zaterdag 30 december 2017
Center Parcs lanceert vandaag zijn nieuwe campagne die mensen aanmoedigt 'ja' te zeggen tegen wat er echt toe doet. Met een hectisch gezinsleven, overvolle agenda’s en allerlei verplichtingen zeggen we uit automatisme vaker ‘nee’ dan we zouden willen tegen ons gezin en kinderen. Center Parcs wil hier verandering in brengen met een nieuwe merkcampagne.
De campagne draagt de boodschap uit dat het leven zoveel mooier zou zijn als we vaker ‘Ja’ zouden zeggen en dat dit onze familiebanden zou versterken. De 360° campagne wordt zowel intern als extern gevoerd en is vanaf eind december 2017 te zien op televisie, online media, social media en in alle eigen kanalen van Center Parcs.
Het is herkenbaar voor vele ouders: we zeggen uit automatisme vaker ‘nee’ dan we zouden willen tegen onze kinderen, omdat we bezig zijn met zaken zoals de telefoon, ons werk of andere dagelijkse beslommeringen. 'We zijn vaak te druk met het managen van ons gezinsleven en het is de vraag of we niet uit het oog verliezen wat ertoe doet', zegt Andres Neira de Back, Marketing Director Center Parcs Europe. 'Center Parcs brengt mensen al vele jaren samen door het bieden van bijzondere vakantiebelevenissen. Wij zijn ons er sterk van bewust hoe belangrijk het is om samen tijd door te brengen, plezier te maken en zo de banden met familie en vrienden te versterken. Hiervoor willen we in onze campagne aandacht vragen. We willen mensen aanmoedigen "ja" te zeggen tegen wat er in het leven écht toe doet.'
Bron en hele artikel: Marketing Tribune
woensdag 27 december 2017
At the beginning of the year we promised to bring you lots of exciting updates about what was new to Center Parcs across all our villages. From new water slides and a Huck’s American Bar and Grill refurbishment to new accommodation and new activities.
But what exactly was new in 2017?
From our new look website and Rajinda Pradesh at Whinfell Forest, to Huck’s American Bar and Grill to the Pottery Painting Studio at Longleat Forest.
Our new website has a completely different look and is sleeker and fresher than ever before. With more images and videos for you to feast your eyes on, it’s never been easier to discover your perfect break, make sure you’ve set up your account so you can book your activities and reservations before you arrive.
Elveden Forest, Sherwood Forest and Whinfell Forest now have a new-look Huck’s American Bar and Grill to show off. With a lick of paint and a bright and breezy American look, the appearance is just as classic as the food on the menu. If you’re visiting Whinfell Forest soon, spice up your evening in Rajinda Pradesh with new exotic colours, geometric tiles and luxurious textiles.
The biggest transformation of them all is Aqua Sana at Sherwood Forest, with six nature-inspired spa zones, 25 different experience rooms and a one-of-a-kind Treetop Sauna it really is the perfect place to spend some quality ‘me’ time.
Making a splash
Longleat Forest welcomed new water rides and children’s water play areas this year and, after months of anticipation, they didn’t disappoint.
The new rides included twists, turns and drops. If you haven’t seen them we opened the Tropical Cyclone, a two- or three-person raft ride (also available at Woburn Forest and Elveden Forest) with added audio-visual themes to choose from, as well as Typhoon, a one or two-person ride with an exciting personalised lighting element to enhance the fast-paced drops and swings.
For little ones, the pirate-themed Venture Bay features warm shallow pools, fountains, games and smaller slides. Venture Harbour is a family water play area that’s perfect for slightly older children, with slides, splashes and tipping buckets.
New activities have landed
Action Challenge at Woburn Forest now delivers even more heart-racing thrills with The Drop, our most adrenaline-fuelled activity ever. The Drop tower features four elements that will challenge even the biggest thrill seekers – the Double Drop Zip Wire, the Leap of Faith and the Quick Jump, plus the ultimate Air Bag Jump at heights of up to 10 metres, so book now if you dare.
Woburn Forest isn’t the only Action Challenge having an upgrade; Aerial Adventure at Sherwood Forest is working on 12 new elements and a 250m double zip wire across the lake.
At Sherwood Forest, Whinfell Forest and Elveden Forest, challenge yourself to a game of Football Pool that will have you stepping onto our giant 12ft pool table. Its spots against stripes as you replace the cue with your feet and aim to score the footballs into the pockets. Will you be the first to pot them all?
Off-Road Explorers went on the road to Elveden Forest and Whinfell Forest, after being such a big hit at Sherwood Forest. Your little one can don a tweed flat cap and get behind the wheel of a miniature 4×4. With you by their side, they’ll navigate around our bespoke track, tackling tough terrain and rumble strips, collecting puzzle pieces as they go.
New to Sherwood Forest, and offering the most number of bedrooms under one roof, our 6-bed Woodland Lodge features six spacious bedrooms, four family bathrooms and shower rooms, and a large open-plan living space so you really can bring everyone with you.
Three first-of-their-kind Waterside Lodges are being built at Elveden Forest. Positioned on the bank of the picturesque lake, each has three en-suite bedrooms, beautiful open-plan living and a private waterfront deck with hot tub.
