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.


Wild Water Rapids closure at Sherwood Forest


Exclusive New Elemis Treatment Menu at Aqua Sana


Guests driving to Whinfell Forest


Using hoverboards on your break


Changes to water ride height restrictions at Woburn Forest


New year, new look for Sports Café at Elveden Forest


New year, new look for Sports Café at Sherwood Forest


External Shows, Events and Festivals


Bookings extended to April 2017


Longleat Forest reveals upgrade plans for Subtropical Swimming Paradise


Seasonal Canine Illness


Elveden Forest A11 bypass works update


Accommodation Upgrades


Woburn Forest News Update


Parking on Village


Forestry works


The lake in winter



Wild Water Rapids closure at Sherwood Forest - 4th February 2016

We’re carrying out essential maintenance works on the Wild Water Rapids at Sherwood Forest for five nights, from 18 April 2016.


The Rapids will be closed to guests during this time and will reopen on Saturday 23 April.


We understand this area of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise is extremely popular with guests. So if you’re visiting Sherwood Forest during this time, we've arranged lots of additional activities to enjoy.


From Monday to Friday the Grand Canyon raft ride will be open for an extra three hours each day, from 10am to 9pm. During this time you’ll hear the iconic Tarzan wail more frequently, as there will be extra waves to splash in each day. You’ll also find inflatables in the wave pool and children’s pool for your family to enjoy.


Daily additional activities:


• Monday


Aqua Jet taster sessions, from 2pm to 4pm

 


• Tuesday


Aqua Zumba session in the wave pool, from 11.30am
Aqua Jet taster sessions, from 12pm to 1pm

 


• Wednesday


Extra Baby Dolphins session, from 9.15am to 10am
Snorkelling taster sessions, from 11.30am to 1pm

 


• Thursday


Aqua Zumba session in the wave pool, from 11.30am
Extra Aqua Jet sessions, from 11am to 12.30pm and 4pm to 5.30pm
Volleyball in the lane pool, from 1pm to 3pm

 


Exclusive New Treatment Menu at Aqua Sana- 7th January 2016

We are very excited to announce a menu of new Elemis treatments. After launching them in their own House of Elemis, the treatments are now coming to Aqua Sana exclusively until mid-February.


Whatever you choose, Elemis’ new menu of treatments will leave you feeling relaxed, restored and glowing with vitality.


Available at all Villages from 15th January – so book your slot ASAP to be one of the first to try them!


For more information please visit Aqua Sana news.


Guests driving to Whinfell Forest- Updated 7th January 2016

We’ve been made aware that Google is displaying an incorrect postcode for Whinfell Forest, directing guests to a local kennel business and not Center Parcs.


We’d like to make clear to all guests travelling to Whinfell Forest that the correct postcode is CA10 2DW. To avoid confusion, please read the directions on our website here.


Using hoverboards on your break- 23rd December 2015

Guests who wish to bring hoverboards on their break must be aware of the potential fire risks associated. For the latest advice, we recommend guests visit the National Trading Standards website here.


For your safety, please do not leave a hoverboard charging unattended or charging overnight.


Changes to water ride height restrictions at Woburn Forest- 23rd December 2015

Due to a review of health and safety standards, height restrictions on the slides and rides in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Woburn Forest have changed.


Guests visiting Woburn Forest must be aware that the minimum height is now 1.22m, for safety purposes. Please note all children’s rides and children’s play areas are still available to enjoy on your break.


New year, new look for Sports Café at Elveden Forest- 23rd December 2015

Works to give Elveden Forest’s Sports Café a fresh new look will begin on Monday, January 4. To minimise disruption to guests, the upgrades will take place across three phases and are due to be complete at the end of April, 2016.


Phase 1: January 4 to February 5
Phase 2: February 8 to March 25
Phase 3: March 28 to April 26


If you’re visiting during this time, facilities such as Ten Pin Bowling will still be available, while Huck’s American Bar and Grill will be open daily from midday to offer an alternative.


New year, new look for Sports Café at Sherwood Forest- 23rd December 2015

Works to give Sherwood Forest’s Sports Café a fresh new look will begin on Monday, January 4. To minimise disruption to guests, the upgrades will take place across three phases and are due to be complete at the end of April, 2016. If you’re visiting during this time, facilities such as the children’s play area will still be available.


Phase 1: January 4 to February 5
Phase 2: February 8 to March 11
Phase 3: March 14 to April 25


External Shows, Events and Festivals- 10th November 2015

Because our Villages are set in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK, they are often close to popular tourist areas which can mean increased noise and traffic in the surrounding area. Despite our best efforts to preserve the tranquillity of the forest in our Villages, there may occasionally be noise from local events, shows and music festivals.


Bookings extended to April 2017- 14th October 2015

We have now further extended our booking window, so you can book breaks at all five Center Parcs Villages for arrivals up until 17th April 2017, which includes New Year and February half term in 2017.


Ring in the New Year in style come 2017 with a short break in the forest, or visit us for an action-packed half term holiday where you and the family can spend quality time together.


It's never too early to have a short break in the diary, so book now and give yourself something amazing to look forward to in 2017.


Longleat Forest reveals upgrade plans for Subtropical Swimming Paradise - 16th September 2015

A new four-person raft ride, a first-of-its-kind two-seater experience and a family play area and toddler pool are the latest additions set to join Longleat Forest’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise.


We are very excited about the plans, but must make guests aware that this is an extensive project and there will be noise, road closures and increased vehicle movement during certain stages of the build. However, we will of course do our best to keep disruption for our guests to a minimum.


May we take this opportunity to thank all of our guests for their patience whilst we continue to upgrade our facilities.


Seasonal Canine Illness - Updated 7th December 2015
In recent years, an unexplained dog illness has been found in an increasing number of forest areas around the UK, particularly in late summer/early autumn. The illness is currently believed to be triggered by a naturally occurring cause and has affected a number of dogs in areas across the country including those local to some of our Villages, particularly Sherwood and Elveden Forest. This issue is still under investigation and there is no comprehensive explanation as to why is has occurred. We are therefore pre-warning all guests who are planning to bring a dog to Center Parcs.

 

Please visit Animal Health Trust for the latest information. If you are bringing a dog to one of our villages and are concerned, please call our Contact Centre team on 03448 266 266.


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.


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.