Center Parcs completes £4.5m refurbishment of Sherwood Forest events venue


Center Parcs Conferences & Events has today reopened its doors for corporate bookings at Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, following an extensive £4.5 million refurbishment of its dedicated events venue, which began in May 2023.

Several well-known brands will be hosting their corporate retreats at The Venue this week, with a leading eyewear brand the first group to step foot into the forest on 23 January.

As part of its multi-million-pound refurbishment, The Venue boasts a major extension which includes four brand new meeting spaces ideal for smaller groups, and an event capacity of up to 550 delegates in The Venue as a whole. Other additions include a new entrance and reception area overlooking the lake, as well as two outdoor terraces ideal for delegates to enjoy a break under the forest canopy. A significant investment in the AV and lighting systems also takes events at Sherwood Forest to the next level.

Julia Green,  Head of Corporate Events at Center Parcs Conferences & Events, said: “I can’t think of a better start to 2024 than to be reawakening Sherwood Forest and see the venue spring back to life after nine months of hibernation. With Sherwood being our first UK village to open in 1987, we were keen to ensure that this upgrade respected the heritage of the venue, while still giving it a substantial ‘facelift’ to match the recent refurbishment of our venue in Woburn Forest – which we renovated back in September 2022. We couldn’t be happier with how the venue is looking and are eager to welcome new and returning clients over the coming months.”

Sherwood Forest retains its ECOsmart GOLD sustainability accreditation, which it was awarded following a rigorous audit by Greengage Solutions in July 2023, with every step of the refurbishment taking the venues at Sherwood Forest and Woburn Forest closer to Platinum level.

On the agenda for inaugural events at Sherwood Forest are some of Center Parcs’ popular team building activities suited to the colder months such as Mission Possible, Adventure Quest and Conquer The Forest, to name a few – and a chance for delegates to enjoy the Winter Forest Lights or warm up in the award-winning Aqua Sana spa in their down-time. Businesses opting for an overnight stay will benefit from the unique accommodation offering at Sherwood Forest, which holds over 900 lodges – ranging from one-bedroom self-catered apartments and spacious Executive Lodges, through to luxurious Treehouses. Bicycles are available for delegates to travel to and from their lodges, get around village and explore the forest at their leisure.