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Center Parcs to unveil two new thrilling water rides at Longleat Forest this summer

Press release   •   Mar 16, 2017 09:29 GMT

This summer, Center Parcs is launching two new innovative rides as part of Longleat Forest’s revamped Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

The highly-anticipated adrenaline-fuelled waterslide additions, named Tropical Cyclone and Typhoon, both feature thrilling light and sound experiences, offering immersive nature-inspired themes for the rider to select ahead of a truly bespoke experience.

Tropical Cyclone

The colossal Tropical Cyclone is the largest interactive four-person raft ride in Europe. The unique ride features a cyclone with a spectacular diameter of 15 metres, which is the perfect canvas for the projections, lights and sounds displayed from the innovative AV technology. Riders will be given the chance to choose from themes such as the forest, nature, jungles and waterfalls before heading into the exhilarating ride.

Lasting an unforgettable 45-60 seconds and boasting a top speed of 40km/h, the ride offers 142 metres of twists, turns and sways with the giant cone drop tipping riders at an angle that gives riders a zero-gravity experience for a second before propelling them down the tube to a splash pool.


Thrills and spills don’t stop at the Tropical Cyclone, the Typhoon also offers an exciting light experience which is sure to delight.

A single or two-person ride, Typhoon whips riders through tubes and cones for up to a minute of drops and swings, reaching a top speed of 40km/h along its 140-metre length – giving the rider a truly amazing visual experience which will make the Typhoon an unforgettable ride to try.

Venture Bay and Venture Harbour

There are also two new areas included in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise revamp – a family water play area and a toddler pool. These new areas will see families whizzing down brightly lit tubes, spraying each other with spouts and having fun in the water from the hidden giant tipping buckets, amongst much, much more.

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise is the most popular place at all Center Parcs villages for families to spend a day of their break, with more than 90% of guests visiting the water wonderland to enjoy slides, a wave pool, Wild Water Rapids and toddler water play areas.

Colin Whaley, Marketing Director at Center Parcs, said:

“We are always looking at ways to keep building on the great family experience we offer guests and are very proud of the new features that will soon be coming to the Longleat Forest Subtropical Swimming Paradise. We’ve really pushed the boundaries of what is possible with water rides with the launch of Tropical Cyclone and Typhoon at Longleat Forest, so that families can enjoy something unique and exciting. We hope that these additions will thrill families and play a big part in their adventures together.”

The Subtropical Swimming Paradise additions will open at Center Parcs Longleat Forest this summer.

Family short breaks can be booked at:

Notes to Editors

Typhoon ride is suitable for riders over 1.1 metres.

Tropical Cyclone raft ride welcomes those over 1.22 metres.

About Center Parcs

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

As the leader in the UK family short break market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%.

Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes more than 2.2 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return

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.

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.

Center Parcs has been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row.