FREE download: Center Parcs Nature Notebook

damsel_dragonflyWritten by the nature and conservation experts at our five Villages, the Nature Notebook details what sights and sounds have been unearthed at Center Parcs in the past month.

At Sherwood Forest this month the warm weather has been a buzzing success for the pollinating insects. The good weather has ensured that the wildlife meadows are at their best, which has enabled the bees to be out forage from dusk to dawn – a real boon to the hive’s welfare. Read more to find out how the tawny owl young are getting on in their early days.
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We’re dedicated to making the Center Parcs Blog the best it can be, to ensure we provide you with the type of content that you find interesting and entertaining. Help us shape the Center Parcs Blog by sharing your thoughts in our short survey, and you could be in with a chance of winning £200 of Center Parcs vouchers. The survey will close at midnight on Wednesday, 17th September, then a winner will be selected at random from all completed entries.

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New figures reveal active breaks are racing ahead in popularity stakes

Abseilling-July-2014-WO-04When it comes to taking time away, we all have our own ideas about what we would like to do. I personally love getting a balance of sightseeing and rest and relaxation but that isn’t right for everybody. Time from work is precious, so it’s imperative that you choose a break that suits your needs. This is causing an interesting shift in terms of holidays; gone are the days of relaxing by the beach or slopping in front of the pool. More and more people are looking to get away, in the UK or abroad, to unwind on an activity holiday.

There many different ways to enjoy an active holiday, but there is one activity accelerating out in front of the pack.

Any ideas?
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‘I tried table tennis for the first time at Center Parcs. Now I’m a national champion’

Charlotte clinches the title

Charlotte clinches the title

A star was born at Sherwood Forest four years ago as a then 8-year-old Charlotte Bardsley tried table tennis for the first time. Little did her parents know, as she batted away in the Jardin des Sports, that a new experience would turn into an award-winning passion.
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How many family breaks do you have left?

Family-Walking-on-Path-18-(It is a fact that at some point in every child’s life, they will stop looking to you – their parent – as the font of all knowledge and centre of their universe, and see you for what you really are. Your little cherubs will wise up to the reality that you aren’t the best sportsman in the world, the sharpest tool in the box or the best cook; you are in fact just human. But that’s not the worst bit…

You will become the least cool person in the world.
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Four simple steps to perfect summer skin

Aqua-Sana-Outdoor-Loungers-Did you know that today is National Relaxation Day? I know it seems like these days every 24 hours we have a ‘national’ something or other, but an entire day dedicated to relaxing and taking it easy? Now that’s something I can definitely get behind!

And to make sure you can all benefit from today too, I wanted to share some tips that will help achieve your summer skin goals.
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Bug hotel design is brought to life at Woburn Forest

Ian Buck with George and his sister Anna

Ian Buck with George and his sister Anna

In April, we revealed the winners of our Design a Bug Hotel competition, first featured in the December issue of Village Life magazine. After hundreds of entries, we chose – with the help of expert Mike Hill – 11-year-old George Terry’s design as the winner. His Ladybird Treehouse with Beetle Log Den was ambitious and detailed, even adding a Perspex window and tiny front door.

In the four months following, the bug hotel has been built and painstakingly pieced together by wood sculptor, Ian Freemantle.
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What weird and whacky food has made it into your suitcase?

Recent survey reveals must-have foods taken on breaks. The results may surprise you…

packing_holidayWe love a good holiday, us Brits. In fact, a recent study revealed 9 out of 10 people would be going away this summer. Getting away from the familiarity of everyday life, even for just a few days, is what a lot of us live for. And whether you’re holidaying in the UK or abroad, another draw is the chance to sample new and interesting foods and flavours. Or so I thought…
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A Day in the Life: Nurse

From welcoming premature arrivals to being on the front line, Helen Wharley tells us why, after 20 years at Longleat Forest, she still has to ‘expect the unexpected’

helen_nurse_2My Center Parcs history
I’m a Sister at Longleat Forest’s Medical Centre and have been working here since the day the Village opened, 20 years ago. I’m responsible for overseeing and managing guest and staff care every day. Although Center Parcs is a family short break destination, we can’t forget that it’s also a forest. Because of that, it’s important to have on-Village medical support to deal with accidents and emergencies.

My motto is ‘expect the unexpected’, because at any given time, anybody can come with any sort of ailment. It can range from toddlers being unwell, to trips and falls right through to heart attacks. It’s so varied – from birth to death. On average, I come into contact with around 40 people each day. The most common problem I deal with is a general viral illness, coughs and colds, things like that.
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