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maandag 30 december 2019

Vroegboekvoordeel tot 36%: Ieder zijn Center Parcs

Vroeg boeken loont… in welk seizoen je ook komtSamen een weekend midden in de natuur, een midweek heerlijk aan het water of twee onvergetelijke weken vakantie vol actie en plonzen in het subtropisch zwemparadijs: hier kan iedereen z'n ideale vakantie beleven. Echt even samen.

Boek je verblijf tot 2 maanden voor aankomst en ontvang tot 20% vroegboekkorting. Bovenop je vroegboekkorting ontvang je ook nog 20% extra korting buiten de schoolvakanties. Zo kan je korting oplopen tot maar liefst 36%

vrijdag 27 december 2019

Nieuwe Magazine uit: Boek nu snel je vakantie: Ieder z'n Center Parcs

Hier vertellen de gasten je over hun mooiste herinneringen in onze parken, lees je alles over de vernieuwingen en nog veel meer! 



Gasten van Center Parcs kunnen daarnaast ook gebruik maken van aanbiedingen exclusief voor hun bedoeld 
  • tot 35% korting voor de lente
  • tot 20% korting voor voorjaarsvakantie, meivakantie en lange weekenden
  • tot 30% korting voor de zomer

dinsdag 24 december 2019

Niet weg in de kerstvakantie, boek dan nu al voor Mei, Pinksteren, Voorjaar of Zomervakantie.

Boek jullie voorjaarsvakantie vanaf €279!

Het voorjaar kan nog fris zijn, maar ook al bijna zomers. En dan is Center Parcs ideaal. Buiten geniet je van de natuur die ontluikt, met konijntjes en eekhoorntjes die nieuwsgierig komen kijken, en met pasgeboren dieren op de Kinderboerderij. En binnen in de Aqua Mundo en Market Dome is het volop zomer. Geniet met je gezin van de speciale voorjaars- en paasactiviteiten!.



What’s happened in 2019 at Center Parcs?

A brand new village

July 2019 saw us open our first village in Ireland, Longford Forest.  The village has 466 self-catering lodges and 30 apartments to accommodate up to 2,500 guests. Since it’s launch, we have loved seeing guests enjoying their first experience of Center Parcs Longford Forest.

Many makeovers

Elveden Forest‘s ParcMarket has been refurbished and has a brand new look as you do your food shopping; Rajinda Pradesh has also had a refresh, with new exotic colours and luxurious textiles.

The well-loved Foresters Inn at Longleat Forest has now become Foresters Kitchen and Terrace, exclusive to Longleat Forest and has its own menu.

An exciting transformation began earlier this year at Aqua Sana Longleat Forest, to create a brand-new Forest Spa. The newly extended spa has beautiful new experience rooms for you to enjoy as you relax and unwind.

Making a splash at Sherwood Forest

We have seen huge changes at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Sherwood Forest. The Grand Cascade ride has had a refresh and we have welcomed brand new water play areas for the little ones: Venture Bay and Venture Harbour. Tropical Cyclone has opened at Sherwood Forest and is a thrilling and gravity-defying ride, perfect for adrenaline junkies.

New activities have arrived

Exciting activities have arrived at all of our UK villages, Spy School is perfect for your little ones, they undergo a variety of challenges which include secret message writing, decoding, dusting for fingerprints and invisible ink. If you have older children, Survival Adventure is perfect for your explorers, as they learn how to use survival instincts to make it to the extraction point successfully.

Forest Fortress Den Build is a brand new competitive activity, great for teams. Race against the clock to beat the opposition in building your very own fortress and raising your team flag first. Available at both Sherwood Forest and Woburn Forest.

Elveden Forest and Whinfell Forest have two new and exciting activities: Interactive Squash and Family Wall Ball. Both are exceptionally popular with guests, as they can enjoy competitive family fun with our state-of-the-art interactive soft ball games.

As the popularity of escape rooms have increased, it was a perfect time to launch ‘Escape the Forest’; ‘Breakaway Cabin’ and ‘Explorer’s Quest’ at Woburn Forest. Designed for collaborative teamwork, the new escape room activities are perfect for testing your puzzle-solving skills.

