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10 reasons why you should go to Center Parcs.

So, I went to one of my all time favourite places with my boyfriend Reece, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest. I used to go all the time when I was younger with my family so it meant so much to be going back here and I had the best time. Here is 10 reasons why you should go to Center Parcs. Click here to watch my holiday video.



You are in the middle of Sherwood Forest, of course the views are going to be amazing, you are literally living in a forest. There are so many beautiful views at Center Parcs thanks to the nature. Bright blue skies in the summer, dark lit up forest in the winter, perfect every single season. One of my favourite views was this lake. There are plenty of pretty ponds and streams but this lake is something else.


2. Subtropical Swimming Paradise


Swimming is hands down one of the best things about Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.  The swimming is called “Subtropical Swimming Paradise” and it is, literally, a paradise. It is heated to 29.5C all year round and covered in green tropical plants, rocks and trees.  There is so much to do,  a Wave Pool, Wild Water Rapids, Outside Pool, Flumes, The Grand Cascade (dingy slide), Jacuzzis, Plunge Pool(very cold), Lane Pool, Bubble Pool, Multiple kids pools for all ages. You could spend all day here, writing about it makes me want to go back so much. The outside pool looks beautiful at night when it is all lit up and the sky is dark. I used an action camera to film some footage whilst swimming, so if you want to see what it is like inside, watch my video!


3. The Village


So The Village Square is where it is all happening, it is where the shops including “The Parc Market” (where you get your groceries) is located, as well as The Subtropical Paradise, restaurants and bars. It is covered with trees and there is a little stream that runs through it which is filled with fish. Whilst I was there, a duck family were living in this stream and it was so cute seeing the ducklings every day.

4. Food


Center Parcs has lots of restaurants, most of them located in The Village. I am going to talk about my favourite 3 and I am only going to talk about what I had not what Reece had so veggies stay tuned!

Picture 1 : Rajinda Pradesh: The food here was Indian food and it was so nice! I had two different potato dishes and oh my god! They were so good. Everything was from the rice to the naan-bread. The most expensive but 100% worth it. I also had a WATERMELON Mojito…again, amazing.

Picture 2: Sports Cafe:  The sports cafe is located in “Jardin Des Sport”. I had a chip and cheese toastie with salt and vinegar crisps, I don’t think I need to say anything else about it. (I had this meal twice in 5 days)

Picture 3: The Pancake House: Full of sweet or savoury pancakes, the perfect breakfast, I had a cookie dough stack of pancakes with chocolate sauce and cream.

5. Animals


There are animals everywhere. You will wake up in the morning to ducks tapping on your patio door, it is honestly the best thing. Squirrels, ducks, birds and rabbits are EVERYWHERE, you will be lucky to see hedgehogs, bats, owls, foxes and deer as most of them come out at night. I am sure there are plenty more animals in this forest. Best memories from this holiday is when me and Reece were in bed and we heard a noise, looked out the window and there were 2 hedgehogs eating some seeds we have left out. We also got followed multiple times by hungry ducks!

6. Treats


Treats is a classic at Center Parcs. It has changed slightly since I last went years and years ago but it still sells the same goodies. ‘Treats’ basically sells sweets, chocolates, lollies, fudge, biscuits, ice cream and more! It is pretty well known for its amazing pic n mix but for me being a veggie, it wasn’t very good. I could have a lot of other things though. There is also a vegan section. Treats is literally, full of treats.If you want to see inside the shop then watch my holiday video.

7. Jardin Des Sport

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Jardin Des Sports is french for “Garden Of Sport” and it is full of activities such as Badminton, Tennis and lots others that you can see on the picture. It is also full of pool tables. There is a sports shop, a bar, a sports cafe, bowling alley, play areas, lots and lots of fun things to do. The interior inside is amazing, full of plants. Me and Reece spent Wednesday evening in here watching England loose in the semi final hahaha! 🙁

8. Nature Centre


When I was younger I used to come here in the evening had hold owls and learn all about them, it was really great and that is where my love for owls started. It is a nature centre full of information about lots of different animals and plants. There are really interested things here like a bees nest, a hedgehog nest and things like that. Outside, there is a big lake you can walk around which leads you to a “queit area” where you can sit in a shelter and watch lots of different animals and plants through a window. It is a really calming place to be.

9. Accommodation

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There is the most amazing selection of lodges available for you to choose at Center Parcs from such as Woodland Lodges, Executive Lodges, Waterside Lodges, Honeymoon Lodges and more. Me and Reece stayed in a Woodland Lodge and it was absolutely beautiful. The dream is to stay in one of the Tree Houses which has your own hot tub, game room, sauna and more, and is in fact, a literal tree house. Childhood dream came true! The picture above is of a Tree House.

10. Aqua Sana 

I have never been here before but I know the Aqua Sauna at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest offer a wide selection of amazing treatments from massages to spa treatments. You can also book day visits there without booking for a holiday at Center Parcs. Picture is taken from google, make sure to check out the Aqua Sauna website.


So there you have it, 10 reasons why you should go to Center Parcs. I will be updating a “5 activies to do in Center Parcs” blog post soon, as I couldn’t include them in this the post would be way too long!

Have you been to Center Parcs before? If not, do you want to go? I would love to hear your opinions.


