Center Parcs unveils details for new Woburn Forest village

Holiday park firm Center Parcs has unveiled further details about its new Woburn Forest village, which will be the fifth of its kind in the UK.

The village in Bedfordshire will consist of 625 lodges, a 75-bedroom hotel, a spa, restaurants, retail stores and various leisure facilities. Located in a 365-acre forest, the area will also feature a 17,000 sq m lake.

As part of the restaurants, there will be a Strada, Café Rouge, Starbucks and Sports Café. However, the highlight will be The Shearing House Restaurant, which is drawn from sheep-shearing influences. The dining area will feature communal tables, sofas, and a terrace area to provide stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Other family-friendly sites include The Pancake House and Huck’s American Diner. Developers hope that the new restaurants will create hundreds of new hospitality jobs for residents in the local area.

Martin Dalby, chief executive of Center Parcs UK, said: “We want to make it easy for families to sit down together and enjoy each other’s company whilst on holiday, which is why we design each of our villages to provide great spaces for this.

“Woburn Forest is no different; we’ve taken what we have learnt over the last 25 years, together with what our guests have told us, to design a modern dining environment in the heart of the forest for all the family.”

Having originated in Rotterdam in 1953, the European networks of holiday camps now spans across 26 resorts in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and the UK. There are currently four ‘villages’ of this kind across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, and Whinfell Forest in Cumbria.

The village, set to cost at least £230 million, will open in spring 2014.

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