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After an opening period affected by a spate of bad weather, the domain, in operation since October 2018, enjoyed a huge commercial success over the year, with an occupancy rate of 90% in the fourth quarter.
As of 1 October 2018, the Group applies the new revenue recognition standard "IFRS 15 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers". The result of applying this standard is a sharp increase in 2018/2019 revenue, driven primarily by the signing of renovation/disposal operations at Center Parcs, for which the Group is considered as a "principle" under the terms of IFRS 15 (for further details, see the appendix at the end of the press release).
Current operating profit totalled €30.9 million, up sharply relative to the level in the previous year (€9.8 million)
Current operating profit from the tourism businesses came in at €29.6 million, an increase of 47% relative to 2017/2018.
Current operating profit excluding Villages Nature Paris, totalled €35.1 million up 11%.
Center Parcs sets ambitious fundraising target for fifth year of partnership with Together for Short Lives
Center Parcs has extended its charity partnership with Together for Short Lives for a fifth year.
The partnership, which launched in 2016, will continue until April 2021 and the business is aiming to take the total amount raised to more than £1,000,000. Since 2016, more than £850,000 has been raised through a mixture of fundraising and guest donations.
As part of the national partnership with Together for Short Lives, employees from across Center Parcs' five UK villages and Head Office have been raising funds for their local children's hospices:
Center Parcs Sherwood Forest and Head Office, both in Nottinghamshire, are raising money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice Center Parcs Elveden Forest, in Suffolk, is raising money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices Center Parcs Longleat Forest, in Wiltshire, is raising money for Children's Hospice South West Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, in Cumbria, is raising money for Jigsaw Center Parcs Woburn Forest, in Bedfordshire, is raising money for Keech Hospice Care The teams have cycled more than 1,300km, jumped out of planes at 13,000 feet, trekked 40km on horseback and run more than 700km, as well as holding raffles, duck races and spinathons. However the donations haven't just been financial – employees have also donated their time to help the charities, from creating beautiful garden spaces through to taking the Center Parcs experience to children and families at local hospices.
Buying Christmas paper can be expensive if you have lots of presents to wrap. It can be wasteful too as you can’t use it up for birthdays if it’s covered in reindeer and mistletoe.
The easiest way to wrap presents is with good old sturdy brown paper, it’s cheap to buy and easy to fold and stick. But it doesn’t look very festive, so here are a few ideas to brighten it up which cost next to nothing and will make you feel super crafty.
The piles of present under your tree will look pretty and homemade and there’s a great way to use up leftover bits of wrapping paper that are too small for a whole present. Other than the tree toppers (which need a hot glue gun) the kids can get involved decorating a few special presents and you don’t need any equipment other than string, glue and a hole punch.
Happy Gift Wrapping!
Hot Glue Gun
Some straightish twigs
Wool/coloured thread or pipe cleaners
A star cut from shiny card
Cut two sticks to around 12cm long, one to around 6 cm and one to 3cm.
Glue the sticks into a tree shape with hot glue. Tie on some coloured thread and wind around the sticks or around the whole tree. This is really easy if you use sparkly pipe cleaners instead of thread! Fix to your parcel with glue or thread and add a shiny star.
Paper & String
Leftover bits of gift wrap
String or garden twine
Gift tags/old Christmas cards or printed greetings
A hole punch
Use rectangles of wrapping paper to create a strip of colour around your gift. Wrap twine or string around the parcel several times. Alternatively, you can cut squares of paper and slide this behind the string. Cut a greeting from a card or print your own from a printer and add holes with a hole punch. Tie on your message with a little more twine.
Greenery and Pine Cones
Trimmings from fir trees, holly or rosemary
Small pine cones
Optional glittery ornaments or berries
Collect winter greenery and cut into small pieces. Wrap twine around your plain parcel and tuck the leaves, cones and berries into the string.
Add any small glittery Christmas ornaments or glittery pine cones and berries.
Stripy paper straws – 2.5 per star
Butchers stripy thread
Cut each straw into two halves. String 5 pieces of straw onto some stripy twine and tie together to make a snug loop of straws. Twist the loop so you have two triangles, then gently tuck the pointy top of the straw under the opposite side of the star until it firmly holds together. Jiggle the straws a little to get yourself a symmetrical shape. Loop more stripy string around the points to tie the stars to your parcel…or hang them on your tree.
Center Parcs celebrates setting Biodiversity Benchmark as Woburn Forest completes set
Center Parcs Woburn Forest is celebrating after the company marked a decade of being recognised with The Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark.
The Wildlife Trusts and Center Parcs announced the important milestone this week. The short break operator, which opened Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire near Milton Keynes back in 2014, has just reached a 10 year anniversary as proud holders of The Wildlife Trusts' Biodiversity Benchmark accreditation.
