Before your bundle of joy arrives and the sleepless nights and nappy changes begin, get away with your partner, friends or family. Enjoy your last breakaway, and where better than the tranquil forest before the chaos sets in. Here is what you could get up to on your babymoon at Center Parcs…
Lay in and brunch
Make the most of your lay in’s and undisturbed sleep while it lasts with long lazy mornings surrounded by the wonderful woodland. Indulge in a slow morning, wake up to the sounds of the wildlife, before heading outdoors, exploring the village and grabbing some brunch.
Open all day and no need to book, head to Sports Café for a tasty and nutritious bite to eat. Increase your nutrients intake with a delicious Roast Butternut Squash Salad, rich in vitamin A, potassium and fibre and wash it down with a Fruits of the Forest smoothie, perfect for your healthy carbs, vitamin C and getting your antioxidants.
Relax and unwind
During one of the most special times in your life, enjoy our Mother to be Spa Day at Aqua Sana Spa. Treasure some me time to relax amongst the forest with access to the spa from 9am to 6pm. Look as glowing as you feel with a 55-minute Decléor Radiant Mother To Be treatment and lunch in Vitale Café Bar. You’ll leave the forest feeling renewed and refreshed for their final trimester.
For a calming, creative activity head to the Pottery Painting Studio, choose your favourite piece of pottery, paint away as big or bold as you like. We’ll professionally glaze and fire it overnight ready for you to collect from 11am the next day. For a perfect keepsake for your time away in the forest or a little something for your little one’s arrival.
Before your baby arrives, make the most of having a relaxing late-night dinner with your partner, before the early bedtime routines and hourly wakeups for feedings begin. Take a trip to Huck’s American Bar and Grill for a delicious vegan rich bean chilli packed with black beans and chickpeas this dish is full of flavour, fibre, protein, iron and vitamin B9, great for the mum to be to get in her nutrients.
Treat yourself and wash it all down with a mocktail or two, try our Old- Fashioned Lemonade or California Dreamin’, a fruity fusion of orange, pineapple, cranberry and lime juice shaken into a tall glass of West Coast sunshine.
Groupe Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs: 2018/2019 Full-Year Revenue: tourism businesses up 7.2%
Revenue* from the tourism businesses up 7.2% over 2018/2019
Under IFRS accounting:
Q4 2018/2019 revenue totalled €537.7 million (€466.8 million for the tourism activities and €70.9 million for the property development activities).
FY 2018/2019 revenue totalled €1,595.0 million (€1,300.7 million for the tourism activities and €294.3 million for the property development activities).
The Group nevertheless continues to comment on its revenue and the associated financial indicators with the presentation of joint undertakings in proportional integration, in compliance with its operating reporting.
Q4 2018/2019: Revenue from the tourism activities rose 9.2% to €486.3 million compared with Q4 of the previous year.
Accommodation revenue rose +8.6% to €328.3 million, driven by both net average letting rates (+5.9%) and the number of nights sold (+2.5%). The occupancy rate stood at 84% (vs. 82.3% in Q4 2017/2018).
Adjusted for the impact of supply effects, revenue was up 4.2%.
Pierre & Vacances Tourisme Europe contributed €145.0 million, up 0.9%, driven by seaside destinations (+1.1%) and mountain destinations (+2.4%). Revenue from the Adagio residences was stable, after noting that Q4 2017/2018 provided demanding comparison (+7.9% growth in revenue).
Center Parcs Europe contributed €183.4 million, up +7.0%, with higher performances in both France (+9.6% o/w +7.2% for the Center Parcs domains and +28.1% for Villages Nature Paris) and in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands (+5.7%).
Supplementary income grew by +10.6%, with a rise of +14.7% for Center Parcs Europe and +6.4% for Pierre & Vacances Tourisme Europe.
Full year 2018/2019: Revenue from the tourism activities rose 7.2% to €1,365.1 million compared with the previous year.
Accommodation revenue rose +7.6%, driven by both net average letting rates (+5.1%) and the number of nights sold (+2.4%). Occupancy rates totalled 75% over the full year (vs. 73.6% over 2017/2018).
On a same-structure basis revenue rose 4.5%, ahead of the full-year target of +4% set by the Ambition 2022 strategic plan.
This growth was driven by all destinations: +5.2% at Center Parcs Europe (+3.7% for the Center Parcs domains and +45.7% for Villages Nature Paris), +4.7% for the Adagio residences, +4.7% for the mountain resorts and + 2.2% for coastal resorts (mainland France, French West Indies and Spain).