Woburn Forest are building three Treehouses including our first ever adapted Treehouse, all including four en-suite bedrooms, detached games den and beautifully styled open-plan living and private outdoor hot tub.
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woensdag 20 december 2017
In de cottage met het thema 'Het koninkrijk de sprookjes', beleven gasten de magische sprookjeswereld. Iedere kamer heeft zijn eigen verhaal. Tijdens het verblijf in deze cottage beleef je dus verschillende kinderverhalen. In de cottage 'Dieren uit het bos' heeft ook iedere kamer een eigen thema. Daarnaast leren de kinderen alles over verschillende dieren. In de 'Avontuur'-cottage kun je verschillende avonturen beleven. Zo kun je kamperen onder de sterrenhemel of een jungle-expeditie doen door het Amazonewoud.
De 'Exclusive'-cottage biedt veel ruimte, luxe en ontspanning. Zo heeft iedere cottage een wellnessruimte en een sauna. Vanaf het terras van deze cottage heb je een adembenemend uitzicht over de Vogezen.
Bron en hele artikel: Reisgraag
dinsdag 19 december 2017
Les Trois Forêts zijn de ideale plek om met je gezin even helemaal bij te komen. Marjolein van Flair mocht met haar gezin een van de huisjes testen.
‘Center Parcs is voor veel gezinnen in Nederland een begrip, behalve voor ons, want dit is de allereerste keer dat we het familiepark gaan bezoeken. Na een kleine zes uur rijden komen we vrijdagmiddag aan bij ons huisje in Hattigny. Mijn meiden zijn direct door het dolle heen, want ons huisje heeft het thema ‘Bosdieren’. Voor hen is het weekend daarom nu al geslaagd, want: een beren stapelbed, een houten speelhuisje in de woonkamer, mooie felle kleuren en diverse sluip-routes van kamer naar kamer. Je begrijpt: kids blij, wij blij.
Het park met 435 hectare bos, diverse restaurants, zwembad, kinderboerderij en vele activiteiten is enorm groot. Het bijgeleverde golfkarretje is dan ook geen overbodige luxe. We racen meteen in ons karretje naar de Forest Lodge. Daar kunnen wij met een wijntje bij het haardvuur bijkomen en de kinderen kunnen hun energie kwijt in de grote binnenspeeltuin. Na een heerlijk buffet in een van de restaurants op het park gaan we terug naar onze bungalow, waar onze meiden in hun berenbed en wij in onze sterrenhemelkamer gaan slapen. Wat een feest!
Bron en hele artikel: flair online
maandag 18 december 2017
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zondag 17 december 2017
To ensure the continuity of this aim and with the full support of the members of the General Management Committee, Gérard Brémond has today proposed to the Group’s Board of Directors the nomination of his son Olivier Brémond, 55 year-old, as CEO of the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group, with effect from 3 September 2018.
This nomination, as well as the ensuing separation of the Chairman and CEO functions, is to be formally presented for vote at the next Board meeting.
Until his nomination comes into effect, Olivier Brémond is to withdraw from his personal activities and focus on analysing the Group’s various activities and projects, and on exchanging with teams on the ground.
For almost 30 years, Olivier Brémond has been a successful entrepreneur outside the Group:
After taking over Gamma TV in 1988, he created Marathon Productions and Marathon International in 1990. The two companies rapidly ranked among the main television contents producers and distributors offering reports, documentaries, animations and series, and taking the no. 1 spot in programmes for young viewers and becoming the leading exporter of French programmes broadcast in 80 countries.
Marathon has produced more than 3,000 programmes for all channels, some of which have become household names, such as: "Les Intrépides,” "Sous le Soleil,” "Marsupilami” and "Totally Spies.”
Olivier Brémond then went on to initiate and create concept stores in Iceland and New York.
In September 2018, under the chairmanship of Gérard Brémond, Olivier Brémond is to join the Group’s Management Committee made up of Martine Balouka-Vallette, Patricia Damerval and Thierry Hellin, who will maintain their current operating functions.
"This change in the Group’s operating organisation is an answer to a major challenge for the company and all of its teams. I am delighted with this nomination, which ensures the continuity of the Group in respect of its values,” stated Gérard Brémond, CEO of the Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group.
"Having been a Board members for 22 years, I am well aware of the Group’s fundamentals and growth potential. I will carry out my functions as CEO enthusiastically, rigorously and with team spirit to ensure the successful implementation of the Group’s strategy,” stated Olivier Brémond.
Press release Pierre et Vacances
zaterdag 16 december 2017
Center Parcs faced stiff competition from fellow finalists including ITA Venues, QHotels, SoolNua and Flanders Meeting + Convention Centre Antwerp, winning the Silver award for its innovative ‘Center Parcs Contest’ campaign which saw 600 clients and press completing specially-designed office teambuilding challenges to win a weekend stay at Center Parcs.
Judges were impressed by the success of the campaign, both in terms of widening Center Parcs’ reach and communicating its key objectives surrounding delegate wellbeing, the importance of teambuilding and spending time in the great outdoors.
Commenting on the award, Liz Pilling, Corporate Events Commercial Manager at Center Parcs said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised for our ‘Center Parcs Contest’ campaign at this year’s MIMA awards. The campaign was incredibly successful particularly in terms of generating interest in Center Parcs as a corporate events destination and teambuilding provider, while encouraging companies to understand and engage with our core focus. The campaign not only generated interaction and conversation on social media, but directly influenced a significant number of showrounds, enquiries and confirmed bookings.”
