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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 Families At Center Parcs Longleat May 4, 2012

When you’re on holiday you might not want to be stuck inside Center Parcs facilities for the whole time you’re there. Here are my top three recommendations for families:

Longleat Grounds & Safari Park

This is situated directly opposite but it is still worth getting in the car to go other. There is a busy road in between and the walk from the top down into the centre of the grounds will take a good half an hour.

My first piece of advice would be to book online before you even get to Center Parcs. Plan your holiday before and recognise which day you would preferably wish to go to Center Parcs. If you can’t do this then still book online before you leave the park as there is a 15% discount on online tickets.

Secondly decide which ticket is best for your family. Prices are expensive with it costing £27.50 per adult and £19.50 for a child. Decide whether you wish to use everything in the park, for example the Safari and the Adventure Playground, if not then get a House & Gardens ticket which are considerably cheaper at £13.50. Bearing that in mind the Safari and Adventure offer great fun and excitement for the children. I would advise that if you have children between 5-16 then pay the extra for the all day ticket.

The Safari is one of only three in the UK and will give you a chance to see lions, tigers, rhinos and monkeys. However the monkeys do try to take bits off of your car so be a little wary.


Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo is about an hour’s drive from Center Parcs but is easy to get too and uses mainly A roads. Its more than likely that you won’t want to do this and Longleat but this is a good option if Longleat doesn’t appeal to you or if you’ve been there before.

It is advisable to leave early and leave plenty of time to get there to be able to fully appreciate and enjoy your day. The roads can get busy and you don’t want to spend more time in the car than in the zoo. Again there is a discount for online bookings and the prices are more reasonable than Longleat. This is a great place for younger children and also offers more interaction and talks about the various animals than you would find at Longleat.


Westbury White Horse

Westbury is around a 10 minute drive from Center Parcs. It is free and perfect for a hot sunny day. You might decide to take a picnic or just go for a walk around the area. There has been a horse on the site for 300 years and it is the oldest of 13 white horse landmarks that Wiltshire is famous for.

With it being free it is something that you can enjoy without having to pay a premium for. The area is lovely and you will have views of the beautiful countryside around as well as neighbouring towns. However you will also have a view of a large, concrete chimney that has been the bane of campaigners lives for many years now. However it has been shut down recently so may, someday in the future, be demolished.


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