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

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Building work began in earnest in early 1993
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The Jardin des Sports being built
The Jardin des Sports structure during the build

Longleat Forest today…

Making of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

The iconic dome of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise being created
The iconic dome of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise during construction
Glass panels were then placed on to the structure
Glass panels were then placed on to the structure
An inside view of how the Subtropical Swimming Paradise came together in 1993
An inside view of how the Subtropical Swimming Paradise came together in 1993

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise today…

Aqua Sana Spa

The grand exterior of Aqua Sana Spa was constructed
The exterior of Aqua Sana Spa was constructed

Aqua Sana Spa today…

Getting around the Village

The Cycle Centre in 1994, complete with traditional cycles for hire
The Cycle Centre in 1994, complete with traditional cycles for hire

Getting around the Village today…

A home in the forest

Traditional-style decor in the very first Lodges at Longleat Forest
Traditional-style decor in the very first Lodges at Longleat Forest
Simple kitchen facilities featured in the first Lodges
Simple kitchen facilities featured in the first Lodges

Range of accommodation today…

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  • Cathy Fielden

    Happy birthday. I joined you 20 years ago working in the finance department, happy memories xx

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As Brand Content Manager I plan, create and curate the best articles, photos, videos and music for our channels, in particular the blog. With a degree in Journalism under my belt and many years’ experience in the big smoke as a journalist and editor, my focus is firmly on discovering the little gems hidden away in Center Parcs life, before buffing them up to make them sparkle online. From on-village events to the latest travel industry trends, I’ll be there – notepad in hand – to bring you the most entertaining and interesting stories.