Whinfell Forest has also updated its Aerial Adventure course. This now includes a 255-metre dual zip wire over the lake and brand new obstacles. It reaches 26 metres high, so is definitely for the thrill-seekers of the family.

Accommodation

New to Woburn Forest, 6 bedroom Woodland Lodges are being built, with large open-plan living space so you really can bring everyone with you. This will also include our first ever 6-bedroom Adapted Woodland Lodge, featuring ramp access to the accommodation as well as an electric bed, walk in/wheel-in showers and a fully-equipped kitchen with lowered worktops. These lodges are now available to book for breaks from May and August 2020.

Whinfell Forest is building four new luxury Treehouses, which are now available to book for breaks from July 2020. Guests with limited mobility can enjoy our Adapted Treehouse. Each will include four en-suite bedrooms, a detached games den and beautifully styled open-plan living – the perfect hot tub break.

To keep up to date on our latest news, make sure you’re following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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maandag 23 december 2019

Christmas and New Year at Center Parcs

Research conducted by Center Parcs 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. Whether it’s Christmas or New Year, Center Parcs makes spending time with the ones you love stress-free so you can enjoy every moment together.

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 one of our restaurants for a Christmas Day lunch or carvery.

A New Year’s resolution

If you’re spending Christmas at home, by New Year you’ll be ready to get away from washing endless pots and constantly tidying away all of the new toys. Bring in the New Year with a fabulous celebration at one of our restaurants, enjoy the amazing fireworks extravaganza and start 2019 the right way.

Space for all

Lack of space was another issue cited – 13% have a family stay in a nearby hotel over the Christmas period.

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 or at Whinfell Forest.

Plan ahead 

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 2020 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 and one village in Ireland, we’re sure there’s one village you can meet family halfway at, so you don’t have to make such a long journey in all of the festive traffic.

And with a mixture of break durations over weekends or the midweek, there’s plenty of opportunities 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 or New Year?

Want to spend more time together?

Our research showed that it is important that time spent together as a family is quality time, which can be improved by seeing each other more frequently. A key finding that stood out highlighted that “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”.

Book now for hassle-free family time at Center Parcs this Christmas and New Year.

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zondag 22 december 2019

Your guide to winter at Center Parcs

Here at Center Parcs, we can’t wait for the cold cosy nights, glistening frosty mornings and crisp wintery air. Where better to experience the magic of winter than in the heart of the forest?

Get cosy and warm

Nestled in the heart of the forest, your lodge is the perfect setting to relax at the end of a busy day exploring. Light your own log fire and relax with all your family as the cold night draws in. If it’s just too cold to venture out, why not get food delivered straight to your lodge from our on-village takeaway, Dining In.

Winter walks

The frosty weather is perfect for long brisk walks in the forest. Get your whole family wrapped up warm and experience the glittering forest as you explore through the frost-covered woodlands. Take a pit stop at Starbucks and treat yourself to one of their signature coffees or indulge in a luxury hot chocolate – guaranteed to keep your hands warm as you immerse yourself in forest life. If walking isn’t your thing, then why not explore the village at a faster pace and hire a bicycle from our Cycle Centre, with a large range for children, adults and groups there really is something for everyone.

Get creative

If you want to escape the cold and do something for all the family to enjoy together, we have a fantastic range of indoor activities for you to try. Get creative with our Pottery Painting and create a colourful masterpiece to be proud of from our huge range of pottery. As an added treat, the studio will professionally glaze and fire your creation overnight ready to take home the next day as a wonderful keepsake of your trip.

Sub-Tropical Swimming Paradise

Heated to 29.5C all year round, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise is a perfect way to spend your cold winter days. With unlimited entry included in the cost of your break, there is no better way to keep the whole family entertained. Take a dip in the Wave Pool, make a splash down the Wild Water Rapids or hire your own private Family Cabana to add that bit of luxury to your experience.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

A Winter Wonderland short break at Center Parcs is our most magical break of the year. With the festive season in full swing, you can soak up the atmosphere in Santa’s Woodland Village,  see your little one’s smile widen as they see Santa for the first time in his Woodland Workshop or try something new with our exciting range of special seasonal activities, from Festive Carriage Rides to Festive Family Cupcake Decorating. The forest takes on a new life this time of year and transforms into a magical winter playground with snow, fireworks and festive twinkling lights.

