The skies over Virginia Water. No clouds and no planes.The UK has been basking in unseasonably fine weather for the last couple of weeks. There has certainly been no sign of the “April showers” and the forecasts are suggesting that it is going to stay dry for a little while longer yet.

This has led to us being able to go to Centreparcs for a few days and for the first time ever have a whole weekend without any rain whatsoever – this is completely unheard of.

Centreparcs if a great place to go and get away from it all but it does remind me of what I think an open prison might be like. You are free to move around the place but eventually you come across a wire fence and it is not clear if it is to keep you in or or others out. Of course they have a vested interest in keeping you in. While the cost of the holiday includes the price of the villa and use of the excellent swimming pool everything else is paid for and it doesn’t come cheap.

That said it does cater for everyone and those on a budget don’t need to eat out and can make use of the outdoor facilities and go on the walks and cycle trails. This time we found some cycle routes out of the park which led down to a lake. The boys followed this round and spent one morning on a 12 mile cycle ride while Helen and I sat reading the papers in Starbucks!

It was a great break and we all really enjoyed it and didn’t really want to return home but then as the Eagles said “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”


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