Bron: Incentive Travel
vrijdag 15 december 2017
Villages Nature ging in september open, anderhalf jaar later dan gepland. Veel accommodaties waren toen bovendien nog niet helemaal af. Volgens Center Parcs werd de vertraging onder meer veroorzaakt door ontwerpfouten. Het vakantiepark zorgde voor een verlies van 37,3 miljoen euro.
donderdag 14 december 2017
The new accommodation comprises 27 executive lodges – 22 with three bedrooms and five with four bedrooms, featuring hot tubs and saunas – and a six-bedroom Woodland Lodge, the first of its kind across the New Ollerton-headquartered company’s five resorts.
Chilwell-based construction specialist Stepnell built the cabins, which were designed by New Ollerton architect Jackson Design Associates and feature external timber with stone cladding the same architectural style as those at Woburn Forest.
The lodges have been built at three separate locations at Sherwood Forest with Stepnell also creating new roads, services and car parking through a £6.3m construction contract.
Steve Robinson, deputy general manager at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest , said: “Stepnell have helped us deliver an exciting accommodation project at Sherwood Forest, which includes our first ever six-bedroom Woodland Lodge, perfect for larger families or groups of friends to get together.
“The team really understood our requirements and helped us to deliver the project on time so more guests can experience short breaks at Center Parcs.”
Bron en hele artikel: nottinghampost
woensdag 13 december 2017
Bekijk de volgende voorleesfilmpjes:
- Orry & zijn vrienden: Vallende sterren
- Orry & zijn vrienden: De bed-raket van Rep
- Orry & zijn vrienden: De onderwaterwereld van Woops
dinsdag 12 december 2017
New research by Center Parcs has revealed one in three (36%) of us only see our parents once a year and half (52%) of people see their siblings less than six times a year.
Furthermore, more than a quarter (27%) of people only make the effort to see their immediate families at special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas and weddings.
Despite nine in ten (90%) people saying they like spending time with their families, 38 per cent say it’s too difficult to regularly meet up. The main reasons for this were; distance from each other, juggling busy diaries and lack of space.
However, Christmas is the time of year when people do make the extra effort to arrange the logistics, with the average person starting to discuss plans on the 19th of August and locking them in a whole two months before. In fact, one in fifteen (7%) find it so difficult, they start planning where they will be for Christmas a year in advance.
The average household will this year have six family members sitting round the dinner table and one in seven (13%) even have a family member stay in a nearby hotel overnight to make sure they get to see each other.
Even though people go above and beyond because it’s Christmas, we’re actually still trying to get out of having to host the day, with 41% having refused to host Christmas at their house – blaming the size of their house (16%) and the amount of work that goes in to hosting (10%) as the main reasons we’re not keen.
However, Psychologist Emma Kenny says that quality time together as a family unit throughout the year - and not just at Christmas - is essential to mental wellbeing, with nine meetings a year the magic number for happiness.
“Spending time together as a family is key to feeling good and happy. From the family counselling I do, it’s become clear that families who see each other little and often are more likely to have a better sense of well-being and less tension among each other, opposed to those who save up their meetings for one or two key moments a year.
“Approximately nine meetings a year is – in my mind - the perfect amount for family togetherness. By meeting more than every two months we reduce the pressure that’s put on each gathering which means we look forward to it more, rather than feeling the pressure of the whole affair. And if a few people can’t make it that time, it doesn’t matter as another gathering is just around the corner.”
Colin Whaley, Marketing Director from Center Parcs said:
“We understand the challenges families face when trying to organise a get together and how it can become overwhelming when added to every day pressures. That being said we all know the effort is absolutely worth it! For many years we have had families come to Center Parcs for breaks with aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins and they all arrive and stay in neighbouring lodges, spending time doing activities, having family meals and just enjoying each other’s company. It’s wonderful to see families meeting up and spending good time together, throughout the year and not just at Christmas.”
Psychologist Kenny has revealed her top tips for stress-free family gatherings:
1. Meet semi-regularly – not too often that little things become annoying, but regularly enough that you don’t put too much pressure on the occasion
2. Delegate - If you are getting together make sure everyone chips in by bringing food and drink along. This way no one needs to stress and everyone gets involved
3. Have fun - Make meeting up fun by planning activities that you can all enjoy together. Whether it involves going to the park, or taking part in a new activity. Trying something a little different means everyone will take something positive from the experience
4.Get organised - If you want your get together to work out well, then make sure that everyone knows exactly what they are doing, where they are meant to be and what time they need to arrive. This means that no one becomes stressed or anxious and helps to create a harmonious event
5. Take turns hosting - Make sure that your meet ups are shared and don't end up becoming one person’s responsibility. The whole aim of connecting regularly with your family is to increase bonding and make you all feel connected, and that can’t happen if one person has to be the host on each occasion. At the end of each meet agree who will go next so that everyone is treated equally
In het bericht staat dat het park vijftig mensen uit een database heeft geselecteerd die kans maken op een gratis verblijf in 'Center Parcs Winter Wonderland'. Het enige wat je hiervoor hoeft te doen is het invullen van een enquête.