Supplementary income grew by +6.5%, with a rise of +7.5% for Center Parcs Europe and +5.1% for Pierre & Vacances Tourisme Europe.
Outlook: In view of the portfolio of reservations to date, the Group expects growth in the tourism businesses in Q1 2019/2020, at both Pierre & Vacances Tourisme Europe and Center Parcs Europe.
The evenings are getting a little darker, Halloween is approaching and with children around, there often seems to be some sort of spooky event to cater for.
These decorated cupcakes are a fun little project that children – of all ages – can easily master. If you are short on time or baking skills you can decorate ready-made cakes and use ready to roll icing. Having a Halloween party at home? You can keep your guests amused by giving them some icing and a cake and getting them to decorate their own.
The cake recipe is a standby for all your fairy cake needs, you can add anything to the mix, have them as an after school (or work) snack with an added handful of sultanas and glacé cherries.
Plain Vanilla Cakes
125g Soft Butter
125g Caster Sugar
125g SR Flour
2 Large Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Milk
Ready-made (or homemade) buttercream for topping, or you can use Nutella.
1 Beat the butter until soft and light 2 Beat in the caster sugar and vanilla until pale 3 Add the eggs and flour (plus cocoa and baking powder for chocolate version) and mix well 4 Add the milk and mix to a soft spoonable consistency 5 Spoon into 9 muffin cases in a muffin tin 6 Bake for 20 minutes at 175ºC turning the tin around after 15 minutes 7 Cool on a rack 8 Spread each cooled cake with a spoonful of buttercream/frosting
If you prefer to make smaller fairy cakes this mix will make 12, just use fairy cake cases and reduce the cooking time to 18 minutes
Black and white ready-to-roll fondant icing
Liquorice Catherine Wheels
1 Roll out some black icing and cut out a circle with a cookie cutter slightly bigger than your cake 2 Smooth the circle over the frosted cake 3 Unravel the liquorice and cut into 3cm pieces 4 Make leg holes in the sides of the icing and push the liquorice legs in 5 Make eyes with small balls of black and white icing and fix on with a little water 6 Use the end of a brush or a skewer to make a mouth and add white fangs if you fancy
Green and Orange ready-to-roll fondant icing
Brown icing or some flakes of chocolate
1 Roll out some green icing and cut out a circle with a cookie cutter slightly bigger than your cake 2 Smooth the circle over the frosted cake 3 Roll a ball of orange icing and mark it with a skewer to make pumpkin segments 4 Press a hole in the top and add an icing or chocolate stalk 5 Twist rolls of green to make tendrils and stick these and the pumpkin to the cake with a little water
Black and white ready-to-roll fondant icing
Black food colouring or a tube of black decorating icing
1 Roll out some white icing and cut out a circle with a cookie cutter slightly bigger than your cake 2 Smooth the circle over the frosted cake 3 Make eyes with squashed balls of black icing 4 Poke nose holes with the end of a brush 5 Press on a wide mouth with the end of a brush or skewer and add a few ‘stitches’ 6 Brush or squeeze some black icing or food colouring into the nostrils, mouth and stitches
Black, green and white ready-to-roll fondant icing
Red and green food colouring
1 Roll out some white icing and cut out a circle with a cookie cutter slightly bigger than your cake 2 Smooth the circle over the frosted cake 3 Cut a circle of green for the iris, and a smaller black circle for the pupil 4 Stick these ones with a drop of water and add a small white dot of icing for a highlight 5 With a thin brush add a little colour to the iris and some extra bloodshot wiggles around the eyeball
Vernieuwd Center Parcs Les Ardennes (Be) officieel geopend
Na een omvangrijke vernieuwing van 350 cottages en alle centrale faciliteiten opent de directie van Center Parcs Europe vandaag officieel de deuren van Center Parcs Les Ardennes. Center Parcs heeft 42 miljoen euro geïnvesteerd in de innovatie van het park.
In de afgelopen drie jaar steeg het aantal overnachtingen in Center Parcs Les Ardennes met maar liefst een kwart. Van de gasten is 55 procent afkomstig uit de buurlanden van België, van wie ruim een derde uit Nederland.
