Center Parcs Annual Weekend Away
In light of the continued need to maintain social distancing measures, and following guidance from our Medical Advisory Board, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year's family weekend away to Center Parcs until 2021.
Our Center Parcs weekend will now take place from Friday 18th to Monday 21st June 2021, at the Sherwood Forest venue.
If you were booked for October, you should have already received a phone call from Teresa, our Family Support Manager, to update you on the situation. Center Parcs will also contact you to change your booking to the new dates. If you are not already booked and you would like to join us next year, you can book with Center Parcs online or via their call centre, which is now re-opened (see below for details on how to book).
It can be very isolating caring for someone with Dravet, but for one weekend a year Center Parcs becomes a community of people that have that one thing in common! Being at Center Parcs provides the opportunity to be among other families that are going through similar experiences to you. This seems to lessen the burden and provides a sense of unity with other families.
The annual weekend away is a time for parents to meet, unwind and talk with others who really understand what living with Dravet Syndrome means, sharing experiences and knowledge. Siblings also have a chance to meet, chat and have fun with other youngsters who are in exactly the same position, without having to feel that they need to make excuses for their brother or sister, which so often happens.
As well as time to relax and socialise, each weekend includes lots of events and activities. Feedback from families following the weekend is always great, with many booking for the following year immediately on their return. Watch the video below for a flavour of what the Center Parcs weekend away means for families.
How to book:
For 2021, Center Parcs has kindly agreed to waive or refund the extra £50 fee that is usually added for booking accommodation in a centrally-located lodge. This is a special refund agreed only for guests attending our family weekend to provide easier access to central areas, including the medical support lodge.
You will need to pay the upfront fee for a central lodge, and then subsequently obtain a refund by sending a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to explain that you have a booking as part of the Dravet Weekend at Sherwood and are requesting the central reservation fee to be reimbursed, you will need to include your booking reference number. The refund adjustment will be made manually by Center Parcs.
Once you have booked your accommodation, you can apply for a Center Parcs Grant by clicking on the link below. You will need to upload a copy of your Center Parcs booking confirmation as part of the application process.
If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Finch.
Center Parcs grant
Find out about our grant to support families to attend the annual weekend away and how to apply. This year, we're really pleased to be able to offer a £300 grant due to the continued support of our inspirational fundraising community and the generosity of our sponsors XTX Markets.Read More