woensdag 30 september 2020

Wildlife at Center Parcs

Red squirrels

Known for their rust coloured coats, red squirrels spend a lot of their time in the canopies of trees. Red squirrels are extremely rare, and if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot one at Whinfell Forest or Longford Forest.


Along with swans, geese are the largest waterfowl, even though they tend to spend most of their time on land.

Muntjac deer

Chinese muntjac deer are originally native to China, but were introduced to Britain in the 1900s. Muntjac deer can live for approximately sixteen – nineteen years!


Goldfinches are native to Europe, North Africa and also Asia. With distinctive colouring, many guests have spotted Goldfinches on their Center Parcs breaks.

We would love to see your wildlife images taken at Center Parcs, remember to use the hashtag #mycp!

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dinsdag 29 september 2020

Laatste dagen - Vakantie Voordeeldagen!

 U heeft nog maar een paar dagen om extra voordelig uw verblijf te boeken met de vakantie voordeeldagen. Boek daarom nu u verblijf al vanaf €349 inclusief verplichte kosten.

Vakantie Voordeeldagen: Kerstvakantie - Laatste dagen - Centerparcs

Bekijk snel de aanbieding, de flexibele boekingsvoorwaarden en de veiligheidsmaatregelen van Centerparcs. Maar wees er snel bij, want u heeft nog maar tot en met 4 oktober. Als u nu boekt, kunt u gratis omboeken tot 21 dagen voor aankomst.

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maandag 28 september 2020

Slow cooked sausages and borlotti beans

If you’re a fan of planning ahead, it’s difficult to deny the benefits of a slow cooker. It uses such a small amount of power and you can leave it to do its thing, bubbling away, while you get on with life. For this recipe, all you need is a few minutes’ effort early in the day then you can head outside to kick leaves while your dinner gets delicious all by itself.

And don’t worry, you don’t really need fresh borlotti beans, as tinned borlotti beans will work just as well. In fact, all beans are great with sausages – haricot and cannellini would be fine – they soak up all the flavours and make for a tasty, hearty meal.

Perfect, no-fuss autumn food.

Pssst: Not part of the slow cooker revolution? Don’t worry, there’s a stove-top method too.


8-10 sausages
A handful of chopped chorizo (about 4″)
1 large onion
2 sticks of celery
2 peppers
3 carrots
1 large clove of garlic – sliced
1 tin of rinsed cannellini/borlotti beans or a small bowl of fresh borlotti*
1 tin plum tomatoes
Pinch of chilli flakes or smoked paprika
Stock cube or stock ‘melt’
A few shakes of Worcestershire sauce

*If you have fresh borlotti beans boil them in unsalted water for 20 minutes until softened

Slow cooker method

1. Switch your slow cooker on to high to preheat a little
2. Chop the onion, celery, pepper and carrots into small chunks
3. In a large pan, gently fry the chorizo for a few minutes
4. Add all the vegetables and stir well, then add the sliced garlic clove
5. Cook them down for 10 minutes and put them into the slow cooker
6. Brown the sausages in a frying pan to give them colour – add them to the slow cooker too
7. Add the tinned tomatoes, beans, chilli/paprika and the stock cube/melt
8. Slow cook on high for 5-6 hours
9. Check the flavour then add any extra seasonings if needed
10. Leave it to cool a little before serving

Stove-top method

1. Brown the sausages and put to one side
2. Fry off the chorizo, then add the vegetables and soften them
3. Add the browned sausages, the tomatoes, paprika, and stock
4. Add half a can of water to make a loose sauce
5. Simmer in a lidded pan, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

We eat it this with plenty of crusty, thickly buttered bread. Just look at that steam…

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zaterdag 26 september 2020

Luxurious accommodation reaches new heights at Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

Center Parcs has opened four luxury Treehouses at its Whinfell Forest village in Cumbria. The new accommodation offering is available to book now and opened to guests on 24 August 2020. Whinfell Forest is the fifth Center Parcs village to have Treehouses available to guests and the four new builds include one which is specially adapted for those with limited mobility. The adapted Treehouse is built on four extra columns, providing increased space and wheelchair accessible features throughout.

Each Treehouse offers breath-taking views of their forest surroundings, sitting as high as eleven metres amongst the treetops. With Cumbria having recently been voted the third best holiday destination in the UK, Whinfell Forest’s Treehouses offer the perfect opportunity for a relaxing staycation in the forest. They are uniquely placed to look towards the Lake District’s Eastern Fells, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Center Parcs’ most luxurious accommodation, Treehouses feature four en-suite bedrooms with private balconies, an outdoor hot tub, gas barbeque, sauna, games den, and a large open plan living space and kitchen. Their interiors have been thoughtfully designed with guest comfort, experience, and sustainability in mind. The decking has been made with recycled plastic and the wood sustainably sourced. The build, which began before the village was forced to close in March, represents a £4 million investment into Whinfell Forest.

