I'm spending a fantastic few days with Dave (my brother) and his family and friends at Centre Parcs, Longleat. Yesterday morning, Esme [pink in photo] and Joshua [green] tackled the terrifying "High Ropes" activity. Esme was her usual fearless self [here about to leap off the top of the pole onto a trapeze!] while Josh did the best he could with rapidly freezing fingers and toes! I was in awe - you wouldn't have seen me star-jumping 50ft up in the treetops, safety line or not!
Then, this morning. we woke to a major dump of snow. Were were based in a fantastic apartment with three en suite double bedrooms, each with cable TV, kitchen with dishwasher, etc. Ours was in the middle of the enormous forest complex, so we were able to walk straight out into beautiful scenery. The kids took on the snowball fighting duties (with other families, thankfully) as we mooched our way from coffee bar to restaurant to heated swimming pool...
... and what a swimming pool. Thankfully, the tropical pool was one of the few free activities in the park, because we used it a lot. With large seperate pools for adults and children, tube runs, death-slides, a wave machine, paddling pools, jacuzzis and an outdoor "rapids" section, it had eveything. Our favourite was the rapids - alternatively floating or sliding headlong down an outdoor "river", in heated water, in the falling snow [see photo, faked for illustrative purposes!]. It was amazing and the kids (inc Dave) couldn't get enough! Shame we're leaving tomorrow.
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