With four villages already accredited, Woburn Forest was the final village to be awarded the benchmark this year, just four years after first opening in the summer of 2014.
This means all villages are now crowned with the wildlife award, recognising the hard work that goes into monitor.
It’s true to say that not everyone loves a mince pie, but there are very few people who would turn down a gooey-centred chocolate brownie. Dress it up as a Christmas tree and you are onto a winner!
Brownies are a joy to make compared to most cakes, there’s no vigorous whipping or fancy gadgets required, but that’s mainly because they are just butter, sugar and chocolate, melted and stirred together. What’s not to love? If you make them in a round cake tin instead of a square brownie pan they are only seconds away from becoming festive trees with a drizzle of icing and a few shiny silver balls. You can even add extra chocolate tree trunk if you feel the need.
Take these to a friends house or a Christmas party and you will be the most popular guest, but do make yourself an extra batch for secret snacks or warmed up with cream and raspberries as pudding.
These cute brownies keep well in a tin in a cool place for up to 5 days
150g dark chocolate (chopped) or use half milk, half plain chocolate if preferred
190g butter (cubed)
50g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
270g caster sugar
3 large eggs
50g chocolate chips
Icing sugar or royal icing sugar
Silver balls and stars
Grease and line an 8” or 9” loose-bottomed tin and preheat the oven to 175ºC
Place the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of hot (not boiling) water and allow to gradually melt, stirring occasionally
In a large bowl sift together the cocoa, baking powder and flour then stir in the sugar
In a small bowl whisk the 3 eggs with a fork until combined
When the chocolate and butter is melted, remove from the heat and pour into the dry mix and beat until smooth with a wooden spoon
Beat in the eggs and stir in the chocolate chips
Pour into your prepared cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until there is ‘almost’ no wobble in the middle when you give it a gentle jiggle
Leave to cool in the tin
For the neatest edges remove from the tin and freeze for 20 minutes before you cut into 8 equal slices
Mix your icing sugar with a little water and food colouring and pipe tinselly patterns onto your trees and stud with silver balls and stars
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Busy family life means evenings can be a whirl of activity as we attempt to keep the children entertained, help with homework, then get them fed, bathed and their teeth brushed, hopefully with a calm half-hour leading up to bedtime.
Amid all this rushing around, involving the children in the kitchen might be the last thing on your mind, but with a little prep, it can be incredibly rewarding, and may even take the pressure off as you combine family time with meal-making.
Younger children will love practising basic number skills, while activities such as whisking, using a rolling pin, chopping fruit with a butter knife and sprinkling all enhance fine motor skills.
Older children can develop their maths and reading skills as they help you follow recipes and weigh out ingredients. You might even introduce basic scientific concepts such as chemical reactions – what happens when you apply heat to chocolate?
And, for the whole family, cooking is a chance to promote healthy eating by helping children learn where their food comes from and the different elements that make up their diet.
Involve children in cooking whenever you can, even if it’s just rinsing salad, scrubbing potatoes or collecting ingredients from the fridge. The more often they get the chance to be hands-on with food prep, the more confident and competent they’ll become.
Remember that children often want to be as independent as possible, so go for simple recipes, with the minimum need for adult intervention, which will allow children to try out techniques such as kneading, stirring and pouring.
So, what to make? For younger children, it’s good to start with baking because it typically requires blunt utensils, with grown-ups only needed to pop food in and out of the oven. Cookies and simple cakes are perfect. Why not try my Quick and Easy Shortbread or Banana Matcha Tea Cake? Introduce more complex responsibilities – such as grating and chopping – to older children as their coordination improves. My Red Pepper and Cheese Savoury Muffins are satisfying yet straightforward (see amummytoo.co.uk for all recipes).
Minimise hazards by setting up the children’s workstation in advance. Set it away from the oven and any dangerous objects you have in the kitchen, and use a stable step for smaller children to stand on.
Of course, there will be mess – often lots of it! Put some paper down, throw on some old clothes or aprons, and go with the flow. It’s more fun if you’re not too hung up on everything being neat and tidy.
If you’re a novice in the kitchen, this all might sound like a disaster waiting to happen, but fear not; cooking together is a chance to learn together. Start simple and work your way up to more complex challenges as a family. Focus first on cooking non-essential treats together at weekends or on family breaks when time is less stretched. That way, it’s no great disaster if your recipe doesn’t work out – you can all just laugh and try again next time!
Emily Leary is a writer, presenter, blogger, vlogger and mum of two. In 2011 she launched her recipes and parenting blog, amummytoo.co.uk. Emily’s book, Get Your Kids to Eat Anything (Octopus), is out now
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