Make time for you

If your idea of a perfect wintery break is relaxing and unwinding after a busy year, then Aqua Sana needs adding to your itinerary. Our spas are nestled right in the forest and provide the perfect setting for escaping the stress of everyday life. Experience complete indulgence as you connect with nature and leave feeling refreshed and renewed. Choose between a Spa Day or Spa Break for the ultimate treat this winter.

There is so much to do this winter at Center Parcs, so book your short break with us today and discover everything we have to offer at this magical time of year.

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donderdag 19 december 2019

Niet weg tijdens de kerst? Boek dan alvast de Voorjaarsvakantie (of Mei)

Boek jullie voorjaarsvakantie vanaf €279!

Het voorjaar kan nog fris zijn, maar ook al bijna zomers. En dan is Center Parcs ideaal. Buiten geniet je van de natuur die ontluikt, met konijntjes en eekhoorntjes die nieuwsgierig komen kijken, en met pasgeboren dieren op de Kinderboerderij. En binnen in de Aqua Mundo en Market Dome is het volop zomer. Geniet met je gezin van de speciale voorjaars- en paasactiviteiten!.

Meivakantie!?

woensdag 18 december 2019

Your Winter Wonderland 2019 in pictures

Have you ever wondered what Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs is really like? Well with our photo gallery, you can now have a look into what you can experience during your winter break across all of our villages.

From singing reindeers to a magnificent display over the lake, we take Christmas to a whole new level with our Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Gallery

Look out for our 2019 Winter Wonderland selfie frames when you are exploring the forest and take a photo of you and your loved ones. Don’t forget to share it with us using the hashtag #mycp.

Do you want to experience Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs for yourself? Take a look at our breaks and book a last-minute family adventure in the forest today.

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Golf van vernieuwingen rolt door De Eemhof

Zoals je vast al eerder hebt gelezen, zijn we bijna al onze parken aan het vernieuwen. Zo blijven we de nieuwe standaard zetten in familievakanties, met cottages en activiteiten waar je onvergetelijke herinneringen aan overhoudt. Onze bouwteams en stylisten zijn druk aan de slag in De Eemhof.

Bij deze vernieuwingen laten we ons inspireren door de omgeving. Hoe mooier een park in de omringende natuur past, hoe beter. En De Eemhof heeft een bijzondere ligging: tussen het Eemmeer en het Horsterwold, West-Europa’s grootste loofbos. Bovendien heeft De Eemhof wat andere parken niet hebben: een Mediterraans tintje in de vorm van de Market Square.

Vernieuwde cottages

Alle elementen uit de omgeving ga je terugzien in de nieuwe styling: speelse elementen in de Comfort cottages, glinsterend blauw en rijke groenschakeringen in Premium cottages en warme geeltinten in de luxueuze VIP cottages. In het meubilair, op de muren en de vloer, en in de decoratie die je zo een gevoel van thuis geeft. Maar ook natuurelementen zoals de vogels uit het bos, komen op een speelse manier terug

Nóg meer moois
Als je in een vernieuwde cottage of hotelkamer verblijft, wil je natuurlijk dat de rest van het park daar niet bij achter blijft.

  • In de Action Factory kun je na een grote vernieuwing nóg meer activiteiten doen, in een compleet nieuwe (subtropische) styling. Tipje van de sluier: de bowlingbanen zul je niet meer terugkennen!
  • Goed nieuws voor fans van de Turbo Twister: de Aqua Mundo wordt uitgebreid met nóg een superglijbaan.
  • Even shoppen op de Market Square voor een nieuwe outfit? De winkels zelf krijgen ook een nieuw jasje!
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Deep Nature® Spa & Action Factory in Park Hochsauerland

In Park Hochsauerland (D) is er de afgelopen maanden hard gewerkt om jou een nog betere Center Parcs ervaring aan te kunnen bieden. Vernieuwde cottages en hotelkamers, een nieuwe kinderboerderij, de waterglijbaan Sauerland Splash en nog veel meer. Bekijk deze vernieuwingen in de parkreporter video. Begin 2020 openen we onze gloednieuwe Deep Nature® Spa en de gloednieuwe Action Factory. Benieuwd wat je daarvan kunt verwachten? Lees dan verder!

