We have a winner! Village Life competition judged

After opening hundreds of your wonderful entries for our Village Life competition to win a Winter Wonderland break, we can announce the winner.

Precarious piles of post
Precarious piles of post
Our runners up, who will all receive a 'thank you' prize in the post
Our runners up, who will all receive a 'thank you' prize in the post
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Precarious piles of post
Precarious piles of post
Our runners up, who will all receive a 'thank you' prize in the post
Our runners up, who will all receive a 'thank you' prize in the post

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.

The competition

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 winner

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.

The runners-up

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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Maddy Potts

As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests, our Villages and the wider travel industry. I’ll blog about the best ones, bring you some fantastic competitions and update you on all the exciting new activities and goings on at Center Parcs.