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woensdag 26 april 2017

RTL Telekids de hele meivakantie te gast in Plopsa Indoor Coevorden

RTL Telekids en Plopsa slaan de handen in elkaar. Tijdens de meivakantie is het themapark het decor van een spetterende 'RTL Telekids! Live'-show en kan je er op de foto met je favoriete RTL Telekids-figuren.

RTL Telekids en Plopsa in Coevorden (gelegen naast Center Parcs De Huttenheugte) bundelen de krachten om kinderen de dag van hun leven te bezorgen. Zo voert het populaire kinderplatform van 22 tot en met 30 april dagelijks een 'RTL Telekids! Live'-show op in het theater van het park. Tijdens deze interactieve show kunnen alle bezoekers meedoen met de Telekids Musicalschool en de Telekids Quiz. De winnaars worden getrakteerd op een cadeaupakket! Daarnaast kunnen kinderen ook genieten van de vaste binnen- & buitenattracties van het mooie themapark én ontmoetingen met RTL Telekids-figuren zoals Bumba, Piet Piraat en Kabouter Plop. Tijdens de herfstvakantie strijkt RTL Telekids opnieuw neer met een leuke show in Plopsa Indoor Coevorden als het park volledig in halloweensfeer is.

dinsdag 25 april 2017

Spend your summer at Center Parcs

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maandag 24 april 2017

Aqua Sana Treetop Sauna REVEALED

Back in March, we showed you where we were up to in our journey to transform Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest into a spectacular new Forest Spa experience.

Today, we’ve shared the first full glimpse of the world-first Treetop Sauna at Sherwood Forest Aqua Sana…

The spa is fully open to guests tomorrow (Tuesday 25th April) and, trust us, it’s absolutely unmissable. If you’ve visited Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest before, you won’t recognise it after this complete transformation. From the Treetop Sauna to the outdoor hot tubs and Scandinavian Snug – it’s a spa-lover’s paradise.

Book your visit to Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest here.

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vrijdag 21 april 2017

Your guide to The Boathouse

Pedalo Hire

For who: All ages

Where: All villages

What’s it all about: Pedalos are the perfect way for up to four people to capture a different view of the forest. Set sail on our Watersports Lake in one of our pedal-powered pedalos for a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun.

Who’ll love it: All the family

Electric Boats

For who: All ages – Person over 18 must be present

Where: All villages

What’s it all about: Cruise around our lake in style, with our four-man, state-of-the-art electric boats. For 30 minutes, have the luxury of gliding across the lake, taking in the forest views, with no pedalling required.

Who’ll love it: Those looking to explore the forest by water

Raft Building

For who: 8 years+

Where: Whinfell Forest, Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest and Longleat Forest

What’s it all about: Are you ready to take on the ultimate team work challenge? In our Raft Building activity, team up and then set to work building your raft out of materials provided. With the clock ticking down, create your raft before testing it out on the water. The question is, will your raft sink or swim?

Who’ll love it: Adrenaline seekers

Kayak Tuition

For who: 10 years +

Where: Whinfell Forest, Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest and Longleat Forest

What’s it all about: Learn something new by taking to the water in a kayak during our Kayak Tuition session. Our expert staff at The Boathouse will teach you how to safely manoeuvre, paddle and capsize a kayak to build your skills on the Watersports Lake. Kayak hire is also available.

Who’ll love it: Budding adventurers

Stand-Up Paddleboard Tuition

For who: 10 years +

Where: Whinfell Forest, Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest and Longleat Forest

What’s it all about: If you’re looking for something a little bit different, why not take to the water on a stand-up paddleboard? A unique combination of surfing and canoeing, it’s great fun and great exercise. Remember to bring a towel as there’s a chance you might make a splash!

Who’ll love it: Those looking to try something new

Mini Captains’ Adventure

For who: 3 years +

Where: Elveden Forest

What’s it all about: Ahoy mateys! Are you ready to take to the water by being captain of your very own miniature vessel? Set sail around the lake to conquer the water and solve our puzzle with the help of your shipmate.

Who’ll love it: Mini Captains and their grown-up shipmate

Cable Ski

For who: 8 years+

Where: Elveden Forest

What’s it all about: In this one-of-a-kind activity, unique to Elveden Forest, make your way around our Watersports Lake on our Cable Ski. Our instructors will teach you all the skills you will need, from learning the basics of kneeboarding to teaching you the skills of wakeboarding once your confidence has grown . For experienced cable riders, you can enjoy skiing around a series of pylons to conquer our challenging 500-metre circuit.

