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29 deg C in England, in January ?

4 Feb

You guessed it ! Center Parcs indoor , Sub Tropical Swim World, at Elveden Forest near Thetford.

Just back from a week there to celebrate a 3 year’s old birthday and to see how big a 4 month old can possibly be with half his genetics from a fairly short to average height family. Gulp ! Our grandson will probably be the biggest lad , ever, in our family !

I know it’s cheating not to use the campervan but it came in so useful transporting lots of boxes of food (which came home again due to eating out) , our bikes, helmets and equipment for all winter weather. We did run in the new tyres on the drive down in very heavy rain. But the weather dried up and we had a lovely time, walking, cycling and swimming or just pottering about in that 29 deg heat !

Loads to do for those with children especially It is a little expensive, so get your wallet lubricated ! We hired another bike with trailer which came in very useful for bringing a wornout 3 year old back to the cabin. Oh ! That cabin ! Three ensuite double bedrooms, a sauna, a jacuzzi, outdoor shower and BBQ. Two TVs and a whole lot more. Could not fault it !

Nobody mentioned RAF Lakenheath which is a short distance from the huge Parc. The jets were very noisy and intrusive but we did all get used to it and I even enjoyed it !

Despite a bit of queuing to get into and off the Parc , it is very well organised and personal service is second to none. Food was excellent whilst we were there, especially Cafe Rouge and the Chinese banquet which we had delivered.

Would we recommend it ? Yes definitely. If we could guarentee the warmth of that swim world when campervanning then, no contest, campervan every time. But January in England. A week at Center Parcs with loved ones takes some beating.