When researching our last term time holiday, I had a sneaky look at Centerparcs and actually for a four night break, I didn’t think it was too expensive considering the accommodation and facilities. So after a little discussion with Mr Lee, we booked Elveden forest as it was just one and half hours from home! Whoop whoop, I was very excited!
I have to say it was totally worth it! Our accommodation for very sleek, comfy and well equipped. My favourite part of our lodge and actually my favourite part of the whole holiday was the fact that you could open the patio doors and you are out in the woods. The accommodation is designed so you do not feel over looked. About 10 metres from our door was a small lake with ducks and the occasional heron. The ducks visited our door regularly, in the hope of food! Tom just loved the freedom to go for an explore on his own, coming back with sticks, leaves, feathers and pine cones! Tom quickly made friends with a boy next door, they were very excited that they saw a baby deer!
The first thing we did when we arrived was hire Tom and Mr Lee bikes. We got him one with stabilisers so he very quickly took to it! Tom loved his bike!!!
The facilities included in the holiday were great. To Tom’s delight we went swimming everyday, the pool had different parts including a variety of slides, wave machine and thermal pool. There was a fab children’s water play area, half of it had water flying everywhere and tunnel slides (if you know me at all, this was my worst nightmare), Tom had the time of his life! The other half was a very shallow warm pool with a mini slide and water play toys which would be lovely if you had a toddler.
One morning we spend a long time sitting on the beach, we read while Tom happily played in the sand and water, on his mission to make his own rock pool! The play parks are great too, with equipment for a variety of age ranges.
We brought food with us to cook in the villa or on the BBQ but bought a few bits in the shop. I was impressed that the shop had quite a variety of items generally a little more expensive than normal but they had some cheaper products too. We visited a couple of the restaurants for snacks, they were of course very geared up for children with great children’s menu and little soft play areas.
Before going on the holiday I shown Tom some of the activities he could do and allowed him to choose one that he could do on his own and as soon as he saw chocolate making, his mind was made up! He had a great time, though he did inform me straight afterwards that they didn’t actually make chocolate! They did lots of chocolatey themed things including making chocolate crispy cakes, decorating their aprons, learnt a chant and dance and finally dipped fruit kebabs in the chocolate fountain! Tom had amazing time and ran around in circles for about an hour afterwards, so we headed straight for the soft play area!
One evening we paid to play ten pinned bowling, this was Tom’s first experience and of course loved it! I even beat Mr Lee on the first game! Ha-ha!
I was really impressed with how Centerparcs seem to cater for all ages, lovely swimming and play areas and for the very young children and I can imagine that a teenager would be keen to do lots of activities (though that may become expensive!)
There are loads of activities that we didn’t do but for us we didn’t need much more than the forest, bikes and swimming to have a great time! I would love to go back one day, though not sure it will be in our price range in the school holidays………. but Centerpacs is a fantastic place for a family holiday! Highly recommend!