HenDrew | Centre Parcs, Elveden Forest

So last week we celebrated Ellis Drew’s hen do at Centre Parcs, Elveden. She actually organised her hen do herself with the help of her two cousins- I know a little unconventional but I guess she knew what she wanted; a hen do that everyone could afford to be apart of- which ruled out going aboard! She wanted it to be somewhere relaxing yet fun/entertaining, therefore she decided upon a week stay at Centre Parcs.

In total there were eight girls which was a perfect number as it meant we could all share one lodge. Our four bedroom woodland lodge was situated to the rear of the park in the Maple area which was the brilliant location because we were central to all the facilities. The accommodation itself was sensational comprising; entrance hall, cloakroom, open-plan living area, kitchen area, four bedrooms (two double & two twin), shower room and bathroom. Outside there was a small patio area with a brick build BBQ stand perfect for summertime dining. The first thing we did on arrive was made Ellis go and unpack whilst we decorated the lodge hen do style!

 

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The lodge was completely fully equipped but it was self catering so we plan our meals before we went and done a massive food shop on route. We did also dine out a couple of times; firstly we went for dinner at Huck’s American Bar & Grill, I decided on chicken fajitas- oh my goodness, legit, they were the yummiest fajita’s I’ve ever had! The presentation was fabulous they were served on a three tier fajita tower which is such a good idea when your in a big group otherwise the table becomes cluttered very quickly, especially when your ordering cocktails by the dozen- which of course we were! We also had to sample The Pancake House so once we had checked out of the lodge Friday morning, we headed straight for brunch. After eyeing up everyone’s pancakes on entrance I went for the banoffee stack- it was such a good decision!

 

We had already pre-booked some activities before arriving which gave us structure to our days and allowed us to fully relax and make the most of our break. Centre Parcs offer so many activities, both indoor and outdoor- so there really is something for everyone. The activities we pre-booked were; raft building– I don’t do water, so I helped with the build the raft but didn’t climb aboard to find out if it would sink or float. Bollywood dancing– was such a laugh, the prosecco beforehand obviously helped! Adventure golf– allowed everyone to get a little bit competitive. Aerial adventure– not for the faint hearted, I don’t do heights so my feet stayed well and truly on the ground. Pottery painting– I think we were all surprised how much we enjoyed this, I’m so happy with my burger (money box), lets hope Matthew likes it! Obviously we also spent a lot of time in the subtropical swimming paradise which was so much fun, I enjoyed the whirlpool and lagoon pools, whilst the more adventurous ladies amongst were thoroughly entertained by the slides, rapids and wave pool. Half way through our stay we decided we wanted to play badminton and take a kettlercise class we booked by simply login in and booking online- so quick and easy, again making it a completely stress-free experience.

I had the best week at Centre Parcs with all the girls. Ellis, Amy & Georgie done an incredible job planning a fun filled week. I’m not a very outdoorsy person so Centre Parcs would never have crossed my mind for a hen do but I have to say it was absolutely fantastic, I had such a lovely week. I will definitely returning in the future, even if it is just for The Pancake House!

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