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Adventures for little ones

Holidays and breaks with pre-school children

When you have young children, finding the perfect holiday destination is absolutely key. Everything at Center Parcs is made for families, and little ones aged 2-4 years old can discover new adventures and activities around every corner. Book your holiday or weekend break and get ready to explore acres of woodland, spot wildlife, splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and get cosy in your family accommodation nestled amongst the trees.


Center Parcs locations

  • A lodge dining area showing a high chair
  • Living room of a lodge
  • Twin bed bedroom at Sherwood Forest.

Child-friendly lodges

Our lodges are designed with families in mind and include:

  • A highchair
  • A cot
  • A super-sized storage cupboard for your pushchair
  • A chalkboard for creative little minds
  • Bed rails on request
  • A spacious layout perfect for little explorers
  • Stair-gates (in two-storey lodges)
  • Forest views so little ones can spot wildlife

Please be aware that some lodges have steps to the entrance, so check this when booking.

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See what our guests are saying

Return to Whinfell

@Craig T - January 2024, Whinfell Forest

Fantastic Christmas break away, second year in a row at Whinfell. We like the fact that everything is under cover and given the weather this year very glad.
Our lodge was the same style as last year and couldn’t fault it again.
The winter wonderland is excellent and really extends the Christmas feel having a young child.

 Accessible lodge  

@mbmckeon51 - July 2023, Whinfell Forest 

I am in a manual wheelchair and the accommodation was perfect for me - spacious, well thought out and profile bed and mattress was a real bonus. Weather was great and we all had a great time. Our first visit at a Centre Parks but would love to come back. Beautiful location in the forest and safe to let our young grandchildren cycle everywhere - hilly site and I needed a push on some of steepest sections.
Dinner at Cafe Rouge was excellent. Loved the whole experiece and all staff we met were helpful and friendly. All the family very happy with 3 night trip.

Family visit to Center Parcs Sherwood

@Eleanor S - March 2024, Sherwood Forest

We visited Center Parcs Sherwood as a family with two young grandchildren , we had a wonderful weekend , the lodge was comfortable and clean , we loved the swimming and pancake house , the activities with the little ones were reasonably priced as was the bowling and adventure golf , we will definitely visit again

 Suberb week full of fun  

@emmaklincs - August 2023, Sherwood Forest 

Great week with 4 young boys & 4 adults. 4 bed exec lodge, Cedar 934 was superb, it was well equipped & very clean. We went to Archery, mucky pups, musical movers, bowling & crazy golf.

Had a great time at the kids disco & enjoyed all the food on offer. All the staff were really friendly & helpful, responding to requests efficiently. A lost bag of shoes was found & returned quickly & a dishwasher issue was sorted within the day. We all enjoyed the subtropical swimming pool & the venture harbour/ bay was so lovely for the little ones, they didn’t want to leave. Changing facilities/ showers were all clean & well maintained & Cabana cove hot tub was a bonus. Bike hire was easy & the boys loved having the freedom to ride on safe roads.

We could not fault anything apart from prices being quite expensive. Would definitely return, last went 30 years ago, so much has changed & our Grandchildren loved it. Lots of lovely memories made.

Relaxing few days even with a 2 year old

@Mog120 - January 2024, Longleat Forest

We had a mid week break taking our 2 year old granddaughter,over the years we’ve had many great holidays here . This was no exception, the villa was excellent, comfortable, roomy and well equipped. There has been considerable changes in parts of, all for the good , there are several excellent play areas for children of all ages , we trued her with roller skating , mini football neither of which she’d ever done before . The staff running the courses were brilliant , happy , professional and really put the very young children at ease , the dome offers great water experiences for all ages , but may get very crowded at peak times . Good choice of restaurants and the parc market which is now co-op offers a large variety of foods etc at reasonable prices . All in all a great few days .

 Fantastic holiday for a young family  

@Lily H - June 2023, Longleat Forest 

We have 2 boys under 3 years old, and the place was the perfect family holiday destination, with plenty of walks, playparks for every age, fantastic swimming complex and activities suitable for every type of weather. The lodge, we stayed in, met our every need and provided us with a relaxing environment after days full with new adventures.

Family holiday

@Mog120 - October 2023, Elveden Forest

We visit Elveden most years and each year it just gets better! Swimming is fantastic, plenty to do and a brilliant adventure cove for younger children. My two children did a few activities, including Aerial Adventure, mini trek, and aqua jetting. All were brilliant and staff were great 😊 it seems the play park has been updated as well. Our lodge was perfect, clean and we had lots of wildlife in our garden. Overall we had a great stay x

 Never fails to deliver for a family break  

@Matthew W - June 2023, Longleat Forest 

I've lost count of the number of times we've spent long weekends at Center Parcs resorts. Our young children absolutely adore living in the forest amoungst all the wildlife. The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is such a great place for all the family to spend a few hrs relaxing (or not!). The great thing about returning as the children grow up is the vast range of activities offered, meaning they are always able to try something new and slightly more challenging each time they visit.
Can't wait until our next visit, especially as out oldest is now commited to taking on the Elvedon lake zip wire!!

