Center Parcs Woburn: the round up
Have finally got around to looking at all our pictures from a great trip at the beginning of February. Thought it would be handy for any of you out there visiting in the near future to pop up my tips and tricks when we have been.
This was our third trip to Center Parcs in the last year, after visiting both Woburn and Elveden locations with different members of family and having just returned from Center Parcs Woburn as our own little family unit which was lovely and different again. So here is my few bits and pieces to consider in particular to Woburn:
1. Wristbands – So you get these allocated on arrival and they are pretty handy acting as your door key to your lodges, as well as the locker keys within the swimming pool. Where we found them most useful was on entry to the pool you could link your card to a wristband allowing you to pay without bringing any money or having to watch after a bag (rather handy when running after a Toddler). This allowed us to grab coffee a LOT of it and snacks during our visit whilst keeping us free from any baggage in the pool (this is available at both Woburn and Whinfell).
2. You cannot get into your lodge until 3pm (you can pay a little more to get in at 2pm if you like) but you can use all facilities from 10am such as the pool and so on, we arrived just pre-lunch got our bearings grabbed lunch then hit the pool for the afternoon. I pack a bag with our swimming costumes and towels ready to grab when we walk up saving us trudging through our luggage.
3. You can get your car from 3pm to drive up to your accommodation, but trust me don’t rush EVERYONE runs to get their car and you can just see a pile up so stay clear, just enjoy the pool and take your time.
4. Take a pic of where you park the car once you’ve returned it to the car park following the lodge drop off! You will forget.
5. You can bring your own bikes, however we rented ours and with Darcy we also hired a trailer for the back of one of the bikes which she loved, I made Mr J cycle the bike with this attached (yes they are pretty heavy). But there brilliant and also double up as a basket for trips to the Parc Markets (late night chocolate/wine trips).
6. With regards to the self catering they do have a list of essentials and here are my suggestions:
- Tea and coffee (you get a little complimentary sachet on arrival that’s it)
- Toilet roll – unless your in an exec lodge or tree house you won’t get room service so bring more.
- Washing up liquid – again a small sachet, but if your like me cleaning bottles and cooking in the lodge you’ll need more.
- Potties if your training like us
- The lodge comes with a basic DVD player – so worth bringing some of your old classics to watch
- Old towels for the pool, if you have a cabana you will get them supplied but otherwise they will be £2 rental per day.
Don’t stress if you forget any essentials such as nappies or Calpol although expense the ParcMarket has it all (although there might be a slight mark-up).
Other than that there is countless activities to enjoy, as Darcy's still small we made the most of the pool every day (a true work out), the soft play (P.S all restaurants have a soft play area) and the bowling.
All in all a great trip and we almost needed another holiday for some downtime following a exhausting but brilliant week off together as a family.