From endless activities to restaurants with play areas and the chance to be immersed in nature: Why your next short break should be at Center Parcs

  • A visit to a Center Parcs village means having over 200 activities for all ages to choose from
  • At each one you and your loved ones can leave distractions behind and enjoy some quality time together
  • The accommodation on offer is superb - and ranges from cosy Woodland Lodges to luxury Treehouses 

It's the family break where boredom simply won't get a look in.

A visit to a Center Parcs village means having over 200 activities for all ages to choose from, an incredible indoor Subtropical Swimming Paradise to splash around in and a range of superb restaurants to visit. And up to 400 acres of forest, a beach and a lake to explore. Plus there's great accommodation, including luxury Treehouses.

Located at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire - at each one you and your loved ones can leave distractions behind and enjoy some quality time together in breath-taking surroundings. Read on to discover more on why your next short break should be at a Center Parcs.

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A visit to a Center Parcs village means having over 200 activities for all ages to choose from, incredible indoor water parks to splash around in and a range of superb restaurants to visit

A visit to a Center Parcs village means having over 200 activities for all ages to choose from, incredible indoor water parks to splash around in and a range of superb restaurants to visit

Activities indoors and out for children of all ages

When it comes to activities at Center Parcs, visitors of all ages are spoilt for choice.

Feeling brave? There are adrenaline-fuelled thrills for the adventurous including Aerial Tree Trekking and the High Ropes Challenge, where you can swing through the trees on ropes and descend on a zip wire.

Feeling really brave? At Elveden Forest and Woburn Forest, The Drop has arrived. Here you can test your nerve by leaping from a 15-metre tall tower on a zip wire, free-fall with a harness, or jump on to a giant air bag.

There are adrenaline-fuelled thrills for the adventurous including AerialTree Trekking and the High Ropes Challenge, where you can swing through the trees on ropes and descend on a zip wire

There are adrenaline-fuelled thrills for the adventurous including AerialTree Trekking and the High Ropes Challenge, where you can swing through the trees on ropes and descend on a zip wire

There's more excitement in store at the Outdoor Activity Centre, such as paintballing, quad biking and archery, while children can explore in mini 4x4s

There's more excitement in store at the Outdoor Activity Centre, such as paintballing, quad biking and archery, while children can explore in mini 4x4s

Little ones, meanwhile, can have their own adventure on a Mini Trek course that's one-metre off the ground.

There's more excitement in store at the Outdoor Activity Centre, such as paintballing, quad biking and archery, while children can explore in mini 4x4s.

Weather not so good? Center Parcs has you covered.

There are lots of indoor activities to brighten up a grey day, including cupcake decorating and a Chocolate Chefs Academy for little ones - and the Indoor Climbing Adventure with challenges that are perfect for novices and those with a bit more derring-do.

Center Parcs' indoor climbing facilities offer challenges suitable for novices and those with a bit of derring-do

Center Parcs' indoor climbing facilities offer challenges suitable for novices and those with a bit of derring-do

It's always a balmy 29.5C in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which boasts slides and flumes for all ages

It's always a balmy 29.5C in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, which boasts slides and flumes for all ages

The weather won't interfere with the fun at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, either.

Here the temperature is always a balmy 29.5C and there are slides and flumes for all ages to enjoy, plus a wave pool and Wild Water Rapids that carry you outside the pool along a series of dips and dives.

And every Center Parcs has an Aqua Sana spa, too, where you can melt away your stresses.

At Sherwood Forest a new spa has recently opened that boasts six zones and 25 different spa experiences, including a treetop sauna and heated courtyard pool.

But the key thing to remember about Center Parcs is that you can decide your own schedule and how active you want to be. 

Quality accommodation

The range of lodges at Center Parcs is superb - and includes luxury Treehouses that comes with a dedicated host

The range of lodges at Center Parcs is superb - and includes luxury Treehouses that comes with a dedicated host

The treehouse is brimming with enticing features, such as a hot tub, pictured, and four stylish en-suite bedrooms

The treehouse is brimming with enticing features, such as a hot tub, pictured, and four stylish en-suite bedrooms

The treehouse is designed so you can share special moments together, with open-plan living areas

The treehouse is designed so you can share special moments together, with open-plan living areas

The range of lodges at Center Parcs is superb.

The accommodation provides comfort and luxury for families of all sizes in your very own slice of the forest, with nature on your doorstep.

A popular choice for families is the Woodland Lodge, which comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, comfy sofas, log-burning fireplace and private patio.

