Sunday, 13 October 2013

Center Parcs Elveden Forest Review / Trip Report

I got back on Friday after spending 4 nights at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Suffolk. It was my first visit to one of these places.

The journey from north west London was not too bad at around 90 minutes by car.

For those who don't know Center Parcs is a sports and activity village. There are 26 villages around Europe.

The villages have villas, lodges, bungalows and hotel accommodation for guests. We stayed in the the hotel as the smaller lodges were booked up.

The map of the village can be seen here:

As you can see it is quite a large place. It is advisable to hire or bring your own bikes to get around. We decided to hire bikes for £25 each for the length of our stay which was decent value. We picked up these 2 mountain bikes:

The hotel was nothing amazing, I would say it was around a 3 star for the room. There was a pretty cool revolving restaurant on the top floor which served a good breakfast albeit slightly expensive.

Here is our room:

We had a little friend visit us too:

In the middle of the village is an area with shops and restaurants. The best place to eat was probably Hucks American Diner which served up some tasty burgers and fajitas. Bella Italia was also good as well as Cafe Rouge. The worst place was the Indian Rajinda Pradesh which had extremely poor service and the main course was awful. 

Meal at Hucks

Also in the central part is the Sports Plaza and Subtropical Paradise. We spent a lot of our time here. You have in this area:

Ten Pin Bowling
Snooker/ Pool
Las Vegas Style Gambling Machines
Various Swimming Pools
Water slides
Tropical Cyclone Ride

All in all it was a really enjoyable trip and I can recommend it to anyone who wants a short break in the UK. 

My favourite part of the trip was riding the Segway Scooters:

I got a little footage too, was hard to film while riding:

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