Impact to usual operations

Last updated 19 October 2021

Like many other businesses we are unfortunately impacted by staff shortages and recruitment challenges, which means that you may find some disruption to our normal services. For guests who have an impacted restaurant or activity booking we will contact you directly.

Please see below a list of current changes, please check back regularly as there are often last-minute changes:

 

Vitale

Closed from 6.30pm

 

 

 

Foresters' Inn

Food Served until 8pm

   

Please note that we will keep this information as updated as possible but there may still be extremely late during break changes not listed.

Boy swimming in the pool with float

Sherwood Forest Lane Pool Closure

13 September 2021

Please be aware that from 11 November 2021 the lane pool in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise will be closed whilst we undergo an exciting redevelopment project. You can still enjoy our other pools and slides for splashing good fun. Keep an eye out for further updates.

Latest in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

Last updated 2 September 2021

As we continue to step carefully away from some of the COVID-19 restrictions, much of our focus has been on the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.  We know that the pool continues to be a really important part of the Center Parcs experience and lots of guests have previously shared comments regarding limited swim sessions.

Over the past few breaks we’ve trialled offering our guests additional swim sessions across all of our villages.  Guests have been delighted to visit the pool more often during their breaks whilst also positively commenting on the experience being less busy than pre COVID-19 times.  We’ve been carefully learning and observing and are now comfortable at this stage to offer increased swim sessions to all guests on upcoming breaks visiting Sherwood Forest, whilst continuing to control the total numbers in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise at any one time:

  • 3 night weekend break: 3 x 2-hour swim sessions
  • 4 night midweek break: 4 x 2-hour swim sessions
  • 7 night full week break: 7 x 2-hour swim sessions

Our number one priority is safety, followed by guest experience.  We’re sending a selection of guests who visit the pool a text survey to measure overall experience and we’ll continue to listen and learn.  So far guests that have experienced the pre-bookable slots continue to tell us that they enjoy a more relaxed environment though we do want to increase access when it is safe and right to do so.

The next part of our phased approach will start on 4 October where guests will trial 3-hour pre-bookable swim sessions with the last bookable slots being 5pm.  From 6pm we will also trial an evening ‘turn up and swim’ session. This means that the last pre-bookable slot with a full 3 hours of controlled entry will be 3pm. Our hope is that this approach provides guests a mixture of improved experience with pre-bookable sessions and some spontaneity in the evening. There will also no longer be a charge for pre-booking swim sessions.

Starbucks inside area

Starbucks Jardin des Sports closed for refurbishment

3 September 2021

From Monday 6 September Starbucks in Jardin des Sports will be closed for refurbishment. Our Starbucks in the Village Square remains open for your coffee fix along with tasty sandwiches and mouth-watering pastries and cakes.

Outdoor pool at Sherwood Forest aqua sana

Aqua Sana onto a winner

19 August 2021

We’re absolutely delighted to share the news that for the fourth year running, Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest has been named ‘Best Day Spa’ at the 2021 Good Spa Awards. 

Kay Pennington - Group Spa Manager said “I can’t tell you how proud I am of the team, they thoroughly deserve this award. Since we launched our Forest Spa concept in 2017 this is the 4th time Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest has been recognised by the Good Spa Guide.

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic product in a beautiful location within the forest, however I truly believe that it is down to the individual team members at Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest who are committed and driven to drive excellent service. They are a very passionate and motivated team and have supported each other during the pandemic to come back stronger than ever.

To win the Best Day Spa (sponsored by Dale Sauna) is the best accolade and a true credit to every member of the team.” 

After what has been an incredibly tough year for the spa and beauty industry, this award means the world to us. 

A delicious looking balti from Rajinda Pradesh

Rajinda Pradesh at Sherwood Forest is undergoing refurbishment

14 May 2021

Rajinda Pradesh at Sherwood Forest is closed for refurbishment from 17 May to 11 June. Even with the restaurant doors closed, a delicious curry is still on the menu. Guests can order a delivery and enjoy in the comfort of their lodge instead – order here up to four days in advance.

Aquatique interior showing goggles, swimming costumes, flip flops and other swimming items

Our retail shops

4 September 2020

Like many businesses, our retail partner has been severely affected by the pandemic. As a result, they have decided to no longer operate in the fashion sector, which sadly means that they will be closing some of their stores on our villages. Aquatique, Just for Kids and The Store Room will remain open, but unfortunately, Spirit, Sportique and Time for Shade will all close by October, with some closing as soon as Sunday 6 September. We know these stores are firm favourites with our guests and we are working hard to look at new and exciting alternatives to add to our retail offering.

Pancake House outdoor seating looking out at lake with forest behind

Forest safety

7 August 2020

During extreme dry weather spells we take advice from the Met Office, please see below some basic fire safety points:

  • Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking locations on village and on the patio/ balcony of accommodation
  • The use of wood from the forest is strictly prohibited for use on the fire in accommodation (please only use logs purchased from ParcMarket)
  • The making of fires of any sort is strictly prohibited
  • Should you discover a fire no matter how small, please contact the village emergency number or call 999
  • Due to our forest environment we may need to withdraw the use of BBQ’s in extreme hot weather

We do have regular fire checks in place but please be vigilant and help us to maintain a safe environment in the forest.

Safety information

Childrens water play areas in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

New rides, slides and splashes

Updated 28 August 2020

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Sherwood Forest has got even bigger and better. Check out our newly refurbished changing rooms during your visit and experience our new ride Tropical Cyclone and water play areas, Venture Harbour and Venture Bay, perfect for your little ones to dip their toes. 

Find out more

Sherwood Forest lake

Lake closures on our villages

As we operate a number of submersible activities on the lakes at our villages, we test our lake water for quality on a regular basis. Due to natural organisms, we occasionally receive a reading that means we have to close our lake whilst we treat the issue and gain a normal reading again. Should this happen we will ensure that guest disruption is kept to a minimum and that we bring activities back online as soon as we possibly can.

Lake at Sherwood Forest

Minimising traffic on the village 

We know that our focus on providing a safe environment with minimal traffic is something you really value. That’s why we need your help to reduce the traffic on our villages to protect what you love about Center Parcs: a place where little ones can run free and explore, and parents can feel at ease.

Find out more

Two small dogs on leads

Dog owners' advice

In recent years, an unexplained dog illness known as 'seasonal canine illness' has been found in an increasing number of forest areas around the UK, particularly in late summer and early autumn. The illness is currently believed to be triggered by a naturally occurring cause and has affected a number of dogs in areas across the country, including those local to some of our villages, including Sherwood Forest. This issue is still under investigation and there is no comprehensive explanation as to why it has occurred. We are therefore pre-warning all guests who plan to bring a dog to Center Parcs.

Cases of Alabama Rot have also been reported around the country in 2017. This is another unexplained disease affecting dogs. None of our Center Parcs villages have been identified as locations with cases of Alabama Rot, but in the interest of vigilance, we recommend dog owners familiarise themselves with the symptoms.

If you are bringing a dog to one of our villages and are concerned, please call our Contact Centre team on 03448 266 266.

Girl dressed up in wizards costume for Wizard Academy activity

New fun-filled activities for little ones

28 January 2019

Discover three new activities for your little ones to enjoy. Make memories that will last forever as you forage through the forest to create your very own Family Nature Journal, or help our rangers discover woodland animals and their habitats in Nature Detectives, both at the Ranger’s Lodge. Your little ones can also have an adventure of their very own in Wizard Academy, where they can learn spells, play games and make marvellous wizard crafts in this three-hour unaccompanied session at the Activity Den. 

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*available when break booked is 26 weeks or fewer away.