Golden Anniversary Weekend at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

Back in October we celebrated my mum and dad’s golden anniversary weekend at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

FIFTY YEARS!!! Such a huge milestone!

They had decided ages ago that they wanted to take us all away for the weekend.

We wanted somewhere that would appeal to all ages and — as my heavily pregnant sister wasn’t able to fly — we looked for places fairly close to home. After a bit of research, we decided to book three nights away at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest.

There were nine of us in total (if you didn’t include the bump) — six adults and three little ones — and we stayed in two lodges, which were literally next door to each other.

Lodge 196 at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest

The accommodation was lovely; the kind of perfectly formed little house that I would have just wanted to move into, in my twenties.

Ours had a well appointed kitchen, a bathroom and cloakroom, two bedrooms and a lovely open plan living area.

But the best thing about it was, the HUGE picture window that flanked one side, which enabled you to look out into the gorgeous woodland setting.

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Our little sitting room at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest.
Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest
My boy in his natural habitat!
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One of the bedrooms in our lodge.
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All lined up and ready for the great outdoors.

Inside Outside

Talk about feeling at one with nature. It was absolutely glorious.

We had the most perfect bird’s eye view — if you’ll pardon the pun — of rabbits, water-fowl, squirrels and we were lucky enough to even spot a little stoat.

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So much wildlife to see.
Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest
Especially sitting in the lodges, looking out…

Eating in — and dining out!

As the lodges were fully self catering, we’d taken food with us but also took advantage of the great eateries on site.

We had a takeaway delivered to the lodge on the first night and ate out on a couple of occasions too.

Center Parcs have an on-site babysitting service and you can go out for a meal, safe in the knowledge that your little one is safely tucked up in bed and being well looked after.

We ate pancakes for brunch one day, Italian for lunch on another plus a celebratory evening meal at Huck’s American Bar and Grill.

I had read lots of reviews about Hucks — some good, some bad. I’ve written a full round-up of our experience of Huck’s Diner in this post.

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Takeway on the first night! Thai, Chinese and Pizza.
Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest
And after that we literally ate ourselves around the world! Italian, American, Indian…
Scenes from such a fun night. Many thanks to Heather, our lovely waitress!
Our happy family — on a rare night out without the littles!

Fun For All The Family

For a family spanning in age from 3 to 73 — we couldn’t really have picked a better location; Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest has so much to offer.

From gentle walks and spa treatments to a Segway experience for the big boys, we filled our time with so many lovely activities.

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting to be honest. I had (wrongly) assumed that everything revolved around the indoor swimming areas.

But there was so much more to it than that. Loads to do indoors — and outdoors too — certainly more than just swimming or cycling!

We played crazy golf; an experience that was made all the better for the little ones with a smoke machine in an enchanted castle.

We also spent a happy couple of hours playing on a man-made beach that had a fantastic play area for the kids.

All of the photos from my October Siblings post were taken there in fact.

Swimming, Spa Days and Owls

We spent lots of time in the Subtropical swimming paradise which the twins absolutely loved. It gave them an opportunity to use the amazing swimming vests we took to Sardinia with us, as there were lots of gentle little slides and shallow pools for them to splash around in.

The big boys (my boy and brother-in-law) had fun on the more hectic flumes and rides — there was a bit of a queue for these — whilst my parents and I chilled out in the spa-pools.

My mum, sister and I also went to the fabulous Aqua Sana spa for a little pampering session; you really appreciate a massage when you’ve been doing so much cycling and walking.

But the very best thing we did, without question, was the Encounter with Owls experience. I can’t actually put into words just how brilliant and worthwhile this was.

For an experience for the whole family, spanning generations, it was perfect. I’ve written about our adventure here.

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So What Did We Really Think of Center Parcs Sherwood Forest?

We had such a memorable weekend at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest.

It’s the perfect place for families to get away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. It offers so many exciting and different activities to try. Or you can simply kick back, relax and get a little closer to nature.

It had something to offer every member of our family and we wished that we’d booked to stay for a full week, rather than four days. It was awesome.

Thank you so much to my mum and dad for treating to us all to an amazing weekend — and thanks also to the lovely team at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest for helping to make our time there even more memorable.

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

16 thoughts on “Golden Anniversary Weekend at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

    1. Honestly — it was absolutely BRILLIANT! I didn’t really know what to expect — I’d heard various things from various people — and it totally exceeded all expectations. It can be fairly expensive to eat out constantly and do loads of activities but no more so than if you were eating out or filling a weekend with activities anywhere else!! I think — for everything that you can do in one place — it’s amazing!! Would definitely go back! :)

  1. Wow 50 years is incredible.

    We love Centre Parcs, it is always a great place for families of generations. We haven’t been for 3 years but thinking of going back this year.

    Looks like you made many memories for a lifetime xx

  2. Aaah 50 years- how special?! I really want to ‘do’ Centre Parcs properly, as I’ve been to the Sherwood Forest one for the day with my Mum to use the spa but otherwise am a Centre Parcs virgin! It always looks so much fun and well equipped for the whole family, and I know so many of the mums at school who always seem to be going when it’s the holidays! x

    1. I know!! 50 whole years — it’s amazing!! And yep – it was my first time too. I was so impressed — there was SO much to choose from to do. I’ve spoken to people who’ve said it’s expensive but — to be honest — if you’re packing in three or four activities over a weekend AND eating out every mealtime, even if you were staying at home, it would still be expensive!! I think it was great value if I consider how many things we did and how many times we ate out. It was a treat weekend, that’s for sure! :)

    1. Thanks Carie ;) I tried my level best with that burger!!! :) The owls were definitely the highlight — it was SO good!!! Such a fantastic place for a family celebration — will pass on your congratulations! xx

  3. We’ve been to Centre Parcs in Holland and it was brilliant for the children. Like your sister, I was heavily pregnant at the time but it was such a relaxing break. The children were brilliantly catered for and the woodlands were beautiful. We saw rabbits, deer, ducks, … We even went fishing. I always say it is a great break with pre-schoolers as long as you know it is a child-centered holiday.

    1. I thought it was amazing — I’d no idea what to expect to be honest!! It would be fantastic to go to a Center Parcs abroad!! I’m not sure I agree about it being totally child centred though, my mum and dad loved it and would be happy to go on their own. I think it spans the generations and has something to offer everyone :) And, for us, having the babysitting service was fantastic! :) It was so lovely to be able to go out and not have to worry about being on-duty for an evening :) xx

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