Who’ll love it: Thrill-seekers

Interested in setting sail on our Watersports Lake? Take a look at our activity booking website for more information about The Boathouse activities.

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woensdag 19 april 2017

Nine very good reasons why spring at Center Parcs is the best

1. Ducklings, gosling and cygnets

Our lakes are home to a thriving wildfowl population – ducks, geese and swans make their homes on the water at every village. From April onwards, eggs hatch and tiny, fluffy, impossibly adorable babies emerge to take their first tentative, wobbling steps into the world. So bring your camera, it’s not to be missed on a spring break.

2. Blossoms and blooms

As the forest begins to turn green again, some of our trees sprout their candy floss-coloured blossoms, while daffodils and bluebells shoot up out of nowhere. There’s a carpet – and ceiling – of colour, and it makes family walks through the forest extra magical.

3. Mercury rising

As the temperatures creep up ever so slowly, we remember what it’s like to sit outside and feel the sun warm our faces. Whether you find your spot on a sandy beach, a bench overlooking the lake, or just on the terrace outside your lodge, a peaceful moment in the warmth of spring is pretty special.

4. Take to the water

Now that Jack Frost has packed up, we re-open our boating lake and invite you to take a turn on a paddleboard, a kayak, a pedalo or a rowing boat. There are dozens of ways to explore the water, whether you fancy something energetic or peaceful.

5. Seasons in the sun

There’s a certain charm to riding a Segway in the snow, or Paintballing in the rain. But there may well be nothing better than clambering through Aerial Adventure with a low sun streaming through the newly-green forest canopy onto the rope bridge in front of you and the air still cool enough to keep you moving. Some of our activities just sing in spring, which means it’s the perfect time to try something new.

6. A bite to eat

Spring is the season of renewal, and many of our restaurants are ringing in the changes. There’s a scrumptious new menu in Sports Café that’s perfect for warmer days – try the Mediterranean flatbreads or the rotisserie chicken with roast potatoes. Café Rouge has ushered in some changes too, with a tempting vegetarian tagine and a light and bright crab tian with avocado.

7. Spring into shopping

Fancy picking up a piece or two to freshen up your spring/summer wardrobe? The new lines have arrived in our village shops, so whether you’re looking for Ray-Ban shades, a Joules dress, Fiorelli handbag, Hilfiger denim or a Michael Kors watch, we have you covered.

8. Rain, rain, go away

But if it refuses to come again another day, there’s still plenty to discover at Center Parcs. There are dozens of indoor activities, from Pottery Painting to Badminton, Indoor Caving Adventure to Cupcake Decorating. And open every day from 10am to 9pm, with unlimited entry included in the cost of your break, is our famous Subtropical Swimming Paradise, complete with pools, rides, slides and splashes.

9. Springtime spa

Journey between hot and cold experience rooms, take a dip in the outdoor pool then find a comfy spot on a sun lounger with a magazine to while away an hour or two. Spring sunshine makes our Aqua Sana terraces the perfect spot – warm enough to stretch out but cool enough to stay wrapped up in your fluffy white robe.

Are you joining us for a spring break? Let us know in the comments…

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Digital Village Life 46 is here!

The Spring/Summer 2017 edition has landed, and you don’t need to wait for it to drop onto your doormat, as it’s the third edition to live on our snazzy digital platform.

Enhanced with videos, animations and exclusive content, it’s probably the best way to read Village Life – and that’s coming from die-hard print journalism fans!

Read the magazine here

Here’s a peak at what you can enjoy in the latest edition:

  • The 10 biggest things we’re doing in 2017
  • Meet our birds of prey, Cuddles the Golden Eagle and his friends, in our new video
  • Italian recipes that are perfect for warm summer evenings
  • Behind the scenes with one of our suppliers, Springhead Brewery
  • A complete guide to our imagination-inspired activities
  • Win a Center Parcs break by taking part in our creative scavenger hunt challenge

As ever, we love to hear what you think about Village Life, and hear your lovely Center Parcs stories. Our star letter each month wins £50 of Center Parcs vouchers, so keep writing to us at village.life@centerparcs.co.uk

Happy reading!

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vrijdag 14 april 2017

‘We arrived as a family of three and left as a family of four’

When The Perrina Family arrived at Woburn Forest, they didn’t expect their mid-week break to be cut short by the early arrival of their son, Lawrence. Not wanting to miss out on the family fun, newborn Lawrence decided to make his arrival into the world an early one.

