Center Parcs

Locations

There are 5 different Center Parc locations to choose from spanning across England. There all different in their own ways but all have one feature in common, they’re located in forests. The stunning woodland locations make for beautiful sceneries that make you feel just that bit closer to nature.

I’ve stayed in Longleat Forest and Woburn Forest so far, and have a Christmas booking for Elveden Forest coming up. Each location has its own pros and cons; it really depends on personal preferences and how much you’re willing to cycle!

Accommodation

Each village has a number of different options to choose from, depending on the amount of people and level of luxury required. We normally stay in the Executive Lodges so we don’t have to share one bathroom between 6, my goal in life if to stay in one of the magical-looking Treehouses.

Woodland Lodges include:

  • TV and DVD player
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Patio area with outdoor furniture
  • Family bathroom
  • Open fireplace

Executive Lodges include additional things such as:

  • Private sauna
  • Daily maid service
  • En-suite bathrooms

Exclusive Lodges provide all of the above plus:

  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Steam room
  • Games room
  • Dedicated parking

Treehouses include all of the above with the added luxury of:

  • Physiotherm infrared room
  • Games den with bar
  • Early arrival
  • Treehouse host
  • Sky TV

 

Indoor Activities

There are lots to do at Center Parcs whatever the weather, so if it starts to chuck it down then head indoors where you can take part in anything from pottery painting to fencing.

I’m not normally one for sports, but I think my favourite indoor activity has to be badminton. It’s pretty cheap to hire a court for an hour (trust me that’s all you need) and it can be a right laugh frolicking around trying to hit the damn shuttlecock. All of the equipment you would need for indoors sports is available for hire, and weirdly enough you get to keep the shuttlecocks (?).

There’s also the Subtropical Swimming Paradise to keep you entertained come rain or shine, there wasn’t been one day where we hadn’t gone for a swim or tried to drown each other on the rapids.  I don’t know why I find swimming outside whilst it’s raining so mesmerizing but I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Outdoor Activities

If you’re brave enough to dangle in the tops of the trees then the aerial adventure is for you. Personally, I couldn’t think of anything worse than having a constant harness wedgie whilst trying to precariously cross a wobbly rope bridge. If you’re like me, then you should probably stick to adventure golf or go for a gentle pedalo across the lake.

Restaurants

Center Parcs cover all tastes from classic British grub to the slightly more adventurous Mediterranean cuisine. If there’s only one think you take away from the blog post, please make sure it’s that you visit the Pancake House – you will not be disappointed! The Pancake House is a Center Parcs tradition, it serves sweet and savoury pancakes as well as waffles and omelettes.

 

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