Woburn Forest celebrates 10 years!

Exterior of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Woburn Forest

6th June 2024

Woburn Forest Celebrates 10 years!


Center Parcs Woburn Forest, is celebrating 10 years of making family memories following its opening on 6 June 2014.

With a 97% occupancy rate, the village has welcomed more than 3.1 million guests in the last decade – welcoming its millionth in 2017, of whom 52,000 celebrated a birthday at Woburn Forest. The village currently employs more than 1,750 colleagues, with the vast majority living locally in Bedfordshire. This year 158 employees celebrated 10 or more years of service and nearly 500 colleagues have reached the five-year milestone.

Woburn Forest Celebrates 10 years!

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Guest favourites

While the Subtropical Swimming Paradise is a firm favourite with guests, Adventure Golf proved to be the most popular outdoor activity with over 530,000 guests ‘putting’ their skills to the test, followed by the most popular indoor activity – Badminton – as 210,000 guests got their racquets at the ready.

With a range of restaurants, from Las Iguanas to Bella Italia, Center Parcs’ renowned favourite Huck’s American Bar and Grill came up on top, as more than 175,000 families enjoyed its South, Californian and Mexican-inspired dishes.


Aqua Sana

Woburn Forest has invested significantly in its Aqua Sana Forest Spa concept which has seen around 140,000 guests visit for a spa day since 2014. The spa includes 25 innovative multi-sensory experiences across six zones, from the re-energising thermal experiences of the Fire and Ice Spa to the healing powers of the Mineral and Gemstone Spa. Guests can also choose from a range of treatments and enjoy a tasty lunch at Vitalé Café Bar, which received a full makeover last summer.


Improving biodiversity

Center Parcs has been committed to protecting and enhancing the woodland since the very beginning and has even been awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark for 17 consecutive years. Our team of dedicated rangers have worked hard to create and manage habitats that attract native wildlife. As a result, there are now 40 species of bird at Woburn Forest and a healthy bat population, including 11 of the 17 breeding species found in the UK.

Similarly to other Center Parcs UK villages, there was no lake before it was built and since 2014 the waterways have been a great habitat for insects and are home to six species of damselfly and 11 species of dragonfly.  The Small Skipper Butterfly and the Small Heath Butterfly – both of which have been in acute decline over the last 10 years, can also be found at Woburn Forest!


Some words from Woburn Forest’s Village Director

Rebecca Wileman, Village Director at Woburn Forest, said: “The last 10 years has been a truly amazing journey and one that I am incredibly proud of. We’ve seen a few changes over the years, with significant investment into our village, for example we added more accommodation with the addition of three treehouses and more recently we refurbished and relaunched our conferences and events space, The Venue.

“We’re always looking at how we can improve the offering and service to our guests and our 97% occupancy rate is testament to the hard work that goes into achieving that. We have many guests who return time after time, and we even welcomed our millionth guest just three years after opening.

“I am so proud of the team at Woburn Forest, it’s been fantastic to see colleagues grow and develop with the business, and all we have achieved over the last decade – here’s to the next 10 years!”

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Hannah Dooley

As PR Assistant at Center Parcs, I’m here to give you an insight into all that is new and exciting across our villages. For me, there is no better family time than a short break in the forest and I’m lucky enough to be able to share everything I know, from lovely guests stories to top tips, so you can make the most out of your stay with us.

Hannah Parker