An ode to Center Parcs

We recently had 5 days, just the 3 of us, at Center Parcs. I absolutely loved it and felt so happy and relaxed that I was prompted to write this ridiculous ode one evening:


I wish we could stay at Center Parcs forever. We’d have leisurely strolls through the woodland, push TM on the swings, swim twice a day and share our patio with ducks, rabbits and squirrels. We’d read books while the baby crawls around the (fairly baby friendly) chalet, sipping prosecco and watching the sun set over the trees. We’d take the boy to the play centre to mess around with soft play and ride on toys (not very often, that shit costs extra).

TM (bald 10 month old, male baby in a long sleeve white vest) is crouching by a patio door next to a green curtain. There are 3 ducks right outside the door on the patio and TM has his hands pressed against the glass.
Is there a cuter way to start the day?!
We’d eat pancakes, burgers, cakes and fudge galore. The smiley delivery people would turn up at the chalet door with spicy curries, pizza and Chinese. Actually, that’s the main problem I foresee with staying here forever (other than the obvious issue of running out of money, like). I’d very quickly become morbidly obese. In my fantasy world, though, the woodland walking, crazy golf and lazy swimming would be enough exercise to offset the obscene amount of food and drink consumed.


Each day we’d wake up in the morning smiling at the wildlife on the patio, planning our day with lovely activities and factoring in lots of time to chill out. In the winter we’d have the log burner roaring to keep us nice and cosy and in the summer we’d dine al fresco. We’d see bands in the restaurants and take TM to a mini disco to make friends and burn some energy before bed. The staff would fuss over him and give him balloons and activity packs. We’d go bowling and listen to storytellers. We’d watch fireworks on Bonfire Night and at New Year. There would be no dull days.
A poor quality photograph! B (40 year old bald man, wearing a blue polo top) is holding TM and a blue balloon. TM (10 month old bald, male baby wearing a green and blue stripy top) is reaching for the balloon and smiling. They are sat at a table in a restaurant.
I know this one isn’t great quality but TM was very happy when the staff in the Sports Cafe gave him a balloon!
Ah, a girl can dream. Safe to say we had a bloody good time at Center Parcs and I am trying to persuade B to book another trip for early next year. Maybe for a whole week this time! I’m joking, we aren’t made of money.


Where’s the most relaxing holiday destination for you?


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Diary of an imperfect mum

41 thoughts on “An ode to Center Parcs

  1. I’m not just saying this because it makes for a witty comment, but we stayed in a beautiful cottage in the sticks in the summer of ’14 and I often think life would be 100% better if I could just live in that SC cottage, experiencing the delights that you’ve mentioned. Oh, the sheer bliss of it. Glad you have a lovely time, you might need to sell a limb to afford a week though!

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  2. Oh this is so beautiful and just shines with what a lovely time you had. We’ve been to centre parcs a few times and it is everything you write – just a perfect place to holiday with children – they have fun and you really do get to chill as an adult. I’m so glad you had such a gorgeous time my lovely xx

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  3. That sounds absolutely lovely – especially all the takeaways! We’ve only had a few holidays as a family, but our trip to Ireland was pretty good – a little cottage in the middle of no where with a garden and view of the sea. What more do you need? #FamilyFun

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  4. Pre-kids, the idea of Centerparks was enough to send a shiver down my spine – all those noisy kids! Haha! Roll on a few years and two kids later and we love the place. I think my former aversion to Centerparks was the fact it represented giving up ‘nice’ (i.e. relaxing by the beach, cocktail in hand) type of holidays. But actually, the moment you have kids, you realise that you’re happy when they’re happy. And when you see their delight at the ducks popping by the window every morning, you realise there’s no other place you’d rather be. Well, almost…. πŸ™‚ #bloggerclubuk

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    1. Haha I know what you mean, it’s definitely geared towards families. I’m not actually a huge one for beach holidays anyway so it didn’t feel like a sacrifice to me! Yep them seeing the ducks is the cutest thing, isn’t it? Thanks for reading, Ellen


  5. Don’t think we will be going to centre parks anytime soon. Cost reason and it’s daves idea of hell… He might think differently when he realises it’s a good way to contain and entertain children!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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    1. It can be quite expensive – we are making the most of it now while we can go off-peak! Literally double the cost if you go in school holidays. Yeah I think you guys are infinitely more outdoorsy and adventurous than us so it probably wouldn’t suit you at all! But it is so easy and totally geared up for kids. Thanks for having me and for reading darling, Ellen xx

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    1. Haha!! It might not suit everyone but it was great for us. I have lots of nieces and nephews and had been a few times before with family and the kids just love it there. I just like sitting around eating a lot and reading – chalet life πŸ˜‚ thanks for reading, Ellen


  6. I love Center Parcs too! We took baby there for her first hols and it was brill as it was only down the road but felt miles away. So peaceful and baby friendly. We are deffo going back again x #ablogginggoodtime

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  7. Oh it sounds like you had such a fabulous time and wouldn’t that just be a fabulous life? Sounds perfect to me. And yes prosecco and Chinese food all the way oh and cake, lots of it! I love centre parcs too especially the pool, it is my favourite but you’re right it doesn’t come cheap, I have never done a whole week either and probably never will. Butlins for us I fear. Sigh. Hahaha. Glad you had such a lovely time my dear xxx

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  8. Love this as I am a little bit hooked on Center Parcs too! It is my ‘happy place’ in my head when all is going t*ts up – I was v excited – we graduated to a Mon – Friday slot this year having been just for long weekends previously! You’re right tho it’s certainly a place where money can just slip away if you’re not careful! Love the writing style of this. x #FamilyFun

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  9. We are off to CP Sherwood in a few weeks time. I can’t wait to go and love it for all the things that you love about it. It truly is an escapism! So glad you had a fab time. Claire x #triballove

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