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Centre Parcs is a very weird place.

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MOIST Wed 25-Jan-17 20:23:19

Fake forest. Plastic stuff. Signposts and advertising everywhere. Like Ikea in a fake forest with one-way system and bad feng.

Most peculiar.

QuackDuckQuack Wed 25-Jan-17 20:37:40

We've been and the forest looked quite real. Not like Peppa Pig world which really does have fake trees.

GeekyWombat Wed 25-Jan-17 20:39:39

We're pondering a trip in a few months with (then) three year old and one year old. Is the consensus that it's good weird or just weird weird?

RatherBeCrazy Wed 25-Jan-17 20:39:40

I bloody love it, but then I love Ikea too. I've always thought it's a bit Trueman Show. Everyone is so happy and middle class under that big dome.

Poorlybabysickday Wed 25-Jan-17 20:41:29

I love it!!

picklemepopcorn Wed 25-Jan-17 20:41:44

Good weird. Warm, sunny, cosy, isolated, busy.... I start to relax as soon as we drive in.

DJBaggySmalls Wed 25-Jan-17 20:42:06

I thought it was a crop, so they are all the same type of tree?

TellMeHowToLiveMyLife Wed 25-Jan-17 20:43:20

They're newly planted woodlands, I wouldn't say it's a fake forest. The animals are all prettty real.

bibbitybobbityyhat Wed 25-Jan-17 20:43:22

Oh God you poor thing! When do you escape and how much lighter will your wallet be?

There are lots of threads about Center Parcs on Mumsnet. I reckon MN is split 30/70 in favour.

Heyitsholly Wed 25-Jan-17 20:43:33

I love it and go often. Its peaceful. Plently to do and safe for families due to not allowing cars. We go back in march this year. Have been once a yearo for about 5 years now

SignoraStronza Wed 25-Jan-17 20:45:18

My DB loathes the place - finds it rather sinister. Has to go there for management jaunts and reckons it's some kind of prison/Truman show, so escapes over to mine for a brew (I live about 20 minutes from one). I've never been - could never afford to.

EB123 Wed 25-Jan-17 20:45:22

I really like Center Parcs. I actually felt rested and relaxed there. It is expensive though, we go term time when it is cheaper and mostly eat in our lodge. We are booking to go again this year.

Supermagicsmile Wed 25-Jan-17 20:46:00

I live about 20minutes away from one and have never been as they don't do day passes! hmm

Twogoats Wed 25-Jan-17 20:47:24

It reminds me of that creepy village in Lost

Blankiefan Wed 25-Jan-17 20:47:41

Very pleasantly safe and such an easy holiday. There's Definitely a bit of Groupthink going on but in an entirely harmless, pleasant way.

SellFridges Wed 25-Jan-17 20:49:11

I grew up close to where they built one. I can assure you it is not newly planted woodland. It's probably one of the most famous woodlands in the world tbh.

emmab250 Wed 25-Jan-17 20:51:54

I love it, can't wait for the Ireland one to open cause it'll be so handy!

AmysTiara Wed 25-Jan-17 20:54:03

I went recently for the first time.i was apprehensive but I really enjoyed it.

Itis6oclocksomewhere Wed 25-Jan-17 20:54:24

We like it. Easy holiday.
Trees looked real to me but then I didn't realise my ex boyfriends dad had a false arm for a couple of years so I'm not good at spotting plastic!grin

GinAndOnIt Wed 25-Jan-17 20:54:45

If ever I want a laugh, I ask farmer DP to tell me about the time he got made to go there for a weekend. He is used to sitting by himself all day in countryside - he was utterly baffled by the concept of being in a forest with people everywhere and having to pay so much for a sodding drink. We pass Elvedon on the way to Norfolk (his favourite place) and he still shudders as he drives past grin

Corialanusburt Wed 25-Jan-17 20:55:16

I haven't been so I can only go on my pre-conceptions.

To my mind it's like a posh Butlins. people think it's the thing to do because other people do it. It costs thousands and thousands of pounds (if you go at half term). You have to park far way then lug your luggage. There are so many extras to pay for. All the families ride round on bikes, because every one else does.

And to add insult to injury the chain restaurants are Bella Italia and cafe Roufe which the clientele suspend their disbelief about as surely they would rarely be seen dead in them otherwise. FG? If you're going to spend £8000 on a wooden chalet for a few days, you'd think you'd at least get a Hawksmoor or an upmarket oyster bar.

Namechanger2015 Wed 25-Jan-17 20:55:47

I've only been once and hated it. Horrendously overpriced and squishy rooms for the price. And everyone seems to go to bed at 9! Had a much better time on a Haven holiday where we left the resort and explored the area instead

Caroian Wed 25-Jan-17 20:57:30

Erm... the trees are definitely real.

hazelnutlatte Wed 25-Jan-17 20:57:30

Fake forest? The forest at Longleat is beautiful, I love just wandering around admiring the trees!
Agree the restaurants are crap though!

Misswiggy Wed 25-Jan-17 21:00:17

Totally agree. Been twice and find it very strange. Really dim and dark amongst the forest - we went out (to the OUTSIDE WORLD) on the third day and it was like going from gloom n doom and literally stepping into the light - it's like a parallel universe. Completely different weather than in centre parks. Also find the 'indoor' bit with the restaurants weird - like stepping back 20 years.
Kids love it though and always ask can we go back. I just go hmmmm...we'll see!

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