At the start of last month I went away for five-day break with Will and his family to the place beyond the pines, the place we went to every school holiday without fail, the place where wild deer casually come to check out your back garden and the place where you would happily live if you had the option. That's right, people - Centre Parcs. I've got so many fond childhood memories of Centre Parcs and it's definitely one of my 'happy places'.
One of the reasons I love the big CP is for its chilled out vibe. Despite living in the countryside, I can't spend much time being 'outdoorsy' these days due to my ME and there's something quietly relaxing about being surrounded by trees and wildlife. A little haven away from 'business as usual', it's like nobody at Centre Parcs is stressed about work or refreshing their Twitter feed - everyone is simply happy to be there with each other.
When Will and I came with my family in February, we hired what Centre Parcs call a 'duet', which is essentially a bike with a wheelchair on the front. At first I thought it was pretty darn cute but it soon transpired to be pretty darn unsteady, so we opted for a tandem bike this time around which is even cuter and made me constantly sing this old song.
If you also live with a chronic illness, have mobility issues or a health problem that makes it difficult to go on holiday, I'd absolutely recommend a short break to somewhere like Centre Parcs. There's something for everyone - "so many activities!" - which enables you to do as much or as little as you like without feeling like you're missing out, as the setting is so peaceful and pretty. The cosy villas are incredibly homely if you need to rest and besides, everyone is there to relax which means it couldn't be easier to go at your own pace.
It's always lovely to spend quality time with Will's family and even lovelier to go away with them, and I'm so thankful and appreciative to have such fantastic memories of our trip.
Have you ever been to Centre Parcs?