Center Parcs Les Ardennes heeft in de afgelopen jaren een volledige metamorfose ondergaan. Zo zijn alle 350 cottages in een nieuw jasje gestoken en zijn de VIP-cottages onder meer voorzien van een privésauna. Ook alle centrale faciliteiten zijn vernieuwd. Zo hebben bezoekers van de Market Dome toegang tot een nog uitgebreider en gevarieerder aanbod. Ook heeft het kasteel in het park een gedaanteverwisseling ondergaan en biedt dit nu onderdak aan een multifunctionele (vergader)ruimte van 200 m². Het kasteel is middenin de bosrijke Ardennen gelegen en is de ideale uitvalsbasis voor inspirerende meetings, trainingen, conferenties, evenementen en teambuilding events.
With autumn in full swing, the nights are getting darker. The weather is taking a turn and we can often see a dip in our mood as we long for sunnier days. However, once you start to celebrate autumn’s best bits, the crunchy leaves and cosy moments, it can soon become one of your favourite seasons. So why not treat yourself and a loved to one of our luxurious autumn Spa Day’s. Perfect for a pick me up, embrace autumn for a day and try our exclusive offers.
When is it available: Monday – Thursday from 14 October until 5 December 2019
Pamper yourself with a rose gold inspired full body treatment, prevent the breakdown of collagen and get a healthy glow to your skin with a delicate rose gold scrub combined with 23c gold products. Enjoy access to our spa from 9am to 6pm and explore our spa Discovery Sessions, refreshments on arrival and lunch in Vitalé Café Bar, for an indulgent day relaxing with your loved ones.
When is it available: Monday – Thursday from 14 October until 5 December 2019
Raise a glass of sangria to celebrate the party season beginning with our Festive Fiesta at Aqua Sana Spa. Devour a Spanish sharing platter for two which includes manchego cheese, olives, chargrilled peppers, sliced chorizo, prosciutto ham and focaccia ham for a delicious treat. Then spend the day exploring our spa and the 15 different spa experiences it has to offer, from wet to dry, to herbal to meditative, leave the forest feeling refreshed and revitalised.
We are delighted to share that three of our spas have been shortlisted for the Good Spa Guide Awards 2019 and will be going to the finals this November.
If you love spending time at our spas, please vote for us to win! As a thank you, voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a Luxury Spa Break for 2. Vote for us before midnight on Thursday 31st October to enter. Competition terms and conditions apply. Vote here: bit.ly/2o3QK3F
The spooky spider pizzas are fun and easy to make and (if you cut up the olives for them) it’s a great way to get kids involved in the cooking. Get them involved in kneading the dough and spooning on the topping, then everyone can get involved creating the cheese string cobwebs and arranging all the little spiders.
Enjoy making and eating your scary treats!
Pizza Dough Ingredients (Makes 1 large pizza and 12-15 small pizzas)
250g plain flour
250g strong bread flour
1 7g sachet easy bake yeast
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
300ml lukewarm water
1 jar pizza topping
1 pack of cheese strings
1 jar black olives
Put the flours in a large bowl or in a stand mixer and stir in yeast and salt.
Gradually add the warm water and olive oil and mix to a dough.
Knead with a dough hook or by hand for 8-10 minutes.
Cover with a plate or cling film and leave to rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.
While it’s rising cut black olives into 8 strips to make spider legs, use a whole olive for the body and half an olive for the head.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC
Roll 1/3 of the dough into a dinner plate-sized pizza base and place on a baking tray.
Spoon some tomato pizza topping onto the base and use cheese strings to make a cobweb shape.
Take ping-pong ball-sized pieces of dough and roll out to make the small pizzas.
Top with a spoonful of topping and a sprinkle of cheese.
Add your spooky spiders to the large and small pizzas.
Bake the large pizza for 1-15 minutes until crisp, the small pizzas will only need 5-8 minutes.
Tip: If you want your cobweb and spiders to be extra defined you can cook the bases first then add the spideriness for the last 2-3 minutes only.
Het Green Key-programma wordt in Nederland uitgevoerd door de Stichting Keurmerk Milieu, Veiligheid en Kwaliteit. De certificering van Center Parcs laat zien dat zij voldoet aan alle normen die Stichting KMVK heeft gesteld.
Volgens Mark Giethoorn, directeur van Center Parcs Nederland, toont de certificering aan dat Center Parcs vooruitstrevend is op het gebied van duurzaamheid en maatschappelijke betrokkenheid: "Ik ben ontzettend trots op onze acht met goud gecertificeerde parken. Sinds onze oprichting zetten wij alles op alles om de natuurlijke rijkdom in onze parken te koesteren en te verrijken en tegelijkertijd goed te zijn voor mens, dier en natuur. Deze certificering is een prachtige erkenning voor de vele 'groene en goede daden' in onze parken. Het behalen van het hoogst mogelijke niveau van het internationale keurmerk Green Key is een weerspiegeling van de duurzame ambities van Center Parcs."
