green holidays made easier
Sherwood Forest was the first of the four Center Parcs villages to open in the UK. Back in 1987 this was a revolutionary concept with its exceptional leisure facilities set in a stunning forest environment offering something for everyone, whatever the weather. Now Center Parcs is one of the most popular short break destinations in the country.
This village is situated on a 400 acre woodland site about 20 miles from Nottingham in the heart of “Robin Hood” country.
There are 794 well equipped villas ranging from 2 to 4 bedrooms including 10 new luxury 4 bedroom villas with two-storey accommodation and set in private grounds with steam room, sauna and outdoor hot tub. There are also 41 apartments.
The Subtropical Swimming Paradise - with indoor and outdoor interconnecting rivers and pools, canyon ride, flumes, rapids, wave machine and lagoons - now also features a thrilling new family raft ride, “Grand Cascade”, the first of its kind in the UK. A new Nature Centre has also been launched where guests can learn about the flora and fauna on site.
There is a choice of 11 themed restaurants and bars, six shops and more than 80 different indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities. There is also a Country Club with additional restaurant, bar and sports facilities, including a golf driving range. The Romanesque style Aqua Sana offers indulgent spa experiences and beauty treatments. Children and teenagers can be entertained at the Time Out Club.
The Center Parcs concept – short breaks close to nature - was born out of the whole new environmental movement that began in Holland in the late 1960s. The company has since been hailed as a flagship for its environmental philosophy, policy and practice. As a result it has won numerous awards and accolades. In 1999 it became the first in the leisure industry to achieve ISO 14001 accreditation. This is among the world’s most respected environmental standards and helps organisations protect the environment, prevent pollution and improve their performance.
The forest wildlife and its environment are central to the guest’s experience, and so less than 10% of any site is covered with roads and buildings. Like the other villages Sherwood Forest has a biodiversity action plan aimed at protecting and, where practical, enhancing the forest and wildlife. New habitats there have helped increase the diversity of both flora and fauna. All this is independently audited and as a result of its landscape management, as well as its rich abundance of bird species, there are 51 locally or nationally rare plants and insects thriving on the village and in its ponds.
There is a village Energy Group aiming to improve efficiency, reduce consumption, invest in efficient technology and, where feasible, sustainable forms of energy generation, decreasing reliance on fossil fuels.
New villas are constructed from sustainable timber. There is a ban on cars, encouraging guests to walk and cycle around the extensive network of paths and trails.