Our yearly trip to Center Parcs

Why I love Center Parcs

Every year we take a long weekend at Center Parcs in Sherwood Family with my husbands family and their friends. It’s a weekend that I genuinely look forward to, an escape from London and a break from the norm, as well as being able to spend quality time with the family. Center Parcs has a way of cocooning you and wrapping you up in its bubble.

We booked our visit when we were there last year and are staying in the same group of chalets. So we’ve has this trip in the diary for nearly a year and we are only 3 weeks away from our next visit and I’m already getting excited about it and planning our trip, booking activities and thinking about what food to take with us.

So here’s why I’m excited about our trip to Center Parcs:

  • It’s an escapism from every day life. Everything you need is available and there’s no need to leave the resort. When I’m there I genuinely forget about work and the other daily stresses of life, and I come home from Center Parcs feeling refreshed.
  • The first weekend of November is the start of the Christmas theme. This means lights, glitter, fake snow, fireworks and Santa on a boat, creating a truly festive feel. This weekend starts the run-up to Christmas for me, and puts me in the festive mood.
  • The chalets have everything you need, and are cosy and warm, making it the perfect place to relax with family and friends. We are staying in an Executive Lodge chalet which also has a sauna, an ideal way to relax in the evening and sweat out any bad toxins from the night before.
  • We will be there with all of my husbands family, and a lot of their friends. It’s really nice to spend time with them without having travel up and down the country. We’re all staying in separate chalets in close proximity to each other, but we’ve all got our space and not on top of each other.
  • The Aqua Sana really is a nice way to relax. Two years ago my husband and I enjoy the World of Senses treatment where you get to experience all the different jacuzzi’s and saunas from around the world. It was such a nice thing to do, as well as being able to swim in their adult only pool, away from the children. This year I hope to either have a massage or a facial, I just need to get it booked.
  • The cabana’s around the pool are excellent, creating a perfect base for the family to relax. We hired one last year at about £70 for 3 hours. This may seem like a lot of money, but it means avoiding the overwhelming and busy changing room with children. Last year our little one was only 3-months old and I was breastfeeding, so having a cabana was perfect as it meant I could relax, and my husband and I could take it in turns to look after her whilst we swam.
  • There are really long walks and bike rides that you can take around the resort without having to worry about cars driving past. Last year we took long walks with the pram to allow our daughter to sleep. This year we’ve hired bikes and a trailer to tow our daughter around the park. It’ll be interesting to see how she gets on with that, I hope she likes it.
  • There is wildlife on your doorstep. On most visits we’ve had swans, ducks, moor hens and squirrels on our patio. The wildlife is so tame and used to people that the swans and ducks tap on your patio window begging for food.
  • There are plenty of places to eat on site, as well as the Parc Market which stocks everything you need. It’s slightly pricier than your average supermarket, but not overly expensive. All the chalets have their own kitchen perfect for self-catering and bringing your own food. Between us we tend to bring one ready prepared meal each to feed the chalet, and having this prepared in advance makes the stay so much easier.
  • It’s a holiday within the UK. All that is needed is to pack up the car and go. We literally take everything with us from the buggy to baby toys, this year we are trying to get our hands on a micro mini scooter for our daughter which I think she will really enjoy using whilst we are there.
  • There are activities for everyone, and are really suited to our family. Our nieces enjoy going to the disco, bowling, horse-riding and the adventure playground. Whilst the adults always play table tennis, badminton, tennis and archery. Last year we didn’t do much apart from the pool as we had a 3-month in tow, however this year I’m hoping to be able to do a bit more.
  • Lastly we always go to the Starbucks in the Jardin De Sports, which is a bit of a Center Parcs tradition for us. Seeing as it is so close to Christmas I will treat myself to a Gingerbread Hot Chocolate in a red cup.

That’s my list containing why I’m looking forward to going to Center Parcs in a few weeks. Watch out for my upcoming blog post about our trip and pictures on Instagram.

Claire x

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  1. Laura: Adventures with J October 17, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Ooh we are going in a month and I am excited but also rather wary about it! I haven’t been since I was a child and am not sure how it will work out. Just wondering of you have done any of the Christmas activities? If so which would you recommend? Thanks x

    • The Pramshed
      October 17, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      We’ve not done any of the Christmas activities apart from seeing the fireworks by the lake, and Santa coming in on her boat. My nieces always go to see Santa and really enjoy that. I hope you have a brilliant time, which one are you going to? X

  2. Ellen October 18, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Oh I adore Center Parcs too! Although never stayed in the executive lodges – they sound swish! And kind of jealous you are going at Christmas time, I think I would love that. We don’t tend to many activities when we go but it’s just so relaxing and easy and it really is a bubble like you say. Have a wonderful time!!!
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  3. Cherry at The Newby Tribe October 22, 2016 / 8:34 am

    We’ve never been to Centre Parcs but have been tempted many times – I might just have to have another look into it – it looks fab! Hope you have a great time! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed
      October 22, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Thank you it’s a really lovely place to go as a family x

  4. Kimberly October 22, 2016 / 8:37 am

    LOVE Center Parcs! I’ve never been at Christmas so can imagine it’s amazingly festive. Whoop to Starbucks’ red cups too, gotta love a Gingerbread Latte. The spa is amazing too. Hope you have a massage booked! Have a brilliant time x #fortheLOVEof blog
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    • The Pramshed
      October 22, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Thank you, only two weeks to go and we’ll be there x

