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French school trip news and blog

Keep up to date with all the latest French travel news and updates from Château de la Baudonnière ahead of your school trip to Normandy

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Your essential EU travel checklist

— 19 Dec 2023 09:09:00 by Kate Moore

Embarking on a French trip to one our of residential centres in France? Ensure a seamless journey with our comprehensive guide to the latest EU border, passport and visa rules. Read more →

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Introducing more availability at the Château

— 21 Apr 2023 14:16:46 by Sam Taylor

More chances to stay at Château de la BaudonnièreNEW We've launched new school trip dates at our immersive French language centre, Château de la Baudonnière, to make the trip more accessible. Read more →

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Competition: Win a filmmaking kit for your school

— 21 Apr 2023 08:18:30 by Sam Taylor

Calling all budding YouTubers and TwitchersWe are challenging students to create a fun, fast-paced video that documents the experiences, activities and learning that takes place on their French language immersion trip. Read more →

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Authentic French immersion in the UK

— 1 Nov 2022 09:29:00 by Nigel English

A French school trip without leaving the UK? Ce n’est pas possible!  Our Château team are doing just that! In Autumn 2023, our experienced animateur team is taking over the beautiful Dearne Valley residential centre in the South... Read more →

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Halloween time at the chateau

— 24 Oct 2022 10:14:30 by Lilie

As the days shorten, a mysterious mist falls across the Château's enchanted woodland and the bravest school groups can explore the many ghostly spaces and ghoulish scenes around our 19th century château. Read more →

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Discounted family adventures at the Château

— 16 May 2022 12:05:46 by Sam Taylor

Teachers don't need to splash out on a family holiday in France!Did you know that Château de la Baudonnière, is open to families in the summer holidays? And after a break of two years,... Read more →

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advice

— 9 Oct 2021 08:20:13 by Kate Moore

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Travel is back! Now's the time to return to FranceWe're overjoyed to be welcoming UK school groups back to Normandy for the first time since 2020. Read more →

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COVID-19 Group Safety and Wellbeing

— 10 Sep 2021 10:25:09 by Kate Moore

Now that the DfE has given schools the greenlight to book French trips, here is the group safety and wellbeing information you need to support a risk assessment for your return trip to our language... Read more →

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DfE clarifies advice on school trips abroad

— 2 Aug 2021 09:25:09 by Kate Moore

Following a legal challenge by the School Travel Forum, the Department for Education (DfE) has clarified its guidance for English schools planning international school trips. The revised DfE advice gives the greenlight to schools wanting to book school French trips in the 21/22 academic year.

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Château reopening featured on French TV news!

— 22 Jul 2021 12:05:12 by Kate Moore

It was an emotional experience to welcome our first school group back at Château de la Baudonnière after such a long absence and French TV news were there to capture it!

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DfE publish school trip timetable

— 18 May 2021 09:25:09 by Kate Moore

Schools could return to Normandy from September 2021!The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its guideance on booking and making educational visits, including new information on when schools in England might be able to... Read more →

Cider making at the Chateau

— 1 Oct 2020 15:27:17 by Lilie

Its that time of year when we put all those fallen apples in the orchard to good use. Check out this video about cider making at the chateau. Read more →

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Planning Your Return to the Château

— 8 Jun 2020 15:07:33 by Nigel English

What changes might you see once the Château reopens? 

It’s been so strange seeing the Château grounds so empty and quiet during the long coronavirus lockdown and we can’t wait to welcome back old friends... Read more →

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The Benefits of French Language School Trips

— 1 Sep 2019 11:04:00

At the Château de la Baudonnière we run truly immersive French language programmes for schools, and strongly believe that a student’s learning is accelerated by being in an environment where they are exposed to... Read more →

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Spring has Sprung

— 20 Jun 2018 15:39:37 by Lilie

Happying at the château, spring has sprung

After a week of shower and hail, the sun is back. Read more →


New Additionals

— 20 Jun 2018 15:32:48 by Lilie

Here we have some news !!!

"The sun still with us and we had a lovely month of April here at the Château. Read more →

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