Thanks so much for reading it means the world to me xxx



  1. August 12, 2018 / 2:17 am

    Sherwood Forest looks amazing! I am a sucker for the different types of pools. The food looks delicious as well – my boyfriend would LOVE those pancakes. For some reason, I always like a place more when there are lots of random animals (not rodents) roaming around. It’s great that this is also a resort for guests to learn about nature as well – without all of the hassles. Glad you enjoyed your time out there~

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • sharnah
      August 21, 2018 / 7:31 pm

      It really is amazing! I love different pools too. I bet he would because they were so nice, I wish I could eat pancakes like that everyday! Yeah me too I love animals. Thanks so much for the lovely comment Nancy it is so nice knowing someone has actually read my post 🙂 I really appreciate it xxx

  2. August 12, 2018 / 10:11 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Center Parcs but never had the chance! After reading this I now want to go even more especially to try those cookie dough pancakes they look amazing! But honestly it always looks beautiful so I definitely need to book myself a trip there!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:20 am

      Do it Jess it is honestly amazing!! Thank you for reading xx

  3. August 12, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    I’ve never been to Centre Parcs, I’ve always thought it was more of a family thing, but that looks like something I’d LOVE. It looks it would be bloody perfect for some time in nature and away from my phone, which I think a lot of us would need!

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:21 am

      It is great for families but it is also great for a couple holiday or a girly holiday, depending on your interests! There is so much beautiful nature. Yes that is so true! The perfect little break away, thanks for reading x

  4. August 16, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    I had heard of central parcs but never been! it looks amazing! that would sure make for a great weekend. That aqua sana though…

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Thanks for reading, it really is a great weekend away

  5. Lisa's Notebook
    August 16, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    We have a Centre Parcs just down the road from us (Longleat) and I think that’s why I’ve never stayed there – it seems like too close to home, haha. But I’ve heard really good things about other Centre Parcs and your review is making me think that perhaps we shoudl investigate further. Thank you so much for sharing and I’m glad you had a good holiday! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:26 am

      I live in Nottingham and I have always been to the Sherwood Forest Nottingham one! It is close to home but it is so different, you feel like you are hundreds of miles away! I would recommend going 100%! The Sherwood Forest one is amazing and I am sure so many others are! Thanks for reading Lisa xx

  6. August 16, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I’ve never been to a Center Parcs before but from your post, it looks amazing! I love the idea of a subtropical pool, I’d be there all the time! Also, treats and pancakes sound perfect! It all looks fantastic and it’s great everything is all in one place! Thanks for sharing Shar! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:27 am

      It really is amazing! You do want to spend all your time in the pool because it is so lovely! Thanks so much for reading xx

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:28 am

      They were really nice!

  7. August 17, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I’ve never been to Center Parcs but it looks so good! Definitely going to check out the Pancake house if I go!

    Jas xx

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:29 am

      It is really good!! Thanks for reading x

  8. August 18, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Sounds like you had a fantastic time! I went to this Center Parcs with my friends when we finished university and it was such a fun holiday. I have also visited another one in Whinfell Forest with my son and my parents. I didn’t know about the spa until I read this post, I’m not into splashing around in the pool I just like having a nice quiet swim so the spa sounds like heaven.

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:30 am

      I would love to go with my friends when we finish uni! That is such a good idea! Which one did you enjoy more? Whinfell or Sherwood? I am so biased towards Sherwood haha I wouldn’t try anywhere else! Thanks so much for reading x

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:31 am

      It is amazing when you are older too!

  9. August 18, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    I used to go all the time when I was a kid but I haven’t been since I was about 16/17. You’re right about the views though. And there’s always so many fun activities. It would be fun to go back again x


    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Me too! Did you go to the Sherwood Forest one? I would deffo go again now you are older it is just as good! Thanks for reading sophie x

  10. August 19, 2018 / 8:50 am

    It looks really great.. I’ve considered centre parcs and few times but never got round to going to one. Might need to give it a try some day.. thanks for sharing


    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks for reading Louise x

  11. August 19, 2018 / 9:43 am

    I LOVE Sherwood Forest CP and have had many happy memories there. Can’t wait to go back next year! The Subtropical Paradise is a huge plus as it’s free and I love the arcade too. <3

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      Me too! I didn’t go in the arcade this time however! Thanks for reading x

  12. August 19, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I have never been to centre parcs but i definitely will be in the future! such a lovely post. xx

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      thank you xx

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you, you should go again!

  13. August 19, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I’ve never been to a Center Parcs resort before but I’d love to visit this one. The nature aspect looks amazing. And the food and views look fantastic. It’s not what I would have expected from Center Parcs, if I’m honest. It looks so much nicer than I thought it would 😀

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Center Parcs really is amazing if you went you would have the best time! Thanks for reading!

  14. August 19, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Great post! This looks like such a great place, might have to add this to my bucket list x

    • sharnah
      August 24, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      It really is great! Thanks for reading! x

  15. August 20, 2018 / 10:21 am

    oh my god, this actually sounds amazing! I’ve never been to center parcs (and honestly thought it was like a kid thing) but it looks like a really lovely little holiday spot xx

    • sharnah
      September 15, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      It is great for kids but it is so amazing for everyone! xx

  16. March 21, 2019 / 11:34 pm

    This is where I need to be right now! I’m going to look into it and hopefully book a trip for next month or something, I need a little getaway somewhere secluded just for a few days or so, my mental health needs it.

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    • sharnah
      March 21, 2019 / 11:35 pm

      Center Parcs Sherwood Forest is a must 😏😏

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