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A teenage girl carrying her brother on her back through the forest.

UK holidays with teenage children

Book a holiday that everyone will love at Center Parcs. Teenagers can zoom down the Wild Water Rapids on repeat, reach new heights on Aerial Adventure or cycle through the woodland spotting wildlife. After a fun-filled day together, get everyone around the table for a family meal in our restaurants. Why not get cosy in your lodge with delicious food delivered to your door by Restaurant Runner – the perfect way to spend time together and reminisce about the day's adventures. 


Center Parcs locations

Top activities for teenagers

What’s included in your break

  • Fully equipped cosy home-from-home lodge nestled within the forest
  • Up to 400 acres of beautiful woodland and pathways to explore on foot or two wheels
  • Free entry to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise water park, with the Wild Water Rapids, Wave pool, and rides and slides for all ages
  • A sandy beach and lake with bookable watersports activities for all ages
  • Adventure playgrounds and picturesque picnic areas
  • Our villages are easy to get around with ramped entrances and walkways in most areas
  • Games room with a pool table
  • Twin bed bedroom at Sherwood Forest.
  • Living room of a lodge
  • Interior of a lodge

Family lodges teenagers will love

Here at Center Parcs we offer a wide range of spacious, private and stylish accommodation perfect for families with teenagers with plenty of space to spend some alone time and come together as a family. 

  • Enjoy the woodland ambiance on your own patio, ideal for family barbecues
  • Your essentials are covered with provided bed linen, towels, and kitchenware
  • Embrace the open-plan layout, perfect for quality family time and games nights

Woodland Lodges are stylish, comfortable and equipped with everything you need, while Exclusive Lodges offer ensuite bedrooms, and your own private sauna, steam room and hot tub (excluding some at Whinfell Forest). 

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See what our guests are saying

Fantastic week at Whinfell Forest

@Michelle R - September 2023, Whinfell Forest

Had a fantastic week at Whinfell Forest with family. Lots of activities to choose from, loved the swimming & ten pin bowling. The food at Hucks was lovely but the best meal was at the Sports Cafe (katsu loaded fries & gammon steak were amazing). The caving adventure was awesome too. My teenagers loved the aerial adventure and quad bikes as well as field archery. Our lodge was ideally situated (Moorland view area) and was lovely & clean as were all the facilities and we really enjoyed cycling through the forest. Will definitely be back soon.

 Fantastic as usual  

@Gilx4 - August 2023, Whinfell Forest 

Visiting Whinfell is like coming home. We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to visit each year (except 2020 due to COVID) for over the last 14 years. We always find the accommodation to be spotless and in good order, beds are comfortable and linen and towels fresh and clean. Fully equipped kitchen for our needs. We like to eat out and pre-book restaurants prior to our stay to avoid disappointment. The Sports Cafe is great because you don’t pre-book that so can visit whenever suits. The swimming area has been refreshed since my last visit and a new slide has been built, teenagers loved the slides! All our party enjoyed the Pottery Painting this year, very relaxing 90 minutes activity. Tree top trek, paddle boarding, badminton, adventure golf and bowling were all fantastic. Staff are all friendly and nothing is too much trouble. We enjoy all the wildlife that visits the area behind the lodge and this is a highlight of our stays

Family winter wonderland break

@SarahM - November 2023, Sherwood Forest

Our first time at sherwood. We visited during winter wonderland as a family of four. 2 adults and 2 teenagers. From the moment we arrived everything was fantastic. We stayed in an executive new style lodge. The location on the park was great for us. The whole place was spotless this was Credit to Kim and Les. We loved Santa’s village the decorations are amazing and so much effort has been made to make it all so magical. We particularly enjoyed the swimming pool especially the rapids and slides. The pancake house deserves a mention too it was excellent. The staff are super helpful and friendly. A special weekend making memories.

The best weekend ever

@Emma H- January 2023, Sherwood Forest

Amazing weekend with 5 older teenagers. The activities were fabulous we chose Segway , Ariel adventure and bowling. All we’re able to participate and great to get the family altogether . Highly recommended and we will definitely be returning.

Great family break

@Rache lS - February 2024, Longleat Forest

So much fun for the whole family. In our party there were 5 adults, a teenager and 2 babies under 2. I can honestly say there was something for everyone and we all loved every minute. Staff were particularly friendly and helpful. We can not wait to go back.

Fun for the whole family

@Michelle R - September 2023, Longleat Forest

It was our first holiday as a family with our 2 year old and 6 year old. We were joined by our extended family with teenagers and grandma. It was fantastic for every age group. The high standards across the whole resort were exceptional. Everywhere was maintained to the highest standard and super clean. Amazing considering the amount of people that visit and how busy the area especially the swimming and changing room were still spotless. Our lodge was spotless and will stocked with any basics you would need for a long weekend. Everyone who works in the resort were genuinely happy and very helpful. Every restaurant we ate at was amazing, every activity was super and especially the child care workers in the Activity Den.
I was not sure about spending all this money on a trip to Center Parcs having had such lovely holidays abroad before children but We had the very best experience and can’t wait to go back. The Spa is a wonderful treat for the adults.

Wonderful stay

@Joe K - January 2023, Elveden Forest

Wonderful family time. We went for a birthday celebration. 2 adults and 2 teens. The kids felt like they could be independent but we did a lot of activities together too. We stayed in an executive lodge and it was super clean and comfy. Absolutely loved our stay and want to go back. The Winter lights were a magical touch.

