Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington OBE makes a splash

Two-time Olympic gold medallist swimming champion, Rebecca Adlington, helped unveil a new family water ride at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest with the help of children from the Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club


The ride is the fourth of its kind to be introduced to Center Parcs, with Elveden Forest, Woburn Forest and Longleat Forest unveiling new water rides and water play areas in their respective Subtropical Swimming Paradise’s in the last four years. The rides have been a big hit, with thousands of guests taking to rafts and gliding down the ride with their families each day.

The Tropical Cyclone ride is just one part of a 15 million investment project in Sherwood Forest’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which also includes new family and toddler water play areas, so there is something for all ages.

Rebecca Adlington OBE said:

“It has been a pleasure to open this new ride at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest today and meet some of the children who now swim at the Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club, the club I used to swim for, years ago. Building children’s confidence in the water is so important and this new ride and these new water play areas, are fun for everyone from really young children, right up to young adults. I am sure guests will love the new features and enjoy them as much as we have this morning!”

The new features are as follows:

Tropical Cyclone

The colossal Tropical Cyclone is one of the largest interactive four-person raft rides in Europe. The unique ride features a cyclone with a spectacular diameter of 15 metres, which is the perfect canvas for the projections, lights and sounds displayed from the AV technology. Riders will be given the chance to choose from four themes before heading into the exhilarating ride.

Lasting an unforgettable 35 seconds and boasting a top speed of 40km/h, the ride offers 125 metres of twists, turns and sways with the giant cone drop tipping riders at an angle that gives riders a zero-gravity experience for a second before propelling them down the tube to a splash pool.

Venture Bay and Venture Harbour

There are also two new areas included in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise revamp – a family water play area and a toddler play area and pool. These new areas will see families whizzing down brightly lit tubes, spraying each other with spouts and having fun in the water together.

Experience the new Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Sherwood Forest by booking you break here.

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Andrew Regan

As Marketing Manager at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests and the insider knowledge from our villages. As a dad of two myself (age six and three) I'm a regular Center Parcs guest - we love the family time we get together when visiting. I'll share everything I know with you here.