Dad, Kevin, shares their story…

“My pregnant wife, 2-year-old son and I checked in on the morning of Monday 27 March. My wife was having mild pains and we dismissed them as braxton hicks as she was only 35 weeks into the pregnancy. At about 10:30am whilst at The Venue, they got increasingly worse and we were advised to call an ambulance by our midwife.

I phoned the Center Parcs Medical Centre for some advice and reassurance and I spoke to Diane, who called security to assist us immediately and advised us that she was on her way too. Alison from security arrived and looked after my son and I whilst Diane and her colleague tended to Rachael, in what soon escalated to become a panicky moment as we realised it was the real thing!

We thought at one point my wife would give birth there and then on the floor of the manager’s office!

Whilst we waited for the ambulance, other staff members were already thinking ahead and offered to take my 2-year-old son to the crèche for the day. I am so grateful for that because it would have been very traumatic for him to witness his mum and I panicking.

When we arrived at the Bedford maternity wing at 12:20pm the baby was having difficulties and Rachael was rushed to have an emergency caesarean. Lawrence Perrina weighing 4lbs 6oz was born, healthy, albeit a little early at 36 weeks. After a week stay for baby and mum in hospital, we are now home and both are doing wonderfully well.

Rachael’s mum came over from Wales to stay in the lodge with us and with her help, our 2-year-old son still had his break at Center Parcs and enjoyed it very much. Center Parcs was a very handy base as I was able to make the 15-minute drive to the hospital to visit my wife and newborn son twice a day.

It was a very emotional time for me and I am still only coming to terms with it all right now! I just want to say a big thank you for the gifts and to Diane, the crèche staff and especially to Alison who was very reassuring and kept me together that morning. It was a break to remember and we look forward to visiting again soon!”

Congratulations to The Perrina Family – we hope to see you again as a family of four very soon.

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Easter ‘freakshake’ recipes

Last year I photographed some incredible milkshakes for The Pancake House menu, and we just finished shooting the new speciality hot chocolates coming to Vitale Cafe Bar this summer (they’re pretty spectacular too).

So it looks like delicious drinks topped with a towering mountain of whipped cream and extravagant toppings are here to stay.

They’re known as ‘freakshakes’ and the Easter weekend is the perfect time for you to try your own. They’re completely over-the-top, but if there comes a moment when you think ‘I simply couldn’t eat another chocolate egg…but perhaps I could drink one?’ then this is the recipe for you.

I’ve created three versions (each recipe makes two very indulgent shakes), but don’t be afraid to try out something different. Happy Easter!

Creme Egg Freakshake

Mix the following together in a blender until smooth and frothy:

  • 500ml whole milk
  • 2 Creme Eggs
  • 3 generous scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • a good squeeze of chocolate syrup


Nutella or melted chocolate
Mini Eggs
Whipped or squirty cream
Chocolate sauce
A chocolate flake
Creme Egg


1 Coat the edge of your glass with Nutella or melted chocolate
2 Stick on broken mini eggs and fill in the gaps with sprinkles
3 Pour the shake into your decorated glass, top with cream, chocolate or chocolate syrup, a flake and a Creme Egg on a wooden barbecue skewer
4 Drink immediately and scoop out the bits of chocolate at the bottom with a spoon!

Strawberry Doughnut Freakshake

Mix the following together in a blender until smooth and frothy:

  • 500ml whole milk
  • 1 ring or jam doughnut
  • 3 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • a handful of fresh strawberries


Ring doughnut
Melted white chocolate
Strawberry Sauce


1 Coat the edge of your glass with melted white chocolate and dip in some sprinkles
2 Pour some strawberry sauce into the bottom of your glass then add the shake
3 Top with a doughnut and drink straight away

Raspberry Cheesecake Freakshake

Mix the following together in a blender until smooth and frothy:

  • 500ml whole milk
  • 1 large slice of raspberry cheesecake
  • 3 generous scoops of raspberry or strawberry ice cream
  • a handful of fresh raspberries


Small slice of cheesecake
Melted white chocolate
Biscuit crumbs
Raspberry sauce
Fresh raspberries on a skewer


1 Coat the edge of your glass with melted white chocolate and drizzle a little inside the glass. Sprinkle the rim with biscuit crumbs
2 Pour the shake into your glass and top with cream, the raspberry sauce, crumbs and the raspberry skewer
3 Enjoy immediately!

From all the team at Center Parcs, have a fantastic Easter weekend (and we went this whole article without an egg pun, so you’re welcome. Cracking.)

