At the weekend I spent a lovely few days at Sherwood Forest Centre Parcs with some of my best friends from university. It proved to be the ultimate escape from the stresses of work and life with lots of laughter, Prosecco and sunshine. Here’s a little peek at what we got up to…
We stayed in a 4 person woodlands lodge which came with two bedrooms (1 x double, 1 x twin), lounge/diner, kitchen and bathroom with an additional separate toilet. There was plenty of space! The lounge looked out on to a patio equipped with BBQ and we had some guest appearances (sometimes unwanted) from the local wildlife. The squirrels were pretty cute though…
To save money and avoid paying for every meal we did a HUGE shop at Tesco on the way and stocked up on all the essentials tea, coffee, wine and food to cover us for breakfasts and dinners. There is a supermarket there but be prepared to pay an extra pound or two on each item than you usually do at your local Morrisons or Sainsbury’s and don’t get caught out on a Sunday like we did – they do close at 4pm.
We spent the first day exploring the village by bike which you can rent for the duration of your stay for £29 and it’s pretty flat so made a nice change to the hills of Yorkshire. Bikes honestly made everything so much easier and quicker meaning we were never too far away from the amenities with the village only a 3 minute bike away from our lodge (if that) and the spa about 5 minutes. You are provided with a lock but make sure you remember where you’ve parked as everyone else will have the same bike as you!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I had never been to a Centre Parcs but was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to do and especially all the restaurants you could choose from (Gelato from Bella Italia was MMMM). Also, every single member of staff we encountered were genuinely lovely and really made an effort to be helpful. For lunch we soaked up the sun and enjoyed food and a cold beverage outside at the Country Club which had mains ranging from £7ish – £16ish depending on what takes your fancy. I went for the Fish & Chips and well, no regrets.
For the rest of the day we decided to make the most of the sun’s rare appearance and we rented a Pedalo on the lake and then went swimming. Now…this was FUN. We went on the rapids about 6 times because well you know, we’re mature 25 year olds *rolls eyes* and obviously we had to go on the slides. We had to queue for a little while but after 5pm the pool crowds definitely started to disappear a little, so if you want to avoid busy times head for the evening.
Both evenings were spent with a home cooked meal, wine and games such as Pie Face and Speak Out which entertained us for hours and had me crying with laughter.
The second day was the ultimate in relaxation with a short game of adventure golf where I got a hole in one woohoo and then 3 hours, YES, 3 hours in the Aqua Sana Spa which honestly was the dream. I didn’t take any photos – we had a phone free afternoon which was bliss but it was beautiful.
Recently refurbished, the spa has a forest concept throughout, within the decor, names, and treatments in order to create a spa which celebrates its natural surroundings and the changing seasons. We made our way around all the different spa zones switching from the pool to the sauna and steam rooms via the relaxation spaces where I insist that you take a rest on the waterbeds. My favourite area was definitely the Salt Steam room in the Hot Springs section of the spa which has very recently just opened. It was clearly well needed as I hadn’t felt that calm and relaxed in a long time.
It was a long awaited get away and one I will definitely be hoping to repeat again very soon!
Thanks to these girls for making it the best weekend.