We've been away for a while - to Center Parks at Sherwood Forest. It was our first holiday as a family of four, and we had a great time.
We've been to Center Parcs many times; our son loves the activities, we all love the food and fresh air and the lodges are perfect for us. We usually upgrade to an Executive Lodge to get the updated decor and towels and toiletries, and this time was no exception.
One thing I noticed when booking this time though, was the three bedroom lodges are very often the same price as those with two bedrooms. So if you're searching online, try adding an extra person or two to get options with more bedrooms and compare this to the price of the smallest number of bedrooms you can get away with. For us, the extra bedroom at no cost meant our two kids could each have their own room. This meant I could feed our baby girl in the middle of the night without disturbing our son or my husband.
As our son starts school in September, we'll be going less and less. The price increase during school holiday periods for Center Parcs is shocking, and although I'm sure we'll be back, it'll mean less frequent visits.
Although the weather was a bit hit and miss, we had a great time. Our daughter loved swimming for the first time, and our son loved archery and jet skis in the pool! I take away happy memories of our first holiday with the four of us.
Are you going away this year? I'd love to hear where to - we're always looking for new ideas but somehow always end up at Center Parcs!