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Royal visit to Center Parcs Head Office

Press release   •   Jun 17, 2010 00:00 BST

On Thursday 15th June, Center Parcs were pleased to welcome His Royal Highness Duke of Kent to their Head Office as part of a tour of the Energy Village in North Nottinghamshire.

During the visit, the Duke of Kent chatted to members of the call centre team as well as seeing plans of Center Parcs’ 5th UK site; Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. His Royal Highness was keen to hear about Center Parcs’ contribution to the local economy and how the business has worked to ensure that conservation and sustainability remains at the heart of the Center Parcs philosophy.

As one of the largest employers in the area, Center Parcs employs over 1,500 staff at Sherwood Forest and over 250 staff at their Head Office.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer 
Telephone: 01623 821723 Email:

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