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Two boys playing on playground
Holidays and short breaks with children in the UK

Experience the joy of a Center Parcs holiday with young children as you see everything through their eyes: the majesty of the forest, the delight of new adventures, the fun of exciting activities. With weekends and short breaks in the UK geared specifically for 5 to 12 year olds, your children are guaranteed to have the time of their lives.


Center Parcs locations

Activities for the whole family

  • A family making sand castles together on the beach.
  • Elveden Forest lake.
  • Young girl holding her mums hand as she balances on a beam.

What's included with your break

All of our Center Parcs villages have the same key features that make for a perfect short break:

  • Up to 400 acres of beautiful forest to explore
  • Free entry to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise water park, with rides, slides and splash pools
  • A lake and beach to enjoy
  • Adventure playgrounds and picturesque picnic areas

More about what's included

  • The kitchen and living room of a Woodland Lodge.
  • Exclusive lodge games room
  • Twin bed bedroom at Sherwood Forest.

Lodges and accommodation for younger children

Our accommodation is designed to be your home away from home. Each accommodation type offers:

  • A patio that's perfect for family barbecues
  • A log burner for those cosy evenings together
  • Bed linen, towels, and kitchenware
  • Spacious open-plan layout

Exclusive Lodges boast added amenities like games rooms and hot tubs, while Executive Lodges include a TV in every bedroom for ultimate family entertainment!

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See what our guests are saying

Happy place

@racmichelle - March 2024, Whinfell Forest

Whinfell, Centre Parcs is beautiful, relaxing, fun, adventurous and has the best restaurants. The new swimming ride, cyclone, is definitely a must do.
So much to do with family and friends.
Comfortable and clean lodges with all the home comforts.
It's definitely our happy place.

 Fabulous family time 

@Deb G - March 2024, Whinfell Forest 

Loved our lodge - spotlessly clean! loads of room for everyone!
We did everything - everything we possibly could fit in and loved every minute of it. We were a family of 7, 3 generations - bikes, archery, swimming, pottery painting, toddler balance bikes, nature, baby owls - everything! and lots of eating and drinking too! Have to say we were all rather tired when we got home!

Great family break

@Keggers88 - April 2024, Sherwood Forest

Brilliant facilities and perfect with young kids, so much to do!

The swimming is next level, we went with the wider family with a good range of kids ages and all of them loved every minute. It's also great to have soft play at all restaurants and bars l, so there's always something for the young ones to entertain themselves with.


@Lauren B - March 2024, Sherwood Forest

Absolutely amazing, I went with my disabled son, each and every staff went up and beyond to help us. We did a lot of the child activities and they was such fun. The swimming is so good, and I definitely recommend the night swimming absolutely beautiful at night.

A wonderful family holiday

@Wendy S - April 2024, Longleat Forest

Everything was even better than expected! Everyone loved the wide range of activities they did, which suited all ages. Our house was very comfortable & well appointed with spaces for everyone to go to & a super games room & sauna.
The organisation of bikes, activities, arrival & departure was excellent.
The setting was beautiful, with birdsong to be heard everywhere, & ducks, squirrels & even deer near our house!

Great all round

@Alison C - April 2024, Longleat Forest

Best holiday ever, absolutely love center parks , cant fault anything, swimming restaurants bowling biking accommodation all fantastic , staff are helpful and kind , accommodation is clean and something for everyone, great walks and things to do for all ages 😊

Fantastic trip to Center Parcs elveden forest

@Mrs H - April 2024, Elveden Forest

I have honestly never been anywhere quite like UK Centreparcs… the staff are unfailingly happy and willing to help and support where needed.. literally nothing is too much trouble for anyone.. their positive attitude gives a fabulous vibe across the whole site. The facilities are incredible. Beautifully equipped lodges, activities for everyone, a well stocked shop so you can abandon your car for a week and not have to worry about driving to supermarkets, restaurants galore.. just so much Elveden Forest is particularly good for anyone with mobility issues as it is very flat, an abundance of wildlife. I truly cannot say enough good things about Centreparcs .. we are addicted and can’t wait to come back. Thank you all so much for the way you make our holiday so enjoyable and memorable. You are truly an amazing bunch working in amazing settings providing 5 star everything

Center Parcs experience

@Ann Baldwin - July 2023, Elveden Forest

Just returned home from Elveden Norfolk after what I can only describe as a fantastic holiday experience. If I am totally honest there was not one thing I could criticise. The lodge was clean and everything we needed. The facilities over and above what my grandchildren had expected and the grounds totally free of any rubbish. The staff are a credit to your organisation and all I can say is Well Done to you all for making our family holiday one to remember.

6th visit at Woburn

@Lisa C - April 2024, Woburn Forest

This is our 6th visit to center parcs Woburn and it never disappoints. The children love the freedom of bike riding and the smaller village and flatter roads make it easy for them to get around. The swimming pool is excellent and is always the highlight of our trip. We had 3 lodges in a row (which we paid for) but was worth it to be together. The staff on all the activities were super friendly too. I’d highly recommend the 3 hour spa session at the Aqua Sana. Brilliant celebration weekend together!

