Center Parcs

Temporary closure of Center Parcs Longford Forest - updated 7th April 2020

We have made the decision to extend the closure period of Center Parcs Longford Forest until 30th April in line with the latest government guidance and to keep our staff and guests as safe as possible.

We’re offering the option to either reschedule your break or receive a full refund.

I want to select a new date in the future: Breaks are on sale for arrivals up to December 2021. You can rebook for a new date in the future with no amendment fee and we’ll also offer you €100 discount from your new break.

Please note that if you select a lower priced break we will still offer you the €100 discount and refund the difference. If the break you select is higher priced, we will, again, apply the €100 discount but you would need to pay any outstanding difference.

I want a full refund: We hope you’ll rearrange your break but we understand that this won’t be possible for everyone. If you prefer a refund you may, of course, take this option. Please note that our refund process is unfortunately much slower than usual right now.

What do I need to do?

For guests who were due to visit up to 17th April, you will have an email already.  Please click the link included in the email and we’ll respond to you within the next few weeks.

If you have already made us aware of your choice via our online form we’ll action your request over the next few weeks.

For guests who were due to visit 20th – 30th April, we’ll be in contact via email towards the end of next week with further instructions. We’re working to improve our process so, for now, there is no action for guests in this closure period.  Please look out for a further email towards the end of next week which will explain what to do next.

When will I hear from you?

For guests who were due to visit up to 17th April, you will have an email already.  Please click the link included in the email and we’ll respond to you within the next few weeks.

For guests who were due to visit 20th – 30th April, we’ll be in contact via email towards the end of next week with further instructions.

Our response time and refund process is delayed

Once we’re aware of your choice we’ll action this as soon as we can.  However, we only have a very small team working from home so this may take us a number of weeks due to the volume of guests impacted by this situation.

This isn’t our usual service response time and we’ll come back to you sooner if we can. 

My arrival date has passed and I haven’t been contacted: Please don’t worry, even if we haven’t managed to contact you before your scheduled arrival date, you will still be able to rearrange your break or receive a full refund.

Can I contact you?

Our Contact Centre is currently closed until 30th April 2020. This means that we cannot accept any inbound calls from our guests and we unfortunately cannot make any outbound calls.

We do have a very small team working from home to process cancellations and changes during the closure period but as the team is reduced it is taking us longer than we would like to get back to our guests. The team will also be keeping an eye on social media channels and communicating via email where possible.

We’re so sorry but our response times and refund process will be much slower than usual right now.

Future breaks

If you are on a break in the future and currently not impacted by the closure dates, please do not contact us at this time to allow us to deal with guests with imminent breaks.

As it stands, we are closed until 30th April 2020. We will continue to closely monitor and follow government guidelines so please keep a close eye on our website for any updates. If anything changes for your break, we will contact you directly.

We recognise that this is disappointing news and we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in these exceptional circumstances.

My balance is due

As we all continue to adapt and react to the changing circumstances and whilst we await any further guidance from the Government, we’ve decided to further reduce the final balance payment date to 2 weeks prior to arrival for all May break dates and 5 weeks for all June break dates. All other break dates currently remain at the usual 10 weeks.

Center Parcs

We’ve been shortlisted for the Best Spa in Ireland award - 7th February 2020

We're delighted to share that Aqua Sana has been shortlisted for the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards 2020, just five months after opening our brand-new Longford Forest Spa.

For six years, IMAGE Media has held the prestigious Business of Beauty Awards, which celebrates the best and brightest talent in Ireland's beauty industry. From hair to nails, skin and aesthetics, Ireland's stylists, technicians, artists and entrepreneurs will be honoured at a glamorous awards ceremony.

Win a Spa break for 2*

We’re delighted to have been shortlisted. Now we need you to vote for our Aqua Sana to win.

If you love relaxing with us, vote for Aqua Sana to win Best Spa and celebrate!  As a thank you voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a Spa Break for 2 at Aqua Sana Longford Forest.

To enter

1. Vote for Aqua Sana as Best Spa at https://bob.image.ie/voting

2. Let us know you’ve voted by commenting on this Facebook post

The winners of the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards 2020 will be announced during the ceremony on March 15th at the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road in Dublin and our Spa Break winner will be chosen Tuesday 31st March. Good luck…

*Competition terms and conditions apply

Longford Forest

Festive breaks at Center Parcs – FAQs - 20th December 2019

Be the first to experience the uniqueness of a festive break at Center Parcs. Enjoy quality time with your family and enjoy the twinkly lights and Santa’s Woodland Village throughout your stay.

If you’re spending the festive period with us, we have compiled a list of answers to the frequently asked questions. 

