Important village updates and latest news
The latest information on new developments, closures, roadworks and any general works that may impact your break is listed below. We will update this information as soon as we have finalised confirmation of any changes and updates and we kindly ask that you check back regularly. Our aim is to be as open and honest as we can, though please bear in mind that there may be emergency situations that we are unable to communicate in advance.
Whinfell Adventure Playground now open
We are pleased to announce that the new outdoor Adventure Play Area at Whinfell Forest is now open, four days ahead of schedule.
Temporary Elveden Huck’s play area closure
We will be closing Huck's indoor play area for refurbishment from Tuesday 22nd April and reopening on Tuesday 13th May.
Elveden B1106 road closure notice
B1106 closure - On the Thursday 27th to Friday 28th March there will be a full closure of the B1106 from Elveden Inn to Center Parcs Entrance (Elveden side). Temporary traffic lights will be used between the hours of 8pm to 10pm and the road will then be fully closed from 10pm to 6am on both nights for surfacing and lining works.
On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April there will be a full closure of the A11 from Five ways to B1106. The closure will be in place from 22:00 to 06:00 hours Wednesday to Friday to continue the construction of Gibson's bridge over the A11. The signed diversion will be via the A1065 to Brandon then via the B1107 to Thetford, and vice versa.
We're giving our changing facilities a facelift
To make your Aqua Sana experience even better, we will be upgrading the changing areas at Sherwood and Whinfell Forest Aqua Sana. During this time we will have temporary facilities and are confident that the works will cause minimal disruption. The upgrades will begin in March at Whinfell Forest and in June at Sherwood Forest. But don't worry: the spa and treatment rooms will not be affected.
Parking on Village
We are keen to keep our Villages as traffic free as possible so that guests can enjoy the tranquillity of the forest environment. There will of course be a small amount of traffic during times of developments and to support Village operation. However, once you have unloaded your belongings from your vehicle, we kindly request that all guests move their cars to the car park as soon as possible, on the day of arrival. In response to recent feedback from our guests, the Security team will be supporting this by requesting that all cars left on the Village after this time, are moved. Should the accommodation type include a car parking space, please use the space allocated.
As we are in a forest setting it is essential that we manage the environment and preserve the natural outlook. This means that from time to time forestry works such as tree felling may be taking place during your break with us.
Seasonal Canine Illness
In recent years, during September and October, an unexplained dog illness was found in some areas of Nottinghamshire. The illness is currently believed to be triggered by a naturally occurring cause and has affected a number of dogs in the area local to Sherwood Forest Holiday Village. The issue is still under investigation and there is no comprehensive explanation as to why it has occurred.
Please visit www.aht.org.uk for further information. If you are bringing a dog to one of our Villages during this period and feel concerned, please call our Contact Centre team on 08448 266266.
A new look for Starbucks - All villages
As our Starbucks coffee shops will be getting a new look across all four of our Villages, some closures may be necessary. In some cases the work will be completed during the night and there will be no disruptions. As we have more than one Starbucks on each Village we will ensure that at least one will continue to be open.
Planned lake closure at all villages
Due to lack of demand and severe weather conditions in previous years we have made the decision to close our lakes across all Villages from November to spring. We have lots of other activities available to our guests during this time.
Contract Awarded for Leisure Buildings at Woburn Forest
We are delighted to announce that Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd has been appointed to construct the leisure buildings and facilities at our fifth village Woburn Forest.
The £93m contract incorporates the construction of the main central buildings including the Subtropical Swimming Paradise. Work has started and is expected to take 72 weeks, with completion in spring 2014. The project builds on an existing relationship between us and Bowmer & Kirkland, who have completed a number of refurbishments at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.
This is the final major contract to be awarded at Woburn Forest, following the announcements that ISG Group plc will undertake the lodge construction, while Birse Civils were appointed to complete the infrastructure.