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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my 4th visit to Center Parcs, my 3rd to Woburn but the first time that my husband and I have gone with our 22 month old toddler.

TRANSPORT
We took the train from London St Pancras to Flitwick and took the Center Parcs Shuttle Bus to the park. Be aware that Flitwick doesn’t have a lift. Luckily some friendly locals helped my husband and I with our bags and buggy. Laura and Tim (CP reps) were so welcoming and so helpful, especially on our return journey on the Monday.

The shuttle bus (single decker local bus) leaves every 30mins from the Station but not on a Sunday. It’s only a 12min drive to the park from the station and we by passed the car queue and were driven straight to the Hotel reception to do our check in. Our bags were tagged and delivered to our lodge whilst we went for lunch. They are also collected from your lodge on departure day.

LODGE
We stayed in a 4 bed Split Level Executive Lodge (Maple 710) overlooking the lake with 3 other couples. It was the perfect location and the lodge was gorgeous. I’ve only ever stayed in Executive lodges but as Woburn is still relatively new, I believe the finishing on all lodges is similar.

In addition to the amenities listed on the website, I’ll highlight a few other things:

1. There is only 1 safe for valuables in the double bedroom upstairs
2. The cots are foldable wooden cots which are very sturdy. My toddler slept very well. Don’t forget to bring sheets for the cot
3. High chairs are heavy plastic and study but I had to wipe ours down quite thoroughly
4. The curtains have no blackout so I suggest bringing a travel blackout curtain if staying in the Summer months
5. The games room is stacked with loads of board games for adults and children
6. Welcome Pack includes: Tea, coffee, sugar, milk (enough for 1 morning) and 8 x Bosch Tassimo coffee pods
7. There is a tea towel, oven mitt, dish cloth, sponge, 2 small sachets of washing up liquid and 6 dishwasher tablets to get you started.

I felt like the lodge could do with a deep clean but was overall clean. The cleaners were very pleasant and did a great job.

PARC MARKET
Although we did a big joint Click and Collect shop at Waitrose Ampthill, I had a look around the supermarket. Generally, prices are about 30-40% higher than the average supermarket prices. For example, a 800g Kingsmill loaf of bread is £1.35, a 500g box of crunchy nut is £2.99, a single cucumber is 85p and a 175g bag of salad is £1.69. It’s fine for picking up the odd item but unless you want to spend a fortune, I wouldn’t suggest doing your weekends/weeks shop here.

I appreciate that their meat is sourced locally and they have a bakery that serves fresh bread, pastries and cakes.

CRECHE
MY 22 month old daughter went to crèche on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and absolutely loved it. When I asked her if she wanted to go to crèche on Sunday, she shouted YES and became very excited. The crèche is truly magical and the staff, Emma and Penny are attentive, caring and just incredible! Thank you for helping to make this weekend special for my baby girl.

RESTAURANTS
We had lunch at the Sports café on Friday which was quite nice. The service Is slow but the staff attentive and friendly. They had a small soft play area which my daughter loved and a playground just outside. We had dinner at Hucks on Sunday evening which was nice again. They also have a larger soft play and a larger playground outside.

Lucy served our table of 8 adults, 2 toddlers and 1 baby and was just amazing. Nothing seemed too hard for her. She was so attentive and accommodating.
If you’re looking for gourmet food, you’re not going to find it at Center Parcs but you will find food that is tasty and great staff.

SPA
We did the 3 hour Spa session and felt that it was great value for money. We felt truly relaxed and renewed when we left!

Overall, we had a great time and came home feeling refreshed. We’re already planning our trip for next year!

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MissSmithLondon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pancake house is great. The high ropes is great. There is a great range of activities to do such as pottery painting, cupcake decorating, archery, Segways, aqua jets and much more! Also the food there is super!

Room Tip: We stayed in Oak and it was perfect
  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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1  Thank Jamie W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed there for weekend with friends,the accommodation is first class,both cabins were excellent, housekeeping needs to improve on cleanliness,bath tiles full of body fat,needs deep cleaning,we found items under the bed from the previous guest skin cream, the glasses were dirty, toilet paper not replaced,the team who run the activities were brilliant,Amy on the tree climbing was brilliant, helpful, friendly and supportive, would be a five but housekeeping needs to improve,

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
2  Thank Shaun M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent 5 days here and it was over all too quick.

