10 Centre Parcs Activities You Should Try On Your Next Visit

Looking for activities you should try on your next visit then you have come to the best place.

We decided to come to Center Parcs for our honeymoon to explore a little more of what they had to offer couples and adults. Since then we have visited another 3 times with adults and as families with children.

On our first visit, we found it hard to know what activities we could do, would want to do and what is worth spending money on.

Below is a list of activities we found were perfect for both adults and children that are definitely worth trying on your next visit.

1. Pottery Painting

Pottery Painting is perfect for anyone who loves having a nice relaxing few hours, is crafty or someone who currently can’t join in some of the more sporty activities. We found lots of people over our visits enjoying pottery painting from older people to young children and families.

It was our first choice activity on our first trip, I am a little crafty and thought it was something fun, different and it looked super fun.

You can book the session online once you have booked your lodge, or at any of the guest services areas within Center Parcs or at the pottery painting barn when you are there. We suggest booking in advance especially during the busier periods and school holidays.

Once you have booked you will pay a small fee for each person, children are cheaper than adults. Once you arrive you can walk in and choose your pottery piece from a large wall. There is a wide range of pieces from money banks, statues, bowls and plates etc.

You will purchase your piece and then be shown a table, what to do and given all the equipment you need to paint.

Once you have finished your piece it will be taken to the back and put in the kiln, you will then be told to come back the next day to collect. The atmosphere is very leisurely and you won’t feel like your in the way, taking too long or being a nuisance. You are also very welcome to bring in prams and pushchairs for those who are still a little young to be involved.

2. Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf is a perfect activity for everyone to enjoy, again it is another activity you can do if you are older or younger or are unable to do any of the major fitness style activities.

On each visit to Center Parcs we have noticed how busy and popular the Adventure Golf gets, it is a family favourite for sure and easy to see why so many love it.

Adventure Golf can be booked in advance or once you arrive at your Center Parcs location. It is also a great activity everyone can do at some point in the holiday so we can really have that valuable family time. I also love that this is one of those activities that really can last and feel like you get your money worth (not that I think there are many that don’t).

3. Pedalo Hire

Pedalo’s are popular whether you are Center Parcs or anywhere else so it is no surprise that these stylish hybrid pedalos are one of the most popular activities at Center Parcs.

The boats, pedalos and other water sports activities are usually based at a point around the lake and near the Lakeside Inn. These can be booked in advance through the booking platform on your booking page or you can book when you arrive at your Center Parcs location.

You can get these to fit up to 4 people, children under 8 will be required to wear a life vest. These are the cheaper way to explore the lake and take in the stunning views of Center Parcs from a new place. I also really like this as you often can peddle around to see the ducks in the water.

Pedalos and the boats are often most popular in summer so make sure you book in advance if this is something you wish to do.

4. Willow Weaving

Willow weaving is another crafty activity we found was well worth the money. On our very first trip we decided to make an Obelisk together as we had very little room in the car. On our third trip we chose to make one each so ended up with 3 in total.

Willow weaving is super fun, creative and great for those who don’t want to be climbing as high as the trees or zoom over the lake. We found the willow weaving challenging but lighthearted and fun, the instructors are always super helpful and funny so it makes for a really enjoyable experience.

It can often be an activity that is overlooked as it isn’t the climbing or zip-wiring adventure people think about when they are planning a trip to Center Parcs but it can be just as fun.

The activity takes place in the Nature area of Center Parcs and is often tucked away in a whimsical part of the forest and idyllic and peaceful.

Though it can be hard to get started it is really fun and challenging. The instructors are always super helpful, easy to talk to and are happy to get stuck in and help you get back on track.

The activity is for 8-year-olds and upwards but quite often it is mostly teens and adults that do the activity.

I would definitely recommend booking onto willow weaving as the staff were friendly and it was simple fun. You can choose to do it together or as a solo project. This can work out if you are an adult helping a child.

5. Twilight Session At Aqua Sana

This came recommended by a friend who regularly holidays at Center Parcs and takes time to have a night off. This is perfect for adults who are looking to have an evening escape or just add a little more luxury to the trip.

Parents, even if you have children with you and family around to help out, ask someone to babysit for the evening while you go off an enjoy some peace and relaxation.

Aqua Sana is a great place to go have a treatment whether it is just your nails doing, a facial or a full body massage. Look at booking in for some well-earned downtime before hitting the hardcore activities.

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The different sessions are the Twilight Treat for 2, Twilight Taster for 2 and the Twilight Escape for 2. Perfect for couples, friends, family or just yourself if you want to spoil yourself one evening.

Below are the packages available, what is included and the price (prices correct of time of writing). This is definitely an activity I would look at booking especially if you are looking to relax, unwind and reset your batteries for more adventures.