Family holiday

@Jasmine M - Feb 2024, Woburn Forest

We love and try to come back once a year as we all really relax and switch off. We like it as it’s not too far from where we live yet you feel like you could be anywhere in g to he world. It’s a really easy holiday with young children as they have so much to do, our loved collecting the badges she got one for baby ballet and one for helping us in the shop. You could spend a lot on different activities or not spend much at all as lot to do for free,we enjoy the subtropical swimming pool. The restaurants are great we did brunch at pancake house and dinner at las iguanas another night the rest of the time we ate in lodge. They are simple but well equipped you feel very secluded. Overall we loved it. Wish village was on whilst we were there and that was fantastic at night our child was amazed by it.

 Excellent trip with friends and our family to Woburn Center parcs  

@Sophiafloral - March 2023, Woburn Forest 

What a fantastic trip to Woburn Center parcs. We hadn’t been since being teenagers ourselves and now we have a young family of our own we wanted to return. We were not disappointed. We booked a 4 bed lodge with another couple and toddler as we wouldn’t have been able to afford it on our own. We had snow all week in march which made it even more special. The layout at Woburn is really lovely with everything within easy reach. We booked a cabin near to the swimming pool as i was 35 weeks pregnant and knew we’d spend ALOT of time there. Which we did and the facilities at the pool are excellent. The children’s pools are just amazing and my 3 year old was going head first down the flumes by the end of our stay. Great that they provide float vests and everything is kept clean and warm.

We visited the aqua sauna and I had a pregnancy treatment that was out of this world. We also visited the pancake house which was nice and great they have a soft play the pancakes however although nice were pricey and not as many options as could be.

We stayed in cabin 872 which was very close to the pool but backed onto woodland so we enjoyed watching lots of wildlife grazing right outside our doors. And had a great view to see the snow each morning.

We would recommend doing a food shop from a local supermarket then we just topped up anything we needed from the very well stocked shop on site. We hope to return year after year.



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  • Elveden Forest lake.
  • Toddler on the beach

What's included with your break

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Activities for little ones

You’ll find plenty of fun activities and adventures for pre-school aged children. They can try something different with Mini Trek or Roller Tots, or learn new skills with Chocolate Chefs Academy or Football Fun Factory.

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  • Aerial image of Venture Bay outside the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
  • Subtropical swimming paradise

Make a splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

  • Heated to 29.5c all year round
  • Children’s water play areas, pools and mini slides
  • Sensory water play areas
  • Sing and splash in our free Baby Dolphins for play session
  • Family changing rooms, large lockers and buggy park
  • Canopy Café serving poolside food and drink

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

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  • Plates of Chinese food
  • A family sat around a table at a restaurant eating Indian food..
  • Soft play with a variety of soft toys
  • A family eating at the restaurant

Eating out with 2-4 year olds

All of our restaurants are child-friendly. You’ll find plenty of space for multiple highchairs and pushchairs, children’s menus offering healthy and tasty dishes, and activity packs to keep little ones entertained. You’ll also find indoor or outdoor play areas at some of our restaurants. Be sure to pre-book your table as early evening times are popular.

If you’d prefer a relaxing evening in, order restaurant food to be delivered to your lodge.

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  • Outdoor pool at Aqua Sana Elveden.
  • A woman in a pool relaxing under a water jet.

Feel revitalised at Aqua Sana Spa

Need some time to re-energise after a day of activities? 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.

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Making the most of your break with your little one

Here are our top tips on having a fun and relaxing Center Parcs break with your pre-school child:

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Frequently asked questions

There’s plenty of fun things to do for younger children at Center Parcs! Explore exciting water play areas in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, spot wildlife in the forest and discover lots of indoor, outdoor and watersports activities, whatever the weather.

From creative activities like Fun Pots for Tots, nature activities like Baby Owls and sporty activities like Off Road Explorers, there’s so much fun for little ones!

Around each of our villages, there are a number of indoor and outdoor play areas for your little ones 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 of 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, Children’s Trailers and Pushchairs from the Cycle Centre. There’s something for the whole family!

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, all of 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. You can find out more on our dog-friendly breaks page.

Our lodges are all designed with babies and children in mind, with everything you need for a relaxing break with your little one. Whether you’re staying in a Woodland Lodge, a Treehouse or anything in between, you’ll find a cot (you’ll need to bring your own linen), highchair, toddler bathroom step, super-sized storage cupboard for your pushchair, forest views so little ones can spot wildlife. Please be aware that some lodges have steps to the entrance, so check this when booking. 

We run two separate Crèche Sessions, one for little ones aged 3 - 23 months old and one for toddlers aged 24 - 35 months old.

Our Crèche Session will keep your little ones entertained for 3 hours. Whilst they’re off having fun, why not enjoy some well-deserved relaxation at Aqua Sana, our spa in the heart of the forest. Or spend some quality time together nestled in nature in the comfort of your lodge, embrace your inner adventurer in one of our thrilling activities or enjoy a tranquil cycle ride through the forest.


Read more about visiting Center Parcs with a pre-school aged child


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