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Center Parcs crowned winner of Best UK Family Holiday Provider at Tommy’s Baby-Friendly Awards

Press release   •   Mar 26, 2013 00:00 GMT

National baby charity Tommy’s announced the winners of its annual Baby-Friendly Awards which took place at the Landmark Hotel, in London on Friday 22nd March.

Since 1995, the Tommy’s Baby-Friendly Awards has recognised the vital support that friends, family and health professionals offer couples who suffer a pregnancy complication or loss of a baby. The Awards also acknowledge the organisations that make a real difference to families’ lives all over the UK, meeting their everyday needs and more.

Working in partnership with Bounty, Tommy’s was able to invite the parenting club’s 2.5 million members to vote for their favorite baby-friendly companies, and a record 32,130 parents voted throughout January and February 2013 - proving that parents really are standing up and rewarding the companies that go that extra mile to be truly ‘baby-friendly’.

Votes were cast in a wide variety of categories, ranging from best family supermarket to most eco-friendly baby company.

Center Parcs’ Head of Brand, Helen Horner commented: “We are delighted to be crowned Best UK Family Holiday Provider in the Tommy’s Baby-friendly Awards for the 10th year in a row. In what is an extremely competitive category, parents have been voting for Center Parcs for over a decade which is a real honour and testament to the service, care and facilities at Center Parcs all designed with families in mind.

“It was a privilege for us to sponsor the new ‘Super Sibling’ award this year, recognising a brother or sister of a baby born too soon. It was wonderful to support this new category, celebrating the outstanding courage and support shown during an extremely difficult time for all the family," added Helen.

The ceremony was hosted by David and Carrie Grant, and the awards were presented by an array of other celebrity guests including Sadie Frost, Amanda Mealing, Helen McCrory, Danielle O’Hara, Katy Hill, Kirsty McCabe, Terri Dwyer, Nancy Sorrell, Sam Mann, Sarah Cawood, The Mac Twins, and Cordelia Bugeja.

Tommy’s Chief Executive, Jane Brewin, said: 

“Being a parent isn’t always easy, so the efforts made by organisations who really strive to take parents’ needs into account go a long way to making life easier. The Tommy’s Baby-Friendly Awards give us a way to thank the individuals and companies who above and beyond to reduce the stresses of parenthood for mums and dads across the UK.”

And the winners are…
Best maternity retailer - Mothercare
Best high street retailer – Boots
Best online baby retailer – Kiddicare
Best family supermarket – Asda
Best baby changing facilities – Mothercare
Best family restaurant – Harvester
Best children’s activity provider – Tumble Tots
Best UK holiday provider – Center Parcs
Best overseas holiday provider – Thomas Cook
Best family airline – British Airways
The Tommy’s & EBP Green Award – Ella’s Kitchen
The Tommy’s Community Diamond Award - Royal Parks Foundation
Tommy’s & Center Parcs ‘Super Sibling’ Award - James Hartley
Tommy’s & Hologic ‘Miracle Unit’ Award – Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Neonatal Unit
Tommy’s & Danone Baby Nutrition ‘Hero’ Award – Kate Campbell
Tommy’s & Build-A-Bear Workshop ‘Champion Children’ Awards – Ellen Dixon, Carson Hartley & Oscar Hughes 
Tommy’s & Persil Non Bio and Comfort Pure ‘Angel’ Award – Craig Worley
Tommy’s & Forever Friends ‘First Hug’ Award – Heidi & Ebony Stinson
Tommy’s and Asda ‘Courage’ Award - Sam & Pete Hawkins

Contact information

Center Parcs Press Office

Telephone: 01623 821733


Sustainability facts and figures

Committed to enhancing the forest and wider environment, Center Parcs aims to be one of the leading sustainable ‘Large Scale Tourist Destinations’ in the UK.  The Center Parcs Sustainability Strategy, launched in 2011, promises to reduce Center Parcs carbon emissions by 20% and produce 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.  Center Parcs currently uses a variety of different energy saving choices including:

  • New and refreshed accommodation projects have included environmentally efficient technology such as:
    • Ground source heating
    • Solar panels
    • Photovoltaic
    • Combined heat and power plants
    • Energy-saving LED lighting
    • Water-efficient showers
    • Low-energy kitchen appliances
    • Intelligent thermostats
  • Electric vehicle fleet for housekeeping and technical services

Center Parcs is investing in energy efficiency and renewable technologies - such as District Heating - to achieve the aim of consuming 25% less than the average existing Center Parcs village.

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 1.7 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, owned by The Blackstone Group
  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