Take to the lake on a spring or summer break

A boy smiles as he balances on a paddleboard on the lake

8 February 2023

Take to the lake on a spring or summer break

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In the heart of the forest at Center Parcs you’ll find a glorious lake with a sandy beach, and a spring or summer break is the perfect time to spot wildlife on the water as you sail on by. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker ready for some splashing good fun or you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the view, we’ve got a watersports activity for all ages and abilities.


Pedalo Hire

Where: All villages

What’s it all about: Take in the spectacular scenery as you and your group share the pedalling duties while making your way around the picturesque lake.

Who’ll love it: The whole family


Mini Captains’ Adventure

Where: Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest and Longford Forest

What’s it all about: Hop aboard with your shipmate as you sail the high seas on this swashbuckling adventure. Navigate the water as you complete a puzzle given to you by your harbour master before you make it back to shore.

Who’ll love it: Mini captains and their grown-up shipmate


Stand-Up Paddleboard Tuition

Where: Whinfell Forest, Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest, Longleat Forest (April – October)

What’s it all about: Incorporating balance, flexibility and strength, this exhilarating watersport combines both canoeing and surfing, with our experienced tutors on hand to teach you all the skills you need.

Who’ll love it: Those that love trying something new


Kayak Hire

Where: All villages (April – October)

What’s it all about: Perfect for both experienced water enthusiasts and beginners, enjoy the Center Parcs scenery while building your confidence and skills in the water.

Who’ll love it: Thrill-seekers


Electric Boats

Where: All villages

What’s it all about: Take a leisurely cruise across the lake using our state-of-the-art electric boats. All you have to do is sit back and relax as you steer the boat across the tranquil lake while spotting wildlife in its natural habitat.

Who’ll love it: Those looking to explore the water and spot wildlife



Where: Longleat Forest, Elveden Forest, Longford Forest (April – October)

What’s it all about: Jump, balance, splash and slide across our giant inflatable obstacle course on the lake. Are you and your family ready to take on the challenge?

Who’ll love it: Adrenaline-seekers


Rowing Boat Hire

Where: Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest, Woburn Forest, Longleat Forest, Longford Forest

What’s it all about: Take in the fresh air as you row around the lake, taking in the beautiful views and enjoying the gentle exercise as you experience the great outdoors.

Who’ll love it: Budding adventurers


Interested in setting sail on our Watersports Lake? Take a look at our website for more information about The Boathouse activities.

Two brothers laugh as they race across the AquaParc
A little girl and her dad smile as they kayak across the lake
A family set sail on Mini Captains' Adventure
A family take a ride on a pedalo and smile as they look at the ducks on the lake
A father and his son row their boat across the lake
A woman and her mum smile as they take to the lake on an Electric Boat ride

Sophie Milne

As Senior Creative Copywriter, it’s my job to bring the Center Parcs experience to life with words. I love sharing ideas and inspiration about all the wonderful things you can see and do in the forest.