Wanneer je klikt op de button 'Bevestig vakantie' kom je terecht op een website waarvan de lay-out erg realistisch is. Het heeft een huisstijl die lijkt op de huisstijl van de echte website van het park. Hier worden je enkele vragen gesteld. Nadat je deze hebt beantwoord, kom je terecht bij een formulier. Hier dien je je gegevens achter te laten. Doe dit niet!
Advies: lees de kleine lettertjes!
Wanneer je de kleine lettertjes onderaan het formulier leest, wordt duidelijk dat dit geen actie van het vakantiepark betreft. De winactie komt van een organisatie die aan jouw gegevens probeert te komen om deze in het vervolg door te verkopen. Wanneer je meedoet zal je in de toekomst worden lastiggevallen met spam per mail en telefoon. En een weekje vakantie? Dat kun je wel vergeten.
maandag 11 december 2017
Vanaf €544 voor een 4-pers. cottage, 3 dagen/2 nachten incl. verplichte kosten
Looptijd: t/m 13 december
zondag 10 december 2017
De procureur eiste ook monsterboetes tot 3,480 miljoen euro en de verbeurdverklaring van 720.000 euro, de minimumopbrengst van de smokkel.
De beklaagden maakten volgens het OM deel uit van een criminele organisatie die zich had toegelegd op de smokkel van Iraniërs naar West-Europa. De 120 slachtoffers moesten minstens 6.000 euro betalen, wat de organisatie dus zeker 720.000 euro had opgeleverd. Ze vlogen via luchthavens in Turkije en Cyprus naar West-Europa. Hun eindbestemming was Groot-Brittannië.
Bron en hele artikel: De Morgen
zaterdag 9 december 2017
Sunparks heeft voor de kerstvakantie aantrekkelijke Last Minute aanbiedingen voor een paar gezelligen dagen samen in een van de 3 Belgische vakantieparken. Al vanaf 199 Euro boekt u een vakantiehuis met 4 personen. En al vanaf 139 Euro met z´n tweetjes - bijvoorbeeld om het nieuwe jaar goed te starten, een hotelkamer in De Kempense Meren (Weekend, 5- 8 januari).
Of lekker uitwaaien aan zee in Vakantiepark De Haan aan Zee, ook van 5- 8 januari - vanaf 199 Euro met 4 personen.
De aankomsten waar kerst en oud en nieuw in vallen zijn natuurlijk duurder - maar nog steeds aantrekkelijk geprijsd ten opzichte van parken van bijvoorbeeld Center Parcs en Landal.
Alle Sunparks parken hebben het overdekte zwemparadijs Aqua Fun. Ideaal met kinderen! Kijk wel even op sunparks.nl hoe het zwembad eruit ziet, zodat u weet wat u kunt verwachten.
Bekijk Sunparks kerstvakantie Last Minutes
(aankomsten tussen 22 december 2017 en 5 januari 2018)
vrijdag 8 december 2017
donderdag 7 december 2017
New Center Parcs research has revealed that, although 90% of people said they like spending time with their families, more than a third of us (38%) say it’s just too difficult to regularly meet up.
From bust diaries to travelling distance getting in the way of quality family time, Christmas seems to be the one time of year we’re willing to make the extra effort. But a break at Center Parcs is the perfect opportunity to get together at any time…
Can Christmas be hassle-free?
Of those surveyed, 41% said they didn’t want to host Christmas due to the lack of space in their home and the stress and effort involved. The great news is, at Center Parcs you don’t need to worry about cooking or washing up; you can dine in some of our restaurants for a Christmas Day lunch or carvery.
Why not spend the day relaxing, rather than running round after the family. Struggling on where to eat? Take a look at this handy guide for all things food at Center Parcs.
Space for all
Lack of space was another issue cited – 13% have a family stay in a nearby hotel over Christmas.
Sleeping up to eight people, our luxury lodges and Treehouses with open-plan living areas, are the perfect place to host your family together, while also giving you space to unwind to after a busy day. Want to bring the whole family along? No problem. You can have more than one lodge, or try our 6-bedroom Woodland Lodge at Sherwood Forest.
Between wrapping gifts and stocking up on fizz, there’s so much to do at Christmas. Our research showed planning starts as early as 19 August and can be locked in place a whole two months before.
So plan ahead, that’s fine! You can book a Center Parcs break up until April 2019 and with our new website you can invite your guests to the booking so they can book their own activities and restaurants, as well as view the break itinerary.
Live far from family?
With five villages across the UK, we’re sure there’s one village you can meet family half way, so you don’t have to make such a long journey in all the Christmas traffic.
And with a mixture of break durations over weekends or the midweek, there’s plenty of opportunity to get together all year round. Three nights could be the perfect way to spend quality time together and what better way than at Winter Wonderland?
Want to spend more time together?
It’s important that time spent together as a family is quality time, which psychologist Emma Kenny says can be improved by seeing each other more frequently. She says: “families who see each other little and often are more likely to have less tension among each other than those who only see each other on special occasions”.
So don’t feel that you have to get together just at Christmas, we offer breaks all year round including February half term, May half term and summer. So whether you come with little ones or the grandparents, there’s something for everyone to discover and enjoy.
Book now for hassle-free family time at Center Parcs.
