My family are huge Center Parcs fans, we’ve been going for about 20 years now and I’m thrilled to be carrying on our tradition with M. You can read about a last trip here. However, there’s no denying it can be a costly affair so I’ve come up with a few tips to help keep your holiday costs to a minimum. It’s very easy to go without spending a small fortune, and this is how we do it..
Go in term time.
If you’re going without kids or with pre-schoolers, definitely go in term time if you can. 6 adults can pay around £400 for a week compared to over £1000 in school holidays, which is insane. We’re taking advantage and going as much as we can before M starts school! It’s best if you can be flexible with your dates and pick the cheapest week.
Take your own food.
There is a small supermarket on site but I wouldn’t want to rely on it for a full week’s shop; it’s more expensive and only really got the basics so we always do our shopping before we go. They tend to yellow sticker some of the fresh food near to closing time so you can grab some cheap cakes as a treat! They also have several chain restaurants, but again a bit more expensive. We never choose to eat out, we manage to feed eight of us for around £100 for the week and we eat like kings on holiday, that’d barely get us one evenings meal at a restaurant.
Take your own equipment.
There’s no shortage of activities to keep busy but the costs can soon add up. One way to keep spending down is to take your own equipment. For example, it’s around £10 for 45 minutes of badminton with racket and shuttlecock hire an additional charge. It’s well worth picking up your own from the pound shop before you go then you’ve got them for keeps. Definitely consider taking your own bikes, too. Swimming is free so be sure to make the most of it, we could easily spend a whole day at the pool. Remember to take your own armbands and beachball!
We’ve been going to the Sherwood Forest park since the beginning until last time when we booked too late and it was mega expensive. Whinfell worked out much cheaper, we managed to get a better villa for a cheaper price and ended up loving it even more the Sherwood. If you can be flexible with your location as well as dates, it’s worth considering all parks.
The more the merrier.
We use our week away as a chance to get together as a family and it works out much cheaper that way. A two bedroom villa for 4 nights can cost around £500 which is a lot to pay between the two of us, whereas eight beds for £900, or just over £100 each, is a great deal!
I hope you’ve found this useful. I’d love to hear how you manage to keep holiday costs down, leave me a comment and let me know!
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