“Pick your lodge when you book – you know exactly where you are and can forward plan” @alicebestwick
At your time of booking, you have the option to pay to allocate a specific lodge. This means if you can plan to be in a certain area, or if you are booking more than one lodge, you can ensure you’re all together.
“Pack comfortable footwear and clothes for woodland walks!” @meg_payne74
British weather can be unpredictable, but the weather doesn’t stop adventures at Center Parcs! Pack for adventures in the forest, and remember to check the weather before you go.
“Arrive as early on the first day and go swimming or have lunch before your lodge is ready” @niamhwalsh98
On your arrival day, you’re welcome to arrive as early as 10am to get your break started sooner. You could even hit the pool in the afternoon, with access to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise available from 2pm onwards on the day of your arrival.
“Do the Treasure Trail on one of the first days. It’s a great way to have family time and also explore” @mrself29
Hop on your bikes and solve the clues scattered around the forest! The Treasure Trail is a great way to familiarise yourself with the village and to use the powers of teamwork.
“Take lots of photos. A break can seem like so long ago but one photo can take you back” @mrs_claire_conroy
Taking photos during your break is a great way to preserve the memories. Why not book in for a Family Photo Shoot? We love seeing and sharing your photos, remember to use the hashtag #mycp so we can admire them!
“Go to the rangers lodge to see what animals have been spotted that week!” @homeisat51
Every village has a Rangers Lodge (or Nature Centre). Our knowledgeable Rangers are on hand to help you discover the environment around you.
“Don’t be scared to try something new and out of your comfort zone!” @xx_dotty_xx
Center Parcs is the perfect place to try something new. Leave the comfort zone behind with activities such as Aerial Adventure, or take on The Drop?
“Bikes are the most enjoyable way to get around, it makes you feel like a big kid again!” @melia_a86
Cycling around our villages is a wonderful way to explore and get around. Our Cycle Centre is on hand to supply you with the perfect equipment for the whole family.
“The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is quiet in the evenings and try the rapids in the dark!” @dmartland1
The Subtropical Swimming Paradise provides joy to the whole family! On average, the pool is quieter in the evenings, and the Wild Water Rapids are even more atmospheric when it’s beginning to get dark outside.
“Book activities and restaurants before you go so you make the most of everything it offers!” @missfittsx
To plan your itinerary, booking your activities and restaurants before you go ensures you don’t miss out on family adventures!
With the last bank holiday until Christmas almost here and with most of us counting down the days until our big summer holiday or pining over our holiday memories. Keep the spirit of summer still alive before our coats and woolly jumpers are back out of our wardrobes, by squeezing in a spontaneous trip to the forest in your diary this bank holiday.
If you are thinking of joining us in the forest or already booked a break for a long weekend of action-packed fun or a relaxing getaway surrounded by the natural forest and wildlife. Here’s what your bank holiday weekend could look like…
Relax and unwind
Start your bank holiday the right way with a visit to Aqua Sana Spa. Catch up on some important sleep with our indoor and outdoor chill-out spaces with comfortable seating and cosy blankets. Or indulge in our spa experience rooms from wet to dry to herbal to meditative you’ll find everything you need to feel relaxed and revitalised, ready to get back to normality.
Reach new heights
Get out of your comfort zone this bank holiday and try something new. Take to the trees on Aerial Adventure for a dose of adrenaline to conquer the treetop course. Swing through the trees and then descend on the zip-wire for a spectacular view of the forest.
You don’t have to have pancakes just for breakfast. Mix things up on your break and head to The Pancake House after a morning filled with activities for the perfect afternoon meal. Whether you decide to go sweet or savoury, indulge in a triple stack with the full trimmings, for a delicious long weekend sweet treat.
Dive right in
After your food has settled from a belly full of pancakes, take a dip in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise for an evening swim. If you dare, face the Tropical Cyclone or tackle the Wild Water Rapids perfect for those adrenaline junkies. Or for more of a relaxing trip to the pool, hire a cabana and sit back and relax while your little ones make a splash in the water play areas.
There’s no need to book a flight for a weekend away this bank holiday. With our sandy beach in the forest, feel the sand in between your toes and soak up the last bit of summer here in the UK. Perfect for making sandcastles with your little ones and enjoying some delicious ice cream for a bank holiday escape.
At Rajinda Pradesh we offer your little adventurers a separate menu just for their tiny tummies. With a children’s version of Rajinda’s Experience Banquet, your little ones can eat the same as the parents but with half of the portions for half the price.
