Your guide to summer at Center Parcs

From hottest temperatures to fun facts about our Villages, our infographic tells you everything you need to know about summer at Center Parcs.


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Come dine with us! Al fresco dining at Center Parcs

Dining in the sunshine at The Lakeside Inn, Whinfell Forest

Dining in the sunshine at The Lakeside Inn, Whinfell Forest

Sunshine? Sure. Birds singing? OK. That all sounds great, but for me there’s nothing that quite says ‘summer is here’ more than being able to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining.

Al fresco, which is Italian for ‘in the cool air’ is particularly prominent in Mediterranean countries where the weather is decidedly warmer, allowing for large family gatherings in the outdoors. Unsurprisingly this dining trend has made its way over to Britain, along with a penchant for their cuisine, and is now a summer staple for many. Whether it’s a late-evening barbecue or dinner outside, it’s a great way to spend time with family, while enjoying the long summer evenings.

If you’re visiting Center Parcs this summer, you can take advantage of the many restaurants and cafés that offer al fresco dining. Besides, if you can’t stay up late eating and socialising while you’re on holiday – when can you?
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The soundtrack to your summer


School’s out for summer! Well, almost. As that all-important six-week holiday looms closer, it’s time to get prepared for your summer family break.

Whether you’re in a mire of packing, still in the planning stage or need some driving music for your journey to Center Parcs, our mixtape will do the trick! We’ve selected 14 of the best summer anthems and put them all on one playlist, perfect for getting into that summer mood.
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13 things to try at Center Parcs this summer

  1. Whizz across the lake on our longest Zip Wire
    This ever-popular activity at Elveden Forest has recently been upgraded; the wire is now a jaw-dropping 270 metres in length, making it the longest at any Center Parcs Village. As you stand at the platform, pause to enjoy breath-taking views across the forest in summertime before descending into an unforgettable experience. 

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20 years in pictures: Longleat Forest then and now

Longleat Forest today celebrates 20 years since opening. To mark the milestone, we’ve raided our archives to uncover photos taken during the build and early days of the Wiltshire Village. Take a look below to see how far we’ve come in what’s been a very successful 20 years. Here’s to 20 more!

The Village build


Building work began in earnest in early 1993

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Happy Birthday! Longleat Forest celebrates 20 successful years

The Village has welcomed six million guests during 7,300 consecutive days of operation

CPLongBeach-001Today is a very special day for one Center Parcs Village, as Longleat Forest celebrates its 20th birthday. Two decades after first opening, the spot in Wiltshire was the third Center Parcs to be built and has since been the short break destination for more than six million guests.
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Has football fever cooled your summer plans?


We’ve enjoyed one of the most exciting World Cups in living memory, and now that Germany and Argentina have had the final duel, many people in Britain will wonder what to do next. There was almost nothing at fault with this particular month-long festival of football. Well, there is of course the fact that England crashed out in the group stages, making it the worst performance from our national team since 1958, and the home nation failed to sparkle and Germany made the final…but apart from all of that, it’s been perfect.

But that isn’t what this post is about, it’s just nice to have the opportunity to write something that surrounds another one of my passions: football. This is about how football can affect bigger, national trends. In this case, travel.
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Our Center Parcs summer break in photos

Great memories that last a lifetime begin with the excitement of setting off on a family summer holiday. Nothing gets the heart fluttering more than the smell of the fresh forest air as we approach the Village, the sounds of bicycle bells waiting to greet us. It makes you want to run out of the car and get involved, as soon as you drive through the gates.


Wildlife encounters with birds of prey, big thrills on water rides and a sandy beach ready for bucket and spade action are just some the experiences you can enjoy at Center Parcs this summer. Great memories come from spending time together. It’s what family summer holidays are all about.

Whenever we visit during the summer, we love setting off on a family bike ride around the lake before having an al fresco dinner on the patio, the smell of our barbecue wafting through the forest. Center Parcs breaks are for the whole family to relax and recharge their batteries. And with endless opportunities for fun and laughter, it’s the stuff family photo albums are made of.

Submit your family photos to appear in our summer break photo album, just email us with your photos and a short description.

“Describe Aqua Sana in three words? Wow. Amazing. Repeat!”

Aqua Sana at Woburn Forest opened its doors to Spa Day guests on Monday. Here, the lady who made the very first booking, shares her experience

Girls' day: from left, Suzie Goulding, Jacqui Goulding and Hannah Milburn

From left, Suzie Goulding, Jacqui Goulding and Hannah Milburn

When Jacqui Goulding received a call from a friend asking whether she fancied a trip to the new Aqua Sana once it opened, it was an opportunity she couldn’t resist. The mother of four from Bedford says: “My friend Anne and I have daughters, both aged 18. They’ve been working so hard at their A-Levels – they’ve just finished them – and we just thought we’d take the girls and have a lovely relaxing day together.”

Jacqui and Anne were the first people to book as Aqua Sana Spa Day guests at Woburn Forest – taking the chance to visit the beautiful new spa as a day visitor. Both purchased a Twilight Spa for Two on February 5, the same day we announced the opening date for Spa Day guests. Donna McKee, Aqua Sana Manager at Woburn Forest, said the team were both excited and nervous, to welcome Day Guests for the first time: “It was a really nice day and the team were looking forward to it.
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