Sherwood Forest news
Sherwood Forest important updates and latest news.
Grand Cascade Temporary Closure at Sherwood Forest - 6th January 2020
From Monday 13th January until Tuesday 21st January, the Grand Cascade water ride will be closed for essential maintenance work. All other parts of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise are open as normal during this time.
Changing rooms upgrade at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise - 24th December 2019
The Subtropical Swimming Paradise changing rooms at Sherwood Forest are currently being refreshed to create more showers and changing rooms than before. Don’t worry, whilst we carry out these essential works there will still be the same number of showers and changing rooms available to use. The thrilling raft rides Grand Cascade and Tropical Cyclone are also now open, along with exciting water play areas for your little ones to have a splashing good time.
Wild Water Rapids and outside pool area temporary closure at Sherwood Forest - updated 20th December 2019
From Tuesday 1st September – Sunday 18th October 2020, The Wild Water Rapids at Sherwood Forest will be closed temporarily to undergo essential maintenance work. The rest of the amazing Subtropical Swimming Paradise remains open.
Winter Wonderland firework displays - 18th September 2019
Our fireworks display happens every Sunday and Wednesday evening at 6pm from 10th November to 22nd December during Winter Wonderland. This event is very popular so for the ideal viewing spot on the beach, please arrive a little earlier than the 6pm start time.
Further displays will be held at 6pm on Boxing Day and Sunday 29th December, again for the ideal viewing spot, please arrive a little earlier than the 6pm start time.
Our final display will be to welcome in the New Year at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
The fireworks display may be postponed or cancelled in the event of adverse weather conditions.
For your safety
We are uniquely placed in the heart of the forest and governed strictly by the Forestry Commission on fire control; we must therefore ask guests not to bring their own fireworks, sparklers and sky lanterns on to the village. Any guest found using these will be requested to leave the village as per our Terms and Conditions. Guests with photosensitive epilepsy are advised that our fireworks display contains fireworks and lighting features that may produce a stroboscopic effect.
Lake closures on our villages - 2nd September 2019
As we operate a number of submersible activities on the lakes at our villages, we test our lake water for quality on a regular basis. Due to natural organisms, we occasionally receive a reading that means we have to close our lake whilst we treat the issue and gain a normal reading again. Should this happen we will ensure that guest disruption is kept to a minmum and that we bring activities back online as soon as we possibly can.
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.
Minimising traffic on the village
We know that our focus on providing a safe environment with minimal traffic is something you really value. That’s why we need your help to reduce the traffic on our villages to protect what you love about Center Parcs: a place where little ones can run free and explore, and parents can feel at ease.
New rides, slides and splashes - Updated 1st March 2019
Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Sherwood Forest has got even bigger and better. Experience the new Tropical Cyclone ride and water play areas officially opening on the 1st March 2019.
Dog Owners' Advice - Updated September 2018
In recent years, an unexplained dog illness known as 'seasonal canine illness' has been found in an increasing number of forest areas around the UK, particularly in late summer and early autumn. The illness is currently believed to be triggered by a naturally occurring cause and has affected a number of dogs in areas across the country, including those local to some of our villages, including Sherwood Forest. This 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 plan to bring a dog to Center Parcs..
Cases of Alabama Rot have also been reported around the country in 2017. This is another unexplained disease affecting dogs. None of our Center Parcs villages have been identified as locations with cases of Alabama Rot, but in the interest of vigilance we recommend dog owners familiarise themselves with the symptoms.
If you are bringing a dog to one of our villages and are concerned, please call our Contact Centre team on 03448 266 266.
New fun-filled activities for little ones - 28th January 2019
Discover three new activities for your little ones to enjoy. Make memories that will last forever as you forage through the forest to create your very own Family Nature Journal, or help our rangers discover woodland animals and their habitats in Nature Detectives, both at the Ranger’s Lodge. Your little ones can also have an adventure of their very own in Wizard Academy, where they can learn spells, play games and make marvellous wizard crafts in this this 3-hour unaccompanied session at the Activity Den. Whilst they have a wizarding time, why not treat yourself to a 2 hour spa session for a special price when booked together.
Sherwood Forest’s lake is open this winter - 14th December 2018
Wrap up warm and head out onto our picturesque lake this winter. Enjoy a tranquil journey across the water in one of our Electric Boats, or get a little more adventurous in a Pedalo or Katakanu. Your little ones can also have their own adventure, with you by their side, and explore the lake to solve a puzzle in Captain’s Adventures.
Exciting additions to Sherwood Forest’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise - 13th February 2018
Work has begun to bring an incredible new water ride and family play areas to Sherwood Forest’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
The new family raft ride will be similar to Tropical Cyclone at Elveden, Woburn and Longleat Forest. It will be no less than 125m of twists, turns and gravity-defying, hair-raising drops.
The play areas will include the nautical-themed Venture Bay (perfect for toddlers with small splashes, paddling pools and fountains) and swash-buckling Venture Harbour (ideal for slightly older children, with tipping buckets, slides and water jets).
The project is still in early stages and we hope to have it completed for summer 2019. And don’t worry if you have a break booked at Sherwood Forest between now and then – the Subtropical Swimming Paradise will remain open throughout the work.
We’ll share more information with you as soon as we have it.
Good Spa Guide awards our Forest Spa 5 bubbles - Updated 8th June 2017
We’re thrilled to announce that our brand new Forest Spa at Sherwood Forest has been awarded a 5 bubble rating by the Good Spa Guide!
After months of hard work, our Forest Spa at Sherwood Forest officially opened, unveiling six nature-inspired spa zones and 25 different spa experiences. The new Forest Spa brings together the best of Aqua Sana and embraces our natural surroundings to deliver our most impressive spa yet.
*available when break booked is 26 weeks or fewer away.