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To have genuinely thought Center Parcs was enclosed in a giant bubble?

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steps2change Sun 05-Oct-14 13:05:06

I am at a stage in my life where Center Parcs may be just the thing. But I had this idea that it was all under a giant (and yes it would have to be bloody ginormous) bubble, a la Eden Project.

I do not mean "metaphorical bubble of getting away from it all".

Was there some kind of advertising at some point that gave me this idea? DP thinks I'm barmy.

MykleeneArse Sun 05-Oct-14 13:05:51

Isn't it?

CrohnicallyPissedOff Sun 05-Oct-14 13:06:54

You mean it's not??

thatstoast Sun 05-Oct-14 13:08:27

It's a metaphor?! Fuck that, I'll stick with Bluestone.

SavoyCabbage Sun 05-Oct-14 13:08:52

I thought it was too till I went. I've a feeling there is one in Europe that's in a bubble/dome thing.

We can't all have hallucinated the bubble!

NeedsAsockamnesty Sun 05-Oct-14 13:09:51

It was in their adverts for years

houseofstark Sun 05-Oct-14 13:09:56

I remember my mother thinking the same thing! I think the TV adverts used to show the bubble that's over the pool complex and it confused people.

PickleSarnie Sun 05-Oct-14 13:10:17

I thought it was too.

Quite relieved it wasn't though

EddieVeddersfoxymop Sun 05-Oct-14 13:10:39

Ha ha I thought so too! Where did we all get this idea from?

ScarlettlovesRhett Sun 05-Oct-14 13:11:52

I thought part of it was under a bubble too - the adverts always had a giant bubble!

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Sun 05-Oct-14 13:12:23

I thought so too until this thread actually. I can't say why though.

3pigsinblanketsandasausagerole Sun 05-Oct-14 13:13:31

I thought so too!

Wishfulmakeupping Sun 05-Oct-14 13:13:55

Shattered my illusions then...Thats me off to Butlins then

steps2change Sun 05-Oct-14 13:15:38

Sorry for any illusions that I may have shattered!

I was trying to suggest to DP that we should go for the Center Parcs that was built most recently, rather than based on location / where we actually might want to go, because they will probably have built a bigger bubble than they did with the older Center Parcs.


MelonOfTroy Sun 05-Oct-14 13:16:21

Me too, I thought it was all in domes a la Eden Project

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sun 05-Oct-14 13:16:56

I did too - imagined it as some kind of giant dome with its own managed climate blush

CatsCantTwerk Sun 05-Oct-14 13:16:58

You mean it is not? shock

FannyFifer Sun 05-Oct-14 13:17:27

Is some of it not in a big dome thing,I always thought this as well. smile

StripyBanana Sun 05-Oct-14 13:18:23

I used to think that as I remember wondering about the horse riding and hhow they must have woods under it.

There must have been an advert....

I'm not sure of the appeal other than to pay the "chav tax" and ok only mix with other wealthy people...

WeAreEternal Sun 05-Oct-14 13:19:20

It is because of images like this used in a lot of the old advertising.

I have spoken to so many people while at CPs in the past who were surprised to find it not under a dome when they arrived.

steps2change Sun 05-Oct-14 13:20:04

After some googling:

"The Center Parcs at Elveden used to be inside a glass dome, everything under one roof, until it was destroyed by fire in 2002.

It has now been re-built and it's not under the one roof any more, it's been built so if a fire does occur it will not spread like it did last time. I used to work there until early this year and was there during the fire and the re-build."

PetulaGordino Sun 05-Oct-14 13:20:43

This thread is hilarious! What kind of marketing have they done that gave this impression? It must have been all the focus on the swimming pool complex

Fav Sun 05-Oct-14 13:20:46

At whinfell the swimming pool and shopping village/loads of restaurants are all under one big glass building.

HavanaSlife Sun 05-Oct-14 13:20:49

I used to think the same

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Sun 05-Oct-14 13:22:09

From the Guardian:

"The whole site is not under one roof. The dome is the centre of activity for the leisure pool, restaurants, shops, shows and so on, but you are living in a bubble, whether you're actually inside one or not."

It is obviously associated with being in a bubble for lots of people!

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