What’s coming to Center Parcs in 2016?

New Lodges, new activities, menus and makeovers – it’s all happening in 2016, so here’s your first look at what we have planned.

Indoor Climbing Adventure in action at Elveden Forest
Indoor Climbing Adventure in action at Elveden Forest
Mini Trek, coming soon to Whinfell Forest
Mini Trek, coming soon to Whinfell Forest
The living room of a Treehosue
The living room of a Treehosue
Rajinda Pradesh at Woburn Forest
Rajinda Pradesh at Woburn Forest
An artist's impression of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longford Forest
An artist's impression of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longford Forest
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Indoor Climbing Adventure in action at Elveden Forest
Indoor Climbing Adventure in action at Elveden Forest
Mini Trek, coming soon to Whinfell Forest
Mini Trek, coming soon to Whinfell Forest
The living room of a Treehosue
The living room of a Treehosue
Rajinda Pradesh at Woburn Forest
Rajinda Pradesh at Woburn Forest
An artist's impression of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longford Forest
An artist's impression of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Longford Forest

January and February is a time when we all tend to think about the year ahead – what we hope to achieve, what we’ll tick off our to-do list, where we’ll be this time next year. We’ve been asking the same questions here at Center Parcs, and it’s got us all excited about the wonderful things we’re working on in 2016.

As an Under the Treetops reader, you get to know the latest news first, so here’s your exclusive look at what’s coming up at Center Parcs in the first half of this year…*

We’re adding activities

There are up to 200 indoor and outdoor activities to try during your Center Parcs break, with something to suit all ages, tastes and abilities. But this year we’re expanding the offering for our littlest guests with some new and innovative activities (which, to be honest, we’re slightly devastated we can’t try ourselves).

We’ll be bringing you more information of these – including photos – as they’re developed, but here’s a sneak peak at what they’ll involve…

Off-Road Explorers
Where: Woburn Forest, Sherwood Forest, Longleat Forest
When: By spring at Sherwood Forest then at Woburn Forest and Longleat Forest by October
Tell me more: This not-to-be-missed experience offers little ones their own ‘off road driving’ experience in a miniature 4×4. One of our Mini Adventures Together, this parent-and-child activity is great for developing confidence, as little ones from the age of three control their own vehicle (completely safely, of course) with mum or dad nearby, as they navigate around our track.

Mini Captain’s Adventure
Where: Elveden Forest
When: Arriving in summer
Tell me more: With this activity, which is the first of its kind in the UK, under 5s can choose their own trusty vessel from our brand new fleet of specially designed boats and find their sea legs on the lake. As part of our Mini Adventures Together range,  little ones and a parent can have fun steering a boat on their own aquatic adventure.

Mini Trek
Where: Whinfell Forest
When: Before summer
Tell me more: One of our Mini Adventures Together, this popular parent-and-child activity is currently available at Sherwood Forest and Longleat Forest. Mini Trek allows your little one to strap into a harness and explore our slightly elevated course with platforms, bridges and jumps, all while you’re by their side to guide them along. It’s a great first taste of our aerial activities, and we’re excited to extend it to Whinfell Forest.

Street Karts and Woodland Wheelers
Where: Elveden Forest
When: By spring
Tell me more: These two exciting sessions are already much loved at some of our other Villages, and this year they’ll be making the journey to Elveden Forest. In Street Kart, you learn to confidently manoeuvre our karts at high speeds around our purpose-built track. Woodland Wheelers, meanwhile, is a chance for those too small for Segway Experience to join in the fun of these futuristic electric transporters as they navigate our special track.

Indoor Climbing Adventure
Where: Sherwood Forest
When: To be confirmed
Tell me more: The exciting vertical playground is popular with climbers young and old, new and experienced at Longleat Forest, Whinfell Forest and Elveden Forest. This year it’s coming to Sherwood Forest, with its variety of colours, themes, textures and challenges.

Our latest Lodges

It’s not just our activities getting a makeover, we’re also reinvesting in our accommodation, upgrading some existing Lodges across our Villages and building some sparkling new ones.

Later this year, we’re very excited to welcome our luxury Treehouses to Elveden Forest for the first time. The Treehouses, which feature at Sherwood Forest and Longleat Forest, are the height of comfort, nestled away in the privacy of the forest canopy. Each two-storey, four-bedroom Treehouse include a private hot tub, Physiotherm room and games den. Look out for udpates and photographs of how the build is going over the next few months.

At Longleat Forest, the Pinewood Apartments will have a complete makeover, modernising the interiors and updating the appliances. This is due to be complete by the end of April.

Food’s up

In 2015, we developed and launched menus in Huck’s American Bar and Grill, Dining In and The Pancake House. Since October, we’ve been working on revitalising the menu at Rajinda Pradesh. We’ve tweaked some of your favourites to make them even better, and we’re adding some delicious new additions. We’ve also redeveloped the children’s menu after a tasting panel with real Center Parcs families. The new menu is set to launch on all Villages at the end of February and we’ll be bringing you sneak previews of it here next month.

The Center Parcs gastro pubs, Grand Café at Longleat Forest and The Lakeside Inn at Whinfell Forest are next on our list. We’ll be revisiting those menus in the spring to see where we can make them even more tempting.

…Not forgetting Ireland!

We’re currently waiting for a decision on our planning permission application. If successful, we’ll bring you all the latest photos and news on the development of Center Parcs Longford Forest, right here on Under the Treetops.

*All details correct at time of publication

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Maddy Potts

As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests, our Villages and the wider travel industry. I’ll blog about the best ones, bring you some fantastic competitions and update you on all the exciting new activities and goings on at Center Parcs.