We went to Arromanches where we saw a moving film about World War 2 and the D-Day landings.  We then spent some time on the beach and in the town. 

On our return journey we visited a traditional biscuit factory and had a go at making our own biscuits which we were able to eat.  There was an evening of bowling which the boys really enjoyed. 

The chateau where we stayed again did not disappoint in terms of both restaurant quality food and its beautiful location and facilities. 

It was great to see the boys eat the frogs’ legs and snails with gusto. They all benefitted not only from the opportunity to see the beautiful places in Normandy, but also to speak some French and experience French culture.  We are offering this trip to the current year 7 to go on next year when they are in year 8 and it will be in June. Further details will be given by the French department shortly.