Review: Center Parcs Woburn-Are We There Yet ?
Center Parcs is one of our families favourite places for a short break. Its the perfect venue for a quality family break and its definitely our security blanket of holidays, we know exactly whats in store for us when we rock up with our car full of children and holidays essentials.
We have stayed at Sherwood forest, Longleat forest and Woburn forest, Bedfordshire. This review is focusing on our stay at Wooburn Forest in October 2018 and again in January 2019.
We recently stayed in the three bedroom woodland lodge. The lodge was spacious, comfortable and well equipped. For families with little ones cots, step stools, highchairs and bed guards are provided. We always find the accommodation spotlessly clean too.
We always bring with us:
A full food shop
This has always been the easiest and the cheapest option for us, whilst Center Parcs does have a Parc Market, a well equipped supermarket its very over priced. We use it for the novelty value of using the little trolleys for top up bits like milk, bread etc and visiting the bakery counter, which is worth every penny and hey we are on holiday after all.
My little ones love feeding the birds on the patio area,we close the doors and sit back and watch the abundance of wildlife come right up to the door.
Everyone knows now that bread is bad for ducks so we always bring a little bag of duck food and head off to the lake once or twice during our break, Its a great free activity.
With the exception of arrival and departure days the park is car free allowing great (safe) freedom on the roads.
Only really applies if your visiting in the Autumn /Winter when it can get very dark walking around at night.Also ensure your bikes have lights too.
Kitchen essentials ( diswasher tablets, bin bags, washing up liquid) * a token gesture is supplied
The swimming pool
Has amazing facilities for all the family with plenty of family sized changing rooms. They have toddler plays areas with slides, water spouts and sprinklers, as well as family lazy river inside and a the firm favorite with my older children the water rapids outside. Back inside they have three further raft rides and main swimming pool with regular waves. During our visits is was always lovely and warm and most importantly, clean. We could easily spend a whole morning or afternoon there. Inside they have several places to get a drink or a bite to eat. They also provide swim jackets for little ones to use.
Our experiences of the Restaurants
We generally do mixture of eating in and have a few meals out. What we love about visiting a restaurant at Center Parcs is the majority have play areas. Ideal for entertaining the little ones between courses. We had a lovely dinner at Hucks, a very reasonably priced and tasty breakfast at Cafe Rouge, Strada my husband and I visited for dinner, but we found it average and overpriced unfortunately. The children's firm favourite is the pancake house.
When it comes to activities there really is something for every member of the family. From pottery painting to rock wall climbing, pedalo or a kettlebell class. With the option to pre book prior to your arrival. We for many years visited In December during their winter wonderland period when they offer additional activities like visit Santas grotto, horse carriage rides, biscuit decorating and meet the reindeer. The park is always decorated beautifully and guaranteed to make Christmas magical.
In terms of free activities your options are limited to the subtropical swimming pool and two play areas. On our most recent visit we didn't book any additional activities with the exception of one bowling session. We spent the majority of our time swimming and cycling.
Book as far in advance as possible for the very best Price. Center Parcs is not the place for a last minute break you will pay a premium for it. Its worth noting they offer a come back soon offer if you book a another break within 30 days of returning from your break. This guarantees you the lowest price, gives free cancellation insurance and £25 worth of vouchers.
Our midweek stay in January in a woodland three bedroom lodge was £325
Our midweek stay in October in a woodland four bedroom lodge was £675 * we paid extra on this visit to select a lodge in a specific location.
This review is based on my experiences with my family.