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Center Parcs creates new photography workshop for staff to help guests capture family moments

Press release   •   Feb 01, 2016 11:20 GMT

Leading family short break provider, Center Parcs, has worked with one of their professional photographers to create a workshop for staff to help guests get the most from their holiday snaps. With the variety of photo-taking technology on the increase and staff across the Villages already keen to help families take photos whilst on a short break, the company has taken it a step further and provided additional photography training.

Already part of the Flourish in the Forest Center Parcs staff development scheme by Center Parcs, staff across the whole business offer to take photos of guests with their own devices when they see a photo moment is taking place. The photography workshops provide them with the confidence to use a variety of mobile devices as well as traditional cameras to ensure that when they take photos that really capture that special moment.

The workshop teaches the theory behind taking a good photo, the best way to use cameras and mobile devices, tips, tricks, lighting and composition. The workshop finishes with a practical element with assessment at the end.

Tracy Walker, Group Training and Development Manager at Center Parcs said:

“We’re delighted to have been able to add this workshop to our portfolio. We pride ourselves on a first class recruitment, induction and training programme and have helped thousands of people to learn and grow over the years. It’s not just about giving staff what they need but going above and beyond (like we would with guests), to make them feel empowered and enthused to do an excellent job. We look forward to offering this new course to many more colleagues in the coming weeks”.

Colin Whaley, Sales and Marketing Director at Center Parcs said “It’s not necessarily about encouraging guests to take more photos, just to get the most from the photos they do take and ensure every member of the family is included. A break with us is often the only time the whole family get a chance to really catch up and it’s nice for families to capture these moments together.”

The first workshop took place at Sherwood Forest on Friday 29th January with workshops taking place at other Villages over the coming weeks. Workshops are being organised by Center Parcs and run by Cheltenham-based professional photographer Matt Brodie. (

Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 2 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row