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woensdag 6 december 2017
A – Arriving at Center Parcs
Access to your accommodation is available from 3pm (3.30pm Whinfell Forest), but you’re welcome to arrive as early as 10am. Explore the village, enjoy the facilities and slip seamlessly into holiday mode.
B – Breakfast with Santa
Join Santa in Huck’s American Bar and Grill for a good breakfast to set you up for the day and if you’ve been extra good this year, you might get a little gift from Santa.
C – Coffee
Nip to Starbucks and try some of the fabulously festive drinks including gingerbread latte, fudge hot chocolate and toffee nut latte.
D – Decorate your tree
For your festive break you can order a Christmas tree and decorations to be delivered to your door, so make your lodge feel all Christmassy for your stay.
E – Eat – lots!
‘Tis the season to indulge. From Indian cuisine and Italian to American and Mexican favourites, there are plenty of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
F – Fireworks displays
G – Gifts
Between trying new activities and relaxing with the family, Christmas shopping might be the last thing on your mind, but your Center Parcs break is a great opportunity to purchase the perfect Christmas gift.
H – Have an adventure
Whether you explore the forest or spend all day doing activities, each village is the perfect place to have a fun-filled adventure with all the family.
I – Indoor activity
Warm up indoors with an activity you haven’t tried before, like the Indoor Climbing Adventure, a vertical playground like no other or get competitive with a game of Badminton.
J – Jingles Roller-skate
Get the whole family ready, lace up and rock and roll to the best Christmas hits under the dazzling disco lights.
K – Krispy Kreme
Treat yourself to a Krispy Kreme doughnut – or six – just visit the ParcMarket or Refresh to get your hands on them. Look out for our Winter Wonderland doughnut, filled with chocolate and dusted with coconut.
L – Lodge, your little haven
With touches of luxury in an open-plan living space, your lodge will be the ultimate place to relax. Put your feet up, put the television on and cosy together for a night in.
M – Musical night
A Christmas Eve Concert like no other. With traditional carols and songs, join us and our guest choir. If that’s not enough we have complimentary mince pies.
N – Nutmeg
Nutmeg is back on our villages this year with a special edition of Nutmeg’s Antlers: An Adventure at Center Parcs. Head over to Santa’s Woodland Workshop, ParcMarket or Just Kids to get your hands on this Christmas tale and cuddly toy.
O – ‘Ooo’
The noise you make when you see our forest at night, bedecked in thousands of twinkling fairy lights.
P – ParcMarket
The perfect place to pick up your Christmas essentials like vegetables, cranberry sauce and prosecco.
Q – Quiz
We Wish you a Merry Quizmas, bring all the family along and test your knowledge on what’s been happening in 2017.
R – Reindeer
Real reindeer love to have a break at Center Parcs too, take a trip to Santa’s Woodland Village to see them for yourselves.
S – Subtropical Swimming Paradise
It may be winter outside but at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise it’s always summer. Heated to 29.5c, the perfect place for the whole family to play and enjoy the thrills of our water slides and Wild Water Rapids.
T – Turkey
Spending Christmas Day with us? You can order your turkey to be delivered to your lodge upon your arrival. Or make things a little easier and order a traditional Christmas dinner package and indulge in all the trimmings.
U – Under the stars
Whether you’re walking or cycling round our village at night under the stars, they won’t be the only thing lighting your path, the twinkling decorations will lend a little light.
V – Visit Santa
Take a trip to Santa’s Woodland Workshop and you’ll find elves, real reindeer and of course Santa, who will give you a little gift – only if you’ve been good of course!
W – Wish list
Get your wish list ready to meet Santa and hand deliver it to him at Santa’s Woodland Workshop.
X – X-factor
With the lights, the snow and the real reindeer – a festive break really has the x-factor
Y – Your family memories
Christmas at Center Parcs is full of magic and opportunity to create family memories, so make this one the most magical Christmas yet.
Z – Zzz
And… sleep – after a busy day of activities, drinking coffee, walking, and cycling – or whatever you get up to on your break, we know you’ll sleep well.
It’s not too late to book now for your festive break.
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- Sherwood Forest – around the beach
- Whinfell Forest – around the lake near the Village Centre
- Longleat Forest – outside Jardin des Sports and certain areas around the beach
- Woburn Forest (pyrotechnic display) – outside The Pancake House
- Elveden Forest – on the lawn outside The Venue
Top tip: Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before the fireworks display to get a good viewing spot
Celebrations on village
Before the fireworks get underway there are plenty of places on our villages that have a celebration like no other, so come and join us in saying (or singing) goodbye to 2017, with discos, food and drinks that all the family will enjoy.
Where: All villages
What happens: Toast goodbye to 2017 at Café Rouge, with a delicious four course menu; there is something for everyone to enjoy. With dishes like Steak Frites, Confit de Canard, Salmon Fillet and more, as you bring in the New Year with us!
Huck’s American Bar and Grill
Where: All villages (except Whinfell Forest)
What happens: A warm American welcome awaits you with a glass of festive fizz at this spectacular New Year’s Eve event. Tuck into generous sharing platters, perfectly cooked steaks and tender ribs. You can enjoy a three-course meal while younger ones get stuck into the popular children’s buffet.
