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Golden girl Ellie Simmonds launches new family water ride, Tropical Cyclone™ at Center Parcs Elveden Forest

Press release   •   Nov 22, 2012 00:00 GMT

Fresh from her triumph at the London Paralympic Games, Ellie Simmonds returns to Center Parcs Elveden Forest, where she first learnt to swim, to launch the new Tropical Cyclone™ water ride. 

Tropical Cyclone™ Facts and Figures:

· Riders will experience this unique ride as a family in a four-person clover-shaped raft

· Riders will reach speeds of up to 30mph

· The Tropical Cyclone spans over 200 metres in length

· The water ride can take up to 720 rafters per hour – that’s 12 per minute

· The water flow reaches 25,000 litres per minute

· The water temperature inside the ride is a tropical 30 degrees Celsius

· The top of the water ride stands at 18m tall - that’s the equivalent height of an English oak tree

Tropical Cyclone™ opens today for families staying at Center Parcs Elveden Forest. In addition to the new water ride, a new child-friendly, family Lagoon Pool also opens at Center Parcs Elveden Forest today. These exciting additions are part of a long-term investment into the Subtropical Swimming Paradises at all four Center Parcs locations.

For more information and to view the Tropical Cyclone™ video visit or or #TropicalCyclone

Notes to editors

Tropical Cyclone™ further information:

  1. The world-first Tropical Cyclone™ sees two award-winning water rides, the TORNADOTM and the BehemothBOWLTM joined together for the very first time
  2. The water ride has a height restriction of 1.2 metres

Contact information

Center Parcs Press Office

Telephone: 01623 821733


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