Gentleshaw Paris Trip 2018

What a successful trip it was to take 11 children from Willow class to Paris.

Early morning on Monday 12th March our coach arrived at Gentleshaw Primary Academy. From here we left for Dover to catch the 12:00 train on the Euro Tunnel.


Children were really excited and one of them even mentioned that they saw a squid as we travelled under the Channel Tunnel!


Arriving in France, we then had a long drive to our Chateau in Lesigny. We made it to the Chateau in the evening where we had sausage casserole and other delightful dishes waiting for us.


The children were really excited to get into their dorms, but it wasn’t until they had finished the evening activities with the PGL staff that they finally got some well deserved rest.


Early Tuesday morning the children were woken up and supplied with a packed lunch for the day and a breakfast. After breakfast, we headed to the market town of Brie. The children got to sample a traditional market town and spend their Euros.

We then headed onto the centre of Paris to take a river boat tour down the river Seine. This gave us time to see the sights of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

Once finished, we headed up the Eiffel Tower to take in some stunning views of Paris.

After a busy day of sight seeing, we headed back to the Chateau where we had dinner waiting for us and some evening activities of making crepes.

Next morning we woke early again to get ready to visit the Sacre Coeur. Here we walked around Montmartre, taking in all the surroundings of local artists and corner street shops. The children were excited that they got to buy ice cream!

From here, we travelled to the Stade de France where we got a tour around the stadium. We went into the players dressing room, walked around the stands, took the red carpet next to the presidential suite and even got down next to pitch level. What an experience!


Our final full day in Paris took us to…wait for it… Disneyland! The children were buzzing about this visit all week and it didn’t disappoint. We arrived when the park opened and headed straight for our first ride. We all got on the easy rides first and then took it in turns to go on the bigger rides.

We finished off with the parade through the streets where we had front row seats. What a day!


On Friday, we got up…you guessed it… early again, but for the final day, as today we travelled home. Having had a breakfast and another packed lunch, we headed for Calais. Arriving at Calais around lunchtime, we took the Channel Tunnel to Dover and headed back for Gentleshaw. We arrived around 8:30 where we finally departed. What an amazing week enjoyed by all!