Hi We're thinking of taking advantage of a cheap ferry deal for a day in France but don't want to go there just to shop for wine and cheese! Any suggestions about where to head for and if there's any good things to do? Thank you ps we're a family with kids aged 7 and 8
When we were in the first year of secondary school we did a class day trip to Boulogne - I remember there was a fairly decent beach. I think the main plus was it was quick to get to and nicer than Calais so not a dazzling recommendation but we had a great time More exciting for being for the day
Explore the Cote d'Opale between Calais and Boulogne: small seaside places lioke Wissant or Audreselles, with the Cap di Griz nez, and important place in WW2, great view from the top of the cliffs.
Wimereaux, a small resort with a lovely Belle Epoch esplanade and beach
Boulogne - a fabulous Aquarium, Nausicca, and also up into the old town, you can walk round the old town on top of the battlements, then down into the tiown market place where there are some good shops and may be a market.
It is very fast and easy off the ferry and onto the motorway and down to Boulogne.
Stop at Cite d'Europe by the Calais Eurotunnel terminal if you want the full Carrefour shopping centre booze cruise experience! However last time I went we went down to boulogne for lunch and shopping in the old town and then just stopped in a Carrefour on our way out of Boulogne to stock up on wine and cheese and the occasional thing that is cheaper in France than here.