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Bikes arrive at Woburn Forest

Press release   •   Mar 06, 2014 00:00 GMT

This week saw a significant milestone in the Woburn Forest project with more than 2,000 bikes being delivered to the new Cycle Centre. Cycling has been synonymous with the brand in the UK over the past 27 years with many guests choosing this as the way they navigate the Village. These bikes will be available for short break guests to hire once the new Center Parcs is open in the spring.

Over the last few weeks, the 2,300 bikes arrived in boxes and were unpacked, assembled and checked before being lined up in rows in the Cycle Centre bike park. Every bike will need to be tested before opening and will be continually cared for and maintained by a team of 20 staff.

Here’s what you may not know about the bikes at Center Parcs;

  • The average Center Parcs bike will travel approximately 1,000 miles each year.
  • 20% of Center Parcs guests hire a bicycle during their stay and other guests choose to bring their own.
  • Center Parcs Woburn Forest have 2,300 cycles for their guests and 300 cycles for the site team including Housekeepers and Technical Services.
  • The most cycles built in one day by the Center Parcs team at Woburn Forest currently stands at 182.
  • The delivery of these bikes to Woburn Forest means the Center Parcs fleet of total bikes (across all Villages) has now reached more than 10,000 bikes which is one of the biggest bike fleets in the UK.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest is on track for opening in spring 2014 and will offer short breaks to families, couples and friends across the UK, with a majority of guests expected from London and the South East.

Contact information

Center Parcs Press Office

Telephone: 01623 821733


Sustainability facts and figures

Committed to enhancing the forest and wider environment, Center Parcs aims to be one of the leading sustainable ‘Large Scale Tourist Destinations’ in the UK.  The Center Parcs Sustainability Strategy, launched in 2011, promises to reduce Center Parcs carbon emissions by 20% and produce 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.  Center Parcs currently uses a variety of different energy saving choices including:

  • New and refreshed accommodation projects have included environmentally efficient technology such as:
    • Ground source heating
    • Solar panels
    • Photovoltaic
    • Combined heat and power plants
    • Energy-saving LED lighting
    • Water-efficient showers
    • Low-energy kitchen appliances
    • Intelligent thermostats
  • Electric vehicle fleet for housekeeping and technical services

Center Parcs is investing in energy efficiency and renewable technologies - such as District Heating - to achieve the aim of consuming 25% less than the average existing Center Parcs village. 

Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row