We also provide their all-time favourites for those that aren’t a fan of spicy food. From spaghetti Bolognese to fish fingers and chips we’ve got you covered, so you can enjoy fine dining with your family, without having to compromise.
Did you know… that you can request for these dishes to be served alongside adult starters to satisfy your young one’s appetites quickly.
Does Rajinda Pradesh cater for allergy and dietary requirements?
Yes! We take importance in considering our guests with allergy and dietary requirements, so they can enjoy some mouth-watering options that suit their needs. For our plant-based guests, try our Vegan Asian sharing platter, starring a variety of Asian starters including steamed vegetable gyozas and vegetable tempura.
For your main take your pick on a variety of our authentic Vegan Rajinda curries, from a Korma to a Bhuna, which is packed with flavour. With our Gluten Free and Vegan-friendly naan bread, you can have the perfect accompaniment to a delicious curry.
Cool and refresh the palate after your meal with one of our desserts. For our Gluten-Free guests try our creamy lemon mousse rich with a fresh and citrusy flavour and topped with fresh raspberries.
New fusion dishes
The home to Indian food at Center Parcs has now seen a move away from a completely Indian influenced menu, to now include a move diverse fusion of Asian flavours. With dishes from Malaysia, Indonesia, Southern India and Thailand we have something the whole family can enjoy.
Try our Korean BBQ Ribs or Thai fish cakes for some mouth-watering starters or indulge in a Malaysian Beef Rendang a spicy curry from South West India with an aromatic coconut, lemongrass and chilli sauce to get a taste of Far Eastern flavours.
Did you know… we complete your experience at Rajinda’s by giving you our recommendations of which wine compliments the dish you will be having, so you can
Refurbished Rajinda’s at Elveden Forest…
We are always looking to improve our restaurants in our villages. At Elveden Forest, Rajinda Pradesh has had a makeover to match the food, bringing the interiors up to date with exotic colours, luxurious textiles and geometric tiles, why not check it out on your break?
Get your break started by heading over to Café Rouge or Bella Italia to indulge in a tipple or two. Here is a sneak peek on what’s new on the summer drinks menu…
Blood Orange Gin & Tonic
Enjoy a summertime favourite with a Gin & Tonic (or two). Try our signature Beefeater Blood Orange flavoured gin perfectly paired with classic Schweppes tonic.
If you like Pina Colada’s…head to Bella Italia for the ultimate taste of summer. Try our Pina Coladas and get transported to sunny, long lazy days on the beach. Filled with pineapple, coconut cream and Malibu you’ll be wanting more of the tropical drink.
For something different, why not try a Watermelon Spritz made with signature Italian Prosecco, Aperol and watermelon puree, topped with dried strawberries, great to put you in the summer spirit.
Perfect as a dessert or a drink, cool down from the summer sunshine with sweet mango sorbet topped with dried strawberry pieces and served with a shot of prosecco. Simply pour over the prosecco to watch the magic happen as the sorbet starts to melt into a delicious dessert.
Summer in a glass and bursting with ripe juicy melonade liqueur, quench your thirst with the new Melon Spritz. Served over ice with prosecco and soda, it’s the perfect fruity delight that will get you in the holiday spirit whatever the weather.
Pink Lemonade Mocktail
Not drinking doesn’t mean you have to miss out, try our twist on a much-loved classic lemonade, with our Pink Lemonade Mocktail, for a refreshing summer drink.
It’s coming up to that time of year again. The time to set your out-of-office, hang up the school bags until September (just remember to check for old lunch boxes and apple cores first), and load up the car for your family summer break.
This year, why bother with the hassle of passports and the pain of the airport, when everything you could possibly want is waiting for you at Center Parcs? With the sun shining and the lake glistening, you’re a world away from home with plenty to keep the whole family occupied.
It’s time to swap your ‘to do’ list for our ‘must do’ list.
So where to begin? First things first – swing by the Cycle Centre to pick up your family fleet. Hit the trails in comfort with top-of-the-line premium mountain bikes at all our villages, or cruise with ease on one of our assisted electric bikes. There are trailers, child seats, balance bikes and stabilisers for our littlest cyclists too.
Then you’re off, exploring the forest on two wheels, soaking up the sun as the squirrels scamper alongside you.
Make a splash
But what’s a family summer break without a dip in the pool? It’s next up on your ‘must do’ list. Grab your swimming costume (or pop to Aquatique to treat yourself to something new), and step into the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. The little ones can splash around in our toddler and children’s pools, while older ones play in the waves and you relax with a Starbucks or a cocktail from The Canopy Café and Bar. Of course, watching from the sidelines only lasts so long before it’s time to corral the whole family for a ride down the Wild Water Rapids.
