Going on holiday to Center Parcs can be as expensive as you want it to be.Make the most of your Center Parcs holiday by seeking out all the free activities at Center Parcs Elveden.
– Swimming is included in the cost of your holiday so you really could swim all day and all night if you wanted to. My top tips for swimming on holiday are to:-
- take more than one swimming costume, so you can dry one whilst wearing another.
- take more than one swimming towel. You can hire them from Center Parcs but they are £2 a towel, so squeeze an extra one into the suitcase and take advantage of the heated towel rail in bad weather to dry them, or we found there were plenty of places to hang them in the villas.
- Don’t get sucked into buying food and drink on site in the pool area.
- If you enter the pool area and can’t find any empty seats, walk around to your left, and either go over the bridge to find hidden chairs, or continue on up to the top of the lazy river. We always found empty chairs here.
- Explore on your first day so you find all the hidden gems this pool site has to offer, and believe me it has some lovely finds including
- two more whirlpool hot tubs past the starbucks entrance
- the entrance to the family adventure cove is hidden past the heated walls. Well worth a look if you have children, and there is plenty more seating in here too.
- go swimming in the evening, it’s a lot quieter, and there are barely any queues for the water slides.
- You can take your own inflatable rings into the pool, so take your own and don’t pay inflated prices at pool side.
– There is always wildlife around, so keep some bread handy for feeding the ducks, and you can provide plenty of free entertainment for children. Outside our villa door alone we had ducks at every meal time, rabbits, deer, geese. It was great talking to 6yo about animals whilst seeing them so close.
– On our first night here, we walked past a playground, and upon closer inspection realised there was an even bigger one just behind it. As it didn’t start getting dark until around 9pm during our stay, we were in the park two out of the four nights. When we realised we could sit on the terrace of the sports cafe and enjoy a drink, and still see 6yo playing in the park, it was even better.
– If the weather is kind to you, pack the picnic blanket, bucket and spade and pop to the small beach area. You can watch the watersports and make sandcastles. Just no swimming in this water.
– Put your coat, sunhat, wellies, sensible shoes on depending on the weather and get out there and enjoy the fresh air. You wont run out of walking space at Elvenden, it’s all flat, and you’ll get some great exercise in.
Enjoy your holiday!