Pamela Hoey discovers some early festive fun at Centre Parcs
Pamela Hoey gets into the Christmas spirit at Center Parcs
EVEN for Cumbria, snow in the second week of November is a bit early. We had just arrived at Centre Parcs’s Whinfell Forest site, when we were met by a layer of snow at the entrance and a rather jolly reindeer covered in lights.
This was the beginning of a weekend of fun as part of the site’s Winter Wonderland themed breaks. Father Christmas is in residence in his grotto surrounded by workshops, there are Christmas themed activities such as bauble making and learning about reindeer – there is even a pantomime (Jack and the Beastalk).
But before the festivities began we had to get to our accommodation. We were staying in an Original Style Executive, four bedroomed lodge with en suites to every room and rather excitingly for the children, flat screened TVs in each. The rooms, two double and two twin, put me in mind of a boutique style hotel, tastefully decorated with plenty of storage.
We had arranged for a welcome pack which included essentials such as tea, coffee, milk and bread. For anything else you may need there is a supermarket in the village centre, literally the centre of the park, where the tropical pool is, the hub for most of our stay.
The main attraction of Center Parcs seems to be the never-ending supply of activities on offer. The park is geared up for Christmas right now.
For those with younger children you can visit Father Christmas in his grotto, where the elves are busy with last minute details for Christmas Eve. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and get a present.
But, as with much on the park, you are advised to book in advance as this is very popular. There are other Christmas themed diversions on offer, but we had taken older children and the magical delights of Santa’s Woodland Workshop could not tempt them away from the more exciting activities on offer.