In my family it has become a sort of tradition for us to visit Center Parcs every September for my Mum’s birthday. Each year various family members all make their way to Longleat Forest and we spend a long weekend together surrounded by beautiful trees, riding bikes and relaxing in the spa. We decided to spend a week there this year instead and we all had a lovely time. Oli, Leo and I really tried to make the most of it as it was the last time we would be going away before we become a family of 4 in just a few weeks time. Instead of writing all about our trip (as there would be enough words for about 6 posts!), I have decided to share our holiday with you in this photo diary. I hope you enjoy looking at our holiday snaps and if you’ve not been to Center Parcs before then I really can’t recommend it enough as a great UK family holiday.
Our week at Center Parcs Longleat Forest.
The day we all arrived, hired some bikes, relaxed and played board games.
Our room for the week.
The view from the living room.
Feet up, me and bump relaxing.
Oli and Leo testing out their transport for the week.
The day we had a giant breakfast, swam for hours, the men played golf, Leo mastered the maze and we all had a yummy Italian meal.
The Father in Law cooking up a storm for breakfast.
Leo and Nanny exploring the beautiful forest.
Dad enjoying a lazy morning.
Nan enjoying a lazy morning – holiday itinerary on the black board!
Leo running around the maze like a pro.
Funky wall art in the Bella Italia restaurant .
My lovely In Laws.
Leo up way past his bed time but still being a cheeky chappy!
Group photo (minus Oli).
Leo’s amazing dipping donuts.
The day of the lazy morning, more swimming, a trip to Warminster, the MOT disaster and a quiet night in alone for Oli and I.
Leo trying on Grandad’s shoes. Think they were a couple sizes too big
My first spice pumpkin latte of the week on our trip to Warminster, I’m now addicted
Leo and Nan relaxing on the sofa
When you forget to pack bath toys? Improvise!
Leo enjoying the lovely bath in the house
My gorgeous boy
The day of yet another lie in, Leo learning to roller skate, lunch in The Pancake House, Leo’s first pony ride, even more swimming and a night out for Oli and I.
Steve waiting patiently for his pancakes.
Leo getting confident on his skates. He absolutely loved the roller tots session, definitely considering getting him some skates of his own now.
Love these two.
It’s not the best family photo but it’s one of the only ones I have. Leo was pulling my hair if you were wondering about the facial expression!
Leo enjoying his banana milkshake in it’s adorable little milk bottle.
My lovely Mum and Dad
Leo’s ham and cheese pancake.
My yummy chicken and mushroom pancake. Oli and I obviously had a dessert one to share but it got eaten way to quickly for me to take a photo!
How amazing does this blueberry pancake stack look?!
First ever pony ride. The pony’s name is Fudge and he is super fat but also very cute.
Soo..Fudge was doing a poo and that’s why Leo was laughing hysterically!
Leo had such a great time on his pony ride, he sand and chatted for the whole session.
What I look like when I make a stupid shot and pot the black! Ahh well, I went on to be the champion so who cares.
Oli has a very serious ‘pool face’.
Lucky Leo was biked around everywhere all week, I’m surprised I didn’t go into labour all the walking I had to do.
My Mum’s birthday! The day of the pedalo ride, playing on the ‘beach’, wasting money in the arcade, more golf for the men folk, shopping in The Plaza and the Murder Mystery evening.
Leo playing in the lake.
We miss the beach so much so it was nice for Leo to be able to feel the sand between his toes again.
Pedalos on the lake.
Leo looking very serious on the pedalo.
The birthday girl pedalling away.
Val’s first ever go on a pedalo!
What;s that over there?!
One of the perks of being pregnant, no pedalling for me!
Leo and I relaxing in the front while Mum and Val pedalled away.
Leo building sandcastles with Nanny.
Pretty boating lake.
Leo is just too photogenic.
Me and Val relaxing on the beach.
Me and Mum.
Daddy and Leo playing Batman racing!
Dad in his murder mystery costume!
Val in her murder mystery costume.
Mum in her costume – the stylish golf widow helping other’s who have lost their husbands to golf.
Nan in her costume – a very suspicious gardener.
Group shot before we began our game of ‘Murder, of course’ (trust them to pick a golf related one!).
Steve in his costume – the golf pro who can’t play golf.
The day of the poorly Leo and the very lazy morning, pottery painting class, bowling, mini golf, a sleepy pregnant mummy and an evening of playing board games.
My first ever attempt at pottery painting.
Pottery painting is pretty relaxing – well, when Leo wasn’t moaning that he didn’t want to do it of course!
Val painting her lovely family plaque.
Leo pulling his new favourite face!
Loved just hanging around down by the Jardin des Sport , Leo loved the maze.
There is something so peaceful and relaxing about spending a week surrounded by trees.
Leo’s pottery money box, I think he’s got pretty good painting skills!
Daddy teaching Leo to play golf, future golf champion in the making?
Father and son bonding.
Oli showing us all up at bowling!
Leo and Oli playing mini bowling, I really thought Leo was going to throw one of those mini balls through the floor!
Our last day. The day of one last lie in, more fun in the swimming pool, lunch in the sports bar, a visit from cousins and playing in the lake. The end of a lovely relaxing week, a much needed rest and a fabulous family holiday.
Some of the many trees!
Leo and his cousin pulling THE face.
These 2 are so cute together.
Off on another bike ride.
Little cuties playing the lake with all the ducks.
Leo enjoying his last day of holiday.
/these boats didn’t move all week! They were pretty to look at just bobbing about on the lake.
Was lovely to be in the forest but also close to the water as well.
While we were away I turned 37weeks pregnant, I now have a fully cooked baby in there!
Everyone relaxing in the house at the end of our lovely holiday.
Have you ever been to Center Parcs, what is your favourite thing about holidaying there? If you have not been you really should go at least once, it is definitely worth the money and just spending lots of time in the woods, away from the hustle and bustle of regular life is just lovely. Keep an eye out for a post very soon all about how to make the most of your holiday if you do decide to book a break at Center Parcs.
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