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Winter and festive break reviews


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As good as always

@ghosthunfan9- February 2023, Whinfell Forest

"Our visit last February was our first to Whinfell as we'd always gone to Sherwood Forest before. We decided for lots of reasons to rebook for Whinfell again this year. We were definitely not disappointed. It was lovely to see it fully open and well staffed this year. It never felt too crowded anywhere. The staff are wonderful, extremely pleasant and very helpful. This year we did the evening Winter Wonderland walk with our 4 year grandson. He loved it and so did we."

Winter Wonderland

@Jess B- December 2023, Whinfell Forest 

"This was our second trip to Whinfell and we were delighted that we’d booked again. We knew what to expect and it certainly didn’t disappoint! We loved the Winter Wonderland, especially the enchanted light garden which really extends the magic of Christmas into the New Year.
As always, the lodge was fantastic and the Village centre was beautiful. Our favourite things to do are Swimming, swimming and more swimming!! It’s just so easy and accessible, we spend 3 hours in there without realising. Our 5 year old son also enjoyed the mini jeep driving adventure and the ten pin bowling. He also loved the pantomime. Can’t wait to plan our next Center Parcs adventure!"

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest experience

@Rya T - January 2024, Sherwood Forest

"The villa is cosy, comfortable and the log burner is a must. Subtropical paridise pool is second to none, and fun can be had by all ages. The forest itself is awesome, wildlife and peace and serinity as you walk around day or night. There are plenty of places to eat, shop.
The hardest thing to do is leave on checkout day. Already planning next year's visit"

Relaxation Redefined: My Weekend Getaway at Center Parcs

@R W- January 2024, Sherwood Forest

"We recently embarked on a weekend escape to Center Parcs, and the experience left us thoroughly relaxed and invigorated. Nestled amidst nature's embrace, the resort offers a serene haven that seamlessly blends tranquility with exciting activities.

From the moment we entered, the crisp winters surroundings created an instant sense of calm. The picturesque woodland landscapes and updated, well-maintained pathways set the stage for a peaceful retreat. The accommodation, tucked away in the heart of nature, provided a cozy and comfortable sanctuary to unwind.

Center Parcs boasts a remarkable array of activities that cater to various interests. We could choose from the options of cycling through scenic trails (with free cycles provided on our break), enjoying a leisurely boat ride, or partaking in wellness sessions, the options are diverse and accessible. The blend of adventure and relaxation was perfectly balanced, allowing us to tailor our weekend to match our mood.

The subtropical swimming paradise was a highlight of our stay, offering a tropical oasis complete with soothing waters, thrilling slides, (we particularly enjoyed the Tropical Cyclone ride and the rapids) and lush greenery. It provided an exhilarating contrast to our quiet moments spent by the lake. Dining options at Center Parcs were plentiful. The diverse range of restaurants offered attractive, well presented meals, catering to various tastes. 

Center Parcs claims a commitment to sustainability, this is evident in their eco-friendly initiatives. The resort vehicles are now electrified and quiet in operation and housekeeping staff still do the bulk of their travel around the site on bicycles. As I reflect on my weekend at Center Parcs, I am left with a profound sense of rejuvenation. The harmonious blend of nature, activities, and relaxation created an atmosphere that allowed me to escape the demands of daily life. I was looking for a weekend break but found a retreat that combined serenity with excitement, Center Parcs is undoubtedly a haven for my soul."

Winter Wonderland 

@Alex- December 2022, Longleat Forest 

"We have been going to Center Parcs for over 5 years now but not done winter wonderland, we didn't know what to expect, but we as a family can say hands down the best Christmas holiday we have had. They had gone above and beyond on all Christmas decorations. The whole park loved lovely and Christmas was every where.

My 2 year old niece especially enjoyed seeing farther Christmas down at the village square, it had loads of Christmas tress, lights, music, hot drinks, and more to keep kids going for hours."

Family Fun 

@Kay D - November 2022, Longleat Forest 

"With two grandchildren under three, a mid week break whilst my daughter is on maternity leave, seemed too good a chance to miss. With activities and dining prebooked, we were delighted to discover it was the first week of Winter Wonderland. So many delights for the children to discover and experience for the first time. Centre Parcs caters for all ages and as always left us wanting more. We will be back."

Fantastic Experience! 

@Clare - January 2022, Elveden Forest

"This was our third time visiting centreparcs during the Christmas break and I can honestly say that I could never get fed up of this place. Winter wonderland is just so magical. We loved it and so did our 5 year old. There is so much to do and a huge choice of activities . We always pay a bit extra to choose our lodge so that we don’t have too far to go to the village square. I would 100% recommend for families, couples , groups of friends etc. We will be returning next year :)"

Fantastic Christmas break

@jenny c- December 2022, Elveden Forest

"Had a fantastic 5 day stay at Elveden Centre Parcs. We stayed in a 3 bed new style woodland adapted lodge. Lodge was clean and spacious. Wildlife were literally on our door step.
My son has autism and the staff were fantastic with him. Food was great, can't wait to book for next year, highly recommended."

Winter Wonderland

@toogoodjill- November 2022, Woburn Forest

"Just back from our annual winter wonderland au Center Parcs Woburn. Great time, the site is beautifully decorated with loads of attention to detail. Great for both the very young and the not so young!! We go as three generations, and have been doing so for a number of years. It never disappoints."

Magical Winter Wonderland

@Stephanie M- November 2022, Woburn Forest

"What a place! Magical is the word we used to describe our Winter Wonderland weekend with family & friends. If you have kids, it’s a must! Even if you don’t, it’s amazing. The staff are amazing from check-in to leaving. The facilities are exactly what’s needed all round."

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