Where: All villages (except Woburn)
What happens: Sports Café offers fun for all the family this New Year’s Eve as you welcome in 2018. Enjoy a three-course meal and children’s buffet for younger ones, as well as entertainment for all, from a live band to a children’s entertainer (depending on the village).
Where: All villages (The Green Room at Whinfell Forest)
What happens: Transformed into the ultimate party place for New Year’s Eve. Say goodbye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with festive fizz and canapés on arrival. Enjoy a spectacular five course gala dinner, live music, disco and lots to keep little ones entertained then head out to watch the fabulous firework display over the lake bringing an end to a fantastic evening.
Top tip: Wherever you choose, make sure to book early as these events are very popular.
Don’t miss out, book your New Year’s Eve break and join in the celebrations.
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It’s that time of year where the Christmas trees are going up and the decorations come down from the loft.
Make your Christmas tree a little different this year with some homemade decorations with things you can find in the forest. So if you’re coming on a break at Center Parcs be sure to pick up some essential items like sticks, twigs and pine cones and you can get making the decorations when you’re home.
A hot glue gun (only to be used by adults)
A handful of thin, straight sticks
Pine needle sprigs
Felt – cut into 2cm squares
Christmas accessories: tiny pine cones, buttons, bells, ribbons
Needle and thread
1 Cut four sticks about 8cm long and four slimmer sticks a little shorter
2 Glue the four sticks in a cross shape onto the felt, leaving a small gap in the centre
3 Glue the four smaller sticks on the diagonal to make a star shape
4 Snip tiny sticks to add across the main twigs or at 45º angles at the ends, like a snowflake
5 Glue small sprigs of pine in the gaps
6 Add Christmassy bits like bells and ribbons with glue, or thread wires through the felt
7 You can sew festive buttons through the felt centre
8 Hang with a length of ribbon
Large corks or prosecco corks
A hot glue gun (only to be used by adults)
A pine cone
Red bells, buttons or pom poms for a nose
Brown pipe cleaners
Stripy string for hanging
A small screwdriver
1 Make three holes with the bradawl across the top of the cork for antlers and for hanging
2 Cut a pipe cleaner in two then cut 3cm from each half
3 Bend the larger pieces into a loose question mark and the smaller into an ’s’
4 Twist the S’s around the pipe cleaners to make antlers
5 Push the antlers into the cork holes
6 Push a length of stripy string into the central hole with a screwdriver
7 Cut two lobes from a pine cone to use as ears
8 Make eyebrow shaped slits with a screwdriver then press the pine cone ears in
9 Glue on some googly eyes and a red reindeer nose
Pom Pom Pine Cones
Large, open pine cones
Mini pom poms
Hot glue gun (only to be used by adults)
Sparkly thread or ribbon
1 Glue the tiny pom poms under each lobe of the pine cone
2 Thread sparkly ribbon around the stalk of the pine cone or stick on with the glue gun
Book now for your festive break.
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We have mulled wine through Winter Wonderland so you can continue that feeling at home with mulled cider. A warming and Christmassy drink which means you won’t be running around making numerous different drinks for everyone. Just offer your guests a mulled cider as they come through the door (they will already be able to smell the winter spices wafting through the house) and I promise you 90% of them will accept.
It is an altogether more pleasing drink than mulled wine, and if you add an optional shot of brandy to the mix, your gathering will be very merry. For the kids, teetotallers and drivers there is a delicious non-alcoholic version too.
My bonus tip is that you can keep it warm in a slow cooker, ladling out a glassful when needed, or leave some in a coffee pot, warming by the fire for top-ups.
3 litres of Dry Cider
2 star anise
1 split vanilla pod
A good grating of nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of 3 or 4 clementines
Peeled zest of 1 clementine
6-8 dessert spoons of caster sugar
1 Sliced orange
1 Sliced apple – pips removed
For a party:
Optional addition of brandy
1 Heat the cider in a large pan until it just starts to boil
2 Add the mulling spices and allow to simmer for 5 minutes
3 Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves
4 Test the sweetness and flavour and add a little honey if it needs to be sweeter
5 Turn off the heat and add a splash of brandy if you want to
6 Remove the star anise (to stop the flavour getting too strong) and add the pretty bits before you serve
7 You can pour it into a slow cooker to keep warm, or pour into teapot to warm by the fire
8 Pour or ladle into glasses that are strong enough to take a little heat
Non-alcoholic Mulled Cider
1 As above but replace the cider with apple juice
2 Reduce the sugar to 3-4 dessert spoons
3 Don’t add the brandy!
It’s not too late to book your festive break at Center Parcs.
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vrijdag 1 december 2017
woensdag 29 november 2017
Between trying new activities and relaxing with the family, Christmas shopping might be the last thing on your mind, but your Center Parcs break is a great opportunity to purchase the perfect gift. From a Spa Day to our very own little reindeer, to a Cath Kidston purse and a Lego set, we really do have something for everyone.
For little ones…
Nutmeg is back on our villages this year with a special edition of Nutmeg’s Antlers: An Adventure at Center Parcs. Head over to Santa’s Woodland Workshop, ParcMarket or Just Kids to get your hands on this Christmas tale and cuddly toy, or get creative at our Pottery Painting Studio and paint your own Nutmeg to give to that special person.