Read festive FAQs

Longford forest

Forest safety - 21st August 2019

During extreme dry weather spells we take advice from the Met Office, please see below some basic fire safety points:

  • Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking locations on village and on the patio/ balcony of accommodation
  • The use of wood from the forest is strictly prohibited for use on the fire in accommodation (please only use logs purchased from ParcMarket)
  • The making of fires of any sort is strictly prohibited
  • Should you discover a fire no matter how small, please contact the village emergency number or call 999
  • Due to our forest environment we may need to withdraw the use of BBQ’s in extreme hot weather

We do have regular fire checks in place but please be vigilant and help us to maintain a safe environment in the forest.

Safety information

Buscuits by The Lismore Food Company

Longford Forest welcomes local suppliers to its shelves - 9th August 2019

Two local companies will have their products displayed on the shelves around Center Parcs Longford Forest. One is local biscuit maker The Lismore Food Company, whose bakery sits on Lismore Main Street, and recipes are a mixture of sweet and savoury biscuits, all with Irish tradition at heart. We also welcome Rowan Beg, who create soy wax candles in Connemara, all designed and crafted by their founder Nicola McGuinness.

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View of the lake from the beach at Longford Forest

Center Parcs Ireland is officially open! - 29th July 2019

Longford Forest is officially open, and our first guests are arriving today. 

See what some of our guests have already been saying about Longford Forest.

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Bowling

An Taoiseach marks completion of Longford Forest - 5th July 2019

An Taoiseach, Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D., today officially marked the completion of our landmark €233 million forest resort. Following an almost two-year construction process Center Parcs Longford Forest has been delivered on schedule and within budget.

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Longford Forest CGI

Be the first to experience the new way to short break in Ireland - 12th June 2019

The waters in our indoor Subtropical Swimming Paradise are warming. The luxury lodges are being filled with everything you need to be your home from home. The lake is full of water and the beach is complete with sand. The 400 acres of forest and its friendly forest creatures are waiting to greet you. And up to 100 indoor and outdoor activities are waiting to entertain your family. So, what are you waiting for? 

Join us this summer from 29th July 2019, when family short breaks in Ireland change, forever.

Barretstown logo

Our new Ireland charity partnership - 29th May 2019

We are delighted to announce that we’ve chosen Barretstown as our charity partner in Ireland for the next two years. Based just outside Dublin, Barretstown runs residential camps for children with serious illnesses, offering a range of adventurous and challenging activities, making sure that even with a serious illness these children can still have a childhood.

Aqua Sana Spa

Introducing Ireland’s biggest spa - 16th May 2019

Aqua Sana Spa brings Ireland a unique spa escape. 2,500 square-metres of spa experiences and treatment rooms make Aqua Sana Longford Forest Ireland’s largest stand-alone spa, taking inspiration from some of the most spectacular natural environments from around the world. You can add a trip to Aqua Sana to your Center Parcs break, or indulge anytime with a Spa Day or Spa Break. 

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CGI of Longford Forest

Take a look at Longford Forest - 16th May 2019

Our accommodation is now complete, and the village is due to open soon, so here’s our latest video for you to see how the build of Longford Forest is progressing.

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Accommodation

All our accommodation is complete - 15th May 2019

466 lodges and 30 Lakeside Apartments are now complete at the resort. Each one of our self-catered lodges have been designed with families in mind. Our apartments are perfect for couples, small families or friends and our lodges range from two bedrooms to four bedrooms, so you can bring the whole family.

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Longford Forest

Watch Longford Forest bloom - 25th April 2019

It’s springtime in the forest and the resort is transforming not only with leaves on the trees and new wildlife but we have our latest video update. Step into the resort and see the progress we’ve made this spring.

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Summer

Visit Longford Forest this summer - 23rd April 2019

Great news! We’ve opened up our bookings from 16th August 2019 at Longford Forest. You may not be first in the forest, but we’re excited to share everything Center Parcs has to offer with you. Longford Forest will be open all year round, so whatever the weather there will be something for your family, with indoor and outdoor activities for little ones and big ones alike!

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Subtropical Swimming Paradise

Breaks now available until 14th December 2020 - 2nd April 2019

We are pleased to tell you that we’ve opened up bookings until December 2020. You can get planning some quality family time together and put a break in the diary.

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Father and son on the beach

What’s being said about Longford Forest - 1st April 2019

It’s an exciting time as we are getting closer to officially opening Longford Forest this summer. Here are some reviews from Irish media from people who’ve been over to the UK to experience a Center Parcs break. Their insight shows what to expect here in Ireland very soon.

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Longford Forest team

The team behind the scenes - 1st April 2019

It’s official, Longford Forest has a full senior management team in place. These eight senior managers will be intending to recruit approximately 1,000 members of staff before the resort opens this summer. Joining General Manager, Daragh Feighery we have:

  • Olwyn Hughes (Service Delivery Manager)
  • Jonathan Latimer (Finance Manager)
  • Mike Ahern (Accommodation Services Manager)
  • Lorraine Danaher (HR Manager)
  • Dave McCourt (Technical Services Manager)
  • Celine Bowyer (Leisure Services Manager)
  • Gavin Riley (Food and Beverage and Retail Manager)
CGI of Longford Forest

Coming soon… - 20th March 2019

Now in March, we’re getting very close to the opening of Longford Forest and the construction of the resort is coming along nicely. The iconic structure of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise has started to come together with the glass windows and the lake continues to fill, see our latest video for your peek into Longford Forest. 

