Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Saturday 30 November 2013 – Another Visit to Center Parcs


It’s that time of year.  We join eight friends for a day at Sherwood Forest’s Center Parcs complex.  This year we confused everyone by joining them for the Saturday, rather than our usual Sunday visit. We had to be somewhere else on Sunday.

After an easy drive from Timperley and a leisurely coffee in the village, Sue and I were joined by Louise and Chris at 9.30 for a bit of geocaching.  This is ‘Center Parcs’ geocaching, not the real thing.  It went quite well and we enjoyed a walk around the entire site looking for messages in bird boxes.  Sue even managed to master the use of the Garmin E-trex 10 GPS with which we were issued.  It has to be said we dawdled a bit and came second in the contest.  Possibly it was just as well that only two teams had entered!


Anyway, after a frantic session of American Pool, during which Louise blew away all opposition and was crowned champion of champions, the four geocachers went off to enjoy their second place prize, whilst the others did some strange drum beating exercise activity.  Stuart joined us for the 18 hole golf prize that we’d won, and was allowed to join our prize winning quartet, saving a total of £35 of entrance fees.  It was rather galling for the rest of us when he won.  The golf was simply crazy.

Lunch featured lettuce soup. Delicious.


Most of us then went swimming and played floodlit tennis after that. Some went swimming on bicycles (Aqua-Spinning).  It’s amazing what activities they think up here!

The house had a sauna, which most of us enjoyed, before a lavish barbecued dinner.  Roger was particularly hungry.

  Dinner (1)

Dinner (2)

Thanks go to Robert, Lyn, Jim, Peggy, Stuart, Roger, Chris and Louise for putting up with us yet again for a rather full day, rounded off by our ‘Pyrenean Adventure’ slideshow before we sloped off to Alfreton’s Travelodge.

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