Just Kids, a store dedicated to little ones, is the ideal spot to tick off items from Santa’s list. From Lego sets and teddies to trains and Center Parcs treasures, you’ll find the perfect gift for excited children this Christmas – but only if they’ve been good, of course!
For two or more to enjoy…
Treat your loved ones to the gift of relaxation. Whether they’re seasoned spa goers or it’s a whole new world for them, there’s something at Aqua Sana for everyone. From gift vouchers for a Spa Day for Two to a Twilight Taster for Two, give them something to look forward to in the New Year.
Head to Santa’s Woodland Workshop and get your hands on a hand-painted glass bauble. A lovely decoration for someone to keep forever and hang proudly on their Christmas tree.
Know somebody who loves chocolate? Take a look in Treats for the Center Parcs Christmas chocolate box, which is perfect for placing on the table to indulge in a little Christmas treat.
Just for you…
Store Room offers a variety of Cath Kidston products, bath bombs and novelty gifts for both, so you can find the perfect gift for someone or a nice little stocking filler.
For jewellery lovers Time for Shade is home to brands like Links of London, DKNY and Henry London. The perfect gift for someone who’s a big brand lover or adores a great piece of jewellery.
Visit Spirit for brands like Jack Wolfskin and Timberland for outdoor lovers, or for fashionistas pick up the perfect accessory from Radley, Fiorelli or Joules.
It’s not too late to start your Christmas shopping at Center Parcs, book your break now.
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vrijdag 24 november 2017
- Doen niet mee
- Center Parcs: maar er zijn nu wel nog de Vakantie Voordeel Dagen
- Landal: Nee, maar wel aktie 25% kerstvoordeel
- doen wel mee
donderdag 23 november 2017
All five of our Aqua Sana Spas were nominated for an award at the 2017 Good Spa Guide ceremony, which was held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Being the home of spa guides, it was a success to even be nominated as we were up against big competition from across the UK.
Time to relax
Kay Pennington, our Group Spa Manager is “absolutely delighted that Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest has been voted as Best for Design at the Good Spa Guide 2017 Awards”.
After two years, a complete redesign and an incredible transformation, Kay says: “I’m so proud of the end result. We’ve had amazing feedback from our guests and it’s really special that they voted for us to win this award, it means a lot and is a testament to the team at Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest.”
Sherwood Forest was up against seven others in the Best for Design category including The Bulgari Spa, Thermae Bath Spa and Galgorm Resort and Spa. The award was collected by Kay, alongside Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest Manager Karen Whittaker.
Not the only one
With more than 100,000 spa-goers voting for their favourite Sherwood Forest wasn’t the only Aqua Sana Spa celebrated on the night, with the Longleat Forest, Elveden Forest, and Woburn Forest spas each being recognised in the top three of their nominated categories, which were Best Spa for Customer Service, Best Destination Spa and Best Day Spa.
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woensdag 22 november 2017
dinsdag 21 november 2017
|VIER KERST BIJ CENTER PARCS!*|
• NIEUW: Kids Workshop: Kerstkoekjes.
• Keuze uit allerlei culinaire arrangementen, van kerstbrunch tot kerstdiner.
• Bezoek de Wintermarkt in de versierde Market Dome.
• Laat een kerstboom leveren in de cottage
> Boek nu
• NIEUW: maak een winterse souvenir tijdens de Kids Winter Workshop.
• VERNIEUWD: Speel mee met de Winter Family Quiz Night.
• De Kids Winter Parade en Winterse Voorleesverhaaltjes
• Help mee de Interactieve kerstboom versieren.
> Boek nu
vrijdag 17 november 2017
donderdag 16 november 2017
Our new website has a completely different look and is sleeker and fresher than ever before. With more images and videos for you to feast your eyes on, it’s never been easier to discover your perfect break.
Set up your personal account
Among the many features, you can now create your own personal account with us. This means you have full control over your details, as well as the freedom to do many new things such as:
- Store and edit personal details
- Save your break booking information, making booking the next one so much easier
- View your break details and itinerary so you know what you’ve got planned
- Book little touches, activities, restaurants and Aqua Sana Spa
- Invite other guests to your booking so they too can book any additional activities, restaurants, Aqua Sana Spa and little touches, as well as viewing all the booking details
Little features, big difference
Exploring on a laptop, tablet or a smartphone? Don’t worry, the new website gives you the same great experience on all devices, meaning you can now book a short break wherever you are.
Once you’ve set up your account, it’s time to search for your ideal break. Not sure what accommodation type best suits you and your family? Use the filters to select your perfect lodge, from the features and added extras it has to the number of bedrooms you need.
Now you can book up until April 2019, picking which break is best for your family can be a tough decision. The new calendar feature allows a wider view of dates available and the choice of three nights, four nights and seven nights is easily shown, making it easier to pick the perfect date for your family and you.
Head over to the new website and book your short break using our new helpful features.
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woensdag 15 november 2017
dinsdag 14 november 2017
maandag 13 november 2017
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – responsible for safeguarding our natural environment – are bringing together 30 ‘champions’ to celebrate bee-friendly initiatives, and you could say we are buzzing.
What’s so bee-rilliant?
