Friday, 13 January 2012

Our Favourite Family Holiday

Tots 100 are running a fab competition in association with Al Fresco Holidays open to those who share their favourite holiday in a new blog entry, so here is mine!

My favourite holiday to date has to be our most recent visit to Center Parcs at Longleat Forest in March last year. We have been twice before and had a fantastic time on both occasions so it was natural to visit there again and we will definitely be going many times more in years to come.

What I love most about Center Parcs is how it has something for everyone. Our favourite part is most definitely the pool, the children would just swim all day every day if they could no questions asked and they would never get bored.

We also take advantage of the many activities they have on offer, which can be paid for in advance online or at the sports desk while you are there. Last time the children had a go on the climbing wall again, which they have used before and thoroughly enjoyed doing, even Logan who has hip/leg & mobility issues gave it a good go before he got tired.

They have a great little Crazy Golf course which the kids LOVED, while they were playing my sister and I were treated to a visit to the Aqua Sana Spa and so we left the kids with the husbands and they had a great time although it did take a little while for everyone to get round the course!

Another great aspect of Center Parcs is that there are parks dotted around the village, which is wonderful for just letting the kids run free and enjoy themselves, mine especially like the zip wire (or 'Flying Fox') and took numerous turns zipping up and down on it, sometimes two at a time.

On our first evening there we went bowling, it's only a small bowling alley but clean and the staff in the bar area at the back are very polite and understanding if your little one perhaps knocks your Pepsi all over the floor... bless the barman, he replaced the drink without me even asking, I only asked for some cloth to clean up! It was a fun start to the break (the bowling, not the drink spillage) and a nice way to spend our first night.

And of course I couldn't not mention the absolutely gorgeous scenery in the forest, which is just beautiful at any time of year. There are little waterfalls in some areas, I would definitely recommend taking a walk or riding your bike around the village and taking it all in. There is a land train for getting around too if you need a bit of extra help or just fancy the ride! We used it a handful of times when we stayed on the far side of the village.

The accommodation was excellent, very clean and tidy and when we did have to call guest services out to replace a bulb they came out straight away and had it done in no time, with no fuss and no interruption to our stay. We stayed in one of the new Woodland Lodges but have previously stayed in Comfort Plus, and we were delighted both times with the standard of cleanliness and the comfort of the villas. We chose to take our own groceries and cook for ourselves but there are plenty of restaurants on site as well as a supermarket and they also have a takeaway delivery service which offers pizzas, Chinese, and Indian food.

We have only eaten at one restaurant on site, "Hucks", and we were very pleased with their service and the food. They offer a buffet style menu for children which is out ready so no hanging around with hungry kids waiting for food! And also have a play area and even a little area with computers for the kids to use, so the grown ups can choose to let the kids eat and then go and play while they eat, if it suits.

I look forward to our next visit, which we are planning for the end of this year. I really enjoy our family time together, and there is nothing quite like a family holiday for making memories!


  1. Lovely post and pics. And I have to say I love your blog theme. It's really distinctive.


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