1. Ducklings, gosling and cygnets
Our lakes are home to a thriving wildfowl population – ducks, geese and swans make their homes on the water at every village. From April onwards, eggs hatch and tiny, fluffy, impossibly adorable babies emerge to take their first tentative, wobbling steps into the world. So bring your camera, it’s not to be missed on a spring break.
2. Blossoms and blooms
As the forest begins to turn green again, some of our trees sprout their candy floss-coloured blossoms, while daffodils and bluebells shoot up out of nowhere. There’s a carpet – and ceiling – of colour, and it makes family walks through the forest extra magical.
3. Mercury rising
As the temperatures creep up ever so slowly, we remember what it’s like to sit outside and feel the sun warm our faces. Whether you find your spot on a sandy beach, a bench overlooking the lake, or just on the terrace outside your lodge, a peaceful moment in the warmth of spring is pretty special.
4. Take to the water
Now that Jack Frost has packed up, we re-open our boating lake and invite you to take a turn on a paddleboard, a kayak, a pedalo or a rowing boat. There are dozens of ways to explore the water, whether you fancy something energetic or peaceful.
5. Seasons in the sun
There’s a certain charm to riding a Segway in the snow, or Paintballing in the rain. But there may well be nothing better than clambering through Aerial Adventure with a low sun streaming through the newly-green forest canopy onto the rope bridge in front of you and the air still cool enough to keep you moving. Some of our activities just sing in spring, which means it’s the perfect time to try something new.
6. A bite to eat
Spring is the season of renewal, and many of our restaurants are ringing in the changes. There’s a scrumptious new menu in Sports Café that’s perfect for warmer days – try the Mediterranean flatbreads or the rotisserie chicken with roast potatoes. Café Rouge has ushered in some changes too, with a tempting vegetarian tagine and a light and bright crab tian with avocado.
7. Spring into shopping
Fancy picking up a piece or two to freshen up your spring/summer wardrobe? The new lines have arrived in our village shops, so whether you’re looking for Ray-Ban shades, a Joules dress, Fiorelli handbag, Hilfiger denim or a Michael Kors watch, we have you covered.
8. Rain, rain, go away
But if it refuses to come again another day, there’s still plenty to discover at Center Parcs. There are dozens of indoor activities, from Pottery Painting to Badminton, Indoor Caving Adventure to Cupcake Decorating. And open every day from 10am to 9pm, with unlimited entry included in the cost of your break, is our famous Subtropical Swimming Paradise, complete with pools, rides, slides and splashes.
9. Springtime spa
Journey between hot and cold experience rooms, take a dip in the outdoor pool then find a comfy spot on a sun lounger with a magazine to while away an hour or two. Spring sunshine makes our Aqua Sana terraces the perfect spot – warm enough to stretch out but cool enough to stay wrapped up in your fluffy white robe.
Are you joining us for a spring break? Let us know in the comments…