Win a treat for your Mum this Mother’s Day

Spoil the most important lady in your life with the chance to win an Indulgence Selection delivered to your Mum on your Mother’s Day Center Parcs break.

Managing school runs, having endless patience, somehow knowing where every lost item in the house is, generally being superhuman… Mums deserve our undying love, respect and appreciation. So when their special day comes each year, it’s our turn to pamper them.Indulgence grocery pack with Champagne, chocolates and flowers

That’s why we have created the ultimate Mother’s Day gift, the Center Parcs Indulgence Selection – and you could be in with a chance of winning one for your Mum. She will receive a beautiful seasonal bouquet, a 75cl. bottle of Center Parcs Champagne and a box of luxury chocolates that she is under no obligation to share (but you know she will anyway, because Mums are great like that).
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Spotted: our first new year’s baby!

One of our beautiful great crested grebes laid an egg around New Year’s Day. Now the young has hatched and is learning how to swim with a little help from Mum…

On 28th January a guest at Elveden Forest, Ken Russell, spotted a Great Crested Grebe taking a trip on the lake with a very special passenger. After consulting our expert Rangers at the Village, we are delighted to introduce what we believe to be the first Center Parcs wildlife baby of 2015!

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Fall head over heels for Center Parcs

The weekend of pink hearts, red roses and soft centres is almost upon us. Why not fall in love with Center Parcs this Valentine’s Day?

Whether you’re an anti-Valentine’s minimalist or an all-out amore addict, there is one thing we can all agree on: spending time with the person you love is brilliant. And if that time is a long weekend away in the heart of hundreds of acres of natural woodland, miles from the rat race and surrounded by stunning scenery, all the better.

Leave the daily grind behind and soak up the beauty of our stunning forests

Leave the daily grind behind and soak up the beauty of our stunning forests

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Five recipes for a perfect Pancake Day

You’d go a long way to find someone who doesn’t like a pancake. There’s something special about the way everyone hangs around the kitchen waiting for pancakes to be cooked and flipped. Great for when you are on holiday and can take plenty of time over making your breakfast. Even if you’ve already visited The Pancake House!

The first one always goes a bit wrong…then your flipping skills improve the more you make. The chief flipper only gets to quickly eat a pancake stood at kitchen counter as everyone queues up to fit in ‘just one more’.

Making crêpesCrepes

If you want to keep it simple on Pancake Day this year, the classic crêpe is always a favourite. In the Sutton household we like them sweet with lemon, orange and sugar, but they are just as easily turned into a savoury dish with ham and cheese or by stuffing them with your favourite fajita filling.
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Celebrating Extraordinary Friendships at Center Parcs

Twenty-two years ago, Karen Thomas attended her first ever antenatal class. The women she met there became friends for life, and Center Parcs played a starring role in their story

In 1993, Karen Thomas was pregnant with her first child. She joined a local antenatal class at her doctor’s surgery in Yateley, Hampshire to help her get ready, and over the months she and the other first-time mothers-to-be bonded over their shared excitement and nerves.

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Center Parcs voted number one by consumers at Globe Travel Awards

We’re so pleased to have been presented the Consumer Travel Award for Favourite UK Resort and Operator, as voted for by Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline readers.

The awards, which were held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel earlier in the month, recognise companies in the travel industry for quality and great service levels.

We believe that excellent service can transform a good break into an unforgettable one. That’s why we’re committed to training and developing our teams, and strive to deliver outstanding service levels from the moment you book a short break, until the moment you wave goodbye.

Simon Kay, Head of PR at Center Parcs, attended the night to pick up the prestigious award. He says: “It’s great to be recognised at such a respected industry event, it’s made even more special as this award has been voted for by consumers.”

Help us name a new activity to win £100 of Center Parcs vouchers

name-this-activityDo you have a creative flair and a love for Center Parcs? Help us to name a new activity and you could win £100 of Center Parcs vouchers.

Later this month we will be launching an exciting new activity at Sherwood Forest for children aged 8 to 11, and we need to give it a name. That’s where you can help.

So what is it?
The activity is a revolutionary gyroscopic transporter for our younger guests who aren’t old enough to try the Segway® Experience. The two-wheeled electric transporters respond to small movements of your body, then whizz you off to where you want to go. Junior guests aged 8 to 11 will zip around our outdoor course under the careful guidance of our qualified instructors.
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Outdoor activities for curious children and time-squeezed parents

Today’s children spend less time outside than any other generation before them. Here are our quick tips for getting back to nature on a busy schedule.

Dad and Daughter Playing in Woods

Dad and Daughter Playing in Woods

The time children spend outdoors has almost halved from the previous generation to today’s 7- to 11-year-olds. But being outside is important for children’s physical and mental development. It stimulates imagination and creativity, allows them to learn how the world works and creates a bond with nature that lasts well into adulthood. Studies have shown that children who play outside regularly are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive and show better concentration.

But with housework and homework, school runs and smartphones competing for our attention, taking time to just be outdoors as a family can sometimes seem out of reach. For quality time together, take a few days off for a Center Parcs holiday set in stunning forest. And when time isn’t on your side, try some of these ideas for a quick dose of outdoor play with your little ones.

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