|By Marketwire .||
|September 24, 2012 03:00 AM EDT||
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/12 -- There's no better place to spend the October half term break than amongst the trees at Center Parcs, with some fantastic new activities at each location for all members of the family to try.
From gliding on Segways around the stunning forest setting, to reaching new heights in Aerial Tree Trekking - there is something for everyone. And, with Halloween fast approaching, there are also some spooky surprises in store too!
New at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire:
This October, experience Sherwood Forest in a whole new way, touring through the trees on one of our brand new Segways - learning balance and technique from one of our trained instructors.
For nature lovers, the Baby Owls experience is the perfect chance to see 'pop' the barn owl and his feathered friends up close and personal in their natural environment whilst learning more about these beautiful birds during your weekend break.
New at Elveden Forest, Suffolk:
Experience a unique way to get fit with the new Drums Alive, pairing dynamic moves with pulsing drum beats, suitable for all members of the family to enjoy. Trainers will teach you how to drum whilst combining rhythm and aerobic dance moves for an upbeat, energising work out!
New at Longleat Forest, Wiltshire:
If you have been inspired by this summer of sport, there has never been a better time to pick up a bow and arrow and try Field Archery - where you get all the kit and advice you need to get off to a shooting start. Or if you are looking for some adrenaline, see the Autumn forest from a totally different perspective with Aerial Tree Trekking challenge high up in the tree tops.
New at Whinfell Forest, Cumbria:
Ever been curious about caves? This half term guests will have the chance to explore the new and exciting man-made Caving Adventure only at Whinfell, with different levels of difficulty so all the family can get involved. Complete with boulder fields and fossils to make the experience unbelievably realistic, it's a family adventure not to be missed.
Get closer to nature in the heart of the forest, with our Wild About Bats Experience where youngsters can encounter these fascinating creatures up close in broad daylight and, with the help of our resident Rangers, learn more about the captivating species.
Spooky Halloween Happenings at Center Parcs:
Halloween at Center Parcs is set to be magical, with lots of spooky surprises in store. Wannabe Witches and Wizards of all ages can make a clean sweep of Halloween with our Building a Broomstick, Pumpkin Making or Halloween Craft Workshop activities. Or, for an enchanting experience in the forest try for Night Time Tree Trekking or Trick or Treat - black cat not included!
For more information on Half Term autumn breaks and a full list of Halloween activities at Center Parcs, please contact the Center Parcs press office team.
Notes to Editors:
1. The four locations across the UK are Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire), Elveden Forest (Suffolk), Longleat Forest (Wiltshire) and Whinfell Forest, (Cumbria)
2. Center Parcs celebrates its 25th year in 2012
3. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Tommy Award for Best UK Holiday Provider, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
4. Since 2011 Center Parcs experienced an average annual occupancy of 97%
5. Center Parcs offers short breaks all year round and welcomes over 1.6 million guests each year, 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
Center Parcs and The Environment
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.
Over the last 12 months, Center Parcs has reduced its carbon emissions by 7.4%. This achievement was down to 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 -- Energy-saving LED lighting -- Water-efficient showers -- Low-energy kitchen appliances -- Intelligent thermostats -- Electric vehicle fleet for housekeeping and technical services
At the new Woburn Forest development Center Parcs is investing in energy efficiency and renewable technologies - such as Biomass District Heating - to achieve the aim of consuming 25% less than the average existing Center Parcs village.
Center Parcs press office team:
0207 025 6665