I’ve now reclaimed my three very tired children from their weekend away with my parents – they’ve been to Centerparcs in the Lake District, and are quite worn out with excitement and activities.

I’ve never been to Centerparcs, though have heard good things of it, and so am relying on the feedback from my mother and my daughter …

Centerparcs is a complex of lodges/apartments, with a variety of restaurants/cafes and a supermarket, so my family self-catered. But they did eat out one night – Italian – and found that the restaurant had its own stock of gluten free pasta, so our coeliac had a pasta dish and icecream. Apparently there was also a good stock of gluten free products in the on-site supermarket too, for the self-caterers.

Rumour has it that it is possible to have a gluten free (and dairy free, if necessary) pancake at the Pancake House at Centerparcs, too – though I am rather amazed by this, and would like to see it myself before recommending it! According to the messageboard, Centerparcs restaurant staff now have a list of what is/isn’t OK to eat, and even the chicken nuggets are gluten free (if you like that sort of thing).

It sounds like a great place to take children to, though more than a bit expensive. Still, the children loved it, and haven’t stopped discussing the swimming, the cycling, the water-slides, the kayaking, the zip-line, the pottery-painting, the fencing, the owls, the …

No wonder they’re tired.