World Wildlife Day: The adventures of Archie the red squirrel
Back in the summer, a guest staying at Whinfell Forest found a little red squirrel in the forest that looked to be injured. The guest did a brilliant job and contacted a member of staff. Two Forest Rangers collected the little red squirrel and took it to the local vets. Our Red Squirrel Ranger, Jerry, was contacted who took the squirrel in and administrated antibiotics and pain relief. It was then that Jerry realised how young the squirrel was and that in fact, it was only a little kitten of 6-7 weeks old. Jerry said
“It seemed from the injuries that the kitten probably fell from its drey (nest) or fallen off a branch and hit his little head and nose. Me and my partner, Sarah, took the red squirrel in to our home and named him Archie”
Jerry lovingly hand-fed Archie replacement milk, a puppy and kitten replacement formula, which is full of goodness and helped to keep him hydrated. Archie stayed with Jerry and Sarah as he recovered, spending his first few days in a hamster cage, with heat pads and a fleece hat. Archie slowly started to nibble on nuts and fruits. Jerry moved Archie into a larger cage which they call the ’rat cage’. A week later he had improved that much that Jerry felt comfortable moving the little red outside in a large pen in Jerry’s garden, fitted with feeders, nest boxes, branches and moss.
Seven weeks after Archie had been in the care of Jerry and Sarah, they both agreed that Archie was ready for his release! They found a safe area, where Jerry knows there are a good number of reds which come to the feeders and is already set with nest boxes. He had a wonderful send-off as he was released into the forest. Glen Franklin, General Manager at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, said:
“Thanks to the care and attention of Jerry and Sarah, little Archie’s story had a happy ending. Our red squirrels are firm favourites with our guests, and I want to thank the family who found Archie for their swift actions. Archie has captured the hearts of everyone who has seen him and it was such a special moment to see him returning to his natural habitat. I’m sure he’ll now be exploring the forest with his new friends, but he’s always welcome at Whinfell Forest!”
Over time Jerry and his partner Sarah have hand-reared over 20 red squirrel kittens. Jerry expressed
“It is a very demanding job with feeding the kittens little and often every 2-3 hours. However, it is the most rewarding job having looked after them to then watching as they are released back into the forest.”
Center Parcs Whinfell Forest is in Cumbria, one of the most highly populated areas for red squirrels in the UK and is one of a few remaining red squirrel strongholds, providing a haven for the native species. Jerry has worked at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest as the Red Squirrel Ranger for 16 years, where his unique role requires him to work on the village and in a 5km buffer zone around Whinfell Forest, monitoring and caring for the endangered species. Only one other Center Parcs village is home to red squirrels: Longford Forest in Ireland, where there are up to 15 red squirrels and sightings have increased over recent weeks, as the kittens have begun to forage on their own.
Center Parcs gaat Belgisch Terhills Resort als premium park in de markt zetten
De Limburgse Investeringsmaatschappij LRM maakte bekend dat Center Parcs het Terhills Resort 15 jaar lang zal commercialiseren en managen. Terhills Resort is gelegen aan de voet van het Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen, in Belgisch Limburg.
Op de voormalige mijnsite van Eisden is de Limburgse Investeringsmaatschappij LRM, via haar dochtervennootschap Terhills NV, een vakantiepark aan het bouwen met 250 watervilla's. Center Parcs stelde reeds haar kennis en expertise ter beschikking bij de ontwikkeling van het park.
De woningen in het resort zijn opgetrokken uit duurzame en hoogwaardige materialen. Het resort is in omvang kleiner dan de andere parken die Center Parcs in beheer heeft. Voor het beursgenoteerde bedrijf wordt Terhills Resort een premium park en zodoende een nieuw product op het schap.
Het nieuwe Terhills Resort zal het kloppend hart worden van Terhills. Samen met het Terhills Cablepark, Elaisa Wellness, het Terhills Hotel, de hoofdtoegangspoort tot het Nationaal Park en Maasmechelen Village is er een aanbod gecreëerd voor een meerdaags verblijf op de voormalige mijnsite.
De Limburgse Investeringsmaatschappij, LRM, heeft als opdracht om de voormalige mijnsite van Eisden met haar unieke industriële erfgoed om te vormen tot een bovenregionale toeristische bestemming. Het masterplan van Terhills bestaat uit verschillende deelprojecten op het grondgebied van stad Dilsen-Stokkem en de gemeente Maasmechelen.