Bron: Center Parcs UK

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How to make the most of a rainy day at Center Parcs

We’ve all been there, the countdown to our Center Parcs break is on and we find ourselves desperately refreshing our weather forecast app in the hopes that the rain symbols changes to the sun. But don’t worry the unpredictable British weather doesn’t have to ruin your day, here are some fun things you can get up to with your family in the forest.

Get crafty

Keeping your little ones entertained can be a task on a normal day, but especially when the weather is grey, so keep them busy for an hour or two with a relaxing craft activity.

For your little ones eight years or older, try out the ancient art of willow weaving, as they learn from the experts how to delicately bend willow fronds into their own beautiful creation.

For your smaller ones, head to our Activity Den to get messy together with Mucky Pups. Where you can join your children in getting creative with paints, colours and stickers to create the ultimate masterpiece, that can be proudly placed on your fridge at home.

If you fancy some cosy time in your accommodation, why not try some autumn woodland crafts? Simply print out in advance our leaf template, get colouring with your little ones and cut the leaves out to make your own autumn wreath. Check out our blog post for more inspiration.

Indoor adventures

If you have got a couple of hours to spare during the day, why not have an adventure with one of our indoor activities? With something for every age, you can keep everyone happy from the grown-ups to your little ones and even try something new. Read our post on 10 activities for a rainy day to see what takes you fancy.

Cook up some comfort food

When it’s miserable outside, there is nothing better than cosying up on the sofa by the fire and eating some warming food. For the ultimate comfort food why not try our one-pot pasta of dreams which is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser with your family. With very few ingredients, taking only 12 minutes to cook you will be back on the sofa in no time.

If you don’t feel like cooking because you are on holiday, after all, order from our new food delivery service for restaurant-quality without having to leave your cosy accommodation. With options ranging from Indian, Italian to a British classic, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Make a splash

When you are in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, the weather outside doesn’t matter. Heated to a balmy 29.5C all year round you can still feel like you are in a tropical location without leaving the country. Pre-book your space to be able to relax in our whirlpools, tackle the Wild Water Rapids and most importantly escape the rain for an hour or two.

Get prepared with our packing guide with a list of helpful essentials, especially for the colder months or book your break at Center Parcs today.

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vrijdag 25 september 2020

Halloween activities for a spook-tacular time at Center Parcs

If you’re joining us this Halloween be sure to check out all the activities we have in store for your little ones. You can even join them in some activities, so you don’t miss out on all the fun. You’re sure to have a fang-tastic time during your break.

Halloween Broomstick Making

Age: 2 years +

Where: All villages

A broomstick at Halloween is essential. Why not get your little ones into the seasonal spooky spirit as they craft their very own broomstick? It is the ideal finishing fancy-dress touch for little witches and warlocks. We’ll show them a few tips and techniques for building a stylish flying machine, and provide all the materials they’ll need for their magical creations. You can book this here.

Halloween Chocolate Chefs

Age: 3 to 7 years

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

Let your little budding chefs enjoy a memorable chocolate-themed Halloween adventure. Our expert chefs will help your little ones as they make their own chef’s apron and hat before moving on to creating their own range of delicious Halloween treats. They’ll even design their own top secret recipe! This activity is finished off by fun Halloween games.

Halloween Cupcakes & Halloween Cupcakes for Little Ones

Age: 3 to 7 years (Halloween Cupcakes for Little Ones) 8 years + (Halloween Cupcakes)

Where: All villages (Halloween Cupcakes for Little Ones is not available at Longford Forest)

If you want to channel your inner star baker, Halloween Cupcakes is the perfect activity. Learn baking tricks and tips as you take part Halloween themed cupcake decorating masterclass. Create six showstopping cupcakes to display in a presentation box which you can share with your family. For smaller children, Halloween Cupcakes for Little Ones has been specifically adapted so they can get involved with creating their own Halloween-themed tasty treats. Our Activity Den team are on hand to help with the messy fun as your children decorate 4 cupcakes. For both activities, we will provide you with the cupcakes, buttercream and all the equipment needed in this creative class.

Halloween Monster Making

Age: 3 to 7 years

Where: All villages

What could be better than the spooky fun of Halloween mixed with the hands-on mess of a craft session? Halloween Monster Making is a great combination of the two. We provide all of the materials you’ll need to create your own spooky monster wreath door hanger with your little one. Be as imaginative and creative as you wish, but one of our Activity Den team will be on hand with lots of ideas and pictures to inspire you.

Halloween Pumpkin Fun

Age: 3 years +

Where: All villages

New for 2020, join your little ones for Halloween Pumpkin Fun! Search for clues with your little one to find the hidden pumpkins on a spooktacular pumpkin trail. Once the trail is complete, get your imagination and creativity flowing as you help them carve and create a traditional pumpkin lantern for Halloween.

