I haven’t been around for a few days, as we have been away for a short break at the CentreParcs village at Elveden Forest.
This is the third time we have been to Elveden Forest and really enjoy it there. The weather forecast wasn’t looking too good when we left, but other than a bit of drizzle on Monday evening and some heavy rain Thursday afternoon, it turned out good in the end.
We were a bit later getting there this year, partly due to leaving a bit later and partly due to an unplanned scenic route through the center of Cambridge.
We arrived at about 1:30, too early to take the car in to unload, so we parked in the carpark, unloaded the kids’ bikes and went into the village where we ate lunch at Huck’s Diner; I don’t think the kids planned on there being any other option. After we had eaten, they went to play for a while in the indoor play area in the restaurant. By the time we finished it was time to get the car to take it to the villa and unload. Once we had unloaded and taken the car back to the carpark, it was time to eat again, and it was Hucks’ Diner again (I can see a pattern starting here). One of the nice things about CentreParcs villages is that cars are only allowed on the village for loading and unloading. This means that the majority of people get around on foot or cycle.
The kids got a lot of practice on their bikes and I don’t think it will be long before the stabilisers come off.
We only got to go swimming once this visit, but did get to play some mini tennis, adventure golf and take a pedalo out on the lake (oh my legs and back!). We didn’t get the kids booked in to do all the activities that we wanted to, we should have booked ahead.
It is a real back to nature feel when you are there with wildlife around you all the time. On our patio area at the villa we were visited this year by grey squirrels, rabbits, blackbirds, ducks, geese, coots, moorhens and bullfinches. There were several rowen trees with berrys on just around the villa and the birds and squirrels were having quite a feast. I didn’t have a mobile phone signal in the villa and only a poor signal in a couple of places around the village.
We ate out all the time we were there. It would be the Pancake House around midday and Hucks Diner in the evening. We did plan to try out some of the other restaurants this time, but the kids wanted to eat at Hucks each time. We did buy a few things at the ParcMarket, which considering it is the on site supermarket is not at all overpriced.
After we left the villa this morning, we parked the car in the carpark and got a last game of adventure golf and the last round of pancakes in before we finally left for home.