Center Parcs Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food} Review

We spent last weekend at Center Parcs in Woburn Forest, just down the road from Woburn Safari Park, and had pretty much one of the best family breaks we have had in a long time. We last went to Center Parcs two years ago on a midweek, term time break to Whinfell Forest and so we were looking forward to seeing how different a weekend would be – and how different a Center Parcs break would be now the children are that much older.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

Woburn Forest isn’t too far from us and so we made the trip straight after picking LP up from school on Friday. We got to Center Parcs at about 4:30pm and had a really smooth check in before driving to our woodland lodge home for the weekend.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

What are the lodges like at Center Parcs?

Hubby and I had wristbands to let us into our lodge and the accomodation was perfect. It was all on one floor with two twin rooms and a double, a bathroom and a shower room complete with complimentary toiletries and plenty of towels.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

The living space was fantastic – with a really well equipped kitchen, a good size lounge with TV and Bluray player and a dining space for all of us too – as well as a patio with table, chairs and a brick barbecue. There was even a blackboard on the back of a door, creating easy entertainment for the children. The living space was open plan and perfect for a family break away. There was wifi and we were able to watch Netflix using it in the evenings.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

How do you get around Center Parcs Woburn Forest?

Center Parcs don’t allow cars on site – apart from when you arrive and leave. So we unpacked and drove to park our car for the weekend before picking up our bikes. Cycling is a huge part of a Center Parcs break. We hired bikes for Hubby and I and a junior bike for LP. We also booked a trailer to attach to Hubby’s bike for Little Man to ride in. The service was fantastic when we picked up our bikes. They were all set to the right height for us and we were provided with locks too. We hired cycle helmets at the same time.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

Over the weekend we cycled a lot although LP isn’t the most confident at cycling and finds using brakes tricky. In the end she went in the trailer with Little Man – and they had a great time together! The trailer was great as it had storage space too, perfect for carrying shopping and swim gear.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

What are the dining options like at Woburn Forest?

On our first night at Center Parcs we ate dinner in our lodge – having bought pizzas with us. But, through the weekend we had a great mix of self catering and eating out. Center Parcs has all you need for either option with so many restaurants and a supermarket. We also had a grocery pack that you can order when you book your holiday. This includes all the basics you need to get you started.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

What is the Center Parcs Strada like?

One evening we had a meal at Strada and it was lovely. Strada is one of our favourite family restaurants. They have colouring packs for the children and chef hats it’s easy to see why they love it so much. The children had the three course children’s menu. They both ordered the same things – garlic bread with cheese, tagliatelle bolognese and ice cream for dessert. The portion sizes were perfect and the food arrived so quickly – we really couldn’t have asked for better service.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

Hubby and I had three courses too with antipasti and arancini for starters. These are two classic Italian dishes that we often order. We then went for the sirloin steak and chicken caesar salad. It was all cooked beautifully and had great portion sizes.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

For dessert Hubby chose the classic chocolate fondant and I went for the nougat. This is something I have never had before but an incredible dessert. It was like a cross between the inside of a milky way and ice cream – amazing!

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}
A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

What is Dexters like?

On our last night we had dinner at Dexters. This is a classic fast food style restaurant but with table service and plates. They serve hot dogs, burgers and chicken dippers. The children couldn’t have been happier with their chicken dippers and chips.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

Hubby and I had a burger each and considering it’s an actual restaurant and comes served with chips it was great value at just £8 each. It was the sort of food that you just know the whole family will enjoy and it won’t take hours to get through the meal. The service was great and we all enjoyed it – a nice, easy meal out that the children loved.

We also stopped for a Starbucks lunch one day, which was surprisingly quiet. We also grabbed drinks in the Leisure Bowl. The children are never happier than when they have a Slush Puppy treat! There were so many places to eat and grab drinks throughout Center Parcs which kept the whole family happy.

A Weekend at Center Parcs - Woburn Forest {Accomodation and Food}

I’ll share our thoughts of the entertainment and activities on offer in a separate post. For now, here’s a video we made of our break:

Disclosure: We were invited on the above break for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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4 Comments

  1. June 15, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    We haven’t been to Centre Parcs for a couple of years and I would love to go back now the girls are older. I’ve never thought about going for a weekend and leaving after school. We’ve got one not far from us, so that would be easily manageable. Your lodge looked really modern and I love the black board! x

  2. June 16, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I loved following your trip Donna. I was lucky to have visited Woburn before it opened to the general public, and I always said I would love to go back to see how it has changed. My kids have definitely grown up with Center Parcs in their lives, and it’s lovely to see how different our breaks have become over the years. It looks like you had so much fun, and love your swimming pool videos x

  3. June 16, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I have never been to Centre Parks buy my youngest son and his girlfriend have just returned today from a midweek break at Centre Parks, Longleat, they said it was great

  4. June 21, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to centreparcs!
    Though, the reliance on bikes puts me off, as I can’t actually ride one!

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