Ellesmere Port woman Mary Chow is excitedly planning a holiday of a lifetime at Center Parcs after scooping £2 million on this week’s lottery.

Mary, a lawyer who works in Chester but lives in Ellesmere Port, never thought she and her family would be able to afford a trip to one of the four Center Parcs in the UK. However, after winning £2 million on the lotter she’s able to take her family to the activity holiday destination.

The 5-day holiday in Center Parcs in Whinfell Forest is expected to cost just over half of her lottery winnings.


Center Parcs is strictly for the super wealthy, with prices doubling, sometimes trebling, during school holidays. Being a lawyer, Mrs Chow was previously unable to afford such extravagance. Her husband, a heart surgeon at the Countess of Chester Hospital, was also unable to help the family raise enough money for a 5-day stay in Center Parcs.

Mrs Chow commented:

Center Parcs has always been a dream for me, one that’s just out of reach. Going for 5 days, eating in the super pricey restaurants and doing activities for two adults and two children once a day is just for royalty and millionaires.

Mrs Chow’s windfall will allow her to book a 5-day holiday at Center Parcs this year, but it won’t quite stretch to the weeks in July. She will still have to book towards the end of the summer, when the weather starts to turn.

Mr Chow, will excited about the potential holiday, does have his reservations:

It’ll be great for the kids, but we could travel round the world, buy a new house or perhaps a yacht. Still, I expect some quad biking and archery will stay with us for the rest of our lives too.

Mrs Chow is currently looking through the Center Parcs website and working out whether they can afford to rent bikes while they are there, or whether it’s cheaper to buy new bikes and have them shipped to Whinfell Forest by the British Olympic cycling team.


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