Nieuwe Deep Nature® Spa
Heerlijk ontspannen doe je in de moderne, nieuwe Deep Nature® Spa. Je kunt er terecht voor een Oosterse hammam, een bezoek aan de ontspannende zoutgrot, diverse sauna's met een temperatuur tot 90° Celsius, bubbelbaden, belevenisdouches en een binnen-, buiten- en ijsbad. Ook geniet je er van een breed scala aan lichaams- en gezichtsbehandelingen die door onze professionele medewerkers worden aangeboden. In de aangrenzende rustruimte kom je daarna helemaal tot rust.

Wellness voor het hele gezin? Ook dan kun je terecht in de Deep Nature® Spa. Op geselecteerde dagen vindt de Family Spa plaats, waarbij per koppel tot twee kinderen vanaf vier jaar alle faciliteiten van de Deep Nature® Spa kunnen bezoeken.Op deze dagen is het bezoeken van de spa alleen toegestaan met zwemkleding.

Nieuwe Action Factory
Naast ontspannen in de Deep Nature® Spa kun je je in Park Hochsauerland (D) ook helemaal uitleven in de nieuwe Action Factory. Het interieur doet je meteen denken aan een houtzagerij en er is voor ieder wat wils:

  • een interactieve bowlingbaan en een 13-holes minigolfbaan;
  • meerdere mini en bumper cars;
  • vier trampolines;
  • een gametown;
  • acht klimmuren;
  • een Factory Café;
  • en een unieke Virtual Reality Experience.


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dinsdag 17 december 2019

Bungalowkadobonnen tijd. tot 350 euro korting

Op marktplaats is het weer zover. De bungalowkado bonnen worden weer aangeboden.

Dit jaar kan de korting weer oplopen tot maximaal 350 euro voor boekingen op verblijven van Center Parcs parken en op een verblijf op Villages Nature.
Voor een verblijf op een Sunparks park geldt een maximale korting van 250 euro.

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vrijdag 13 december 2019

Why parenthood turns us into outdoor types

“What kind of tree is this, Mummy?”

It is morning and I am hustling my two small sons up the hill to nursery because we are, as I keep reminding everyone, already late. Despite all this urgency, my four-year-old has stopped to pet a tree. He’s that kind of four-year-old.

“What kind of tree is this?” he asks, again. “Is it a deciduous tree?”

I squint at the tree. Its trunk is brownish; its leaves greenish. It is, as far as I can tell, definitely a tree. Beyond that, I’m stumped.

“It’s OK,” my four-year-old sighs, clumping wearily up the hill. “I’ll ask my teacher. She’s outdoorsy.”

I am not outdoorsy. I am indoorsy. My idea of summer fun is a dark, hermetically sealed room with the air conditioning on full-blast because I have a tendency for heatstroke, horrible hayfever and a shameful fear of insects. To see me at a barbecue is to see me again, five minutes later, sprinting into the distance because someone said the word ‘wasp’.

Having children has changed all this.

My boys are sweet and endlessly curious, and I want them to have a den-building, forest-exploring sort of childhood. Because I grew up in a coastal village and, before my allergies and insect-based neuroses took hold, I barely spent any time indoors, and I loved it.

So, I’m trying to be a bit more outdoorsy. I’m no Ray Mears, but we do decamp to our local beach almost every weekend now. We don’t set an agenda but poke around on the beach to see what the tide’s brought in. There’s something about lounging in the dunes and observing the progress of the clouds across the sky that evokes that childhood sense of summer holidays lasting forever, and it’s very calming.

