Enjoy the lake as part of the Woburn forest journey

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.


Road closure at Sherwood Forest


Road closure at Longleat Forest


Seasonal Canine Illness


New look Time for Shade now open


Sherwood Forest Pancake House refurbishment


Elveden Forest A11 bypass works update


Brand new Treats store open at Sherwood Forest


Whinfell Forest – Boathouse upgrade


Whinfell Forest – Children’s pool upgrade within the Subtropical Swimming Paradise


Accommodation Upgrades


Woburn Forest News Update


Parking on Village


Forestry works


The lake in winter



Road Closure at Sherwood Forest - 6th May 2015
The A614 between Ollerton Island and the B6034 at Rose Cottage is scheduled for roadworks. This work will take place over several days; the road will be closed during these times. The current scheduled dates and times are:

 


Those approaching Sherwood Forest from the south will be unaffected, while traffic from the north will be diverted via Edwinstowe. Center Parcs signage will be present at the start of the diversion.


Road closure at Longleat Forest - 3rd March 2015
There is currently a road closure in place at Claverton, near to Longleat. This is on both sides of the carriageway between Bathampton and Monkton Combe, Bath, the works are between the junction of Brassknocker Hill and Hantone Hill on the A36 near Bath. The road is closed for resurfacing from the 2nd March 2015 and due to reopen on the 19th June 2015. Clearly signed diversions are in place. The diversion routes are:

 

Southbound through traffic or wide or heavy vehicles would be diverted at Bath to take the A4 east towards Chippenham and then south on the A350 to join the A36 west of Warminster. Northbound through traffic or wide or heavy vehicles would be diverted from the A36 just west of Warminster to take the A350 north to Chippenham where traffic would join the A4 west to Bath.


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.


New look Time for Shade now open - 30th January 2015
Following refurbishment, we are pleased to announce that our new look Time for Shade stores have now reopened at both Whinfell Forest and Sherwood Forest.


Sherwood Forest Pancake House refurbishment - 14th January 2015
The Pancake House at Sherwood Forest is to undergo refurbishment and will be closed from Friday 24th April to Friday 29th May 2015. During this time a selection of stacks, crepes and waffles will be available between 10am – 4pm at Hucks in the Village Square. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Elveden Forest A11 bypass - now open - 6th January 2015
Following the recent improvements that have been made to the A11 Elveden 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 new road signs when arriving and leaving the village. Center Parcs Elveden Forest is clearly signed before the new junctions coming off the A11.


Brand new Treats store open at Sherwood Forest - 9th December 2014
We are pleased to announce that the brand new Treats store is now open at Sherwood Forest. The store has doubled in size to 110 square metres with over 400 products, at least 15 flavours of our homemade fudge, 15 flavours of luxury chocolates and 96 bins of Pick & Mix. Treats is open daily from 9.30am to 8pm.


Whinfell Forest – Boathouse upgrade - 9th December 2014
The Boathouse is to undergo a full upgrade this winter meaning that, while closed during the winter months, there will be some construction noise and footpath closures from Monday 5th January 2015 to 27th February.

 

While keeping noise to a minimum, we anticipate that selected Lodges located around the lake, plus certain apartments in the area will be effected. In addition, the footpath from Lakeside Lodges to the Village Centre will close on 5th January with a clearly-signed alternative route in place.


Whinfell Forest – Children’s pool upgrade within the Subtropical Swimming Paradise - 9th December 2014
We are pleased to announce that the top slide and pool in the children’s area within the Subtropical Swimming Paradise is to be refurbished from 5th January 2015 with completion expected by 8th March.

 

The feature is currently closed but there are slides and pools available for children, prior and throughout the construction period. We also anticipate that there will be some noise during the process.


Accommodation Upgrades
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 varied landscape, including some hills, 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.


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.


Forestry works
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.


The lake in winter
Being close to nature is an important part of a Center Parcs break, but it also means our Villages are subject to the whims of British weather! For this reason, and for our guests’ safety, each year our lakes are closed for watersports during December and most of January. Activities run on the lake in November and from the end of January will be subject to weather conditions. But don’t worry, we still have plenty of indoor and outdoor activities available during this time, from cosy indoor crafts to bracing bike rides.