Online check in was simple, the grocery pack was waiting for us in the lodge when we arrived. The chalk board door was great for the little one

On the first night little madam released her stomach bug that had been going around her nursery, half 10 at night and vomit all over her bed :( Called guest services which closed at 10pm but the security guy who answered the call was brilliant and sorted new bedding and the removal of the old bedding without fuss and less than 20 minutes later everything was changed. Great result.

We were in a lodge just up the hill and the walk was a good way to start and end the day together. We were very lucky with the weather with hot sunny days all week which helped no end, not sure there enough to entertain a 3 year old indoors all week. The beach, adventure golf, parks, soft play were loved. Prices are probably a bit on the high side but when you’re at a Center this is to be expected.

We had a couple of great meals out, the kitchen in the lodge is very good for cooking so you don’t have to eat out all week.

The grounds staff (gardeners) were great and stop working as you approach, give you a smile and continue work once you’ve passed. The house keepers were friendly and chatty and kept the lodge in good condition.

The sauna at the lodge was lovely to unwind in and gives the child entertainment when you’re repeatedly ‘told’ to go under the outside shower.

The pool opens at 9 on a Wednesday for kids under 4 so they get an hour before it’s open to the public. Pool is geared for kids but it’s great for them, pirate ship, lazy river, waves.

Well worth a visit.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
1  Thank RichardPrince
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth saying from the outset I enjoyed this trip. We stayed in a 2 bedroom lodge and really enjoyed our stay.

I’ve read loads of reviews which said everything was overpriced and it’s not as good as the other center parcs locations

I’ve been to Elveden Forest and Woburn Forest and both are carbon copies pretty much. I know that Woburn is a smaller site, but who wants to trek around for ages anyway?

If you like bike riding it’s mostly tarmac roads and very few forest paths (from what I could see) but you don’t need a bike. You can walk to most places in 5-10 mins and the walks are picturesque enough that we didn’t mind

Also don’t let the talk of Hill climbs put you off. The hills aren’t that bad and it’s good exercise. You’d be more tired out taking your bike around

The swimming dome was great fun. Open at 9am on a Saturday for toddlers under 3 (10am for everyone else) and they offer free classes in the toddler pool which our daughter loved. Also notable free things to do:

The beach (if it’s a nice day)
Stroking the ponies (they have rides around the site and you often bump into them (we just asked nicely)

Cheap - Feeding the ducks (but a 1.5kg bag of feed for £2.50 in the shop) again our little girl loved it

Activities are expensive. £35 for 45 of bowling was a lot but we still played and had a laugh. The staff said because you’re booking the time slot and the lane you could fit 6 people on and it wouldn’t be bad value. I’d argue that 6 people would struggle to finish a game of bowling in 45 mins but in the end you’ve just got to think that if you want to do the activities you pay their prices and enjoy yourself. Try not to think about the cost and have a good time

The shop is not bad for some stuff (£1.50 for 2ltr milk or 800g bread and £10 for 24 bottles of Coors Light) and extortionate for others (£7.35 for a disposable bbq) but if you stock up before you go from your local supermarket you can make it a great trip without too much expense

Also worth noting, take with you some kitchen roll, an extra loo roll (they supply one loo roll and if someone else before you has used half of it, you get half a loo roll) some washing up liquid and maybe some dishwasher tablets (you’ll get 3x tablets so depends how much cooking you’ll do). Also take some bin bags (you’ll get 2 bags but they’re small bins). Worth also taking some sugar, salt and pepper and any herbs you like to cook with (plus your tea and coffee - you’ll get three tea bags and 2 x sugar sachets)

Bear in mind that the freezer is a small box inside the fridge so don’t go nuts with your frozen food

We loved having a lodge to ourselves which was perfect with a toddler. The views in the morning are great and it’s nice after a long day to cook a meal and relax with a beer on the sofa.

We will likely visit again and be equipped with what we need. If you bring the things you like with you it can be a great trip away for the family

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
1  Thank jimstanley1234
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