It won’t be sunhats and sun cream this October half term break, but it will be wellies, warm clothes and cosy woolly hats. With plenty of adventure and activities to get up to at Center Parcs, be prepared for a fun-filled break no matter what the weather. Here are our top five essentials for a Center Parcs break this half term.
A warm coat for long walks in the forest
Slowly but surely we’re finding ourselves heading to the wardrobe to put on more and more layers as winter gradually approaches. This October half term, ensure a waterproof coat is on the top of your Center Parcs check list. All our Villages are set in acres of beautiful, leafy woodland, so step outside, enjoy the fresh air and marvel as autumn takes over the forest. If the weather catches you out then Spirit offers a range of seasonal clothing for both adults and little ones, from brands such as Fat Face, Crew and Joules.
Wellies for splashing in puddles
If the rain decides to join you on your break then a pair of wellies are a must this half term. From splashing in puddles to muddy walks on the forest trails, wellies for little ones and big ones are an essential item to pack. Center Parcs is the perfect setting for an outdoor adventure so put on your wellies, wrap up warm and head to the forest to explore.
Swimming essentials for fun in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise
Our Subtropical Swimming Paradise is open all year round and heated to 29.5 degrees, so whatever the weather is up to outside, you can enjoy a slice of summer inside. Each Subtropical Swimming Paradise at all our Villages is home to child-friendly pools for little ones and jaw-dropping slides for big ones. So whether you’re coming for a morning dip, a moonlight swim or you decide to spend the day, the whole family can join in the fun. Forgot something? Swimming essentials from towels, goggles, floats and swim costumes can be found at Aquatique.
Board games and playing cards for fun in your Lodge
After a long day of activities, nothing can beat relaxing in your Lodge, as you sit by the fire surrounded by family and friends. For an evening of entertainment (where pyjamas is an acceptable dress code), board games and playing cards are perfect for creating family memories. So prepare to gather round the table or kick back on the sofa, order a takeaway from Dining In and get competitive with a traditional game of cards. Don’t worry about digging out and dusting off your old deck of cards, at Just Kids you can choose from a range of fun-filled games and at The Store Room browse an excellent range of retro games.
A camera for capturing special moments
A Center Parcs break is perfect for capturing family moments all year round. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, Center Parcs in autumn is bursting with colour, creating the perfect backdrop for your family photos. Take it from us, Center Parcs is a haven for wildlife, so if your camera’s to hand you will get some extraordinary photos. If you want to take tips from the pros then check out Sherwood Forest Conservation Ranger, Mike Hill’s photography tips.
To find out what you could get up to on your October half term hot tub getaway, check out our guide to activities for all ages, marvel at our Outdoor Activity Centre activities video and if you’re packing for little ones, watch our video of essentials to pack.