  5. Mess and merlot October 22, 2016 / 8:39 am

    I live about 10mins from a CentreParcs and have never been! I’ve read a few blog post reviews though and it sounds lovely! I’m planning to do the AquaSana Twilight spa with a friend for a special occasion as I’ve heard that’s really nice 🙂 Sounds like Nov is a good time to go, have a lovely week x #fortheloveofblog
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  6. powerporter October 22, 2016 / 9:01 am

    My friend keeps telling me to get to Centre Parks we are a Bluestone family we go every year now. Maybe we should give Centre Parks a go! It looks lovely being all festive You can’t beat Christmas spirit haha! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • The Pramshed
      October 22, 2016 / 9:15 am

      I would love to go to Bluestone x

  7. Helen Miller October 22, 2016 / 9:12 am

    We went to Woburn Forest Centerparcs last year and loved it. We’re going to Whinfell forest the week after next for the half term hols. I agree, you switch off and relax. The daily pace of life just seems to slow down. Slightly jealous you’re going when the Christmas theme has started though. Have fun.

    • The Pramshed
      October 22, 2016 / 9:16 am

      Thank you, can’t wait to go. Hope you have a great time at Whinfell x

  8. Baby Anon / Michelle G October 22, 2016 / 9:21 am

    We love Center Parcs too! You’re right about it being a cocoon. It really does have everything for everyone and is such a lovely place to reconnect with family. We stayed at one about 45 minutes away from us but we could have been anywhere, tucked away in the forest. Have a fab time x #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. flying solo October 22, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Love Centre Parks, my friend invited me a few years ago and so thankfully it was Free, it was a great long weekend. #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. alisonlonghurst October 22, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Thank you so much for sharing all this information. I know so many people who have been to Centre Parcs, but they have never properly sold it to me like you just have. It sounds perfect for families and I can totally see why so many people choose it as their number 1 holiday destination. Alison x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  11. Jane Taylor October 22, 2016 / 11:05 am

    We go to National Trust Clumber Park (adjacent to Sherwood Center Parks) a LOT and cast our eyes across to the complex thinking ‘we really must go’…It does sound fab, I’ve just never found any super thrifty deals! #Fortheloveofblog
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  12. Angela Watling October 22, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Sounds like you are quite right to be looking forward to your trip this year after the one you had last year! It’s making me want to go to Center Parcs again now 🙂 We went to Woburn in the summer with my in-laws and it was a great mini break. Having everything in one place is so convenient. Unfortunately my daughter was a few weeks off being old enough for 18 months so I’m hoping we can go again next year and try some different activities. Hope you have a wonderful time again this year! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  13. Ali Duke October 22, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I have always wanted to go to center parcs, the price puts me off a bit go. It’s not easy to take my daughter out of school during term time, so we have to pay the peak prices. I think I might just have to start a center parcs savings fund so we can go 🙂
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  14. kirsty - winnettes October 22, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    We love centre parcs too. I would love to go when they had their christmas theme. Their chalets are always so comfortable. We went to the Longleat one is the summer and it was brilliant. The girls went to the kids club a couple of times and they did some really cool stuff.

  15. Dr Mummykins October 22, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I went recently again for a work trip/event – I so love it there! And the spa is so wonderful. I would love to take the whole family but every time we have looked into organising a mini break there we have realised it is cheaper to go ANYWHERE else…!! That’s including abroad, flights and all! It is a great place but I feel the prices are overinflated and it’s not as though they cover much either…you have to pay (a lot) extra for bikes, for the spa, for activities and so on… (ok, my rant is over!!) x x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  16. Peachy and her Mommy October 22, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time last year. I hope you have an even better vacation this time around. #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. five little doves October 22, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    Ahh we love centerparcs too! We went last year at this time and the Christmas grotto was AMAZING! There’s so much to do there but my only complaint is that the activities are soooo expensive! We spent more on activities than we did on the actual holiday! Hope you have a fantastic time though! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  18. Amie October 22, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I’ve never been to centre parcs but would really love to go, especially at Christmas! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  19. Chloe Weir October 22, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Love Center Parcs! Only ever been for the day but would LOVE to go for longer – especially at Christmas! #fortheloveofBLOG

  20. Tooting Mama October 22, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    We haven’t done center pacs yet they do have centres in France, we’ll have to check them out while we’re here. It’s sounds like you have everything you need – have lots and lots of fun! And I’ll be looking out for the blog!
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  21. Emma October 23, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Sounds like a great place to visit! #fortheloveofblog

  22. anywaytostayathome October 23, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I’ve never stayed at a Centre Parc before. Just had days at the Aqua Sana. I really want to though. Have you got space to smuggle me in? I won’t take up much room and I’ll be super quiet 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG
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  23. Louise - Mummy Miller October 23, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Center Parcs, we might go next year as they look like a nice escape #fortheloveofblog

  24. Lianne harris October 23, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    Oh it sounds like you’re going to have an amazing time!
    I’d love to go centre Parcs but it always works out so expensive for us!
    I look forward to hearing all about your trip

  25. Mindful Mummy Mission October 23, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    Ah yes we love the Center Parcs bubble too! I actually wrote a recent post about how to save money at CP as it doesn’t have to be a total money pit… I’ve never been as they are in Xmas mode but would love to. Have fun! xx #fortheloveofBLOG
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