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Fantastic Family Holiday

on June 2, 2012

We’ve just got back from our family holiday to Centre Parcs in the Lake District and I have to say we had a wonderful time! Centre Parcs really does cater for EVERYTHING a family needs it is incredible!

We only booked 3 weeks before we were due to go but we got a really prompt and efficient service, our welcome pack was sent out straight away with everything we would need including a map of the site, directions and a full list of the huge number of activities available. Whether you want to take it easy and just swim in the huge amazing pool or relax in the spa or throw yourself in to a host of activities from tree trekking, archery and watersports, there’s something for everyone.

As our little girl is still young we didn’t sign  up to any of the activities this time, but we did spend time in the amazing subtropical pool area every day. It’s huge! There’s a main walk in pool, which every half hour has a wave machine, then through to the right there’s a seated spa bubble pool with slide and a fab rapids area. To the left of the main pool is a brilliant kids swimming area with toddler pools, seats, watering cans and three slides! My daughter loved it and shouted “more”, “more” as she went down the slide. There’s lots of little pools / spas, an outdoor pool and four slides. Hours of fun! My little girl was worn out every time.

As well as amazing activities and a pool area there’s also adventure playgrounds, a man made beach, pedalo’s, a bowling alley and arcade, a kids creche and a sports centre with soft play, tennis courts, badminton, squash and a hole host more!

For meal options a well stocked supermarket on site sells everything you need to have a family meal in your lodge or BBQ on your terrace, but if you want to eat out day or night you can choose from an American Diner, an Italian, an Indian, French at Cafe Rouge, the Sports Cafe or the Lakeside pub. There’s also a Pancake House, two Starbucks and a sweet shop to mention a few more!

I loved the fact that from the moment you arrive you don’t need your car, bar unloading at your lodge it stays in the site’s main car park. This makes the main site really peaceful and very safe for children, all that’s on the roads are people and cycles (which can be hired and most people use). Our little girl could run around and explore and came across some fantastic wildlife from birds and ducks to stoats, rabbits and red squirrels, it all felt really liberating and relaxing.

There’s a main village centre in a huge glass dome building, where most of the restaurants, swimming pool, shops, creche etc are located. and this leads out onto a man made lake where a lot of the watersports activities take place. We spent a lot of time sat outside Starbucks in the sun with a Frappucino while our little girl slept, it was so relaxing.

The weather obviously really made the holiday but we are already planning our return visit, everything you need in one place? perfect!

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13 responses to “Fantastic Family Holiday

  1. We also love Centerparks. Never been to the lake district one. We tend to go to Longleat as we don’t have a car & can get there on the train from London. It is fab, only downside is v expensive & nearly all the activities cost extra, so as the kids grow up it becomes reeealy expensive.

    I hope they give you some acknowledgement for such a fab review x

    • amummysview says:

      I can imagine it does get expensive. We ate out every day / night and did spend a lot on that alone but if we had planned better and just bought from the supermarket it could have saved us there but we were treating ourselves lol. I guess you are paying for the benefit of having so much in one place. x

  2. Charlotte says:

    I love Centre Parcs. We live near to the one in Sherwood Forest and we’ve been a few times. Glad you had a lovely time! x

  3. Jennifer says:

    So glad that you had a nice holiday, we love Center Parcs although we’ve only been to Elveden. It’s great if you can travel outside of the summer holidays because it is so much cheaper, and although it’s true that the activities are very expensive there is plenty that you can do without having to pay for extra things. Lovely review!

  4. We went to Centre parks last year and had the most awesome time. Look like you guys did too and so glad you got a lovely holiday.

    Thanks for sharing on Family Frolics.

  5. We keep thinking about a holiday at Centre Parcs, but wonder if it might be too much home from home for us. You make it sound very tempting so perhaps we should reconsider.

    • amummysview says:

      I had heard a lot and it was fab. we have a family timeshare and it wasn’t as home comfort as the timeshare but had everything we needed for the time we were there and it felt like we were on a foreign hol due to the sunshine. Your place sounds fab! We have time off in Sept and are seriously considering Cornwall. Just not had chance to have a proper look or plan anything yet x

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