Centre Parcs – Longleat and The Safari Park

Loads of laughter, some tears, some stress, lots of swimming. Happy Times

We were blessed with a mini break to Longleat Centre Parcs. We had never been before, a new adventure and our 15 year old car served us very well. The accommodation was amazing, the best I have ever experienced in a self catering accommodation.

we had the opportunity to bring an amazing family friend with us, Denise. She oozes love, patience, experience and much more. The first evening we arrived we had dinner in Hucks, this was inside what felt like its own climate, it felt a little like paradise. With waterfalls, fish, a bridge over the water. Palm trees, shops, restaurant’s, swimming pool. All under one roof. I appreciated it all, knowing how expensive it is to stay there and all the extra activities. Without the help of a friend Susy we wouldn’t have had that break. Thank you Susy, we truly appreciated it.

We enjoyed feeding the squirrels from our patio door, so close they came. Very friendly little creatures. They seemed to enjoy the grapes more than the apple or bread.
The children went out on an adventure with the walkie talkies, not realising the station that they were set on was the station that the park was too. some funny conversations the children had with the workers. Blake spoke down the walkie talkies “who are you? identify yourself” we were in stitches of laughter. lots of fun we had.

We went to the pottery lounge and had our hands imprinted in a playdoh of some sort. We waited 24 hours and they had been finished off beautifully, framed in a light oak and our hands had been painted gold and the background black. IMG_2082

I had booked with the massage parlour to have a back-neck and shoulder massage. I was thoroughly looking forward to it, I had the transport arranged, so off I went. I really enjoy a massage, its a luxury I really enjoy. I arrive at the centre, I was politely welcomed, look my coat off, was told to get changed into a dressing gown. I was advised to walk through the restaurant and to sit and wait in the waiting area. A lady approached me and asked me to fill out a questionnaire, so I did that and went through to the massage room. It was beautiful, soft lighting, a shower cubicle, beautiful relaxing music, you’ve got the picture. The lady sat me down and told me that unfortunalty because I have cancer, on medication and had a DVT they aren’t allowed to treat me. its their policy, I couldn’t even have a manicure. I broke down, the tears were flowing. I felt like a leper, I got changed trying not to show my face to others, my bloodshot eyes from crying. Another thing cancer has taken from me, the freedom to relax and enjoy myself. To have an hour or so for me.

IMG_1690 IMG_1775 IMG_1683 IMG_1714 IMG_1718 IMG_1719 IMG_1732 IMG_1740 IMG_1746 IMG_1748                We enjoyed adventuring around the park, We absolutely loved the swimming pools. The wave machine. We swam outside at night which was absolutely amazing. The pictures here are of when we played adventure golf. The children tried to remove the sword from the stone. This was an enjoyable 9 holes.
the children loved toasting the marshmallows on the open fire, learning not to heat them up too hot.

We went to a pancake house. this is where the children  had crazy drinks but they loved it. This was on our last night.IMG_1831

On our last day we took a trip up the road to Longleat safari park, we had an amazing experience. The monkeys jumped all over the car. The Male lion was roaring, we went on the boat ride and fed the sea lions. we saw the second eldest gorilla at 54 years old. He was massive. We saw and stroked a skunk, he wasn’t too smelly. Whilst we were driving around the safari park we saw the Tigers eating their breakfast. This was a real treat for us as we were so close to them.
I would really like to take this opportunity to thank those who have made this dream come true and given funds to enable me to make memories with the childrenIMG_1943. IMG_1941 IMG_1940 IMG_1935 IMG_1933 IMG_1893 IMG_1894 IMG_1895 IMG_1897 IMG_1900 IMG_1879 IMG_1862 IMG_1858 IMG_1837 IMG_1836IMG_1752

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  • Jade burgess - September 26, 2016 reply

    Hayley you are an amazing inspirational woman in My life time I’ve never known of anyone so brave. Your blog breaks my heart and I will always remember these honest words , you deserve so much more and you inspire me to live my life to the fullest sat we are never sure how long that maybe. I send the warmest wishes for you and your children. Lots of love, Jade (vickis sister) xxxxxxx

    admin - October 3, 2016 reply

    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. X

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