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donderdag 13 april 2017

How to make the most of the long weekend at Center Parcs

Four-day week, four-day weekend, four-day week. The calendar never looks better than it does over Easter, and it’s the perfect time for a few days away at Center Parcs. With Friday and Monday off work (for most of us), there’s no need to rush your arrival or departure. So we’ve put together some tips for making the most of your time in the forest.

When you arrive…

Arrive early – you won’t be able to access your accommodation until 3pm (3.30pm at Whinfell Forest), but you’re welcome to arrive from 10am. Simply park up in the car park and head onto the village to explore.

From 2pm, you’re welcome to start your break in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. We recommend packing an ‘arrival bag’ to have handy, so you don’t have to go through all your nicely packed suitcases to find that last pair of trunks.

Swimming, splashing and sliding works up an appetite, so you’ll want to stop for some lunch. Pop into Sports Cafe – there’s no need to book a table so you can arrive whenever you’re done in the pool, and the casual vibe means you’ll feel at home, even with post-pool wet hair! Try the new Middle Eastern flatbreads for a light, colourful lunch.

Once everyone is fed and watered, why not start exploring the forest? It’ll give some time for the car park to quieten down so you can zip straight to your lodge later on. Venture out of the village centre and walk some of our miles of woodland trails. In amongst the trees, you can enjoy the peace, spot some wildlife and get your bearings (if it’s your first visit).

By the time you’re all ready to rest your feet, your lodge will be ready, the car park quiet and you can go and settle in. Do remember to return your car to the car park once you’re done though – it’s really important we keep our villages traffic-free for all our guests’ enjoyment and peace of mind.

Tips for your arrival bag:

  • Swimming costumes
  • Flip-flops
  • Towels
  • Changes of clothes
  • Comfy shoes for exploring post-swim
  • Camera for snapping wildlife on your walk
  • Magazine/book/e-reader for poolside

On your last day…

We ask you to vacate your lodge by 10am so that our housekeeping teams can begin their twice-weekly marathon of turning around thousands of rooms for arriving guests in just a few hours.

But you don’t have to go home just yet! You’re welcome to stick around and enjoy the village until as late as midnight if you like.

So pack up your things on Monday morning, fetch the car, load up the suitcases then pop it back in the car park. We suggest putting a few essentials – bottled water, camera, purse – in a ‘last day bag’ like you did for your arrival. That way you have everything you need at your finger tips without having to traipse back to the car park.

After all that packing, the family’s probably ravenous. How about a last brunch at The Pancake House? Our favourite is the American stack with bacon and maple syrup (because we’re suckers for sweet-and-savoury), but the all-day-breakfast omelette is pretty sensational too.

If you’re visiting without little ones, why not head to Aqua Sana for a relaxing morning in the spa to unwind before your journey home? You can explore the different experience rooms, journey between dry saunas and steam rooms, cool down in the outdoor pool and curl up with iced water in a comfy cocoon chair or stretch out on a lounger.

When you’re suitably relaxed, just change out of your fluffy robe and wander to the village centre for a quick browse around our shops. From souvenirs to sweets, designer jewellery to top fashion brands, you might just find something perfect to take home with you.

Retail therapy done, head back to the car park to make your way home, thoroughly invigorated by your stay in the forest.

Do you have any tried-and-tested tips for squeezing everything possible out of your Center Parcs break? Let us know in the comments!

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maandag 10 april 2017

Port Zélande breidt uit met waterpretpark

Het vakantiepark Port Zélande in Ouddorp breidt uit met een groot waterpretpark. Dit wordt het 'zusje' van Aquapark Splash in Hellevoetsluis. Vanochtend hebben general manager Patrick Bosman van Center Parcs Port Zélande en eigenaar Erik Hazelzet van Splash de contracten getekend.

14 mei al kunnen bezoekers voor het eerst klimmen, klauteren en glijden op de waterattracties. Dan houdt Port Zélande open dag om ook het zwembad, de 250 gerenoveerde huisjes en nieuwe vloer in het Market Dome – de ruimte waar ook de restaurantjes en winkeltjes zitten – te tonen. 

Hazelzet noemt het 'onwerkelijk' dat alles nu rond is. ,,Vijf maanden hebben we er ziel en zaligheid in gestoken en nu kunnen we kinderen en hun ouders een belevenis aanbieden. Het is zo gaaf om kinderen de kans te bieden te spelen en te bewegen. Ik kan niet wachten'', zegt hij.

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