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What is there to do on a day trip to France?

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DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 27-May-18 20:31:55

Leaving early in the morning Dover to Calais and then have around 8 hours in France with DC and our car.

Happy to drive and would like to buy wine and nice food and have some lunch etc.

AnneProtheroe Sun 27-May-18 21:17:53

Do the hypermarket last before you get in the ferry.

QuinquiremeOfNineveh Sun 27-May-18 21:25:16

WW1 Battlefields? Arras or Ypres (in Belgium) are within driving distance of Calais. Both worth visiting in their own right, as well as the WW1 associations.

AdaColeman Sun 27-May-18 21:27:39

Perhaps drive to Saint-Omer for a wander around and a nice lunch?

triangulator Sun 27-May-18 21:31:33

A day in Le Touquet!

DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 27-May-18 21:31:36

Hypermarkets on the list for last visit. Nineveh fab ideas, did talk about driving to Belgium. WW1 battlefields are well worth a visit, is it very far from the port?

clearsommespace Sun 27-May-18 21:32:58

For WW2 history, without going as far as Ypres or Arras, there's the coupole near Saint Omer and Eperleques bunker.
Cap Blanc Nez or Gris Nez for great views on a clear day.
Nausicaa aquarium in Boulogne.

clearsommespace Sun 27-May-18 21:34:46

Also the beaches between Calais and Boulogne are great if the weather is good.

clearsommespace Sun 27-May-18 21:35:45

Clairmarais boat trip near Saint Omer.

DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 27-May-18 21:36:22

Thank you!

clearsommespace Sun 27-May-18 21:38:26

I should have said 'for war history', otherwise it sounds like I'm confusing the wars.
The museum at Agincourt was surprisingly good.

QuinquiremeOfNineveh Sun 27-May-18 21:43:42

Google tells me it's an hour to 1.5 hours driving from Calais to Ypres.

The war was fought all over that part of France and Belgium, so wherever you go you'll probably find a cemetery to pay your respects. How old are your dc? If they've been doing ww1 at school, it would be worthwhile for them to visit a cemetery, I think. Needn't take up the whole day, so wouldn't be too oppressive.

Quartz2208 Sun 27-May-18 21:46:52

Friends swear by going to the Nausicaá National Sea Center Europes largest aquarium just by Calais

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