Get away this half-term because holidaying at home is better than ever

Holidaying at home has never been so good than when you take a family break at Center Parcs. The nearest to Thame is Elveden, pictured here, which now boasts a 'world first' Tropical Cyclone water ride
Holidaying at home has never been so good than when you take a family break at Center Parcs. The nearest to Thame is Elveden, pictured here, which now boasts a 'world first' Tropical Cyclone water ride

Holidaying at home has never been better and a trip to Center Parcs this half-term provides fun for all the family whatever the weather.

Convincing people to ‘holiday at home’ is not always the easiest task but the abundance of things to do and enjoy at Thame’s closest Center Parcs in Elveden – that is until the exciting Woburn resort opens next year – makes it a whole lot easier.

Ditch the car for a few days and saddle up for the experience of a lifetime because you would have to travel far and wide to find such natural, beautiful surroundings in Europe let alone the UK.

For a start the accommodation is fantastic and caters for a variety of budgets. Being tucked away in the woods with deers, squirrels and rabbits as your neighbours is a joy to behold.

Center Parcs is not cheap but you most certainly get what you pay for — which is quality, brilliant service, choice and to be at one with nature.

There is always a tangible buzz in the village centre and everything on offer, from playing on the beach if you are blessed with some nice weather, to enjoying wonderful food in the restaurants (Hucks is usually a clear family favourite with plenty of variety and food on surfboards!) and riding around as free as birds on bikes is exhilarating.

For a family with young children wanting a short break away, but still wanting all the comforts of home, you cannot beat it because everything is geared towards children.

Every restaurant there is a play area. Every bike park, there is something to do not far away.

If one word sums up Elveden, which is just an hour and 45 minutes away (and you don’t need your passport!) it would be choice.

The variety of sporting activities on offer range from the slow paced lawn bowls to badminton, squash and taking on the brand new Tropical Cyclone – a world-first family water ride which reaches speeds of up to 30mph with a 45 degree drop.

The Center Parcs website allows you to book activities such as horse riding, pottery, cake making, ten pin bowling and a plethora of pursuits on the lake and up in the trees on the high wire adventure.

The petting farm brings nature even closer and offers great value for money for a parent and child.

If you wanted to you could be doing something from dawn to dusk. Or you could simply enjoy the surroundings and the peace and quiet it brings.

Activities and restaurants can be booked online in advance once your accommodation is organised or on the many touchscreen booking points dotted around the resort itself.

It takes only a matter of minutes and means no queuing to book things at a central area or waiting on the phone, but there is certainly no pressure to do stuff.

Looking beyond half-term? From November 8, each Center Parcs village is transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with Christmas lights, festive activities and events for families to enjoy. This is an opportunity to experience Center Parcs during the most enchanting time of year.

+ For more information on Center Parcs call the Contact Centre 08448 267 723, or visit Center Parcs

Summer 2014 breaks at the fifth village, Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire, are now available to book online and through the Contact Centre.