|You can't see the baby, obviously, but this is our "on our way to Centerparcs" selfie|
When we arrived, we had a separate entrance. We weren't expecting that. Then the lady in the booth told us we had parking outside the lodge. We weren't expecting that either. Oh what bliss! We drove straight to the lodge (at 10am) and there were no cars in our spaces. We parked up and went into the village. No car parking space roulette for us! We had coffee, we went to the Jardin du Sport and the kids hurtled round the soft play area, we had lunch and we went swimming. We were on holiday as soon as we arrived. Mr L and I had alcoholic drinks, because we didn't need to move the car.
|Pancake House Selfie|
Another thing we weren't expecting was a daily maid service. The beds were made and the towels replenished daily, and the boys were THRILLED when we returned back there and their towels had been made into elephants every day.
|Visit from the neighbours|
Activity wise, Alfie, our four year old, went on the teddy bear's picnic. He took Teddy, his teddy (in case you were unsure) along with him. He was very happy and Rupert the bear gave him a NEW teddy (he called him Freddie - can you sense a theme?).
|Alfie, Teddy and Daddy|
Meg (aged 10) did jewellery making and made a friendship band and some dangly earrings. She had fun and was pleased with the results, and I sent Mr L off to the lodge with the boys (including the baby) and I got myself a mug of tea and squirrelled myself into a corner with my book. Well alright, my phone. Be fair, I've got to keep up with
Lewis, who will be 7 next month, met the owls. He's done this before, two years ago. I think he was a little disappointed this time. Last time, this activity took place at the nature reserve, and the participants sat in a line and the owls hopped down the line, so each person got to hold the owls. Lewis, then almost 5yrs old, was far braver than some of the adults, and had owls flying to his gloved hand. The only owl he wouldn't hold was the eagle owl, which had "eyes like the gruffalo" and was, to be fair, about the same size as him.
This time, it took place by the bowling green, and they only got to hold three owls. Lewis had been excited to hold the eagle owl, and see all of the owls again, but it was a different person running it, and the experience wasn't as good as the previous time. That said, Lewis now wants a barn owl for a pet. I wonder if I can find any Hedwig toys?
Overall we had a great time at Centerparcs, the staff at the Pancake House and Hucks were brilliantly friendly, and the pool was, as it always is, a giant hit. Theo, at 4 months old, was not bothered about the pools. He did however, love the hot tubs. Mr L loved the sauna which we weren't expecting to be included with the property. You may be wondering what exactly we WERE expecting, but to be honest, I can't remember. The different parks and play areas are great, with lots for little (and not-so-little) imaginations.
One thing I think I would like to see Centerparcs embrace is contactless payment services. Not just the debit-card-type within shops, but specifically within the subtropical paradise. If you've been, you'll be familiar with this; you get into the changing rooms, you get into your cozzies. We're a family of six so we need the family changing rooms (nearest to the exit). We select lockers near to these changing rooms. We go into the pool, and we enjoy the different pools and activities. Then someone wants a drink. So we have to trot back through the changing room, sort through the locker, get out a purse or wallet, and trek back. We buy the drinks, receive the change. Then trek BACK to the locker to put it back again. Please, Centerparcs management, could you look into a better way of doing this? Whether that's a wristband, charging it to your accommodation, or something else, please, please PLEASE look into it? I'm sure you'd see a rise in sales, as half the time, I'd think I could just do with a drink, but faced with the trek back to the locker I decided against it.
Despite having been several times I STILL make the rookie mistake of going to all the shops on a Friday (when everyone else leaving has the same idea, and everyone arriving is having a look around), I'm still surprised when we go to the Forester's Inn that there are squash courts there, and I still stomp over all footbridges cackling after the kids "who's THAT tripp-trapping over MY bridge?!" And I'm sure I'll be embarrassing my children by doing that for years to come.
|the "coming home from Centerparcs" selfie zzzzzzz|
*disclaimer* this post is not sponsored, we booked and paid for our break under our own steam and all opinions are my own.