Amazing holiday

@Julie R - August 2023, Elveden Forest

We had a lovely mid week break
There was lots of forest visitors to our patio for breakfast squirrels and Deer
Everything was clean and tidy
Although busy we felt there was enough space to spread out
The staff we’re really welcoming and helpful
I’d definitely recommend this place 100%

Excellent short break for family with teenagers

@Nellietrumpet - July 2023, Woburn Forest

Wonderful short family break with teenagers. Stayed in an Executive Lodge which was great with en suites for all. Loved the sauna too. Activities were great as always, favourite was the Drop for the teenagers. Aqua Sana Spa is outstanding, best one I’ve been to both in and out of Centerparcs. Best restaurants were Las Iguanas and Amalfi. All staff attentive, particularly those on the Aerial Adventure and the Drop on Wednesday and the Indoor Climbing on Thursday. Great water park too

First Time at Center Parcs with Teenagers

@JPhelan - May 2023, Woburn Forest

It was our first time at Center Parcs and we had a fantastic time. The staff made our holiday, they were so helpful, friendly and really went out of their way to make sure your having a good time. We did Kayaking and Archery and loved it. Can't wait to go back again



  • A family laughing whilst eating a meal at Hucks Restaurant.
  • Plates of food on a table including a pie and chips, sandwiches and cheesy garlic bread.
  • An image of food at a restaurant.

Restaurants for all the family

Catching up over brunch, lunch or dinner is perfect time to reconnect as a family. From quick pit-stop lunches to sit down dinners, enjoy mealtimes with your teenage children in our family-friendly cafes and restaurants. Here's what you can expect:

  • Children’s menus with tasty dishes for little ones
  • Activity sheets and crayons to keep children entertained
  • Play areas (selected restaurants across the village)
  • Ample space for highchairs and pushchairs
  • Facilities to warm milk or baby food you've brought with you
  • Free Ella’s Kitchen baby food available (subject to availability)
  • Allergen information is available

Top tips:

  • Reserve restaurants in advance, especially for popular early evening slots

If you’re all ready to relax after a busy day, why not order delicious food delivered to your door with Restaurant Runner?

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  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.
  • Two women relaxing in a wooden Nordic sauna.
  • Two woman eating at Aqua Sana Spa

Feel revitalised at Aqua Sana Spa

Need some time to recharge? Why not visit Aqua Sana Spa and enjoy a relaxing spa session during your break?

Nestled in the trees of our Center Parcs villages, each of our spas have up to 25 different spa experiences inspired by the natural world. From wet to dry, herbal or meditative, you'll find everything you need to leave feeling relaxed and revitalised.

The minimum age for booking into the spa is 14 years. Under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult. 

Discover Aqua Sana

  • A family going down the water slides in an inflatable.
  • A man smiling while coming down a flume water slide.

Swimming, slides and rides for all the family

Experience the excitement of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise! Perfect for the whole family, older children and teenagers will love the thrilling Tropical Cyclone raft ride, and relaxing in the dreamy year-round warmth with water heated to 29.5°C. You’ll find:

  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Wave pool, Wild Water Rapids and rides and slides
  • Dedicated splash pools and children’s sensory water play areas for endless aquatic adventures
  • Free use of swim jackets (these are swimming aids and not lifejackets)
  • Spacious family changing rooms and large lockers to store all your belongings
  • Refuel at Canopy Café with poolside snacks, meals and drinks

Top tip: hire a Family Cabana for a relaxing retreat between splashing in the waves and riding the Wild Water Rapids! 

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Top tips for the perfect break with your teenager

  • Book early arrival to access your lodge from 2pm
  • Hire bikes (free helmet hire with all cycles), mobility scooters and buy cycling essentials from the Cycle Centre
  • Ensure a hassle-free start by pre-ordering groceries before you arrive
  • Don’t worry if you forget anything, ParcMarket is open daily for any essentials
  • Visit Aquatique for any additional swimming gear
  • Discover adventure playgrounds for all ages
  • For older children who want to spend their own money, buy them a Center Parcs gift card and they can manage their own money during the holiday

Teenage breaks for every season


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Frequently asked questions

You must be aged 18 years or over to make a booking at Center Parcs. Under 18s must be accompanied by at least one adult on a break.

There are plenty of activities for teenagers, including indoor, outdoor and watersports activities! Discover our activities for different ages:

Activities for those 15 years and over

Activities for those aged 10 – 14 years

All children under 8 years taking part in activities must have parental supervision unless the activity expressly states it is supervised by us. It may also be requested in other instances.

Center Parcs is open all year round, so whatever the weather you can enjoy a spectacular seasonal break. See the forest in full bloom in springtime, soak up the sunshine in summer, see the vibrant colours of the autumn forest and discover magical Winter Wonderland and Winter Forest Lights breaks. With a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!

While older children are off enjoying exciting activities or whilst younger ones are booked onto an unaccompanied session, why not escape to Aqua Sana and indulge in some well-deserved relaxation? Explore up to 25 spa experiences inspired by nature, or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment designed to improve your mental and physical wellbeing and help you to relax. From full-body massages to stylish manicures, you’ll be sure to find the perfect treatment for you.

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All our lodges include a private patio and barbecue stand so you can get everyone together for a family barbecue. Some of our lodges include a private games room, perfect for keeping teenagers entertained!

We advise against bringing your own DVD/games console players. Please remember that any available sockets in your accommodation will not have been electrically tested for equipment like this. This means any accident that occurs as a result of using this equipment would be your responsibility. Additionally, your items will not be covered if they are lost or stolen. We highly recommend that all electrical items you wish to bring are PAT tested before using them at Center Parcs.

Yes, you can order takeaways to your lodge from our on-site delivery service, Restaurant Runner – perfect for a cosy night in after an action-packed day!