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Center Parcs, perfect to escape with your little ones

Reasons why you should visit Center Parcs with babies and toddlers
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Going on holiday with babies and toddlers can be quite a challenge, with important factors such as travel time, child-friendly amenities and the weather to consider.

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest offers the perfect short break for those holidaying with young children from its forest locations and range of indoor and outdoor activities, to its choice of restaurants and Subtropical Swimming Paradise.


  • Baby and toddler-friendly lodges

Whether you’re staying in a Woodland Lodge, a Treehouse or anything in between, they are all designed with families in mind and include cots, highchairs, super-sized storage cupboards for pushchairs, stair-gates (in two-storey lodges) as well as forest views so little ones can spot wildlife during their break.

  • Make a splash in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

Heated to 29.5°C all year round, Center Parcs’ tropical water park is home to sensory children’s water play areas, splash pools and mini slides. This area is also fully equipped with family changing rooms, large lockers, hair dryers and buggy park, as well as the Canopy Café and Bar which serves poolside food and drink.

Center Parcs also offers free Baby Dolphin sessions, for under 3s. From singing songs to playing with inflatables, this is a great way to introduce them to the joys of being in the water.

For those wanting a place to retreat during your swim session, you can hire a Family Cabana – stocked with extra fluffy towels, a large Sky TV, comfy chairs, complimentary ice-cold soft drinks and a safe for storing your personal belongings.

  • Eating out with your baby or toddler

From Bella Italia to Las Iguanas, all restaurants are child and baby-friendly with plenty of space for multiple highchairs and prams, feeding stations for warming up milk, free Ella’s Kitchen baby food (subject to availability) and indoor and outdoor play areas.

If you’d prefer a relaxing evening in, you can order restaurant food to be delivered to your lodge and eat in peace while your little ones sleep – through its Restaurant Runner service. You can also mix and match dishes from different restaurants all in one order.

  • Stock up on groceries at ParcMarket

You don’t need to worry about bringing all your groceries as you can pop into Center Parcs’ very own supermarket – ParcMarket – to grab everything you need, as it stocks plenty of baby essentials including swim nappies.

You can also find fresh food, fruit and veg as well as an in-store bakery and grab-and-go hot food counter. If you spend £50 or more, you can have it delivered to your lodge free of charge or you can even pre-order selected grocery packs online, prior to your arrival, which will be delivered to your lodge on the day you arrive.

  • Cycle through the forest

With a car-free environment, once you arrive onto the village, getting around on two wheels is a great way to explore the woodlands.

At an additional cost, you can hire child seats, trikes and trailers to attach onto your bike so little ones can enjoy the ride along with you (starting from 12 months) or a pushchair and take in the surroundings with a walk through the forest.  

  • Activities for little ones

No matter the weather, Center Parcs provides a range of both indoor and outdoor activities for babies and toddlers. As part of your break, little ones can run wild in the Adventure Playgrounds or feel the sand beneath their toes on the beach.

During your stay you can also book paid-for activities, subject to availability, including getting hands on and creative with Fun Pots for Tots or enjoying some special bonding time in the Sensory Play, designed to help your baby explore all their senses. For those with energetic toddlers, why not try the exciting aerial rope course Mini Trek or help them keep their balance in Roller Tots.   

  • A little bit of you time

While family time is important, sometimes you need to take time out for yourself on holiday. Which is why you can book Crèche and Activity Den sessions for your little ones at Center Parcs. Their employees are professionally trained, and DBS checked. 

For a real dose of R&R, you can book a spa session and treatment at Aqua Sana – which is located on the village - and book your child onto a three-hour unaccompanied activity during this time.

To find out more about the family breaks available at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, please