A Day Trip to France

On Thursday we took a day trip to France and it made me wonder why we don’t do it more often!

We had a lovely journey over to Calais from Dover, did a bit of shopping, had lunch at the beach and then went to a fab aquarium!

We travelled over with P&O from Dover on the 08:25 sailing.

For the first time, we used their priority boarding and club lounge additions.

I’d use these again – it was great getting on the ferry first (and leaving first!) and the club lounge was lovely!

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The free drink (including champagne!) and snack was the perfect way to start the journey and the lounge was spacious and relaxing – even with our 3 year old there! There were also newspapers, magazines and local guides available around the lounge.

After a quick stop in Citi Europe (to hit the supermarket!) we drove down to the coast at Wimereux. The journey only took us about 15 minutes and it was lovely to get away from the main roads!

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Arriving just after 12pm we were lucky that the tide was still out.

Even though it was a warm, sunny day the beach at Wimereux was still pretty quiet.

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And the sand was perfect for sand castles!

By 1pm the tide was coming in quite quickly so we drove further along the coast to Boulogne.

We’d had a recommendation to visit Nausicaa – so that was the last part of our day trip.

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We weren’t disappointed!

First opening in 1991, Nausicaa’s mission is not just about encouraging people to discover the sea.

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They want us to wonder at the beauty of marine life, educate ourselves on biodiversity and our impact on aquatic life.

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During our visit, we got up close to beautiful creatures and learnt about interesting environmental causes happening around the world.

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 A recent addition is the sea lion enclosure. Initially you get to walk under the water, seeing the sea lions swim effortlessly around you.

Up a flight of stairs and through panelled doors you are now top side, watching the sea lions glide through the surface of the water.

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In total, including driving and sailing time, we could be at Nausicaa in the same time as travelling up to the London Aquarium – with this in mind it should definitely feature in your plans for a day out this summer!

We arrived just after lunch and didn’t have to queue to get in. Helpful, friendly staff were around at various points to take photos and answer questions. And the shop, a must for all children – had a great selection of toys and souvenirs (at very reasonable prices!).

 After a busy day, we were ready for the club lounge again for our return sailing!

I was a bit peckish so decided to order something from their menu – sautéed mushrooms on lightly toasted ciabatta…delicious!

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Made even nicer that I didn’t have to leave my comfy chair in the club lounge to get it! The menu ranged from sandwiches and cakes to light bites.

Fancy a day trip to France?

You can book your ferry crossing with P&O here. Our crossing would have cost £30 for the return sailing and then an additional £42 (for all of us) for the priority boarding and club lounge.

Parking was free and relatively easy in Wimereux and there were a variety of cafes and restaurants to stop at for lunch – as well as kiosks by the beach.

You can find out more information and book tickets for Nausicaa here. Booking online means you can get tickets for Age 12+ 17.30 € and Age 3 – 12 10.80 €. Saving a little on the door price. They also offer a further discount when buying ‘family and friends tickets’.

 Thank you to P&O for kindly providing us with the tickets to sail on Thursday and for the priority boarding and club lounge tickets.

Thank you to Nausicaa for the entrance tickets to the aquarium – what a wonderful experience.

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