Centre Parcs: ‘So relaxing it reminds us why we go on holiday’

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THE UK’s newest Center Parcs resort is set to come to Bedfordshire in spring 2014.

Based in Millbrook the venue will be known as Center Parcs Woburn Forest.

LEE SCRIVEN visited Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest to see what people can expect.

When planning for a future family holiday in good old England, you might want to forego the usual cramp caravans, damp tents and Hi De Hi holiday camps and consider Center Parcs.

Reason being, when trying to balance the holiday aspirations of both stressed out parents and excitable children, Center Parcs has all the bases covered.

I used to think Center Parcs was England’s best-kept holiday secret but with over 1.5 million guests each year and 60 per cent repeat business, I couldn’t be more wrong.

Recently Center Parcs at Sherwood Forest celebrated its 25th birthday. When the Village opened it was an entirely new concept in the UK, now with four cleverly designed villages and several million guests later, Center Parcs is one of the most popular short break destinations in the UK.

As I said, Center Parcs offers the perfect short break for parents with young or teenage children, set in 400 acres of woodland it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

There a wide range of villas that range from a basic style right up to Executive & Exclusive lodges that belong to MTV’s episode of Welcome to My Crib.

Cars are banned, so parents and children can enjoy a traffic free environment. Guests can walk or cycle and there are special child bicycle seats and trailers available for the little ones.

You are welcome to take your own bicycles or if you prefer you can hire them at very reasonable rates on-site.

With or without bikes, the parcs are easily assessable via foot and the walks through wonderful countryside help you relax.

As for those who enjoy splashing about in the water, well nothing and I mean nothing compares to Center

Parcs Sub Tropical Paradise, aptly worded, as it is an unbelievable experience.

Not only do you have the choice of over three different pools but also a host of slides, flumes and rapid rides.

Plus, all are very safe to experience and trust me when I say the kids love the pool and the great news is it that it stays open until 10pm, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the pool and its amenities under the stars.

The pool isn’t the only place to have fun. There’s a thrilling new range of adventure activities high in the trees at all villages.

Guests can get their adrenaline pumping, with ‘Tree Trekking’, a new activity that is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike. Traversing from tree to tree and reaching heights of up to six metres, this aerial adventure includes several challenges, culminating in an exhilarating 12-metre-high Zip Wire finale.

On top of that, you can enjoy tennis, badminton, bowls, rowing, archery, horse riding. Basically, you think of it and Center Parcs offers you the chance to experience it. Make sure you go www.centerparcs.co.uk and take a look for yourself.

For those who would rather sit back and relax, the very popular Aqua Sana continues to receive huge plaudits and recently won the prestigious Hotel Spa of the Year at the Professional Spa Awards.

Each Aqua Sana Spa offers a unique choice of spa experiences, all hidden within the tranquility of a beautiful forest. In addition, there’s a comprehensive range of face and body treatments from Decléor, Carita and Elemis for both men and women.

There are currently four Center Parcs Villages in the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire and Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, each with it’s facilities discreetly hidden in approximately 400 acres of natural woodland.

Center Parcs offers its guests short break stays over the weekend (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday), 365 days a year.

To sum up, Center Parcs removes all of the hassle out of the traditional family holiday and whatever the weather you are guaranteed a very relaxing break.

Call me old fashioned, but isn’t that why we take a holiday? So do yourself a favour, when you decide to take a break, take a trip to Center Parcs.