Center Parcs originated in Holland in 1967, with the very first UK version opening in 1987. Center Parcs UK is now a separate entity, as well as this is reflected by the rates. Escapes on the continent, in the Netherlands and Germany specifically (in addition to France and Belgium). These abroad locations can set you back fifty percent as much as the very same stay in a UK park Breaks at UK Center Parcs continue to be as popular as ever with over 2.2 million visitors flocking to the parks yearly.

Center Parcs Locations

There are 5 Center Parcs sites throughout the UK, each one is entirely one-of-a-kind as well as there’s a 6th village set to open up in Ireland later on in 2019! All the villages provide the very same great functions you would certainly anticipate of a Center Parcs break, surrounded by natural landscapes, mini beaches, as well as water sporting activity lakes. Each village features as much as 200 exterior as well as interior activities, not forgetting their acclaimed Aqua Sana Health spa, fantastic eateries, and the fantastic Subtropical Swimming Paradise (heated up to a pleasant 29.5 C all year round!), along with a substantial array of holiday accommodation in differing sizes and styles.

In regards to consumer testimonials, there is really (extremely) little between the five Center Parcs sites in England. When we examined TripAdvisor, all 5 websites in England were scoring 4/5 based upon many thousands of testimonials. On Google’s evaluations, they were all scoring 4.5/ 5 apart from Whinfell Forest and also Longleat which both scored 4.6/ 5 (hardly enough of a distinction to change your plans). I’ve no suggestion why Google evaluations are regularly greater than TripAdvisor’s, but allow’s attempt not to shed any type of rest over it. Many people choose the Center Parcs they most likely to based upon the quickest driving distance, nonetheless, each village is a little various.

Below is our list of the very best Center Parc’s in the United Kingdom

1) Sherwood Forest – Nottinghamshire

Best for History as well as Sub-Tropical Paradise

Embed in the heart of Nottinghamshire, this retreat has lots of lakes as well as waterside sights, greater than the majority of the various other resorts. The health spa below is exceptional as well as there’s a fantastic Treetop Sauna. Sherwood Forest has among the leading rated sub-tropical paradise’s according to Trip Advisor. One of the only villages to have a beautiful lake as well as coastline.

2) Whinfell Forest in Cumbria

Best for Value & Close Distance to Lake District

Set on the edge of the spectacular Lake Area National Park. Whinfell Forest is one of one of the most picturesque locations for a short break vacation in the Lake Area. Whinfell Forest provides Cumbria breaks and also holidays with a few of the UK’s most breath-taking views. There are still a lot of tasks to try at Whinfell Forest so go out onto the lake as well as take in the sights. Attempt your hand at indoor sports or let your children try something brand-new, be sure to pre-book these online to secure your spot.

3) Longleat Forest Wiltshire

Best for relaxing breaks, close to zoo.

Located in the gorgeous Longleat Estate. Longleat Forest is an ideal retreat for nature enthusiasts. With breath-taking views thanks to the rolling hills and also valleys. This is the ideal Center Parcs for a quick Wiltshire break. The park has lately unveiled their recently reconditioned Forest Day spa. The new day spa has 24 unique health spa experiences, harnessing the tried and tested benefits of forest bathing at Aqua Sana Longleat Forest.

4) Elveden Forest in Suffolk

Ideal Activities for Older Families

From nature lovers to adrenaline junkies, a break at Elveden Forest offers gorgeous time-outs. The Water sports Lake at Elveden Forest is the biggest of all UK Center Parcs villages. If that isn’t enough the park is additionally residence to the longest zip wire of all the UK villages, measuring 270 metres in size. It is likewise the only village to have the luxurious Waterside Lodges. The Waterside Lodges tend to be booked up extremely quickly.

5) Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire

Best for Couples & Short Breaks

One of the most recent villages for Center Parcs. Positioned in the gorgeous rural Bedfordshire Woburn Forest is the best retreat for couples. Although you are only an hour from London, you will feel as if you are a million miles away from the bustling city. The village boasts 365 acres of forest to explore. You can get a 10% discount rate on train tickets from St. Pancras straight to the villages closest town. (50-minute train journeys).

Cheaper Alternatives to Center Parcs

1) Pickwell Manor, Devon

This collection of 10 self-catering lodges or condos sleeping up to 8 each, with excellent staff who have first-hand knowledge of what travellers with kids require. The park has everything from a forest route, witch hunt and also camp-building sets to a games room, Wendy home, tennis court and also sandpit on site. Craft’s and also physical fitness activities run in the school holidays and also if all that fails to keep the kids delighted, it’s a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk to Putsborough coastline.

2) Loch Ken Eco Bothies, Dumfries and Galloway

Lumber cottages that include their very own jacuzzis as well as sit-on kayaks. These brick work escapes are an excellent choice if you have older youngsters as well as intend to do activities. The Galloway Activity Centre means there are great deals of add-on activities readily available. Activities range from cruising, windsurfing and reaching zip wires, mountain biking and star-gazing. Young children will certainly enjoy a journey to nearby Galloway.

3) Sandy Balls Holiday Village

If you’re after a holiday like Center Parcs without paying as much, Sandyballs, in the New Forest National Park will certainly tick all your boxes. There is a mix of 200 deluxe themed Caravans and also Woodland Lodges, lots with jacuzzis, beautifully presented in 120 acres of woods as well as parkland. The park has resident alpacas, a bushcraft institution, Nerf obstacle course as well as forest laser tag! You can likewise delight in both outside and interior pool, play areas, a gym as well as health facility. Plus, there are tasks like games, archery, fishing as well as equine riding. In the warmer months, Sandy Balls likewise offers free outdoor film nights. You can begin your holiday any day of the week, for as many days as you’d like. It’s got a very good rating of 4/5 on Tripadvisor.

4) Weybourne Holiday Cottages, north Norfolk

These 17 pretty, brick and also flint cottages are within the Norfolk coastline Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They offer access to many coastal paths, bike paths and also beaches on the front door. For the majority of visitors those are somewhat less important than the comprehensive on-site centers. These range from an interior pool and also recreation rooms to a big exterior play area as well as a small gym and beauty area. The attractive market town of Holt, with its independent stores, galleries and also cafes, is three miles away.


I would evaluate the activities each holiday park has on offer as well as the price and ease for traveling. Whether you’re a couple, family or a group holiday each Center Parcs village can differ in what they can offer you. Most Center Parcs holidays are great for all groups, but each village somtimes cater more so to specific groups. Find the village from the list above that suits you, and give it a go. You can usually get a cheap weekend or mid-week deal. Only if you go outside of school holidays.