Occasionally I am organised enough to set us ‘outdoorsy missions’, like going to the park to find ‘helicopter’ seeds from Sycamore trees to turn into art, but often we just end up playing at being dinosaurs among the bluebells, which is equally fulfilling.

We are on the way to nursery again; late again, with my children’s hair glinting summer-gold from all the time they’ve spent outdoors lately.

“This,” I inform them. “Is an Ash tree. It’s a deciduous tree – that means it loses its leaves in winter – and did you know Ash tree seeds are called ‘keys’?”

“Look at me!” My son interrupts, because he’s that kind of four-year-old. “I am a tree! I am the biggest tree in the world! I am a GIANT SEQUOIA TREE and I am from America and as big as a bus and I am three-thousand-and-four-eleventy-one years old!”

I wait till I’ve dropped the children off before I fact-check my son on Wikipedia. Well, what do you know? Giant sequoias can live up to 3,000 years. My son was only four-eleventy-one years out. I might not be outdoorsy, but I must be doing something right.

About Robyn

Robyn Wilder is a freelance journalist for the Observer, The Times and Grazia, among others. She writes a parenting column for The Huffington Post and edits The Naughty Step, an irreverent parenting newsletter and podcast. Robyn lives in Kent with her husband and two sons.

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donderdag 12 december 2019

Laatste dag VAKANTIE VOORDEELDAGEN: Maximale vroegboekkorting


woensdag 11 december 2019

Your Christmas at Center Parcs, wrapped up

Between trying new activities and relaxing with the family on your Christmas break, 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 Gift Cards, we really do have something for everyone.

For little ones…

Nutmeg is back on our villages with his sister Clove – in our newest Christmas children’s book: Nutmeg’s Little Sister. Head over to Santa’s Woodland Workshop, ParcMarket or The Store Room to get your hands on this Christmas tale and soft toy, or get creative at our Pottery Painting Studio and paint your own Clove and Nutmeg pottery bisques to give to someone special this Christmas.

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!

Gift Cards…

Gift Cards have arrived on all villages! Give the gift of choice this year, as gift cards can be used on anything from restaurants to a spa experience at Aqua Sana Spa.

The gift cards can be loaded up with any amount from £5 to £1,000 and are valid for 24 months from the date of issue. You can buy online now or during your next break.

or 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 has a sweet tooth? 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…

For jewellery lovers, Time for Shade is home to brands like Links of London, DKNY and Ray-Ban. The perfect gift for someone who’s a big brand lover or adores a great piece of jewellery.

Visit Spirit for fashion brands like Jack Wills* and Timberland, or for fashionistas pick up the perfect accessory from Radley, Fiorelli or Joules.

It’s not too late to do your Christmas shopping at Center Parcs, book your break now.

*Jack Wills is available at all locations with the exception of Longleat Forest

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Edinburgh escape room operator will launch at Center Parcs under 'next-level' deal

A Scottish escape room company has secured a deal to launch its immersive games at Center Parcs holiday resorts.
Edinburgh-headquartered Escape, which operates hundreds of rooms globally, will launch two "Escape the Forest" experiences suitable for family groups.

The newly designed challenges will see teams of between two and six holidaymakers test their physical, mental and teamwork skills in both indoor and outdoor environments as they attempt to "escape" the room.

The company said the move is part of its longer-term strategy of expanding into family venues, with the Center Parcs challenges specifically designed to suit a range of ages and aimed at a mixture of families, friends and corporate groups.

Escape will launch the first two experiences at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire.

Escape founder Daniel Hill said: "This is an exciting new deal that takes the escape room genre to a new level.

Bron en hele artikel: Scotsman

dinsdag 10 december 2019

The Snowman™ Afternoon Tea at Café Rouge

Whether you watched the film, read the book or had the soft toy, The Snowman™ is an iconic part of British Christmas tradition.

From now until 31 December 2019, you can enjoy the limited edition The Snowman™ Afternoon Tea for two at Café Rouge whilst you’re on your Winter Wonderland or festive break!

What’s included?

The drinks

Choose from a great selection of teas, including English breakfast, earl grey, green tea, camomile, mint, rooibos or fresh mint. If you’re more of a coffee person, fear not – you can choose from anything from a flat white to a cappuccino during your afternoon tea. There’s even an option to have a hot chocolate.

