Woburn Forest Center Parcs

On Friday the 6th June 2014 Center Parcs will officially open its 5th holiday park in Woburn in Bedfordshire. I was one of the VERY LUCKY people who got the chance to visit Woburn on a trial break 2 weeks ago. I have to credit my best friend here, as she was the one who was offered a trial break, and invited me and my daughter to go with her. From the minute I got the text I was beyond excited. I LOVE Center Parcs and all it stands for, and have visited Whinfell over 10 times. But here I was getting the chance to go to Woburn before it opened. I have decided to review it as I am assuming there will not be many customer reviews online yet.

Woburn was really easy to find off the M1 (coming from the North) and its about 10 minutes away from the motorway. Check in was straight forward, and my daughter was given a bag of chocolate coins which I thought was a nice touch. I was given directions to our lodge, but as I had studied the map online for the past 2 weeks I knew exactly where our lodge would be. I could not believe we were actually at Woburn, and for the next 2 days I had to keep pinching myself.

The Lodges

Our accommodation was in an excellent location and we stayed in a 3 bedroom executive lodge, which was amazing. I loved the full wall picture of the forest in the living room. Each bedroom had an en suite, and the master bedroom also had a Jacuzzi bath. Outside there was a sauna, along with table and chairs for 6, and also a large BBQ. Also included in the executive lodges is maid service and also free wifi. We also had a blu ray player, and televisions in all bedrooms. The lodge was very well equipped and comfortable, though I felt they were a little smaller than the ones at Whinfell. There is a mixture of accommodation at Woburn. There are some fantastic 4 bedroom lodges dotted around the park, with some having balconies. As well as the lodges, you also have the hotel and also the Spa Suites.

3 bedroom lodge at Woburn Forest

3 Bedroom Executive Lodge

Executive lodges at Woburn Forest

Outside of Lodge 443 at Centerparcs Woburn

The Plaza

This is where you will find most of the sports activities, the children’s club, pottery and craft rooms. There are also shops and eating places such as the Sports Bar, and outside you have a great play area. You will also find the Parc Market here. I loved The Plaza, especially sitting outside in the sunshine whilst the children played on the park. Further round from The Plaza is the hotel and also the Aqua Sana. We were given a tour round the spa and all I can say is WOW !!! The spa is over 2 floors, with an outside pool and sun loungers, and you can really tell Center Parcs has spent a lot of money creating a truly outstanding spa experience. I WILL have to return one day as it really did take your breath away.

Plaza at Woburn Forest

Plaza at Center Parcs Woburn

The Swimming Pool

I was really looking forward to the swimming pool, and we spent a good few hours in there one evening. The changing rooms are very similar to Whinfell, and its good to have your accommodation wrist bands which act as your lodge key and also your locker key. You can also charge items to your wrist band when in the swimming pool. The pool has 2 areas for children. 1 for younger children and babies, and another section for older children. You also have the rapids which I loved. Whinfell do not have the rapids like the other parks do, so it was nice to hurtle down them. You also have several slides including the raft water slide which is similar to the one at Elvedon. Now I usually HATE water slides, but I went on and despite screaming the whole time, I LOVED it. Well if my 8 year old was going on, I suppose Mummy better had ! My friend had also hired a Cabana which are fantastic. I knew what to expect as we had hired one at Whinfell in January. There were around 6 cabanas at Woburn all in one area close to the changing rooms. We really enjoyed our time here, but felt it was missing an outside pool.

Swimming pool at Woburn Forest

Swimming Pool at Center Parcs Woburn

Eating places

There are many eating places at Woburn, and many of the restaurants you will find at other parks. We ate at The Pancake House which is overlooking the lake and beach area. We also dined at Hucks and also Dexters Kitchen when we were there. All the restaurants were fantastic with great service, and only wish we could have tried them all.

Eating out at Woburn Forest

Pancake House and Dexters Kitchen Burger

Activities

As with all Center Parcs there is a huge range of activities to book, and Woburn is no exception. Whilst we were there we did the pottery painting, which is in its own pottery studio in the Plaza. This was a great activity and the staff were very helpful. My daughter also had her hair braided, and the lady was fantastic and made my daughter feel very special. I also could not escape the Build a Bear type activity, and we came home with a purple unicorn !

