We’re launching The UK’s Top Treehouse competition

We’re on a nationwide search to find The UK’s Top Treehouse! Could you be the winner?

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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

  1. Build a treehouse with them – 42%
  2. Build a den with them – 35%
  3. Play a game with them outside – 35%
  4. Read them a story – 33%
  5. Watch favourite film or tv programme together – 33%
  6. Go swimming together – 33%
  7. Play computer game together – 28%
  8. Bake them a cake – 22%
  9. Teach them to climb a tree – 19%
  10. 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?

The competition

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.

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  • me and b make tea

    these treehouses look absolutely stunning. always fancied trying one but only ever been to the regular 2/3 bed apartments! photos submitted :)

    • Amy Dickson

      They are pretty incredible :) Thanks for sharing your photos and good luck!

  • AgentSmyth

    So to enter this competition to win a stay in an amazing treehouse you must…have an amazing treehouse? What next, win a car by showing us your nicest car?

  • Daniel Morton

    Aren/t those entry requirements just a little restrictive?

  • Douglas Hunter

    What a disappointing competition. Whilst we own a home with large gargens and the room to build a treehouse, what about those families that don’t? Think you need to rethink your competitions centreparcs and make them accessible to all.

    • Amy Dickson

      Thanks for your comment Douglas and sorry you feel disappointed. We understand this competition limits the number of families that can enter, but we do run various competitions throughout the year which appeal to lots of families. Keep your eyes peeled for the next one coming up on Under the Treetops this summer.

    • Amy Dickson

      Hi Douglas, thanks for your comment. We understand not every family can build a treehouse due to space and time. While this limits the number of families that can enter this competition, we do run various competitions throughout the year which appeal to lots of families.

  • Michelle Memerton

    A little disappointed with the entry requirements of this competition. I thought the point was to give the opportunity for someone who couldn’t normally afford a treehouse, to actually get to stay in one. I don’t even have a tree in my garden, let alone a treehouse and my other friend who wanted to enter doesn’t even have a garden!

    I think they should have made the competition for the best treehouse design (by a child).

    • Amy Dickson

      Thanks for your comment Michelle. We want to encourage families to spend time doing things together, and our research showed building a treehouse is a great family bonding experience. We know not every family can build a treehouse due to space and time. Whilst this limits the number of families that can enter this competition, we run various competitions throughout the year which appeal to lots of families.

  • Steve Miles

    I totally agree with the previous comments highlighting the disappointing and restrictive nature of this competition. I am actually quite surprised by the survey figures which apparently show 25% of parents and 10% of today’s children having their own treehouse – these figures seem unbelievably high to me, unless the survey sample was taken from an extremely privileged group of people. Very elitist!

    • Amy Dickson

      Hi Steve, thanks for your comment. We want to encourage families to spend time doing things together, and our research showed building a treehouse is a great family bonding experience. We understand not every family can build a treehouse due to space and time. However, we do run various competitions throughout the year across Facebook, email and Under the Treetops, often with the chance of winning a break. Keep an eye out for our next giveaway over the coming weeks

  • Claire Johns

    Ooh ! So disappointed by this ! We can’t enter as we don’t have a garden big enough for a tree house , seems extremely unfair !

  • Jojo

    We’ve just planted a tree in our garden so reckon we can enter this competition in about 20 years when it’s strong enough to build a treehouse – fingers crossed we win !! Or it might be quicker to save up for a few years….

  • Traci

    So this competition according to your statistics is only open to 10% of us. Feeling a little excluded right now!

  • Carrie Louise Talbot-Ashby

    Wish me & my kids had enough room in the garden for a tree, let alone a tree house. :-/ x

  • Steve Miles

    I’ve had an idea for a follow on competition… you and your heated swimming pool!

  • Kirsty Renz

    Surely a competition should be open to all?! Completely disappointed by this!

  • Jo Hodgkins

    Such a shame we too couldn’t enter either as we don’t have a treehouse. In fact I don’t know anyone that does! Perhaps the competition should have been designing your ideal treehouse?

  • Sheila Mitchell

    Sadly I don’t have a garden, I would love even a small garden but sadly I don’t. So this rules me out of what would be an incredible chance to enjoy time with my Grandchildren in the woods, and any childs dream of staying in a tree house.

    • Amy Dickson

      Hi Sheila, thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m sorry you’re disappointed. We appreciate that not every family can build a treehouse, which this limits the number of families that can enter this competition. However, we do run many other competitions throughout the year, often with the chance of winning a break. Keep an eye out on Under the Treetops over the next couple of months for our next giveaway!

      • Sheila Mitchell

        Thank you ,I will keep my eye open for more competitions. My son paid for a holiday at longleat a few years ago in number 304, which was lovely .A special holiday with my Grandson ,but now I have 2 Granddaughters who would love the nature. I appreciate your reply.

  • Rowena Reed

    I was astonished by this competition. In the blog it says that only 10% of children have their own treehouse; so exactly how many of your customers did you expect to own one?
    The prize is not open to anyone that is disabled because there is no adapted treehouse in any parc, and you’ve had to change the rules to accommodate this!
    Not sure my wheelchair using son would be able to access a beach hut let alone a treehouse.
    Come on CP competition team time to start being inclusive! In fact someone at CP get in a wheelchair for a day and see exactly how difficult it is to find things to do on parc!
    I’m beginning to get a little peed off with the head office attitudes. Thank goodness the on parc staff are brilliant (in the main).

  • Amy Turner

    I guess I’m an awful parent because I cant build my children there own treehouse! great competition center parcs :/ good luck to those few who can enter, you have a great chance of winning!

  • Neil Stickland

    rethink your competitions centreparcs and make them accessible to all

  • Anna Ballinger

    I must agree – was really excited to enter a competition to give our children a chance to stay in a tree house – but we don’t have one and can’t afford to build one – think it would be better to have made this competition a photo of your den – my son loves his just in the trees — then all children regardless of their families wealth could enter xxx I think I might send a of my son in his special den anyway and hope that he may stand a chance of winning xxx

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