How an activity at Center Parcs can lead to greater things

Our guests have hundreds of activities to try at Center Parcs but what happens when they find one they love?


Phoebe Pine

Back in 2012, Phoebe was at Longleat Forest with her family and they decided to take part in lots of activities. One of these was archery and even with her disability Phoebe gave it a good go and enjoyed herself.

Phoebe enjoyed herself that much that after her break she had a number of coaching sessions with a local club, which she continues to be a member of now.

Now, six years later, Phoebe’s a member of the GB Paralympic archery team currently holding the European indoor individual record and shot a European outdoor record in 2017. That archery session that sparked her interest at Longleat Forest has lead Phoebe onto great success.

Jake Ward

Returning from a recent show jumping competition, Jake was asked ‘how did you get into that?’ Well, Jake was 7 years old when he nervously took part in a family horse riding session on a break at Whinfell Forest.

Jake loved it so much that he insisted that his family do the same activity the following day. After his family short break, Jake returned home desperate to learn how to ride horses and has passionately followed his dream ever since.

Jake currently competes in global show jumping events and his latest result placed him 2nd, only milliseconds behind first place. Jake shows that trying an activity for the first time might be nerve-racking but could lead to something incredible.

Phoebe and Jake have both had great opportunities to try our activities, and we wish them all the best in future competitions.

Browse our activities and see if you find something that interests you and your family.

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Amy Dickson

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Amy Dickson

As Brand Content Manager I plan, create and curate the best articles, photos, videos and music for our channels, in particular the blog. With a degree in Journalism under my belt and many years’ experience in the big smoke as a journalist and editor, my focus is firmly on discovering the little gems hidden away in Center Parcs life, before buffing them up to make them sparkle online. From on-village events to the latest travel industry trends, I’ll be there – notepad in hand – to bring you the most entertaining and interesting stories.