Travel | We went to Center Parcs!

January 10, 2016

Hello Everyone!

Just before New Year we went on a little break away to Center Parcs! We visited our favourite one, Sherwood Forest near Nottingham. I’ve been going here since I was 11 weeks old and I’ll never get bored of it!



Our break was classed as a pre new year break on their website, and we spent 3 nights there (27th-30th December). In total there was 6 of us so we had a 3 bedroom woodland lodge villa. There are different types of villas they have which you can choose from, we tend to stay in the Executive woodland lodge usually just because it comes with en suites in every bedroom, wifi etc, but as it was over the Christmas period it was just way too expensive but this one was just as lovely!

The aim of this little break was just to relax and have some family time as we’d all had a busy few months. We arrived lunch time on December 27th and as you couldn’t check into your villa until 3pm we decided to head to the Foresters Inn for some lunch as we knew the swimming pool would be really busy with it being change over day.

Over the next few days of our holiday we went swimming usually on a morning so that we could grab some seats as we found there wasn’t enough for the volume of people (this could just be because it was the holidays). On the first night we did go swimming when it was dark though which I highly recommend as it looks really pretty with all of the lights! We also went bowling one night before we went out for a meal which are a laugh!

Whilst we were there we also ate at Hucks, the Pancake house and ordered from Dining In (their takeaway). My favourite was Hucks as the burgers were great and portion sizes were good, but we had trouble getting a table booked as every restaurant was fully booked unless you were happy to eat about 8/9pm which we had to do. We felt it was worth it though! I liked the pancake house too, I had the maple syrup american ones, mmm!

They also had fireworks on the Tuesday night which we thought were really good as we were told there wasn’t going to be any, so we were pleased with that 🙂




Overall, we were very happy with our little break, and are thinking of doing the same again between Christmas and New Year this year, it’s just a shame that they make the prices so extortionate when it’s the holidays as it’s a great place for families.

Have you ever been? If you have, which is your favourite? 🙂

Sophie xx


  • anxiousgeek

    January 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve never been to a center parcs it looks awesome!

  • Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)

    January 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Oh this has made me miss Centerparcs even more. Up until last December we had been ever year for 7 years! Longleat was where we stayed. We LOVE it there – but yes, I agree with the horrific price hikes at holiday times. Kaz x

    1. Sophie Allan

      January 10, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      It’s such a magical place! I’ve only been to longleat once when I was too young to remember so hope to go there some point! X

  • Sarah Cantwell

    January 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve never been to centre parks but hopefully going for the first time in March. It looks like there is so much to do xx

    1. Sophie Allan

      January 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Aw I hope you do and you get to enjoy it! 🙂 xx

  • Jenna

    January 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve been to a few of the center parcs locations but never Sherwood.

    I’m having a girly weekend at Elveden in March and I cannot wait. This post has got me even more excited. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of Center Parcs either. 🙂

    1. Sophie Allan

      January 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Aw I love elveden! Their new ride is really good but i think it’s scary haha! Hope you have a lovely time! Xx

  • Monroe Bishop

    January 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Great pics, they definitely captured a great weekend at the park, Thanks for sharing

    1. Sophie Allan

      January 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Thank you 🙂 x

  • Life as Mum

    January 11, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go there! Those pancakes look delicious!! Sounds like you had a great time

    1. Sophie Allan

      January 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

      They were! You can get so many different ones! Thank you for reading 🙂 x

  • lambandbear

    January 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I’ve stayed at the Thetford Centre Parcs and loved it. I’d love to try the one in Sherwood Forest. xx

    1. Sophie Allan

      January 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

      I love that one too! It’s about 4 hours from mine though so it’s rare we go but their new ride is good! Xx

  • Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid

    January 12, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Oh it looks like you had a great time there! I have only been to Center Parcs once, I was newly pregnant so wasnt feeling too well and didn’t have the best time. I’d love to go back though x

    1. Sophie Allan

      January 18, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      I did thank you! And aw that’s a shame! Hopefully you’ll get to go back one day 🙂 x

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