Since having George a holiday has always been something we wanted to do while he was young, we also wanted out first one to be somewhere in this country that was in the woods and tucked away but still child friendly so Center Parcs was perfect. We only booked about a month before we went so it was a little last minute but it was amazing, just what we needed.
George is definitely an adventurous child, he loves to be outside and as soon as we put his shoes on he’s off towards the door. We knew he would love Center Parcs and he did. From the bike rides to even the créche, he loved it.
Center Parcs is known for being a little pricey but we think it’s worth it. We took a car full of food with us which helped massively. We wanted George to have his own room and we wanted to be in the woods so we booked a lodge at Elevden Forest instead of just a hotel room, Brent and I have both been to this one before so we half knew what to expect. Since we both last went though it has changed a lot.
We booked George into the crèche for 3 hours so we could do the Ariel Adventure together, he didn’t even notice that we had left, he was off as soon as he walked through the door. We also booked a babysitter last minute so that we could have the last night to ourselves with a meal and some bowling. He didn’t even wake up so the babysitter didn’t even see him!
The rest of our time was spent in the pool and the splash cove – super fun for adults as well! I really miss going swimming all day and eating lunch by the pool with George in his little shark towel. I’ve always liked Centre Parcs but this time it was so much better, going as a family made me appreciate the place and what it had to offer even more.
I would 100% recommend Center Parcs as a family getaway, although you can take a very small baby, the crèche don’t accept babies under 3 months. We had the option of going last year when George was 10 weeks old but we decided against it as he wouldn’t have been able to even sit in the back of the bike, I’m so glad we waited until he was older. I want to go back, I could live there, I miss waking up in the woods and watching George feed the ducks on our patio. It was the perfect first holiday as a family.