The savoury

There are no soggy sandwiches over here! With a choice croque sourdough sandwiches, they are full of flavour and served warm. The sandwiches are served with delicious pigs in blankets or large green giarraffa olives.

The sweet

Filled with The Snowman™ inspired sweet treats, tuck into a white chocolate mousse, carrot cake and even a spiced fruit crumble! Fluffy scones can also be enjoyed with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

An extra treat

For an additional £5, treat yourselves to a “magical” prosecco with your afternoon tea, for an extra special festive treat.

Share your pictures

When you enjoy The Snowman™ Festive Afternoon Tea at Café Rouge, don’t forget to tag us in your photos and use the hashtags #TheSnowmanAtRouge and #mycp

The price

The Snowman™ Afternoon Tea for two at Café Rouge is priced £29.95 for two, or £34.95 with a glass of prosecco each, and can be booked here.

Book your next Center Parcs break here.

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maandag 9 december 2019

Limited Edition Center Parcs Kerst-badkleding Aktie

Alléén verkrijgbaar middels deze winactie. Doe mee door onder deze post te vertellen aan welke drie personen je deze unieke cadeaus zou willen geven en maak kans op 4 stuks, één voor jezelf en 3 om weg te geven! 🎁 Met wie wil jij een tropische Kerst vieren in de Aqua Mundo?

Duurzame warmte van Luminus voor Center Parcs De Vossemeren

Luminus Solutions, Vanparijs Engineers en Center Parcs hebben de handen in elkaar geslagen om het vakantiepark De Vossemeren in Lommel nog duurzamer te maken. Hiervoor werd een warmtekrachtkoppeling (WKK) geïnstalleerd in De Vossemeren die het subtropisch zwembad op duurzame wijze verwarmt.

Efficiënte productie van lokale warmte en stroom
Vanparijs Engineers, dochterbedrijf van Luminus Solutions, installeerde een WKK-eenheid  van 635 kWe  bij Center Parcs De Vossemeren. Warmtekrachtkoppeling is een technologie waarbij tegelijkertijd warmte en elektriciteit worden opgewekt, en dit met een erg grote energie-efficiëntie. De WKK bij Center Parcs Vossemeren produceert elektriciteit voor het centrale complex, ofwel de Market Dome. De warmte van de WKK en de rookgassen worden gerecupereerd en gebruikt voor de verwarming van het subtropisch zwemparadijs Aqua Mundo.

We zijn blij dat we Center Parcs De Vossemeren met de installatie van een WKK mogen helpen hun CO2-voetafdruk te verkleinen. Met deze WKK-eenheid verlaagt Center Parcs hun CO2-uitstoot met maar liefst 490 ton. Dat komt overeen met de jaarlijkse CO2-uitstoot van ongeveer 49 gezinnen. Bovendien werd er ook een warmtebuffer geïnstalleerd zodat de overtollige warmte niet verloren gaat", aldus Tomas Geeraert, Sales Account Manager van Luminus Solutions.

Bron en hele artikel: Luminus

zondag 8 december 2019

Maximale Vroegboekkorting op alle schoolvakanties!!


zaterdag 7 december 2019

New Spa Days for 2020 at Aqua Sana

Mindfulness and Balance Spa Day for 2

Where: all villages

How much: from £75pp

When is it available: Monday – Thursday from 6 January until 27 February 2020

Choose a balanced start to the new year and refuel with spa, colourful Buddha Bowls and fresh smoothies with our Mindfulness and Balance Spa Day for 2. Enjoy exploring our spa and discovery sessions for the perfect way to unwind in the forest.

Pearfectly comforting Spa Day for 2

Where: all UK villages

How much: from £95pp

When is it available: Monday – Thursday from 6 December until 27 February 2020

Combine a comforting pear and nigella seed facial with an invigorating green tea scalp treatment in our Pearfectly Comforting Spa Day for 2. Enjoy all-day access to our spa and discovery sessions, refreshments on arrival and lunch in Vitalé Café Bar for a perfect day of relaxation at Aqua Sana Spa.