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland 2019 dates confirmed - 20th March 2019

From the Friday 8th November 2019 until the festive period the whole resort will transform into a Winter Wonderland. With twinkling lights, a sprinkling of snow and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Get a Winter Wonderland break booked in the family diary to experience an enchanting run-up to Christmas.

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Plants

Planting a paradise - 14th March 2019

Our Subtropical Swimming Paradise is going to be home to exotic plants, coming all the way from the Netherlands. Two palms will dominate the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, one is 10m high and weighs 3,000kgs, both palms will thrive in the 29.5C heat! There are lots of other trees flagged to head to Ireland’s biggest indoor water park. Book your break so you can see them for yourselves.

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CGI of Longford Forest

A sneak peek into Longford Forest - 15th February 2019

The construction of Longford Forest is progressing nicely, and your soon-to-be favourite areas are starting to take shape. With aerials views starting at the Aqua Sana Spa, moving to the heart of the resort – the Subtropical Swimming Paradise – with its iconic structure. To see more of Longford Forest see our latest video.

Lego Subtropical Swimming Paradise

Make a splash - 13th December 2018

55,667 Lego bricks, 105 days and 840 hours later and Irish mother and son Lego artist duo – Jessica and Faolán Farrell – unveil the show-stopping Lego replica of our Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which showcases all that Ireland’s largest water park has to offer to those experiencing Longford Forest.

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Children in forest

Great news! - 13th December 2018

We’ve opened bookings for Longford Forest from 4th November 2019 onwards. With the construction of Longford Forest progressing nicely you may not be the first in the forest, as we still expect to be open in summer 2019, but we’re so excited to share Center Parcs with you that you can now start planning your very first break at Longford Forest, remember we have up to 100 activities to book, Aqua Sana Spa to relax in and up to 400 acres to explore. 

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VOYA

A perfect forest escape - 13th December 2018

Aqua Sana Spa is a one-of-a-kind spa in Ireland and we’ve teamed up with VOYA and Elemis to provide our guests with premium spa products. Aqua Sana Spa will offer a variety of treatments which will use VOYA and Elemis products. VOYA products are formulated using the finest natural ingredients, while Elemis blend nature with science to provide products with transformative results.  

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Activities

Longford Forest brings activities for all 13th November 2018

From adrenaline and adventure to the calm and creative, Longford Forest will have up to 100 indoor and outdoor activities for all the family to enjoy. Our outdoor activities will range from being up in the treetops at Aerial Adventure, to down on the ground on a Segway Experience, or Off-Road Explorers for the little ones. Indoor activities range from sports like Badminton and Ten Pin Bowling, to our unaccompanied Activity Den sessions like Chocolate Chefs Academy.

Subtropical swimming paradise

The structure of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise - 13th November 2018

Longford Forest is breaking Center Parcs records as the resort welcomed the record-sized 53-metre long, 22-tonne, glulam beams that will form the structure of the impressive Subtropical Swimming Paradise. The glulam beams travelled over 2,000 kilometres from Altheim in Austria before arriving at Longford Forest.

Family togetherness

Family togetherness 13th November 2018

It’s becoming more of a challenge to spend time together as a family as the rise in technology continues. We did some research into the battle for screen time and it showed that children in Ireland spend three hours per day using technological devices. So, at Center Parcs, put down the technology and try new activities, get back that quality family time and make new technology free memories together.

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Briody bedding

Briody Bedding secures Longford Forest supplier contract November 2018

Meath based family run business, Briody Bedding, has secured a contract to supply Center Parcs Longford Forest with bespoke beds and handmade mattresses for the 466 lodges and 30 apartments. So, you’ll be able to sleep easy at Longford Forest knowing that Briody Bedding are committed to ensuring that our guests get a good night’s sleep.

First lodge

Our first lodge complete 30th July 2018

With modern design, stylish features and open-plan living, the first – of many – lodges at Longford Forest has been completed, marking a key milestone in the resort's development as we prepare to open in summer 2019.

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Irish food suppliers

Center Parcs serves up contract to Irish food companies 10th July 2018

Four of Ireland’s top food companies have been given food supplier contracts, meaning these will supply the entirety of Longford Forest’s extensive dining options, from dining out at a number of our restaurants to Dining In, our delicious takeaway service you can get delivered to your accommodation.

Center Parcs has awarded the following food supplier contracts:

  • Dublin based Keelings will be the fresh produce and dairy supplier
  • Family run Heaney Meats in Galway will supply fresh meat
  • Coleraine based Lynas Foodservice and Antrim based Henderson Foodservice will be the premium foodservice partners to Center Parcs Longford Forest