Center Parcs is a popular holiday destination for families and people in the UK. With 5 locations in the UK to choose from a trip to Center Parcs can be a home from home for many. It is also a great place for families to take part in a number of different activities.
You can book activities for your Center Parcs holiday online, by phone or in person when you arrive for your holiday. Booking in advance is advised especially in peak holiday seasons due to high demand and more guests taking part. We find it easier to book online or by phone.
Center Parcs has activities that are specialised for families, children only and adults only. Most activities are paid activities whereas the swimming pool and slides are included in your Center Parcs booking.
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Do You Have To Pre Book Activities At Center Parcs?
No, you do not have to pre-book activities, it is mostly advised during peak times. Peak times include school holidays, bank holiday weekends and December/ Christmas time.
If you are looking at a variety of activities and you are not sure which you want to do you can hold out but you might not be able to pick a time that is more suited to you. The quicker you decided the more convenient of a time slot you will be able to get.
We found that we booked 2 activities for our first trip and we were going in off-peak time and found it was very quiet and we could have turned up at any time to book onto our chosen activity.
If there is an activity you really want to do I would suggest booking it as soon as possible. However, all activities require payment in full when booking.
How To Book Activities At Centre Parcs
There are 3 main ways in which you can book activities at Center Parcs. The booking process whether on the phone, online or in-person are easy, straight forward and hassle-free.
While booking Center Parcs activities in advance is a great way of securing your activity, and having something extra to look forward to it can only be done once you have booked your Center Parcs trip as each activity is tied to your booking reservation number.
If you are looking to book an activity you can do this by phone. If you wish to speak to a member of the team at Center Parcs to have more information or if you are looking for multiple people this may be the best way to book.
This may be more useful if you are going as a larger group and only certain members of the group are taking part or you need to book anything more specific.
You can pay by credit or debit card or with a Center Parcs voucher over the phone.
The most popular option for booking activities for Center Parcs is online. You will be required to log in and have a reservation before you can book activities.
Online you can find the location in which you are booked and browse the available indoor and outdoor activities. You can look at certain categories such as for children, family activities and adults-only etc.
You can browse the different activities with short descriptions of each activity and see in more detail what it includes and what’s required.
Here is a useful link of the different resorts and a PDF file with every activity they have, a list of prices, age requirements, days of the week and duration of the activity.
Payment online will be by credit and debit card which you can choose or have a saved card for purchases.
Once you have arrived at Center Parcs and you are all settled in you might fancy going bowling one night or playing tennis one of your days. These are activities that don’t get booked up as quick as the others as they aren’t as popular.
More often than not you can find a time slot the same day (in off-peak seasons) or a slot for the next day (in peak season).
You can book activities at the designated desk at each area for example in the Outdoor activity centre there will be a desk in which you can check times, book activities or general queries and check-in for your time slot.
These are really easy to do and the staff are always very helpful. During one of our trips, we found that many of the activities we wanted to do were available the same day so we could pick and choose when we wanted to do them.
Pro Tip: Remember that some Center Parcs activities will require you to bring specific items such as a swimming costume (for the swimming pool etc.), comfortable clothing (for rock climbing etc.) and trainers (for tennis etc.)
This also gives a little more freedom to go with the flow and relax during your holiday. Though I would recommend if there is any activity you really want to do, book it in advance to save you from disappointment if there are no available slots during your stay.
You can pay by cash, credit or debit card and also by voucher at the counter.
How Far In Advance Should I Book Activities?
Depending on the type of activity you are wanting to do may depend on how far in advance you need to book. Booking in advance gives you great choice for times of activities and a wider selection of options.
Activities that are highly popular from which are mostly the ones that are outside and have a maximum person limit are the ones you will want to book.
Here is a list of recommended activities we feel are the most popular and are likely to book up faster than others;
- Fencing For Tots
- Off-Road Explorers
- Indoor Climbing Adventure
- Mermaid & Sharks
- Archery – for both children and adults
- Aeriel Adventures – both for children, teens and adults
- Swim Pups – only available at certain villages
- Family Ski
- High Ropes
- Horse Riding
- Junior Quads
- Segway Tour
Not all of these activities are available in all villages and locations. Some may be location specific and also season specific.
How To Cancel Activities At Centre Parcs
Depending on your reason for cancelling may depend on how you wish to cancel your activity.
Activities can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the time stated on the activity, this will result in a 5% cancellation charge.
Center Parcs may cancel an activity or close a centre due to any number of issues if so any balance and pre-paid activity will be fully refunded. Here is a link to the activities cancellation policy.
You can cancel online, by phone or if you are already at your lodge you can ring the help desk and cancel that way. You can also go to the check-in /booking help desk at the activity centres.