A Center Parcs getaway with a baby

As a new parent, holiday shopping can seem daunting. You want accommodation that offers the facilities you want, to maintain some level of normality with your routine (happy baby + happy mummy + happy daddy = happy days) and a resort that is family friendly and makes life as easy as possible for (new-ish) parents. Especially when you’re spending a hard earned wage.

For a relative’s landmark birthday, a small group of us recently stayed at Center Parcs, in their Elveden Forest resort in Suffolk. This was Henry’s first holiday and the first time we have taken him away from home overnight and in this instance 3 nights. As a first time mother, naturally the planning involved lists galore, lots of questions (thank you Center Parcs for being so responsive on Twitter!) and about a week to get ready and packed…

Home for the weekend? Sure!

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My little Muddy-on-Sea!

Photo 06-04-2015 11 30 43A South-East-Essex born’s Bank Holiday weekend wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Old Leigh (no matter the weather!).

I love my hometown of Leigh-on-Sea – renowned for its cockle sheds, pubs with most of the seating outside, cobbled streets, a muddy river Thames, fishing boats, a mix of restaurants, bars and tea shops, boutique shops and the smell of fresh seaside air!

I currently live on the Essex/East London border, which does make daily commuting to London quicker, but I am often back in the Southend-on-Sea vicinity (seeing as that’s where most of my friends and family reside).

There’s something so wonderful about a little day trip to my seaside hometown at this time of year – and for the rest of the spring and summer months….

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