Here's to 2018 - a year to remember

Bigger and better

2017-18 was a record year for corporate events across Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest, Longleat Forest and Woburn Forest, with an increase in the number of events held across the four sites as well as the number of delegates we welcomed, which saw an incredible 204% increase compared to the previous year. Alongside this, we've recorded an impressive 112.7% increase in repeat bookings, with 168 companies choosing to return for additional events.

Into the forest

June and July saw our inaugural team building challenge 'Conquer the Forest' take place, during which we welcomed nine companies for a competition spanning across three separate days. Designed to highlight the benefits of outdoor team building and allow businesses to experience what Center Parcs can offer first hand, the competition saw teams of four take on a pedalo time trial and Laser Combat for their chance to win a team building day for 10 at one of our locations. The winning team, Sterling Partners, finished top of the leader board having gained the most points from the challenges, as well as bonus points from social media activity related to the competition. Spring 2019 will see the competition return, so keep a look out for your chance to enter!

On Wednesday 10 October, we hosted our inaugural 'Space to Breathe' event at Elveden Forest to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2018. The one-day event was attended by clients, agents and local businesses who enjoyed an exclusive programme focusing on physical and mental health and wellbeing. The day featured sessions by fitness instructor Frank Sinclair, who explored the role exercise plays in mental and physical wellbeing, as well as mindset coach Gill Harvey-Bush who shared some useful tips and techniques to help manage stress and improve performance at work. Attendees then spent the afternoon outside exploring the forest, before winding down with a relaxing outdoor yoga session. Due to popular demand, Sherwood Forest will play host to the second 'Space to Breathe' event in 2019.

New and improved

This summer saw the opening of the exclusive Waterside Lodges at Elveden Forest - the first of its kind. The brand new style of accommodation features everything you’ll need for your stay, boasting incredible views of the lake for up to six guests and providing a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the aquatic wildlife.

Leon, the home of ‘naturally fast food’, is the latest addition to the array of high-street eateries on site at Woburn Forest, providing a delicious option for corporate clients hosting events on site. Open from 8am until 9pm in the Village Square, Leon serves up the flavours of the Mediterranean seven days a week, whether this be Flat Whites and The Breakfast Box to kick start the day for delegates, a lunch refuel featuring the Brazilian Black Bean hot box or a Chargrilled Chicken Burger, or a late night snack of Leon Baked Fries.

Coming soon

2019 will see the return of AquaParc on the lake at Longleat Forest, a fun-filled inflatable obstacle course for corporate guests to enjoy as part of the Activate and Exhilarate activity team building packages. Thrill-seekers can jump, splash and climb their way around the course with a few falls thrown in along the way, not only having fun with their colleagues but reaping the benefits of being outdoors in Center Parcs' unique forest environment.

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