Before I became a Mum, my husband and I had some pretty amazing holidays. We travelled around Europe in a campervan, swam with dolphins in The Dominican Republic, and danced on tables in a nightclub in Mexico. Getting away, seeing new places and experiencing new things were high on our list of priorities, because these are the things that memories are made of.
Then we had the children and wanted to have holidays with them, but this presented more of a challenge. Sure, everyone knows that family who schlepp their children all around the world, and I’m sure they have a fabulous time, kudos to them. I, however, would have a nervous breakdown. I’m not good with stress or change, so taking small children on big adventures feels like a bit too much of a challenge.
So we had to think of new types of holidays. One summer we went camping in Cornwall, which worked out well. The adventure of living in a tent, and the extra freedom that being on a campsite brings, was fun for the children and we had a great time.
However when it comes to spring or Easter holidays I’m not so keen on camping. It gets cold (particularly at night) and I do not like getting cold. So we have been on a couple of UK weekend breaks to Center Parcs in recent times. I like Center Parcs a lot. It’s in the forest, which feels particularly wholesome (fitting in with my wholesome family prancing in the woods dream nicely) and there are loads of things to do.
There is a swimming pool with slides, an outdoor pool (who doesn’t love the warm outdoor pool, English rain combo) and a wave machine, which the kids love! Plenty of play areas scattered across the site. Plus if you are feeling flush, you can also book yourselves onto one of the many organised activities that run throughout the day.
We are headed to Center Parcs again this year for another of our Easter breaks away, and I’m counting down the weeks already.