Stress free family first holiday 

@Christopher T - August 2023, Woburn Forest

We had an enjoyable and relaxed few days at Centre Parcs. The kids (ages 6 and 2) loved being out on the bikes, and the swimming pool. The 6yr old also loved the range of activities and did archery, climbing and 4x4 driving. Centre parcs was clean, safe and chilled. The accommodation was perfect and comfortable too. We'll be returning again soon.



  • Plates of Chinese food
  • A young girl eating chips.
  • Soft play with a variety of soft toys

Delicious restaurants

Each restaurant is child-friendly and perfect for families. At most of our dining spots you can expect to find:

  • Children’s menus full of tasty and healthy dishes
  • Disposable activity packs to keep children occupied at the table
  • Food delivery service straight to your lodge
  • Play areas at some of our restaurants

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Child breaks for every season

  • A family swimming together in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
  • The interior of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longleat Forest.
  • A school aged boy going down a slide in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

Splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

  • Heated to 29.5c all year round
  • Children’s water play areas
  • Rides and slides
  • Tropical Cyclone raft ride
  • Wave pools and whirlpools
  • Canopy Café serving poolside food and drink

Top tip: hire a Family Cabana for a cosy, peaceful retreat – perfect for naptime!

View Subtropical Swimming Paradise

  • Two women relaxing in a wooden Nordic sauna.
  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.

Feel revitalised at Aqua Sana Spa

Need some time to recharge? Why not visit Aqua Sana and enjoy a relaxing spa day.

Nestled in the trees of our Center Parcs villages, each of our spas have up to 25 different spa experiences, from wet, to dry, to herbal or meditative, you'll find everything you need to leave feeling relaxed and revitalised.

Discover Aqua Sana

  • A family riding their bikes together on a path alongside the forest.

Top tips for the perfect break

Frequently asked questions

Center Parcs is open all year round, so whatever the weather you can enjoy a spectacular seasonal break. See the forest in full bloom in springtime, soak up the sunshine in summer, see the vibrant colours of the autumn forest and discover magical Winter Wonderland and Winter Forest Lights breaks. With a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!

Yes, there’s plenty of fun for children at Center Parcs! Visit the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and explore thrilling rides and slides, spot wildlife in the forest and explore lots of fun activities available on your break that the whole family can enjoy together.

Around each of our villages, there are a number of indoor and outdoor play areas for your children to explore. As well as outdoor adventure playgrounds, there are indoor play areas where you don't need to pay or book - just turn up and let your little one explore to their heart's content.

All our restaurants are child friendly, with plenty of space for highchairs and pushchairs, children’s menus with healthy and tasty dishes, activity packs to keep them entertained and play areas in some of our restaurants where they can run around and play.

You can also hire a wide range of cycles, including Balance Bikes, Tag-a-longs, Children’s Bikes, Trailers and Pushchairs from the Cycle Centre, there’s something for the whole family!

Yes, all our Center Parcs villages welcome dogs! If you would like to bring a dog, you need to book a dog-friendly lodge, and please note that dogs are not permitted in certain restaurants or areas of the village.

We welcome guests with restricted mobility, disabilities, medical or particular care requirements. We aim to ensure that our services are as accessible as possible. If you have any questions or are experiencing any difficulties, please contact Guest Services who will be happy to help you. Detailed information about accesibility can be found in our Access for All policy.

Our adapted lodges are designed to cater for your accessibility needs. You’ll find dedicated disabled parking nearby, perfect for those with reduced mobility and ramps built-in to your accommodation and around the village for smooth access. You’ll also find open plan living, fully equipped kitchen with lowered worktops, handrails throughout the accommodation, spacious bedrooms featuring one electric bed per lodge and bathrooms with walk-in/wheel-in showers.

For those who’ve booked one of our Exclusive Adapted Lodges, you’ll find a hoist for the hot tub and saunas and steam rooms with wider access. Please bring your own sling as slings are not provided.

After booking your break let us know about any additional requirements with our accessibility form.

We have a number of unaccompanied activities in the Activity Den including a Crèche. Our professionally trained, DBS checked staff will keep your little ones safe and entertained whilst you enjoy a well-deserved break – why not escape to Aqua Sana, our spa in the heart of the forest?

If your child becomes ill during your break, The First Aid Centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm. You can call the First Aid Centre for an appointment and our First Aid and Emergency Technicians will be on hand to offer first aid assessment and advice. If you need to see a GP, we can help you contact local medical facilities, who will assess you and offer further advice, access to medical care, or suggest a route for you to access care.

Center Parcs is open all year round, so whatever the weather you can enjoy a spectacular seasonal break. See the forest in full bloom in springtime, soak up the sunshine in summer, see the vibrant colours of the autumn forest and discover magical Winter Wonderland and Winter Forest Lights breaks. With a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s lots to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!


You may cancel your break at any time. However, the amount refunded to you will depend on whether you have Flex Your Stay Protection. Flex Your Stay allows you to cancel your break for any reason and receive a full refund up to 28 days before your arrival date. From 27 days up to 2 days before your stay you can still cancel your break and receive a reduced refund.

View Flex Your Stay terms and conditions to find out how Flex Your stay compares to our standard terms and conditions. 


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