5 Top Tips For Planning A Visit To Center Parcs.

Going on holiday – abroad or at home, can be a stressful time. Especially financially. It can easily and quickly all add up. Granted Center Parcs may not be the ‘cheaper’ option of a family holiday. However I do believe that you get what you pay for and in most ways and terms, this rings true with Center Parcs. Though that’s not to say that saving money here and there wouldn’t go a miss and there’s definitely the opportunity to.

I am no way claiming to be an expert. Neither is this post in association with Center Parcs. These are purely the thoughts of my husband and I through what we have learnt over our three visits, which I thought would be helpful to share. So here are our 5 top tips for Center Parcs.

 

Book a year in advance –

 This may be something you already do. As I mentioned above, I’m aware Center Parcs isn’t the cheapest place to visit, however with the ability to book near a year in advance, it surely makes me a little more possible. As with most holidays, a deposit it paid at the time of booking and then you have up until two months before your visit to pay the remaining balance. We chose to pay monthly. Dividing the amount into the months left. This made it easier to pay than one large lump sum.

Book restaurants in advance

I wouldn’t say this is an imperative one for the length of your stay, as there’s always the possibility of enquiring in places whilst you’re out and about. However, I would suggest in booking your first night, especially if you plan to visit The Lake House, at Whinfell Forest, as they do get booked up pretty quickly. As we’ve found in the past.

 

Shop before you arrive – 

This is something we’ve done from our first visit. We have shopped at the Parc Mart once, but never again. Not for the big shop. It’s great for forgotten items, or you’ve ran out of milk etc, but the prices are considerably more than what you’d pay at the nearest supermarket. For us, we always stop at Morrisons in Penrith, with a written shopping list that we put together before we set off.

Unless it’s a seasonal visit/school holiday, don’t panic on booking all activities – 

Having visited at Christmas we were very aware of supply and demand of activities. Everyone wants to see Santa right! So it was a no-brainer that we had to book such activities pretty sharpish to get slots that we’d like over slots we’d work with. However, our other visits to Center Parcs have been during term time. Although still busy with children we’ve never found an activity full booked. Just booked up on particular days. If you’re looking to make an itinerary then book in advance. If there’s an activity that you 100% want to do, then book it. Failing that, just play it by ear.

 

Download the app – 

The Center Parcs app is something we became aware of on our visit last year. After downloading, simply entering your booking details gives you access to a site map, your itinerary (if you’ve booked things), the ability to book activities and restaurants, take pictures and general Parc information. It was great to just have quick and easy access to booking activities and also see day to day what we had booked to plan our day around.

 

 

Have you visited Center Parcs? – Do you have any tips of your own? –

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6 Comments

  1. 19th April 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Definitely with you on doing the big shop somewhere else, the shops in centre parcs are so expensive!

    • crelgey
      21st May 2017 / 7:09 am

      I wouldn’t say there pounds and pounds more expensive, but if you were to do your weekly shop there, it would definitely add up! x

  2. 19th April 2017 / 6:10 pm

    We were so lucky when we visited Whinfell because the weather was beautiful. It meant we just paid for bike hire and then spent our days racing round on our bikes. Such a bargain considering how long we spent on them, the lovely weather meant we didn’t book any other activities at all!

  3. 19th April 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I’ve never been to centre packs, I’d love to visit one day as it looks like such a cool holiday.

    Corinne x

  4. 22nd April 2017 / 6:33 pm

    I do really want to visit Centre Parcs, and I look every year, but the price has always put me off. I’m determined to go one day though, just to see what all the fuss is about! 😀
    With school aged kids we are tied to school holidays which I know can make a big difference to price, but I might just have to keep my eyes peeled for a bargain! x

    • crelgey
      21st May 2017 / 8:01 am

      It can be pricey. Especially during school holidays, as with most places, their prices go up. But it’s definitely somewhere you need to try once! x

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