Center Parcs Woburn Forest

We have just returned from a wonderful weekend at Center Parcs Woburn Forest.

It was our 12th visit to Center Parcs, but first to Woburn. Even though we knew what to expect from a brand that as become part of our family life (we have been visiting ever since Joe was born). We were super excited to be visiting a brand new Center Parcs.

On first impressions the village was impressive, the pool complex in the village square was so impressive. Extremely modern yet reflected the lake and greenery around it, to blend into the surroundings.

We had a few issues with our lodge, as when we arrived at 3pm it had not been cleaned, as a result was as the previous occupants had left it. I was lucky that Mike from maintenance was walking past as I ushered Joe out of the lodge. He was great, contacted guest service straight away, who had us moved to a nice clean woodland lodge within 20 minutes.

As it was slightly further out, we were provided with bikes

Guest services were so helpful, are were very concerned that we were happy to enjoy the rest of our break. I must say in reflection they dealt with it in a very professional and speedy manner, these things happen in life don’t they? It is how it is dealt with that is important. Within an hour we were unpacked in our beautiful spotlessly clean lodge with a glass of wine and anti pasta.


The pool complex at Woburn was amazing, my favourite of the 3 Center Parcs we have visited.

The slides were fantastic, if not a bit scary. Joe was terrified on the tornado the first time we rode it. But did go back for more. And I have lost count of how many times I went round the rapids, as the boys loved them. Because there was so much to do there was no real queue for the slides, so we felt we really got value for time and money in the pool.

 The village at Woburn Center Parcss felt well laid out

and although we did do quite a bit of walking, and cycling. We enjoyed the exercise, and the boys loved the freedom of cycling around the village without having to worry about traffic. We visited the Shearing House for a glass of wine, this was a lovely tranquil bar although we would have liked to go to the bar to get our drinks, we were encouraged to sit down and be served. It then took half an hour to get our drinks. Saying that, the atmosphere was lovely and chilled, away from the crowds of the sports bar. So we enjoyed time chatting as a family and playing card games whilst we waited.

 As the weather was great with the exception of one rain shower we took the opportunity to hire a pedalo on the village lake.

The boys were desperate to pedal but didn’t last long, it was just to hard work for them. To say it is all so new, the lake was lovely and the wildlife was starting to establish itself. We even had a Duck and her Ducklings swimming alongside us, and several dragon flies’ hovering by.

We were so lucky that our great friends the Gibbons family had joined us at Center Parcs, so we got the time to catch up  and spend some quality time together. Theresa and I went to School together but live over 200 miles apart now. So it was wonderful to meet up for the odd glass of wine, and BBQ.

One of my favourite parts of visiting Center Parcs it chilling in the lodge with Chris and the Boys, we are all so busy all of the time, so it is wonderful to light a candle pour a class of wine and all huddle on the sofa chatting, reading or watching a movie. 


 On reflection we loved our time at Center Parcs, we did encounter a few minor issues, but these were never due to the wonderful team of people making it all happen.

You could just see that everyone we encountered was so committed to creating a great experience for their visitors, however they were all finding their feet together. Teething problems are to be expected on a brand new village the size of this. Did any of these small issues put us off? Definitely not, I can’t wait to visit again; in fact we already have our next two Center Parcs breaks booked.

I think sometimes you can mark the level of service by the way people deal with issues. And any issues we had were dealt with immediately and professionally. Thank you Center Parks for a wonderful weekend. And thank you to the Gibbons, Bevis, Ilot and Middleton Families, even though we did not get to see you all as much as we would have like to.

My Travel Monkey





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  1. Fozia S
    9th August 2014 / 11:18 am

    This looks great, am tempted to visit as it isn’t too far from us! Girls would love it

    • 10th August 2014 / 4:18 pm

      Yes it is amazing, we love center parks, I think it is the boys favourite holiday, there is so much to do. x

  2. Afamilydayout
    10th August 2014 / 8:29 am

    I didn’t know there was a new Centre Parcs at Woburn. We took our kids a couple of times when they were younger and they’d love to go back but I do find it quite pricey so I haven’t given in to them (yet)!

    • 10th August 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Yes it is pricey, but for me worth every penny such a wonderful place to enjoy family time x

  3. 1st June 2015 / 8:56 am

    We stayed at Center Parcs Whinfell a year ago and I am yearning to go back. It really is a magical holiday! Woburn looks lovely – I would really like to visit their spa as from what I’ve heard it’s really impressive too. I think Longleat might be next on the cards for us though. #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      1st June 2015 / 9:20 pm

      I know the spa sounds amazing doesn’t it? I love center parcs xx

  4. 1st June 2015 / 9:07 am

    Woburn is our nearest Center Parcs and we tried it out last year. I like the fact that you can go for the cheapest lodges, as everything is brand new. They are just like the New Style lodges you pay extra for at the other centres. The Rapids were a big hit with us too, though there were mixed feelings about the slides (we went on the top one and it scared the hell out of my daughter and I!) one thing I would say is that you can’t avoid the steep cycle routes and it was a bit difficult for my eight year old. Elveden and Sherwood are best for flatter cycling.

    • SarahJChristie
      1st June 2015 / 9:22 pm

      I must say Joe had a heart attack on the slide but the rest of us loved it, and yes it was so very hilly Nicola but we often go to Whinfell which is very hilly too x

  5. 1st June 2015 / 10:18 am

    Hi Sarah!!
    It looks like your family break was amazing even with the lodge problem. Glad that they solved it easily 😀
    The lodge looks amazing!! What a beautiful place!

    Thank you for linking up to #MondayEscapes! Have a wonderful week!

    • SarahJChristie
      1st June 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you the lodges were lovely, and it is so lovely there x

  6. 1st June 2015 / 2:46 pm

    We’ve been to the Elveden forest one a few years back and really enjoyed it. I love the food especially and the amount there is to do there. Lovely photos of your stay 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
      1st June 2015 / 9:25 pm

      Yes I love Center Parcs, it is incredible and fantastic for the family x

  7. 1st June 2015 / 9:25 pm

    We’ve never been to a Center Parks but it’s on the bucket list. I love the idea of there being so much to do onsite and the pools look fantastic for older kiddies. It’s also good to know that you get great customer service. The sooner you can relax with a glass of vino the better! 🙂 #MondayEscapes

    • SarahJChristie
      1st June 2015 / 9:29 pm

      Oh it is fantastic, and yes the service was great. Its a great place to chill out as a family x

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