Activities at Center Parcs Woburn Forest

Activities at Center Parcs Woburn

 The pictures below are from walking around Woburn Forest

The Play Areas at Woburn

The Play Areas at Woburn

Area where the shops and restaurants are at Woburn

The Village Square at Woburn

The amazing Aqua Sana at Center Parcs Woburn

The amazing Aqua Sana and hotel at Center Parcs Woburn

I truly had a wonderful time away and felt very lucky to have experienced Woburn on one of the trial breaks they were offering. I am a massive Center Parcs fan, and it was nice to visit another park other than Whinfell. I loved that Woburn has the village square, and there are more opportunities to sit out and have a meal in the sunshine. The spa looks amazing and I WILL be back to try it out. All the staff we came into contact with were very friendly and professional, and I wish them all the best of luck when Woburn opens up to the paying public. Thank you to Center Parcs for this wonderful opportunity, but more importantly a MASSIVE thank you to my best friend for inviting me. Woburn I will be back, and I am sure everyone who has booked will not be disappointed with this fantastic park.

If you would like any further information about our trip, please comment on this post or feel free to email me.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest

18 Thoughts on “Visiting Center Parcs Woburn Forest – Review

  1. Lucky you – it looks so new and shiny!

  2. Becky M on June 7, 2014 at 8:40 am said:

    Thanks for sharing your blog on the comments on their Facebook page! I’m going here in September and your blog has made me even more excited! Thanks for sharing!! X

  3. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. It really is a fantastic place and we are already looking at going back next year x

  4. Linda Hardy on June 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm said:

    Thanks for the kind words. I work here and it’s nice to know we’re getting it right.

  5. Linda you are so lucky working at such a beautiful place. All the staff during our stay
    were fantastic. All the best for the coming weeks and months x

    • Linda on June 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm said:

      Thanks Tracey. I agree. it’s lovely. I feel lucky . All my colleagues are great and I have met some lovely new friends. We all work hard and it’s more worthwhile people like to come here. I’m glad you had a nice stay. I’m looking forward to trying the spa for me and I’m looking forward to sharing time there with my family too on the activities.

  6. Esher on June 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm said:

    Well what can I say, a very accurate and truthfull account of Woburn, totally agree with every word. Loved it there, thanks for sharing the experience with me and my girls and thanks to CP for the opportunity.

  7. ghostwritermummy2014 on June 8, 2014 at 6:45 am said:

    You lucky lucky so and so! We went to Center Parcs last year and loved it. To think you had the whole place literally to yourselves! Wow. Looks and sounds amazing :)
    x x

  8. We absolutely adore Center parcs. We always go to Longleat Forest. Woburn looks lovely. I really enjoyed reading your blog. X

  9. Thanks for the lovely comment Lyn. We are also huge fans of Centerparcs and usually head to Whinfell as its the nearest. We really must try the others one day.

  10. Went to this one last week for 5 days. Really nice place, very friendly staff and easy to get around, you really don’t need a bike.

  11. I would love to return one day as we go every year to Whinfell as its our nearest one. Thanks for the comment Andy

  12. travelingchristie on June 8, 2015 at 8:07 pm said:

    Wow Tracey how mega lucky, we visited in August and absolutely loved Woburn, I would love to visit again x

    • I am very grateful to my best friend for inviting me and Katie. It was such a fantastic experience being there before it opened. I would love to return as a family as I know Morgan and hubby would LOVE the crazy slides there x

  13. Looks brilliant, we have stayed at other Centre Parcs and will be checking this one out in due course – thank you for giving us a sneak preview 😀 #MondayEsacpes

  14. Thank you for the comment. We have been to Whinfell around 12 times so it was good to see another Centerparcs. It was an amazing experience x

  15. I’ve never stayed in a Center Parcs with my family – I went years ago with friends when I was teen, but didn’t really look at it from the point of view of a parent! So seeing this on Woburn, so shiny and new as well, wow. It looks amazing. I love how luxurious the lodge looks and all the activities. I wouldn’t even know where to begin! It looks like you had a great time, you lucky so and so! Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  16. Centerparcs is such a great place to holiday if you have kids. We went for the very first time when our 2nd born was 6 months old and have returned nearly every year (sometimes fitting in 2 trips). She celebrated her 9th birthday at Whinfell in January. I definitely felt VERY lucky to have experienced Woburn before it even opened x

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