Tuesday, 18 October 2016

10 Reasons Center Parcs is Underrated

 

Last week I went to the Sherwood Forest Center Parcs with my parents, sister and Nick.  As a child I visited Center Parcs quite a few times, but I hadn't been back since I was 11. I used to really enjoy it, but as I got older I became more excited by exploring new places where there were lots of things to see and do. I think Center Parcs is often perceieved as a bit boring and overpriced. So here I am writing a post telling you why I love it so bloody much.









1 | Firstly, of course it can be overpriced - accommodation sky rockets in the school holidays, but for a week in October is was just under £400 for all of us. Pretty good non? At that price it actually works out cheaper than most hotels plus you get the added bonus of a living area with swans tapping at your patio door (legit happened).

2 | It's just so darn relaxing. We all yearn for the perfect exciting holiday in a place you can explore from dawn til' dusk, but sometimes all you need is a week in a lodge in the middle of the woods, a bike, some gems for companions and a good book (or two).

3 | You get the chance to discover potential new hobbies. During the week I did two things I'd never done before - played squash and took a pilates class, both of which I loved and will hopefully continue to do (she says optimistically).

4 | THE POOL. That had to be written in caps because it's pretty darn good really isn't it? You can go down the slides without anyone judging you for being an adult because all the other adults are doing it too, the rapids are so much fun (despite a near death experience on my first go - LOL) and there's a wave machine so you're basically in the sea but with the reassurance that you can't drown.

5 | You can do as much or as little as you like. There are so many different sports and activities to choose from so you can either jam pack your schedule, chill out for the whole time or create a happy medium which is what we did.

6 | There aren't any cars. Well apart from when everyone is coming/going on the Monday and Friday then there are LOADS of them, but during the week the roads are yours to cycle and walk on freely. There's something oddly satisfying about there being no cars and it's great being able to cycle everywhere without having to worry about traffic.

7 | The weather doesn't matter. Sure, it'd be nice if it was sunny the whole time, but at the end of the day it's no big deal. It actually rained a lot of the time we were there, but there's plenty to do indoors and there was something very beautiful about rain in the forest - dripping leaves and rain lashing into the lake is oddly calming.

8 | You will have the best sleep. I'm the lightest sleeper so I literally never sleep through the night, but I slept through every single night we were there. There isn't any light pollution so it's super dark and even though you're surrounded by lodges filled with other people it's so quiet.

9 | Everyone is nice. The staff, the other guests, just everyone. I don't know how they manage to sift out the rude people but there don't seem to be any about!

10 | You won't want to leave. Usually by the end of the holiday I'm ready to come home, but I just wanted to stay in a chilled Center Parcs bubble. Time to plan the next trip I think.

Have you ever been to Center Parcs? Do you like it?

Amy x
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  1. OK, you have compleeeeetely convinced me to go now, I've always heard it was really expensive but actually it's not bad at all is it. And it really does sound SO peaceful!!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Yeah I think you've just got to be flexible with when you can go to get a good deal! So relaxing! xx

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  2. I hope that you had a wonderful time at Center Parcs dear :-) I absolutely love it! Such a fab place and so much fun! The pool is amazing and the scenery is ever so beautiful! I've been to the Sherwood Forest Parc too, it's gorgeous!

    El xxx

    www.elsfashionfix.co.uk

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    1. It's so lovely isn't it? Glad you agree, the pool is great! xx

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  3. Seems like a great place to visit!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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    1. It is such a lovely place to visit! xx

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  4. It looks so lovely there! I've always wanted to go Center Parcs, but to be honest, I've always been priced out. Hopefully I'll go one day though! x

    http://www.curiouser-and-curiouser.co.uk

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    1. Yeah you've just got to book at the right time of year really and shop around to find a good deal! xx

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  5. Sounds like a perfect place for relaxiation, I'd love to visit it someday! Yay for pilates, I've always wanted to try it but I'm just too lazy to actually put those words into action! :)

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    1. Haha pilates is actually quite a good one for us lazy folk - plenty of lying on the floor haha! xx

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  6. You are totally right! I love it there. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Glad you love it there too, it's just such a lovely place! xx

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  7. I completely agree! I love Center Parcs and would happily live there if given the chance!!
    I go with my friends every year and try out new activities each time (this year I did high ropes!) Great post but now I'm sad I'm not there!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Yes I would totally live there haha! I'm sad I'm not there as well haha xx

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  8. It looks a great and interesting place to visit

    www.abdelkhalekleblog.com

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    1. It's a lovely place to visit - would definitely recommend! xx

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  9. I never went to a CenterParc and I found your description very good! No cars, nature, good price (for 4 people, really nice!), I now want to go there!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. It's so lovely I think you would love it! xx

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  10. Great photos
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you so much that's such a lovely thing for you to say :) xx

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  11. I have a freind that goes to centre parcs a lot and it always looks so nice! I'd love to go at some point.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. You definitely should if you can find a good deal - sooo nice :) xx

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  12. I've never been to center parks but you've really sold it to me :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. I'm glad I've sold it to you - it's such a lovely place! xx

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