We are very proud to be a Center Parcs Family and recently went to Center Parcs, heading to Sherwood Forest, Nottingham to enjoy the long weekend we won through Tots100 Family Blogger Competition at the end of last year. We invited Kate, Tom and their brood to join us and what a great time we had!

The weather at the beginning of March can be a bit touch and go but we were lucky and I mean a weekend of glorious blue skies and spring sunshine.  We had brought my mum and dad along for a bit of additional support, mostly of the grand parenting babysitting during the evening whilst we went up to drink vino and gin with Kate & Tom! I do recommend additional grand parenting power whenever possible, every little helps and all that 😉


First stop was to pick up the bicycles, we all had bikes, including Grandma much to her horror and a trailer for the small humans and we were off on our long weekend Center Parcs adventure. A swim was top of the kids agenda and where we spent a lot of time in the pool. Lil H is as confident as a fish, Diva G is far more of a land lover but the experienced really helped her confidence and they both thoroughly enjoyed the pools. The rapids were Lil H’s absolute favourite and he couldn’t go down them enough times. The water slides and rides were ace. Our favourite time to swim was in the evening an early tea for the kids followed by a light supper and we were swimming in the dark in a less busy pool with much smaller queues.


In the day there is loads to do grown ups preference was for spa-ing and treatments. The younger ones made cupcakes and rode ponies.  We had some great meals out the pancake house being a staple favourite of the children and the Indian being the grown ups choice to eat in or take away. We planned to and did eat in for a fair few meals and had brought provisions and lunch boxes to have packed lunches for the kiddos who can’t wait where grown ups can. Our villa was lovely and we had regular visitors from the local wildlife.

We were so busy during the day everyone slept well, so soundly in fact that we fell in love with the Center Parcs bedding and had to order our own from home as soon as we got home.  Getting up has been a problem ever since and yes the duvet and pillows really are that good!


Thank you so much Center Parcs we had a fantastic time.

You too could be in with a chance to become a Center Parcs Family Blogger and win a family break to a Center Parcs village of your choice. This month the Center Parc challenge is confident Summer is imminent (I hope they are right!) and they are challenging you and your family to put together the perfect summer picnic, whether you’re venturing to the park or dining al fresco in the garden or if Summer doesn’t happen at all perhaps try an indoor picnic like us!

For a chance to become our newest Center Parcs Family Blogger and to win a family break to a Center Parcs village of your choice, simply share pictures of your fun-filled family picnic on your blog and tweet us a link to it. Be sure to include the Center Parcs and Tots 100 handles in your tweet, as well as the #CPFamilyBreak hashtag before the challenge closes on May 31st.