I’ve got to be honest, Center Parcs has never been on my to-do list. However when offered a free weekend in my own cabin with my kids I was hardly going to say no. Sadlay we were unable to go for the whole weekend, in fact the best we could manage was 40 hours, Friday night until Sunday lunch as my daughter was in the middle of her exams,, but we still thought it was worth going. So I scooped them up straight from school on the Friday afternoon and we headed to the newest and smallest of all the UK Center Parcs – Center Parcs Woburn Forest.
The drive was pretty grim. It being Friday night on the M25 and M1 meant that a one-hour journey became a three-and-a-half-hour journey. However we arrived and the check in was smooth and easy, we located our cabin, dropped our bags, returned our car to the car park and got ready to enjoy the weekend ahead. And enjoy it we did.
Center Parcs has everything a family needs to have fun – in fact it’s certainly one of the easiest holidays I’ve ever been on! The waterslides and the iconic domed swimming pool are brilliant – and luckily for us as the weather was so glorious they were reasonably quite meaning we had plenty of goes on all the slides, especially when we went in the evening. There are restaurants a plenty – with family-friendly popular chains including Café Rouge and Strada – as well as more niche restaurants including a delicious Indian restaurant and a breakfast staple pancake place. Plus each cabin (and many of the hotel rooms) have a fully-fitted kitchen including a dishwasher! Not to mention a lovely terrace complete with BBQ area. And the supermarket on site is well stocked if you haven’t got round to food shopping before you arrive.
With cars banned from the site apart from on changeover days (Fridays and Mondays) kids are safe to cycle, scooter, roller-skate, even Segway their way around the site. Plus there are other activities that you can get involved with (at a fee of course). My kids did the High Rope Challenge which was indeed a challenge – but one they thoroughly enjoyed. You can also try your hand at archery, zip wires and boating to name but a few of the activities on offer.
As you can probably tell we had a fab experience at Center Parcs. My only criticism is that it is a money pit… everything costs money – and being based in the UK there’s not even a favourable exchange rate to soften the blow!