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Action Activities For Guests At Center Parcs May 12, 2012

Action Holidays at Center Parcs

As well as all the traditional sports such as tennis, badminton & pool, Center Parcs also offers many outdoor activities to get your blood pumping and heart racing. There are adrenaline sports such as paintball and wall climbing as well as clever thinking and nous, such as the Aerial Adventure. Coming out to Center Parcs is a great place to explore your sense of adventure and experience new challenges.

Here are my top 3 recommendations:

Aerial Adventure

This is brilliant for everyone, if you have kids, couple’s, stag/hen parties, whatever. This is a course that is 30 foot in the air. You are safely harnessed up and it is your challenge to get to the other side. Along the way are a variety of obstacles that will make it more and more difficult to finish up on the zip wire at the end.

This is a fairly expensive activity costing £25 per person and containing only one attempt at the course. However a good trick is to book up the morning slots (before 10.am) or the evening ones (after 5.pm). These are the off peak hours for this activity and will save you £7 per person. If there is a large group of you this is something you probably want to consider as it will save a considerable amount.

Additionally if you have small children it is advisable to get them measured before booking. The height limit is 1 metre 22cm and many children do get turned away. This is also an opportunity for everyone else as it obviously frees up a space so if you see a session happening, ask them if everyone has turned up. If they haven’t you can join in and then go and pay after.

This activity ends in a zip wire that takes you over half the lake. This is what the children love and is a great opportunity for you to get an action photo of them.

Climbing Skills/ High Ropes

This is situated on the other side of the lake than the aerial adventure and is more skills based. Many guests ask the difference and the only real difference is that you are taught the basics and given a much better understanding of how to handle yourself whilst strapped to a harness.

Whereas the aerial adventure is meant purely for enjoyment and entertainment, this is a little more serious. The sessions last 2 hours and are the same price as the aerial adventure so offer much better value for money.

If you have an interest in climbing or are looking to start climbing then this will be more suited to you. The staff are excellent and all highly trained. They make the sessions extremely enjoyable and you will play a number of different games and take part in various exercises. These include capture the flag in which you have to climb to the top of the wall the fastest whilst competing as a team. Whilst aimed at everybody, for children under their teenage years I would recommend the aerial adventure.

 

Horse Riding

Although it may not be viewed as the most daring or enthralling activity, for those who have never done it before it is something completely different and exciting. There are a number of different difficulty levels and courses for different age groups. This is the perfect opportunity to try out this age old tradition in a safe environment.

What many guests don’t realise is that the horse riding takes place off site. This is something you should be aware of and probably isn’t advertised enough. Depending on the session you book in for, you need to check whether you will be transported by bus (which happens on woodland walk sessions) or whether you will have to make your own way there.

This is a great activity for children who have never experienced horse riding before. Again the staff are very understanding and helpful. It is very enjoyable and an activity I would definitely recommend.

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Activities In The Local Area For Couple’s At Center Parcs May 4, 2012

If you’re coming from far away or just want to explore the surrounding areas then there are plenty of places that you can visit:

Bath

Bath is well known for its stunning architecture, Roman Baths and is a World Heritage City. Conveniently it is only about half an hour’s drive from Center Parcs  as well. Bath is the perfect city for a couple to take a romantic stroll, taking in all the beautiful buildings and enjoying the mixture of street entertainers and quaint shops.

There is something to meet all needs and tastes in bath. You may want to go to the local racecourse and have a flutter. There are various bars and restaurants that you may wish to visit, Yak Yeti Yak is a Nepalese restaurant where you can choose to sit on a table or on the floor. It is a little bit different and may be somewhere you wish to go for a more quirky meal.

Similarly there is the new South Gate shopping centre that has recently opened. Here there are all the usual types of shops that you would expect in a shopping centre, but the building, although new, were designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture.

The Roman Bath’s are a great place to learn about the history of the city and are reasonably prices at £12.25 per adult. This is again a great place to experience something new and to learn about the history of our country.

Heaven’s Gate

This is only a 5 minute drive from Center Parcs. If it wasn’t for the security fences around Center Parcs you could walk there in the space of 5 minutes. This is part of the Longleat estate but is free to enter and wonder around in.

This is a great place for couple’s to come and enjoy an evening stroll. There is picturesque countryside on all sides and various route’s and paths that you may wish to take. One route takes you through onto a hillside looking across the Longleat estate. It is a fantastic view and something you can sit and enjoy together.

Furthermore there are modern granite stones and a granite walkway. This is all whilst being surrounded by the local wildlife and nature.

Another of the paths takes you down towards Shearwater which is also part of the Longleat estate. This is a large lake built by Lord Bath (the owner of Longleat) and is where local fisherman like to go and relax. It is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and a short walk away from neighbouring villages and country pubs.

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Activities For Couple’s At Center Parcs

Activities For Couple’s At Center Parcs Longleat

There are numerous activities for guests at Center Parcs but as a couple you probably want something slightly different and with no children running around:

Aqua Sauna

This is the perfect activity for any couple on a romantic weekend, away from everything. Personally this is my favourite place within Center Parcs. The whole sauna has been recently renovated and you can definitely tell. The whole building is clean and fresh with all the facilities that you would expect from a high end sauna.