Well…Woburn Forest has just been named a Bee’s Needs champion by DEFRA at their annual awards ceremony. This accolade is in celebration of the green roofs the village has on two of its main buildings – Aqua Sana Spa and The Venue – which were planted in 2014.
Rich Watson, Landscape Asset Manager at Center Parcs said: “Our rangers work so hard to create habitats across the forest to attract a wide variety of native species.” So it’s only expected that for all their hard work, the Rangers head to the Royal Botanic Gardens to collect the award. On behalf of the Rangers and Woburn Forest, Rich would like to say “a huge thank you to those who nominated us, this recognition means a lot to us.”
Up on the roof
Made up of a special mix of compost, crushed brick and plant cuttings, the roofs are an additional habitat for a diverse range of insects and birds. Not just a benefit for the animals though, these green roofs are brilliant for the environment as they absorb excess carbon dioxide.
Rich says the staff at Woburn Forest “are very passionate about wildlife and are always trying to find new ways of making our forests inviting to all plants and creatures great and small.” And they’ve definitely made a friendly environment up on those roofs.
How to bee helpful
Rich believes that “the natural environment is part of who we are” and this is why we need to keep the bees buzzing, especially with winter approaching. So can you and your family help? Of course you can. Read our guide on how to build a nest at home, so they can keep cosy over the winter and keep your garden filled with flowers for their food.
Book your short break to Woburn Forest and spot the roofs for yourselves.
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dinsdag 7 november 2017
Fact: baking your own bread isn’t as tough as you think. And it’s so very satisfying (and, more importantly, delicious) when you’ve made it.
Bread always rises to the occasion – why not give it a try?
This recipe goes a little further than the ‘back of a bag of flour’ bread, but these little add-ons make the crumb softer and the bread last a little longer. Sprinkling with lots of different seeds also gives extra flavour and texture.
You don’t need any fancy utensils or pans for this one, as you just roll the dough into balls and drop them into a cake tin. The result is a big handsome loaf that slices well for sandwiches and also makes the most excellent toast.
1lb 5oz/600g strong white flour
2 tsp sugar
1 x 7g sachet dried yeast
1 tblsp olive oil
2 tbsp milk
1 egg, separated
Seeds for sprinkling: sesame, poppy, sunflower and pumpkin (don’t use pine nuts as they burn!)
1 For the ‘wet mix’ put an egg yolk in a jug, then add a splash of milk and a glug of olive oil, then top it up to the 350ml mark with warm water.
2 In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast.
3 Add the wet mix to the dry ingredients adding more water if needed to form a soft dough.
4 Knead for 10 minutes, prove in a covered bowl in a warm place for an hour or until doubled in size.
5 Cut into 8 pieces, shape into the balls and place in a lightly floured 20cm springform non-stick pan.
6 Prove again with a large bowl covering it for another hour.
7 Lightly whisk the egg with a pinch of salt and brush the loaf with it, then sprinkle with seeds.
8 Bake at 200ºC for 20 minutes then remove from the tin and place it directly on the oven shelf and give it another 10 minutes until deep golden and hollow-sounding when tapped on the bottom.
So, whether you slice it up for breakfast, lunch or dinner you definitely ‘knead’ to try this recipe.
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woensdag 1 november 2017
dinsdag 31 oktober 2017
An epic five-day challenge to cycle from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas was taken up by Andy De’Ath, Longleat Forest’s General Manager, and his friend Colin. The dedicated duo battled through high desert, forest plateaus, canyon rims, historic towns and part of Route 66 in an effort to raise funds and awareness for our charity partner, Together for Short Lives.
Andy planned his adventure “about eight months ago, following a knee operation,” which is when the hard work really started. The pair began an intensive training ahead of the challenge, which included three two-hour spinning sessions and a road bike session over each weekend, averaging to about 100 miles per week.
Fast forward eight months to October 7, where Andy and Colin embarked on their journey of a massive 575km – which is 357.2 miles. That’s the equivalent length to:
- 68,599 double decker buses
- 19,167 blue whales
- 5,468 football pitches
- 1,509 Empire State Buildings
- 65 Mount Everest ascends
The best and the worst bits
We spoke to Andy following some much-needed rest, who gave us an insight into the highs and lows of his American adventure. He says: “We had a fantastic experience taking on the American landscape and climate on two wheels.
“The days were long and the hills were no mean feat, however we were prepared to take on this challenge knowing that it is nothing compared to the challenge and obstacles families Together for Short Lives support face every day.”
The worst: the ice baths each night – not as cool as it seems!
The best: cycling as a group up the main strip of Las Vegas.
Andy added they were buoyed through the hard moments by “some generous locals who donated to Together for Short Lives” – but these lovely people weren’t the only ones they met on their travels. They came across coyotes, tarantulas, an eagle and could hear rattlesnakes in the bushes cycling past!
Fun facts about their five days
- Travelled up to 45mph downhill near the Hoover Dam
- Drank around eight to 10 litres of water a day
- Cycled around 80 miles per day
- Top temperature was 37 degrees along a part of Route 66
The pair set out to raise as much awareness as possible for Together for Short Lives and their local hospice, Children’s Hospices South West, which provides fantastic care to families with children with life-limiting conditions.
The goal was to raise £10,000, but after finishing the almighty cycling challenge an incredible £11,157 has been donated. Well done Andy and Colin!
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