I've put together a few handy tips if you are heading to Center Parcs this year so I hope they help and enjoy your holiday!
1/ Have a look at the activities you can do online and book any you are keen on as if you leave it until you arrive (like we did) the chances are they will be fully booked. You can book up to 6 months in advance
2/ Bring your bikes-there are loads of fab cycle routes
3/ Remember your swimwear and towels for swimming (the accommodation do provide towels but not extra ones for swimming) as the swimming pool is a major feature of Center Parcs with lazy rivers, huge slides (I'm a scaredy cat but I did give them a go and they were a lot of fun!) and wave machines
4/ Eating out is nice a couple of times during your stay but can be pretty pricey so do a food shop before you arrive and take it in turns to cook dinner or bring a couple of pre-cooked meals so you can just reheat and relax
5/ Feeding the ducks was one of Max's favourite things to do and there are plenty of them that inhabit Center Parcs so rather than giving them bread which actually isn't good on their stomachs take some bird seed, sweet corn or a few porridge oats for their daily snack
6/ Take warm clothes and comfy footwear-it's lovely getting out in the fresh air but if you're cold and in heels you won't enjoy it so layer up and pop some wellies on
7/ You can choose the location of your lodge for a small charge-we got lucky and ended up being directly opposite the swimming pool but the site is huge and can be a real trek if you're heading to the pool or playground multiple times a day so it may be worth requesting a lodge close to where you're going to be most-if not then all the walking will keep you fit!
8/ Register your car details and group names online prior to arrival to ensure a quick check in-the kids will thank you!
9/ If you have requested a cot they are comfortable but they are slimline so if your baby likes to move about (Max is a real wriggler) then perhaps consider bringing your travel cot that they are used to and don't forget cot sheets and their cot comforters - teddies, blankies, Ewan Dream Sheep etc
10/ Check out time from the lodge is 10am so it's a good idea to pack everything up the night before so it leaves your final morning stress free and you can relax before heading home