A short visit to Woburn Centre Parcs
I last visited Centre Parcs when all 3 of our children were under 10, over thirty years ago. My diagnosis of multiple sclerosis was at least 10 years into the future. Now our two daughters are married, and each has a baby son and I am living with advanced multiple sclerosis. A visit to Centre Parcs at Woburn was booked with a lodge that has a proper wet room. In 2008 I had bought a manual Quickie wheelchair for a visit to St Petersburg, unused since then. I can now see a wheelchair looming on the horizon, I am a frequent faller. The visit to Centre Parcs will be an ideal opportunity to try it out again.
What I took
Wheeling myself around Centre Parcs in the wheel chair was out of the question, too hilly. I needed to be independent so we took the trusty TravelScoot. The Topro rollator came as well to keep me on my feet for short daily walks; I cannot walk more than about 300 metres and even that will take me 30 minutes. I’ve never used all three pieces of mobility equipment in the space of 1 day, this was definitely going to be an experiment. We hired a mobility scooter for MrsB on site
I am a frequent faller especially in the evenings so taking the wheelchair was a no brainer. Turning left or right and I do topple over especially if I am thinking of two things at once. The ground floor of the lodge was quite big enough for a wheelchair rookie like me. There is a front door to the lodge and a separate door to the bedroom for the disabled person.
A very good wet room, it made difficult tasks so much easier. Shower with a seat and non-slip floor. Wash hand basin designed and fitted so anyone in a wheelchair could easily use it. The room was a bit dark, no light over the mirror.
Plenty of space for a person in a wheelchair. The doors to the lodge are unlocked by a wristband that looks like a watch. Its very easy to use, eliminates the need for keys and no need to worry about getting locked out. I liked it. Keys are the bane of my life.
Possibly the main attraction of Centre Parcs. There are wheel chairs available that you can take into the water but I dodged the swimming area. The temperature is almost 30 degrees, too hot for me. The time it takes me to change removes so much of the pleasure and enjoyment. The balance disability is very inhibiting. Instead I did a good walk with my rollator. Maybe I am a bit of a coward but I felt safer walking.
Visit to Centre Parcs
They had not ignored the specific requirements a wheelchair user. They got the simple things right that make a significant difference; such a pleasant surprise. On the other hand I did find the back ground music in the indoor spaces annoying but I think that’s me. I would certainly visit Centre Parcs again with my family. The wheelchair experiment was a success.