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.
Seasonal Canine Illness
In recent years during late August to early November, an unexplained dog illness has been found in some areas of Nottinghamshire and Suffolk. The illness is believed to be triggered by a naturally occurring cause and has affected a small number of dogs in the local area around Sherwood Forest and Elveden Forest. The issue is still under investigation and there is no comprehensive explanation as to why it has occurred. We are therefore pre-warning all guests who are wishing to bring a dog during these months.
Please visit Animal Health Trust for the latest information. If you are bringing a dog to one of our Villages during this period and are concerned, please call our Contact Centre team on 03448 266 266.
Retail Outlets to receive refurbishment
We are continually looking at ways to improve and we would like to inform our guests of some refurbishment works that will be taking place to our shops. Closures are necessary for the works to take place and the dates are listed below:
Time for Shade
Elveden Forest – store closes 7pm Sunday 2nd November and reopens 9.30am Tuesday 25th November 2014.
Whinfell Forest – store closes 7pm Sunday 4th January and reopens 10am Thursday 22nd January 2014.
Sherwood Forest - store closes 7pm Monday 5th January and reopens 9.30am Wednesday 28th January 2014.
Sherwood Forest - store closes 7pm Wednesday 28th January and reopens 9.30am Wednesday 21st February 2014.
We would like to thank our guests for their patience whilst we improve our services.
Whinfell Forest - A66 Road Closure
We have been informed that The Highways Agency are planning to carry out a programme of resurfacing works to a section of the A66, between the M6 junction at Skirsgill and Kemplay Roundabout, eastbound.
For safety reasons the road will be closed at night between 8pm - 6am Friday 10th October to Monday 12th October and Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October.
Guests traveling to Whinfell Forest during the closures should plan an alternative route.
Activity Den works to begin at Villages
Our Time Out Club’s will be renamed to Activity Den at Sherwood, Elveden, Longleat and Whinfell Forest. The necessary works will take place overnight so the impact to our young guests visiting during this time will be minimal. We are very excited and hope to have Activity Den’s on all of our Villages by the end of November.
Schedule of works
Begins Monday 15th September, Activity Den open Friday 17th October
Begins Monday 22nd September, Activity Den opens Friday 17th October
Begins Sunday 2nd November, Activity Den open Friday 7th November
Begins Monday 4th November, Activity Den open Friday 28th November.
Treats is on the move at Sherwood Forest
Our sweet shop, Treats at Sherwood Forest is moving to a new location which will be next to Time for Shade in the Village Square. There will be very little impact on our guests visiting during this time and the original Treats will remain open whilst we prepare the new shop. We expect the new outlet to be ready sometime in November.
As many of our guests will already be aware, we upgrade a number of accommodation units every year at Center Parcs. Work is about to start across most of our Villages very soon to ensure we continually improve our standards. Such works are closely monitored and disruption to our guests visiting during this time will be kept to a minimum.
Woburn Forest News Update
We are delighted to be open and welcoming guests to our new Village and we are sure you will appreciate that such a huge build has had an impact on the density of the forest. We wanted to let you know we have planted thousands of trees, shrubs and plants to combat this, however, the newly planted areas will take some time to mature. Please bear with us during this period, we are nurturing the forest but of course this will take a little time.
We would also like to make guests aware that due to the undulating forest landscape, a number of lodges at Woburn Forest do have steps leading to them. If you require specific information for mobility reasons please call the Contact Centre team on 03448 267723 who will be happy to advise further.
Elveden Forest A11 bypass works update
Following the recent improvements that have been made to the A11 bypass, there has been a change to the road configuration, resulting in some satellite navigation systems taking guests on an incorrect route. Please therefore follow the temporary yellow road signs, Center Parcs is clearly signed at the new junction coming off the A11 . Before travelling to Elveden Forest we suggest you refer to the Highways Agency website for updates on local traffic diversions whilst the new A11 Elveden bypass is under construction. Updates are available from: http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a11-fiveways-to-thetford-improvement?impact
The all-new Aerial Adventure course at Elveden Forest is now available to book.
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.
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.