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.
Temporary closure of the Aqua Sana Spa Pool, Woburn Forest
Due to unavoidable maintenance work the Aqua Sana pool at Woburn Forest will be out of operation from Monday 17th August and will re-open Friday 21st August 2015.
All other facilities within the Aqua Sana will be available including the outside terrace area and Zen Gardens.
Guests visiting during the pool closure period will receive a £10 gift voucher to spend in Aqua Sana. May we take this opportunity to thank our guests for their understanding.
Aqua Sana changing area refurbishment at Elveden Forest
We will be upgrading the changing areas in Aqua Sana at Elveden Forest this summer. We are working to ensure disruption is kept to an absolute minimum, however, shower facilities will be limited during certain phases of the work.
Capacity has been reduced to ensure that our guests who visit whilst the upgrades take place are as comfortable as possible.
The work at Elveden Forest will start 20th July 2015 and we hope to be finished by early September.
All other facilities at Aqua Sana are unaffected by the above works.
We are very excited about the new changing areas and we thank our guests for their understanding whilst we improve our facilities.
Sports Café refurbishment at Whinfell Forest
We would like to make our guests aware that the upstairs area of the Sports Café at Whinfell Forest has now been refurbished and is open for guests to enjoy.
As we mentioned in our May update, the downstairs area of the Sports Café will now undergo a full refurbishment. The downstairs area will close 17th August and reopen 12th October 2015. Please note that the upstairs area will remain open and will be unaffected by the works.
During the downstairs closure we will have an outdoor mobile bar (weather permitting) serving ice-creams, limited snacks, beers and soft drinks.
We will ensure that our guests don’t miss out on any of the sporting fixtures during the works. Games will be shown on the new big screen in the upstairs area of Sports Café or in the Green Room.
May we take this opportunity to thank you for bearing with us whilst we update our facilities.
Seasonal Canine Illness
In recent years from early 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.
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.
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.
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.