Next week various attractions in England will be able to reopen their doors to customers – including Center Parcs. In line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, lodges will be available subject to a ‘one household per lodge’ rule. Hostels will not be reopening on April 12. The whole debate was started by a tweet from a person claiming that anybody who got to go abroad instead of Centre Parcs as a kid was ‘rich’ or ‘privileged’.

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The tweet read: “Brits upset they might not get a holiday abroad this summer. As a kid we never went on a plane. Centre Parcs, Butlins and the caravan in Yarmouth & Meopham. If you left the U.K your folks were either rich, on the game, owned a house or had relatives in that country. Get a grip.” However, the tweet quickly sparked a viral debate, and led many people to point out that a holiday abroad is now CHEAPER than a week in Centre Parcs. “I can’t book a holiday at Centre Parcs all booked up… £1462 for 2wks in Greece or £1292 for 1wk @ Butlins Bognor Regis decisions decisions,” said one person. Another wrote: “lmao we drove 2 days to the south of France and it was cheaper than Centre Parcs!” “Holiday to Spain and a £5k fine or a holiday to Centre Parcs? Think I’ll go with the cheaper option. Now, where did I put my Spanish phrase book?!” joked somebody else. A fourth added: “It’s cheaper to go to an AirBnB in Nice for two weeks than it is to go to Center Parcs! TRUSS” “Can have a week in Spain all inclusive for less than 5 nights in center parcs,” said yet another person. We checked the Center Parcs website, and a three-night stay in a lodge in April or May of this year starts at around £450 – depending on where you stay. There is, however, currently a £5000 fine for anybody in England caught trying to travel abroad without a reasonable excuse. The law says no-one may “leave England to travel to a destination outside the United Kingdom, or travel to, or be present at, an embarkation point for the purpose of travelling from there to a destination outside the United Kingdom” without a reasonable excuse. Center Parcs told Manchester Evening News: “Like many other companies in the travel sector, our prices are set according to demand. We have seen a significant increase in bookings and interest in Center Parcs breaks recently. “Our bookings for 2021, in particular from May onwards, are very strong.  It is also worth noting that we are still anticipating operating at reduced capacity during this year to enable us to allow for social distancing on our villages, so there will be less availability across our villages as a result.”  Read More
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