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Nights Out In The Local Area May 8, 2012

Nights Out In The Local Area

One of the main problems that stag and hen parties have when they come to Center Parcs is that there are loads of activities to do during the day but very little entertainment for them during the evenings. The bars and restaurants all shut at midnight and there is very little for adults to do. There is a family disco in Sports Cafe, which, by the huge lack of people that attend, is absolute rubbish.

Here are my recommendations:


Bristol is one of the best nights out in the UK. It is around an hour away from Center Parcs so you will have to get the train there and a taxi back late at night. However it has so many different nights for different types of people and for different parties.

There is an Oceana in the centre which has a huge selection of rooms ranging from the ice room to the cheese room. You can stumble between rooms and listen to music from every music genre. For older stag/ hen parties the cheese room may appeal with 70’s/80’s/90’s hits. Whereas for those a little younger the main room with current chart songs may appeal.

There are also various different nights available ranging from Drum & Bass to indie nights. There is a Superclub called the syndicate which does various nights on different days of the week.

Bristol is definitely the best place to go for a night out in the local area, the close are within close proximity of each other and you are sure to have a good night.

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Again this is a fair distance from Center Parcs taking around half an hour to get there. But yet again it has a variety of pubs/ clubs that are probably more suited to hen/stag parties. There are two Wetherspoons in the centre and these are a great place to start your night on cheap beer and cocktails.

There are also various cocktail bars and themed pubs. A personal  favourite is the Slug & Lettuce which offers cheap shots and shorts every day during the week.

Once already on your way you will want to visit the clubs. Blue Rooms is renowned for its CocoLoco night on a Thursday whilst Revs will be rammed at the weekends. Something different about the Bath nightlife is that almost all the clubs are below the ground. Although this can lead to some being a sweaty mess, they are completely different to what you may be used to.

On weekdays most are quite flexible on dress code .etc. if you have a theme. Although it may be good advice to ring up and find out before.

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This is the local town to Center Parcs and is only around a 5 minute taxi ride away. Although there are no clubs this is a good place to come on a weekday with karaoke happening on every night of the week in the various pubs as well as various drinks offers and deals.

The most common place to go is The Old Bell. This is packed on a weekend and is fairly busy in the week. Although not like Bath or Bristol it offers a cheap and local night out. I would recommend pre-drinking quite a lot (which is more than likely if you are on a stag/ hen party) as the pubs are busy and it can sometimes take a while for you to get served.

Once you’ve left there is a ‘club’ called JB’s that the locals venture too. If you love your feet sticking to the floor whilst trying to dance to chart music, this is the place for you.

The locals are fine here and having a fancy dress theme won’t go down badly. As long as you are friendly and don’t start any trouble, neither will they.

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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 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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