Book your next Center Parcs break here

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Vakantie Voordeeldagen: Kerstvakantie

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Alleen tijdens de 

Vakantie Voordeeldagen: Kerstvakantie 

boek je je kerstvakantie wel erg voordelig! Beleef samen de warmste momenten bij het knisperende haardvuur in je cottage, gezellige winterse activiteiten, een warme duik in het subtropisch zwemparadijs en een uitgebreid kerstdiner met de familie onder de palmbomen… Zo ziet de kerstvakantie bij Center Parcs eruit. En als je nu boekt kun je gratis omboeken, 21 dagen voor aankomst!

Kerstvakantie bij Landal: tot 30% korting

Samen op kerstvakantie, Kerst en oud & nieuw bij Landal, Van 18 december 2020 tot 4 januari 2021: Tot 30% korting

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donderdag 24 september 2020

In Erperheide ontluikt een compleet vernieuwd park

Ruik je die frisheid? Dat zijn de vernieuwingen bij Center Parcs! Recent hebben we van Park Zandvoort een compleet nieuwe vakantiebestemming gemaakt en wordt De Eemhof onder handen genomen. Nu gaan we ook Erperheide (B) een complete make-over geven.

Geïnspireerd door de omgeving

Net als bij de vernieuwingen in de andere parken laten we ons ook in Erperheide inspireren door de omgeving. Erperheide ligt midden in de bossen, waar je met de kids heerlijk kunt wandelen en fietsen. Dat betekent dus dat je veel natuur, natuurlijke materialen en groen/blauw tinten terug gaat zien.

In de Comfort cottage hebben we bijvoorbeeld het bosleven naar binnen gebracht door sfeervolle egel- en vosmotieven. Grafische afbeeldingen van bladeren en bomen op muren en stoffen geven je nog meer het bosgevoel. In de Premium cottages kom je weer meer natuurlijke materialen tegen om je verbonden te voelen met de natuur. En in de VIP cottages vind je nog eens een rijke aankleding met accessoires in natuurmotief, zoals zachte kussens en een vloerkleed. De eerste vernieuwde accommodaties zijn nu al boekbaar!

Nieuw! Dieren in het bos cottage

Wil je de kinderen verrassen met een echt bijzonder vakantiehuis? Trakteer ze op een verblijf in een van de nieuwe Dieren in het bos cottages! In elke kamer ontdek je weer een nieuw dierenthema. De woonkamer is het domein van bosvogels, uiteraard vind je in de slaapkamer de nachtdieren terug en in de badkamer douche je te midden van vrolijke kikkers en andere amfibieën. En pssst… de kinderkamer (het berenhol!) heeft een geheime doorgang naar de speelkamer! Goed nieuws, de nieuwe Dieren in het bos cottages zijn nu boekbaar!

Bron: Center Parcs

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dinsdag 22 september 2020

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Autumn woodland crafts

If you’re spending autumn at Center Parcs, why don’t you try a family activity such as Family Nature Journal, Willow Workshop, or Build a Nature House to encourage wildlife in your garden?

Walking in the forest or park is such a lovely thing to do during the autumn months when there’s still some warmth in the sun and crunchy leaves underfoot. Collecting pine cones and acorns is a good way to keep little ramblers distracted with a little bit of healthy competition to see who can find the best, biggest or most woodland treasures.

If you are feeling creative when you get home you can get crafty by adding a bit of paint to your haul to decorate the house for Autumn. You can use emulsion tester pots (that way the colours might even match your home décor!) or just use kids acrylic paint. No need to be neat, they all look good mixed up together, lined up in a row or tumbled into a big jar.

Even if the weather doesn’t lend itself to a countryside walk we’ve made you a printable leaf template. Just print off onto coloured card, or plain paper and get colouring. Cut the leaves out and make your own spectacular Autumn wreath, or let everyone make their own mini wreath by sticking their leaves to a paper plate.

Ombré Pine Cones

Gather some fresh pine cones and some acrylic paint or leftover emulsion tester pots. Stick the bottom of a pine cone to a tray with some plasticine or Blu-tak to keep it steady then dot paint onto the end of each pine cone scale, starting from the bottom. One-third of the way up, add a bit of white to your paint colour, then two-thirds of the way up add more white to get an ombré effect.

When they are dry decorate your mantelpiece with them, hang them up with cotton or put them in a big jar.

Painted Acorns

When the acorns are still fresh and green they stay obediently in their little acorn cups for painting. Once they are a bit older they sometimes fall out and you may need to glue them back in.

Get some with the stalks still attached as a useful handle and paint with acrylic paint or colour with metallic markers. You can make a mini washing line with string and peg them up to dry. They look great in a Mason jar with a glass candle holder, but make sure they are well away from the flame.

Autumn Wreath

Use our printable template here and print onto paper or coloured card. It’s easy to soak up an hour or so colouring them in with crayons or felt tips, even adults like a bit of colouring in. If you have glittery card you can trace some onto the back of that too, they look great added into the mix for a bit of sparkle.

Cut your coloured leaves out (little ones might need help with this) and either stick them to a paper plate with the centre cut out or onto a wreath base or just a large circle of card. Hang your wreath up for some crafty Autumn colour in your home.

Book your next Center Parcs break today.

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