Euro Space Center is 3 ½ hrs from Calais by coach. If your space programme starts on day 2 of your trip, we recommend a stop at one of the following town/cities, or perhaps the options more local to the Space Center.
Rochefort (30 Mins enroute to/from the ESC)
Richefort Mini-Train: Discover the unusual aspects of this hospitable town: the stone bridge, the Lorette chapel, the Saint-John’s Cross, the view of the Castle of the Counts, the panorama from the Rond du Roi, the fresco, the velodrome, Malagne, the ‘des Roches ‘ park with outdoor swimming pool and mini golf.
The Wildlife Park: Voted the “Best Animal Park in Belgium” in 2015!On foot or on the Safari train, venture into this 250 hectare haven of peace. Experience a trip through time by discovering many species that live or used to live in our region. All these animals are living in their natural environment. The Wildlife Park is the only one in Belgium that has the European “Big Five”: the wolf, the bear, the lynx, the European bison and the wolverine.The Wildlife Park also has breath-taking panoramas and very special flora
Han-sur-Lesse Caves: Climb aboard a century-old tram for a trip of almost 4 km to the entrance to the Cave. Accompanied by a guide, set off to discover this mysterious network which has not yet given up all its secrets. This trip is done on foot, is almost 2 km long and takes about 1 hr. 45 mins. Listen to the vault vibrating to the sound and light show in the Hall of Weapons and admire the reflection of the luxurious draperies in the magic mirror that is the Lesse. From long walkways several metres above the river, you will be surprised by the echo of the canon shot fired at the exit to the Cave. Usually Open March-November.
Dinant (40 mins en route to/ from ESC)
Take a cable car up to the Citadel of Dinant to enjoy a 1 hour guided tour of this fortress located in the city of Dinant in the province of Namur. The current fort was built in 1815 on a site which was originally fortified in 1051 when the region was ruled by the Prince-Bishopric of Liège. The citadel overlooks the city of Dinant and the strategic Meuse river which runs through the town.
Overlooking the valley of the river Meuse, the Citadel will take you back to the heart of history of this amazing region! Once at the summit via cable car, objects and information panels retrace the glorious past of Dinant.
Students will enjoy the visits of the dungeons, kitchens, carriages, and weapon museum, as well as the narrative of the trench warfare of Yser... enough to offer you a real step back in time!
Leige (1 ½ hr from the ESC)
House of Science: Enjoy free time and a 90 minute guided tour visit of the Maison de la Science with your students, and chose two activities below to undertake from the themes of Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
Physics Activity Options:
• Very low temperatures
• Voltissimo, from Antiquity to today
• Energy transformations in chemistry and / or physics Mechanical: movements and shocks
• Material waves and sound waves
• Electromagnetic waves
• Basic optics
Activity detail: Physics activities in more detail
Chemistry Activity Options:
• Atoms and elements,
• A history of 2000 years Energy transformations in chemistry and / or physics
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Biology Activity Options:
• One thousand billion microbes
• Evolution: theories of evolution
• Evolution: the human line
• Appearance of life and chronology of evolution
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Cointe Planetarium (at the House of Science): Discover rotation and revolution of the Earth, why seasons occur, diurnal and annual movement of the Sun, constellations, eclipses and more, in partnership with the Astronomical Society of Liège!
Secondary education visits are provided by scientists from the Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography of the University of Liège
The University Aquarium-Museum of Liège
In the Aquarium, explore the ‘Biodiversity of the Underworld’ tank exhibition, the ‘Sharks’s and Coral Reefs’ zone, and the ‘Strange ones’.
In the museum you will be impressed by the treasures of the biodiversity of the animal kingdom. There are 20,000 conserved animals, taxidermied, or in form of skeletons from all continents are waiting to be discovered.
Guided Walking Tour:The tourist office of Namur organises guided visits of the city groups: the perfect way to discover the cultural heritage of the Mosan city. These can be booked all year round all year round for groups and usually depart from the tourist information on Square Léopold.
Train tour of citadel
Namur's touristis train will take you on a ride around the citadel's defense walls. A fantastic way to appreciate their architecture and learn more about their history, from the Middle Ages to present days. The boarding point is at the Terra Nova tourist information centre.Departure on the hour.Duration: 25 mn
Commentary in Dutch, English and FrenchGroups welcome from 9 am to 5 pm, every day. Booking required.
The Terra Nova Visitor Centre
Based in former barracks of Terra Nova, the Visitor Centre retraces 2000 years of European urban and military evolution through the history of Namur and its citadel. This brings interesting opportunities to reflect on our world and society - past, present and future. You are more than welcome to discover the museum on your own or join one of the guided tours.