With Executive Lodges you can make your break in the forest that bit more luxurious. They come with housekeeping services, en-suite bath and shower rooms and some have their own sauna and/or games room.

A popular choice for families is the Woodland Lodge, pictured, which comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, comfy sofas, a log-burning fireplace and private patio

A popular choice for families is the Woodland Lodge, pictured, which comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, comfy sofas, a log-burning fireplace and private patio

At Center Parcs families enjoy their very own slice of the forest - right on their doorstep

At Center Parcs families enjoy their very own slice of the forest - right on their doorstep

Exclusive Lodges, meanwhile, are finished to the highest standard and all come with a sauna, steam room and hot tub.

For something truly unique try a Waterside Lodge. Available at Elveden Forest from summer 2018, they come with a hot tub, three en-suite bedrooms - two with a balcony - and stunning views of the lake.

Want the very top of the accommodation tree? Then go for a Treehouse, Center Parcs' most luxurious lodgings. Each comes with a dedicated host, private outdoor hot tub, games den and four stylish en-suite bedrooms. And it's designed so you can share special moments together, with open-plan living areas.

Center Parcs also offers specially adapted accommodation for guests with disabilities, lodges for dog lovers and fully serviced apartments and hotels.

The choice is yours! 

Quality restaurants with flavours from around the world

Indulge in the flavours of France at Café Rouge, Italian charm at Bella Italia (pictured), classic American and Mexican dishes at Huck's, Latin American fusion foods at Las Iguanas and Indian spice at Rajinda Pradesh

Indulge in the flavours of France at Café Rouge, Italian charm at Bella Italia (pictured), classic American and Mexican dishes at Huck's, Latin American fusion foods at Las Iguanas and Indian spice at Rajinda Pradesh

At Center Parcs you can indulge in a gastronomic tour of the world.

Indulge in the flavours of France at Café Rouge, Italian charm at Bella Italia, classic American and Mexican dishes at Huck's American Bar & Grill, Latin American fusion foods at Las Iguanas and Indian spice at Rajinda Pradesh.

Plus there's the Canopy Café at the heart of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise where you can cool off with a cocktail or milkshake; Dexters Kitchen for handmade burgers, salads and small bites and the bustling and lively Foresters' Inn, which offers a varied gastro pub menu for all ages and tastes.

At the Pancake House, pictured, you can indulge in delicious pancakes and watch a magic show performed at your table during special events 

At the Pancake House, pictured, you can indulge in delicious pancakes and watch a magic show performed at your table during special events 

Or for an indulgent start to the day, try The Pancake House. Here stacks of delicious sweet and savoury pancakes are served up, as well as waffles and shakes. 

What's more, there are play areas for children, too, at the Sports Café - open all day for brunch, lunch and dinner - and Huck's. 

Enjoy a forest environment where nature is right outside your lodge

Whinfell Forest Center Parcs, pictured, nestles among a stunning landscape on the edge of the Lake District

Whinfell Forest Center Parcs, pictured, nestles among a stunning landscape on the edge of the Lake District

Every Center Parcs village is set in up to 400 acres of carefully maintained woodland, where nature wanders right up to the patio of your lodge.

The environment is vehicle-light - so the sound of the forest will envelope you - and is totally safe to explore on foot or on bicycles.

Whinfell Forest nestles among a stunning landscape on the edge of the Lake District. Here you might glimpse a rare red squirrel.

Just one hour from London and set in 365 acres of woodland, Woburn Forest, pictured, is the most recent Center Parcs village

Just one hour from London and set in 365 acres of woodland, Woburn Forest, pictured, is the most recent Center Parcs village

Spectacular scenery and hundred-year-old Giant Redwoods greet you on your relaxing Wiltshire break at Longleat Forest. Located in the valley is the lake, pictured, the perfect place for you and your family to spend some time relaxing on the beach or out on the water trying one of the many activities on offer

Spectacular scenery and hundred-year-old Giant Redwoods greet you on your relaxing Wiltshire break at Longleat Forest. Located in the valley is the lake, pictured, the perfect place for you and your family to spend some time relaxing on the beach or out on the water trying one of the many activities on offer

Sherwood Forest is a perfect fusion of woodland and lakeside, while Elveden Forest is set in leafy Suffolk and is home to the gorgeous muntjac deer.

Woburn Forest is set in beautiful rural Bedfordshire, an hour from London but a million miles from any hustle and bustle.

Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, meanwhile, is set in spectacular scenery, among 100-year-old giant redwoods.

Your home in the forest awaits! 

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