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.
Essential Maintenance to Center Parcs Restaurants
Essential maintenance work is scheduled to be carried out on some of our restaurants during the summer period. The work will take place during restaurant closing hours where possible but some closures may be necessary.
At this moment in time our plans are as follows:
Café Rouge, Whinfell Forest: work comences Monday 30th June until Sunday 6th July, the restaurant will unfortunately be closed for the duration of this work.
Café Rouge, Longleat Forest: work commences Monday 7th July until Tuesday 15th July. This work will take place during closing hours and Café Rouge will be open for guests as normal.
Strada, Longleat Forest: work commences Monday 8th July until Tuesday 15th July. This work will take place during closing hours and Strada will be open for guests as normal.
Bella Italia, Elveden Forest: dates are still to be confirmed but we are confident that the restaurant will remain open.
As soon as we have further information we will update this page.
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
Zip Wire extension takes off at Elveden Forest
The much anticipated extension of the Zip Wire at Elveden Forest is now open.
The work, which has increased the length of the wire to an impressive 270 metres, means the Zip Wire is now the longest of all the Center Parcs Villages and is sure to whet the appetite of all the adrenaline junkies enjoying a short break.
Guests experiencing the activity will get fantastic views from the top of the platform, before descending at speeds over the lake below.
The extension of the Zip Wire is just one of the upgrades made to the ever-popular Aerial Adventure course at Elveden Forest, with five new elements being incorporated including a net berma, skipping ropes, mini zip, weave and hanging logs, culminating in the 270-metre zip finale across the magnificent lake.
• The 'breaking strength' of the Zip Wire is 10 tonnes – that’s the same weight as five hippos or two African Elephants
• The length of the wire is the equivalent of two and a half Wembley football pitches
• You can see the iconic Elveden Monument from the top of the Zip Wire platform
The all-new Aerial Adventure course at Elveden Forest is now available to book.
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.
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 03448 266 266.
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.