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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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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