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Center Parcs (England)
Member Name: flwilson
Center Parcs (England)
Date: 20/08/11, updated on 19/09/11 (94 review reads)
Advantages: friendly, lovely settings
Disadvantages: can be expensive at certain times of year and you have cars around at times where they shouldn't be
Center Parcs is part of the Bourne leisure company who own Haven too. Center Parcs holiday villages are wonderfully situated in 4 different forests around the UK. They also have branches in other European countries.
The setting of the villages is great, you drive up the road and can't see anything through the trees until you enter and then you find the wonders that Center Parcs can bring. You can stay in the Lakeview hotel or experience the real Center Parcs experience and stay in one of their excellently equipped villas that are dotted around the village in between the trees.
You can arrive on site from 10am and then check into your accommodation from 3pm. You then have to check out of your accommodation by 10am on the day of departure but are allowed to stay on site and enjoy the facilities up until midnight.
When you are on site, you can walk through the forests, cycle (with your own bikes or hired bikes) around the place or go into the subtropical swimming paradise. There is something for everyone at Center Parcs. You can take part in everything or nothing, it is totally up to you.
There are children's clubs, exercise classes, arts classes, craft classes, water sports, other sports and everything in between. There is also a spa that is suitable for anyone who is over the age of 16. There are deals that are available foe parents to put their child in a 'time out' club and then you can enjoy 2 hours in the spa before you return to pick up your child.
There are so many thing to do at center Parcs you will always wish you had more time than you do. You will want to return after your first break.
I have been to Center Parcs in Longleat forest 2 twice, Winfell forest once, Sherwood forest once and Elveden forest more times than I can count. I am currently packing to return to Elveden next Friday for the bank holiday weekend.
You can have a break of 3 nights over the weekend, 5 nights during the week or 7 nights for the whole week. The prices vary depending on the length and time of the break.
Summary: excellent UK holiday with something for all the family