Row your boat
If you’re still not in the mood for dry land, it’s time to take to the lake. Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding or, if you’re staying at Elveden Forest, have a go at Water Cable Skiing – tick something off your summer 2019 bucket list! And if there are little ones in your party, you can hire a Pedalo together, or sit back and relax in an Electric Boat.
Drop in at The Pancake House to refuel after all that hard work. A fluffy American stack and an ice cold gourmet milkshake always go down a treat after a swim.
Take to the treetops
And you’ll need a good meal before you tackle Action Challenge… Head up into the treetops and find your head for heights with Aerial Adventure, where you navigate our course in the canopy. Of course, heights aren’t for everyone, so if you prefer to stay more grounded you can make a beeline for the Outdoor Activity Centre and hop on a Quadbike, zoom around the village with Segway Experience, or see who comes out on top at Paintballing.
Come dine with us
At the end of the day, race back to your lodge and collapse en-masse onto the comfy sofas. And when stomachs start rumbling, there’s a world of possibilities to choose from – head to Café Rouge and take a table on the terrace to enjoy a family meal as the sun goes down. Or you could fire up the barbecue on your private terrace – everything you could need, from steaks to giant marshmallows, can be found at the ParcMarket. Or if you’re simply too tuckered out, treat yourselves and order Dining In – we’ll deliver freshly prepared, restaurant-quality food to your lodge.
The supermarket shelves are currently groaning with the weight of a hundred different gins and a multitude of tonics. So we thought it was a good time to pick your favourite and turn it into ice cream.
It’s completely impossible to go through life never making ice cream. It can seem like a lot of trouble, unless you have an ice cream maker. This quick and easy recipe couldn’t be simpler: Just 5 ingredients, a quick whisk then a few hours freezing and it’s ready to eat.
My version here uses a Seville orange flavoured gin and a pretty aromatic tonic flavoured with angostura and pimento berries but you can use any combination of gin and tonic. The alcohol stops the cream from setting too firmly, so it’s nice and soft to scoop, and the fizz from the tonic and the whipping keep it light and tasty. Add your choice of citrus fruit juice. I opted for a mix of orange for sweetness and lime for tang.
As it’s basically just whipped cream and gin and tonic it’s quite rich so a scoop or two is plenty for a ginny treat, keep it in an airtight container and eat within a few days.
1. In a large bowl mix together the sugar, juice and gin until the sugar has mostly dissolved 2. Stir in the tonic 3. Add the cream and whisk with until it becomes light, and like a thick custard 4. Pour into a container and freeze for 4 hours
That’s it! Serve in a bowl or in a cone and top with anything that would come with a gin and tonic.
With summer being just around the corner, whether you have already been on your summer holidays or still have yours coming up. Keep your skin hydrated and nourished from the holiday sunshine with our indulgent staycation Spa Days for 2 offers.
When is it available: Monday – Thursday from 24th June until 15th August 2019
Indulge in a nourishing face and body treatment with our Nourishing Olive Spa Day for 2, to add essential moisture to your skin. Infused with olive extract pamper your dehydrated skin and leave feeling soft and smooth. Enjoy all-day access to our spa and discovery sessions, refreshments on arrival and lunch in Vitalé Café Bar, for a day of unwinding and relaxing day.
When is it available: Monday – Thursday from 24th June – 15th August 2019
Keep your summer holiday memories alive with our Mediterranean Mezze Spa Day for 2. With a platter to share featuring delicious red peppers stuffed with feta cheese, focaccia bread and olive oil to dip, prosciutto wrapped melon and olives, coupled with a refreshing glass of prosecco. Including a day exploring the spa and discovery sessions, enjoy the perfect Mediterranean escape with a loved one but a little bit closer to home, at Aqua Sana Spa
For an exfoliating summer treatment dreaming of lazy beach days and fruity cocktails. Prep your summer shine with our watermelon full-body scrub and a tranquil scalp, hand and arm massage. Enjoy all-day access to the spa discovery sessions, refreshments on arrival and mouth-watering lunch at Vitale Café Bar included in the Spa Day. With the fresh burst of watermelon, you’ll leave with your skin feeling purified and brightened and smelling summer scented.
Lemon Refresh Spa Day for 2
Where: all villages
How much: £65pp
When life gives you lemons, escape to the spa for an indulgent lemon and raspberry pavlova and a glass of fizz. Relax with access to the spa discovery sessions and explore our nature-inspired spa, the perfect way to unwind in the forest.