Just come back from a fabulous weekend at center parcs, Sherwood Forrest. Had a 2 bed villa in the woods, which had been nicely updated to modern decor and a bit of a refit.
It always amazes me that we have the weekend in the woods at a center parcs, in a small villa, less than half the size of our own house, but it never feels like a tight fit! So basically everything we have in our house, all that stuff and clutter is unnecessary! Proof!
We usually go around this time of year, and being Britain it means you can have any weather! Last year we arrived and had ice creams on the beach, this year it was snowing! But that never affects us (or anyone else) at CP!
We thoroughly enjoyed the pool as ever, and a new (to us if not the park) ride at the pool, a huge inflatable ring that fits the whole family, and shoots you down a great big wet slide! And despite the occasional long queue… It was Awesome! Although I did miss the lazy river they have at the Elevden one… I like that!
We also booked archery and badminton for the first time with the kids this time, and both activities were really good. During archery the kids didn’t get bullseyes, or hit the targets too often but they improved through the session and really enjoy it. I was very rubbish! If we were relying on my skills as a hunter with a bow for dinner this weekend… Well, we would have certainly gone home lighter!
The boy was a badminton demon! At just 6 I was really impressed with his hand eye coordination, especially given he was playing with a racket that is not the right size for him at all! It looked very out if proportion! But he was regularly hitting the shuttlecock back over the net, and even took the odd one back on the run.. Excellent!
My daughter enjoyed the short tennis with her friends more I think, but was equally keen! I think we will explore more racket sports with the pair of them.
Best of all though, for me, is always the cycling. Largely car free, in the beautiful trees, it’s a great place for the whole family to get out on the bikes. It’s not hilly, not really hilly at Nottingham, but if you are 6 or 8, as our kids now just are, there are some challenges. If you are riding a 12″ wheeled Ben Ten bike, or one with no gears, as they both were, even more of a challenge! But, although there were a few whines, they just got on with it and rode their little legs off!
It was a brilliant weekend away, really tip top! It can be a little pricey at CP, but if you book well, there are usually a few good deals in the year, and I would recommend it highly to everyone! Go! Go now!