Book your Spa Day or Spa Break for the ultimate start to the new year or pop in during your Center Parcs break.

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Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs Group: Full Year 2018/2019 Results

  • Revenue1 from the tourism businesses up 7.2%,
  • Robust growth in current operating profit1 to €30.9 million (vs. €9.8 million in the previous year)
  • Positive pre-tax earnings
  • Net debt down and a high level of liquidity maintained
  • Strategic reflection underway to intensify and accelerate the roll-out of the Group's transformation plan
Opening of Center Parcs Allgau

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). 

Net Profit


  • 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%.
Bron en hele artikel: Busienss Wire

vrijdag 6 december 2019

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.

Bron en hele artkel: Persbericht uk

donderdag 5 december 2019

Brown Paper Gift Wrap Hacks

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!

Tree Toppers

  • 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 Stars

  • 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.

Happy wrapping!

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woensdag 4 december 2019

A day in the life: Tootie the Elf

What is your day to day elf duties?

Every day I make children’s Christmas wishes come true

What is the hardest part of being an elf?

The most difficult part is helping Santa on Christmas Eve because it is the busiest time of the year

What do you do during the non-festive period?

When I am not helping Santa Claus in the festive period I spend time in Lapland and sing Disney songs to all the boys and girls and come up with brand new toy ideas

What is your favourite food?

Candy canes, I could eat them all-day

What does it take to be a great elf?

To succeed in being a great elf, you must have strength, courage, determination, lots of laughter and fun

What’s your favourite Hobby?

I love baking gingerbread biscuits for all of my elf friends and Santa Claus

Can you describe what it is like working for Santa Claus?

It is so magical that I get to work with Santa, it can be very busy at the time, but it is just as rewarding to know that I am helping make Christmas a success every year

Did you know…

  • The elves ofter find all the presents and pile in front of Santa’s door, so when an elf or Santa walks out they are presented with a huge pile of presents!
  • One of our mischievous elves loves to pinch the other elves hats and run away
  • The elves love to sing Christmas song all day long

To meet our elves during the festive period before they need to get back to preparing for the big day, book a Winter Wonderland break.

Words: Emily Rushworth

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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.

bron en hele artikel: Rugby Adverticser

dinsdag 3 december 2019

Recipe: Christmas Tree Chocolate Brownies

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

Ingredients

150g dark chocolate (chopped) or use half milk, half plain chocolate if preferred
190g butter (cubed)
50g cocoa
50g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
270g caster sugar
3 large eggs
50g chocolate chips

For Decoration

Icing sugar or royal icing sugar
Food colouring
Silver balls and stars

Method

  1. Grease and line an 8” or 9” loose-bottomed tin and preheat the oven to 175ºC
  2. Place the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of hot (not boiling) water and allow to gradually melt, stirring occasionally
  3. In a large bowl sift together the cocoa, baking powder and flour then stir in the sugar
  4. In a small bowl whisk the 3 eggs with a fork until combined
  5. 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
  6. Beat in the eggs and stir in the chocolate chips
  7. 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
  8. Leave to cool in the tin
  9. For the neatest edges remove from the tin and freeze for 20 minutes before you cut into 8 equal slices
  10. 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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Vakantie voordeel dagen: Maximale Vroegboekkorten (20%) op alle schoolvakanties


Alleen tijdens de Vakantie Voordeeldagen krijg je de maximale vroegboekkorting van 20% op alle schoolvakanties in 2020! En krijg tot 3 activiteiten cadeau!  Bovendien kun je ook nog gratis de locatie van je cottage kiezen 
 
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maandag 2 december 2019

Center Parcs De Haan: boekbaar, aankomsten vanaf mei 2020

OPEN VANAF MEI 2020




In Park De Haan ravotten de kleintjes in de indoor speelwereld en sporten tieners op het langste strand van België, op 1 km van het park. Genieten in het charmante centrum van De Haan of ook nog een stedentrip erbij? UNESCO werelderfgoedstad Brugge ligt maar een half uurtje verder.



 

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