Growing up, many of my favourite family moments involved my family and I spending time together exploring the outdoors.
Today, it seems most of our time is otherwise ruled by the strains of work and school, while children are now growing up in a generation obsessed by electronics. But is this really what children enjoy?
In a recent survey conducted by Mortar, it was revealed that 58% of children would rather have a treehouse than the latest game console. However, just 10% of children today have their very own house within the treetops, compared to 25% of their parents who grew up with one. This shows a 15% drop in children growing up with a treehouse in just one generation.
Top 10 ‘most epic’ things a parent can do for their child
- Build a treehouse with them – 42%
- Build a den with them – 35%
- Play a game with them outside – 35%
- Read them a story – 33%
- Watch favourite film or tv programme together – 33%
- Go swimming together – 33%
- Play computer game together – 28%
- Bake them a cake – 22%
- Teach them to climb a tree – 19%
- Know all the words to their favourite song so they can sing along – 14%
Here at Center Parcs, we aim to bring families together in an environment that allows you to create your very own family adventure. Looking at the ‘epic’ list, did you know you can try Den Building and Decorating, enjoy Tree Climbing and swim to your heart’s content – all on a Center Parcs break?
Following the research, and to celebrate the arrival of our four new Treehouses at Center Parcs Elveden Forest, we’re excited to launch a nationwide search to find The UK’s Top Treehouse, with wildlife presenter Steve Backshall joining our Center Parcs panel of judges to select the best.
The family with the winning entry will receive a short break in a Center Parcs luxury Treehouse. Our Treehouses are suitable for up to eight guests, feature four luxurious bedrooms, a hot tub and a games den. What better place to spend time together as a family?
CEO of Center Parcs, Martin Dalby said: “It’s great to see that children are still excited about being outdoors and would love to build a treehouse with their parents. What better way to mark the arrival of our new Treehouses in Elveden Forest, than by finding a family who has built the UK’s Top Treehouse?”
How to enter
This means we need you to grab your camera and get creative! If you think you could be the winner, then get in the garden and post a photo of you and your treehouse onto Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag, #UKTopTreehouse before midnight on Wednesday 3rd August. View the full terms and conditions here.
The new Elveden Forest Treehouses are available to book now.