Twilight Taster For 2

The session price is £49 per person

  • Access to our Spa from 4pm – 9pm
  • A glass of bubbly each on arrival
  • Complimentary towel and robe hire
  • Free spa discovery sessions

Twilight Treat For 2

The session price is £55 per person. This is for 18’s and above.

  • Access to our Spa from 4pm – 9pm
  • A delicious platter of antipasti to share
  • A glass of bubbly each
  • Complimentary towel and robe hire
  • Free spa discovery sessions

Twilight Escape For 2

The session price is £75 per person

  • Access to our Spa from 4pm – 9pm
  • Tranquillity Scalp Massage (25 minutes)
  • Complimentary towel and robe hire
  • Free spa discovery sessions

6. Bowling

Bowling is another family favourite, we found on our first ever visit that bowling was a great place to go on an evening so children can enjoy the disco nearby and families can have a little fun after dinner and before heading back to the lodge.

As there isn’t much to do on an evening that doesn’t include eating out, bowling is a popular choice especially if you are spending a week at Center Parcs and want to have one evening out.

There are often two locations in which you can bowl (this may be different depending on location) if you are a group of adults you may want to look at the Jardin De Sports area where you can bowl as it won’t have the disco for children.

This is definitely an activity I would look at booking as it is highly fun, you have a lot of time to play your game(s) and there are snacks and drinks available to purchase at the bar area too.

7. Interactive Squash

Sports and adventure activities are probably one of the most common things to book when heading to Center Parcs. With the ariel adventure being one of the most popular activities at any Center Parcs location

Particularly interactive squash, we played this on our last visit and loved it. The interactive games made it super fun, energetic and gave you something to work towards. This is perfect for anyone who likes to be competitive, families looking to have fun together or someone just wanting a challenge.

All these games are generally 2 – 4 people games, they can be played as a family or just the adults.

You can book in advance for the activity (along with the other sports such as tennis, badminton and normal squash along with many more!) or alternatively you can book once you arrive at any of the guest service areas.

If you like to keep fit and enjoy doing a sporting activity even when on holiday this is a perfect one to do.

You can check if you are booking into a busy time slot and amend your timing to avoid busy periods if you wish. If not you can enjoy an intense game and head to the sports bar for a drink afterwards.

8. Swimming On An Evening

After doing some research and finding not many answers I asked around a couple of people about different activities.

One of our friends pointed out that the best time to go swimming is in the evening, this is due to most of the families already heading back to the lodges for the evening. IF you are wanting to make the most of the space or just enjoy the jacuzzi and spaces for free this is a great time to go.

This activity is included in your booking and so is a free place to go on your stay. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the most of it while you are there. The Subtropical Swimming Pool is a great place for everyone to enjoy and something we try to do a couple of times each visit.

You may think about avoiding it due to everyone wanting to go because it is free but honestly there is plenty of space for everyone and can be great to go and thoroughly enjoy the water and slides.

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There is a small outdoor area which has a jacuzzi and rapids river. Both areas are highly enjoyable to use through the day and in the evening when it is a little quieter.

9. Wildlife Walk

This is an activity you can book or you can create your own free version, there are 2 wildlife walks which take place in the early morning and later on in the evening. When the animals are most active so you have better chances of seeing them.

We didn’t get a chance to join any of the paid walks yet but always enjoy taking a walk around the forest areas

These are great to do if you are looking for something a little different, as we headed to the nature centre for our Willow Weaving we noticed that the area was so quiet due to many people heading to the Village area instead.

As the Country club and nature centre are further away there are fewer people and more peace.

You can go on a walk to watch the wildlife around the woods and learn some interesting facts about the local birds, small creatures and more.

We also got to see plenty of wildlife at our patio doors. 

10. Indoor Climbing Adventure

Who doesn’t love a climbing wall? This was an activity Cora and Frankie really enjoyed on a trip we took together, Frankie was 8 at the time and loved racing Cora up the wall. His younger sister Matilda was just a little short so we are definitely planning on getting her involved next time.

The indoor climbing adventure is perfect for anyone who wants an adventure that is both fun and thrilling but something that can be done with a parent or indoors. The climbing walls are super colourful and bright and are perfect for anyone looking to enjoy an afternoon of climbing and testing their limits.

Each session is 55 minutes long which is plenty of time to explore the walls, challenge yourself and have plenty of fun. While this is one of the more expensive activities on our list it definitely is worth trying. We found that once we saw Cora and Frankie doing the activity we all wanted to have a go.

There are benches surrounding the indoor adventure wall perfect for family members to sit and watch and supervise children or other family members while doing the activity.

That is all I have for the activities you should try out on your next visit to Center Parcs. If you have any favourites you love to do let us know in the comments.

We are already looking forward to going back to see what other activities we can do. If you have any suggestions on what to do and where to go let us know in the comments below.


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