Just had a weeks activity holiday at Center Parcs here in the UK with my two boys, aged 13 and 16, so I’m now back at work for a well-earned rest!
We managed to cram in quite a lot – archery, tennis, racquetball, laser clay shooting, American pool, snooker, and kayaking, as well as a quad bike trek through the woods.
Center Parcs is set in 400 acres of forest with lots of very tame wildlife, like rabbits, squirrels and deer. The main attraction is a subtropical swimming paradise with outdoor wild-water rapids - a fast-moving dare-devil route which we went on most days. My eldest son (being a dare-devil) decided to stand up and ‘surf’ his way down one of the inclined shallow sections (it was difficult to get a photo, but see below).
The water flows in a thin laminar sheet over smooth painted stone before it meets the next deep pool where it becomes turbulent again, producing strong recirculations and undercurrents that make it hard to move unless you stand up. The amount of kinetic energy stored in the turbulent flow really is impressive. Fluid Dynamics = Fun.
Dr J, Hampton Court, 26 August 2009