No sooner had Village Life magazine landed on your doorsteps than the thrice daily trips to the post room began. What began as a smart pile of padded envelopes and the odd poster tube grew into a towering heap by my desk that would give a health and safety officer palpitations.
Entries in all shapes and sizes flooded in by the hundreds and the email inbox was similarly overwhelmed.
We had asked you to send a drawing, painting or piece of art that expresses what it is you love about Center Parcs to win a family break at Winter Wonderland.
Your entries did just that – we saw paintings, sketches, models, illustrations, collages, photos and more. They showed us what Center Parcs means to you – spending time together, being in the heart of nature, trying new things.
After a very festive afternoon of judging (we bought mince pies, it was only right), we unanimously selected a winner whose piece, we agreed, summed up everything we strive for at Center Parcs.
The Grayling family – Tamsin, Martin, Mabel (aged seven), Florence (aged five) and Bertie (aged one) – created this spectacular model. Their accompanying letter explains it much better than I could, so here it is:
We have worked together gathering natural and recycled material to re-create the Subtropical Swimming Paradise that we love at Longleat Forest. Our Rainbow People illustrate how we feel Center Parcs can be accessed by a wide range of people of different ages and backgrounds, to enjoy quality time with friends and family.
There were so many wonderful entries that we decided to pick a few runners-up too – you can see them in the photo on the left. We’re in the process of speaking to all our runners-up and gathering addresses so we can send them a special ‘thank you’ gift from Center Parcs.
Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to enter. These are some of the loveliest bits of our job, and we wish you lots of good luck for our next competition.
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