What will students see and do?

The Hardelot Centre is an activity centre in France that provides a fantastic opportunity for an overseas residential and language trip. It is situated on the Opal Coast in Pas de Calais, an area known for its wide sandy beaches, and surrounded by interesting attractions.

As a result, visiting students can learn what life is like in France and practise speaking French on excursions to nearby sites, as well as have an adventure using the centre’s exciting facilities.

The areas of interest near the centre include a snail farm, a World War II cemetery, an open-air French market, town trails (which are guided by the Hardelot Centre’s staff), sand sailing spots, treetop adventure sites, a sea life centre, a fishing museum, a chocolate factory and a ceramic museum.

Meanwhile, activities available at the centre include creating a production in the woods with an open-air theatre; orienteering around the grounds using a map as fast as possible; participating in football, volleyball or the classic French game of ‘jeux des boules’ or playing chess on a giant chessboard, also known as an ‘échiquier géant’.

Other experiences on offer include having a barbecue and picnic using ingredients from local markets; building teamwork and communication with team games; and singing songs, telling stories and talking about your day around the bonfire after a long day spent exploring.

Teaching resources provided

Get in contact to discuss your curriculum objectives and the sorts of learning resources The Hardelot Centre may be able to provide.

Minimum and maximum group size

The Hardelot Centre requires a minimum group booking of 25 pupils.

Details of risk assessment

Risk assessments for the equipment, residential centre and challenge course are available to download from the website.


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Facilities on-site

The centre is situated in eight acres of woodland with plenty of on-site activity facilities. There are also plenty of local attractions, with Calais just 50 minutes away and the beach two kilometres away.

Opening times

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Travel arrangements

Just 21 miles from the UK, it’s easy to reach the Hardelot Centre by ferry, train or channel tunnel. Get in contact if you need assistance organising your group’s cross-channel travel.

You can travel across France with your own coach company or let the Hardelot Centre arrange for a local one to pick you up from the ferry terminal or the TGV Frethun Station near Calais.


The Hardelot Centre, Le Centre du Kent, Route de Condette, Neufchatel-Hardelot, France

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