Short breaks – just as good as longer holidays

elveden Forest

If you could hear me I would have started this post with a sigh of contentment, a lovely relaxing ‘ahhhh’ which encourages a huge smile and all my facial muscles to relax.

Let me explain.

I have recently returned from a short break. I left my husband and family behind and together with some colleagues from work I headed off to the forest for a long weekend. It was a Friday, the girls were at school, husband at work, Tommy too and Baxter would be looked after by next door. As I sat in the backseat driving along the motorway, further and further from home, I allowed my excitement to bubble to the surface and I started to forget about packed lunches, spellings to learn, dance bags that needed washing and my weekly shopping list.

I hadn’t even arrived yet but I was most certainly in the short break spirit.

There’s something about a short break that’s almost as exciting as a holiday, in fact scrap that, it’s better as it’s a break in normality. It’s two fingers to routine, in fact I’d go as far as saying it’s naughty. Like a secret indulgence that is to be savoured and remembered long after it’s been and gone.

elveden forest

On this occasion I was going on a girly weekend but it would be just the same if I was to travel with my family. It’s the getting away from it all that is key to the enjoyment.

It’s the leaving everything behind; the worries, the work, the washing, the ironing and the constant feeling of being on a treadmill that never stops.

It’s the ‘throw some bits in a bag and jump in the car’ escapism that adds to the thrill.

elveden forest

On that note, you can see it’s less stressful than packing for a two week summer holiday; will it be hot, do I need a cardigan, don’t forget your sun cream. This is a weekend bag, I need my toothbrush, a couple of changes and my coat. So easy!

Will it rain? Most likely yes, but on a short break it’s not a problem, we can sit in and light the fire, we can watch that DVD we’ve been threatening to for months. We can cook our favourite meals, or even take a walk in the rain.

Pack the wellies! A last minute thought but one that works, after all we’re going in the car and there’s plenty of room.

elveden forest treehouse

I cannot tell you how good I feel after my Center Parcs short break, we’re all still talking about in the office and everyone enjoyed it so much there’s already a conversation about repeating the experience next year.

In case you’re wondering what I got up to on my short break, well, I ate a super burger that was delicious and worth every penny. I walked for miles filling my lungs with the pine smell of the forest, I saw treehouses, squirrels, baby deer playing and birds, lots of birds. I went bowling and lost, I talked until gone midnight with a glass of wine in my hand (might have been two).

I ate Bouillabaisse and danced until midnight in heels – yes me in heels! Dancing!

I went on the most amazing Aerial Adventure and slid down the zip wire whooping at the top of my voice across the lake. An amazing experience.

elveden forest zipwire

I spent an afternoon in a spa floating from one steam room to the next, each one a different theme, Indian, Tyrolean, Balinese. I closed my mind and concentrated on me.

I vowed to do this short break lark more often.

Oh yes, go on a short break, you’ll love it.


  1. October 7, 2016 / 7:44 AM

    As you well know, we are the masters of short breaks in this house… I just need to change one thing – go on one by myself in the near future! Sounds like your short break was just perfect! Love the look of that cabin on stilts! :) x

  2. October 7, 2016 / 2:08 PM

    I’ve spoken to a couple of people now who went to Centre Parcs without kids. Sounds as though it’s just as much fun! And it’s always good to have the chance to strap on those dancing shoes…x

  3. October 7, 2016 / 10:45 PM

    We love going on short breaks. Being self-employed and having an allotment just isn’t conducive to taking longer holidays.

  4. October 8, 2016 / 2:33 PM

    We are a huge fan of short breaks in this family. In fact we never take big two week holidays. We would much rather have an assortment of short breaks throughout the year. Means there is always something to look forward to. And sometimes a night away in a hotel is all it takes to refresh yourself. Even with the kids in tow. We ALWAYS have the kids in tow.
    And funnily enough we were just talking about Center Parcs this morning. We went years ago when our daughter was just 18 months old and loved it even though we obviously couldn’t do many of the activities. Would love to go again. Just wish it wasn’t so expensive in school holidays.
    (P.S. I am blogging again. Hope you’ll come and check out my new blog. It is still all about the photos!)

  5. October 10, 2016 / 2:30 PM

    Oh that looks like great fun! We often do short breaks as my kids tend to sleep badly when we go away so a short break is the perfect length to still get a holiday without it getting stressful.

  6. October 10, 2016 / 7:16 PM

    We’re a fan of short breaks too – I’d rather do more short breaks than a two week holiday to be honest and now I want to go to Center Parcs ;-)

  7. October 12, 2016 / 8:29 AM

    I have been lucky to have a couple of short breaks recently, albeit with the family in tow. The packing is so much easier i agree. That zipline looks fun……..I would love to go to Centre Parcs and I would also love a short break without the kids

  8. October 12, 2016 / 12:33 PM

    Oh Mari, it sounds wonderful. I am definitely in need of a short ( or very long ) break!

  9. October 12, 2016 / 1:50 PM

    there is something amazing about having a short break on your own without the children. it is amazing to be able to recharge

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