Emma

by Emma

Center Parcs has been around for yonks, right? But I have to confess that I never thought I was a Center Parcs kind of girl. I mean, there’s lots of activities going on isn’t there? And I generally prefer to chill on a holiday. So why have I been twice? Because it turns out I very much am a Center Parcs kind of girl because it is the perfect venue for some group holidaying.

I’m a social being, I love spending time with my friends, and the beauty of Center Parcs is that it has something for everyone.

So when my friend decided to have her 30th birthday celebrations at Center Parcs in Woburn, I was super excited about spending a long weekend there in January to get 2016 off to a belting start.

Woburn is the newest addition to the Center Parcs family. Set in a beautiful 365 acre forest complete with a picturesque lake and stylish modern lodges, it’s only an hour from London and is even more convenient for us Northamptonshire folk.

Exploring the UK, a winter getaway, Center Parcs Woburn, via Year of the Yes

As we were going for a special occasion we shunned a standard lodge for the executive version. Ours came complete with en-suite rooms, a games room, sauna, and a huge spacious socialising area so it really did feel worth the extra pennies – but I have also stayed in one of the standard lodges at another Parc and although slightly more compact it worked just as well.

Exploring the UK, a winter getaway, Center Parcs Woburn, via Year of the Yes

Exploring the UK, a winter getaway, Center Parcs Woburn, via Year of the Yes

We actually had a few too many people to accommodate in our lodge, so two of our party stayed in the hotel. Obviously I couldn’t resist a sneaky peak so that I could report back for you all, and their twin room was certainly very chic with lovely views and all the amenities you would need. The only slightly strange thing is that the shower was within the main room (albeit at the back of the sleeping area) and didn’t have a screened door … leaving your roommate on full view. Slightly weird in a twin room, but certainly nothing that would put me off staying there.

Now, I won’t deny it can get a bit pricey. We paid just over £250 per couple, and if you really indulge in a lot of the activities it can really stack up. But there is also lots to do there that doesn’t cost the earth…

First and foremost there is the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, not only is this completely free to use, it is also my favourite thing about Centre Parcs. There’s the winding outdoor rapids that you can zoom down with your friends in tow, and some epic single and multi-person flumes. And as if that isn’t enough, you can chill out on the lazy river when you have had too much. There are separate pools and slides for kiddies too, so there is fun for all the family.

Exploring the UK, a winter getaway, Center Parcs Woburn, via Year of the Yes

If you are looking for additional entertainment outside of the pool, the list of activities is endless. But to give you an idea of the things that we did, without too much extra cost – we spent one evening bowling and some of the party hit the badminton court, both of which were really reasonable.

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to give the crazy golf a go, it would definitely be a must-do activity if you are visiting in the summer months.

Exploring the UK, a winter getaway, Center Parcs Woburn, via Year of the Yes

We also took advantage of the amenities onsite with a special meal at the Cafe Rouge onsite. The food was delicious, though the service wasn’t as great as I have experienced in previous restaurants from the same chain, but as we were having a relaxed evening it was fine by us.

Exploring the UK, a winter getaway, Center Parcs Woburn, via Year of the Yes

Much of the rest of our time was spent partying, or chilling in our lodge.

But we did also have one other indulgence… with a three hour slot at the Aqua Sana Spa. This relaxing paradise is open to non-Centre Parcs residents as well, so you don’t have to be on holiday to enjoy the six different spa zones on offer there, with a multitude of rooms and experiences.

 

So, after an action packed four days I am already looking forward to my next visit to Centre Parcs, and if you are looking for a fun getaway then this should certainly be on your wishlist.

Exploring the UK, a winter getaway, Center Parcs Woburn, via Year of the Yes

 

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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