It is around £40 for a 3 hour session and this is more than value for money. On arrival you are given a freshly washed dressing gown and towel to go over your swim shorts or bikini. Once inside the rooms available will blow you away.

I’m not usually easily impressed but there are so many different rooms all of high quality. In total there are 15 different spa experience rooms ranging from a sauna, Turkish hammam, water beds, Zen garden, Japanese salt steam room and an Indian blossom steam room. This is a place to come and get rid of all of your stresses.

What’s more there are always staff on hand giving talks about products you can buy or offering massages and treatments. For couple’s this is a brilliant place to just enjoy each other’s company whilst experiencing un heard of treatments.

Here is a link for a full list of treatments:
http://www.aquasana.co.uk/sana/aboutthespa/new_experiences.jsp

Cross bows/ Archery

Although it may not be romantic, or calming, this is a great experience to have fun with your other half and try something new and interesting. There are both Archery and Cross Bow sessions that run every day of the week except for Mondays.

I have listed both as it is down to your personal preference as to which you would prefer. Both are taken by trained instructors and last for an hour. I would personally choose the cross bows as I believe them to be more exciting and something that you are unlikely to be able to do again for a while.

This is perfect for couple’s as you can help each other out and have competitions between yourselves. Also this is one of the few places where equipment and the teaching is of real quality and up to the standard you would expect. Many of the jobs within Center Parcs are seen as a waste of time by some staff, but this is one activity that those who teach it enjoy doing. Maybe it’s because they get paid more?

The staff are enthusiastic and help out anyone that needs help. After a couple of goes they are mainly there just for you safety and to tell you when to collect your arrows. This is a really exciting activity and something that you can both enjoy.

Falconry

Again this is something completely different but may not be to every bodies tastes. Here you get to experience what it is like handling a bird of prey and get to hold and fly one of them. This may not appeal to everybody but is something that couple’s can enjoy and learn about together.

Why would you want to take your partner somewhere where you are doing all the same activities that you could do at home?

For more information visit the Center Parcs activities website

http://www.centerparcs.co.uk/villages/longleat/todo/index.jsp

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Restaurants For Couple’s At Center Parcs Longleat

If you are going to Center Parcs with just your other half then you want to find somewhere to eat that has a romantic, calm atmosphere, with high quality food.

Here are my top 3 recommendations:

Rajinda Pradesh

This restaurant is brilliant for couples. It is situated down next to the Jardin Des Sports and opposite the lake. The layout of the restaurant is spacious and each table has a crisp, white table cloth with a selection of cutlery and glasses. The walls of the restaurant are made up of high windows that enable you to look out over the lake or onto the gardens.

Once sat the food is all freshly made and they have specifically trained Indian chefs. The food is brought to you in separate dishes which enables you to share your food and try each others. The service provided is quick and the staff are always willing to help. Even the toilets are better than the rest of the parks, with a variety of hand soaps and modern sinks.  I would however be careful when buying drinks as these are expensive with a glass of wine costing £7.00. Expect to pay a premium price but the quality of the food will make up for it.

This restaurant is perfect for a romantic meal for two and is the perfect end to an evening. Be careful not to want to eat here on a Monday though as this is the only day of the week it is closed. Be sure to book in advance as this is the most popular restaurant in Center Parcs.

Here is a link to their menu:
http://www.centerparcs.co.uk/images/pdfs/menus/2012/rajinda_pradesh_apr_2012.pdf

Ortega’s

This is a tapas bar situated in the Plaza. It encapsulates what Spanish food is about and has a wide selection of tapas style dishes. This is the perfect place for sharing food and enjoying each other’s company. Unlike Rajinda Pradesh the prices aren’t so high here with dishes costing on average of £5. per dish.

The setting of the restaurant is tranquil and calm, especially when eating in the evening. There is dimmed lighting and occasionally a live musician will play. It is surrounded by tropical plants and has a real authentic, Spanish feel to it.

The food here is of good quality although not as high as Rajinda’s. I would avoid some dishes such as the ‘Chorizo Con Patatas’ as I know this is just brought in and micro waved out the back. You can definitely tell in the taste as well so make sure to ask what is made fresh.

The staff provide good, quality service whilst occasionally (usually new years) donning authentic Spanish dress and clothing. Try to book in advance although this doesn’t get as busy as Rajinda’s.

Here is a link to their menu:
http://www.centerparcs.co.uk/images/pdfs/menus/2012/ortega_2012.pdf

Cafe Rouge

This is probably the most under used restaurant in Center Parcs. It is a French style restaurant situated next to Ortega’s. It has a much bigger floor space than Ortega’s and a more laid back, European feel to it.

The reason I say it is under appreciated is because many of the guests see it as higher class. To be fair to them the prices are high and the quality of food isn’t as good as somewhere like Rajinda’s although it is comparable to Ortega’s.

The reason I would recommend going here is because it has a real casual atmosphere and is perfect for a couple after a day of activities. Not many families come here because of the prices and it is a restaurant you can sit back and relax in.

Like I said though, prices are high with meals costing around £10 for a main, but you will love it, your partner will love it and you will both be able to de-stress. Don’t worry too much about booking as it is rarely ever fully booked, but obviously if you are a worrier it is better to be safe.

Here is a link to their menu:

http://www.centerparcs.co.uk/images/pdfs/menus/2011/cafe_rouge_2011.pdf

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