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Center Parcs (England)
Member Name: daseaford
Center Parcs (England)
Date: 30/09/00, updated on 01/10/00 (238 review reads)
Advantages: Varied activities. Clean. Well laid out. Inexpensive.
Disadvantages: Needs good weather.
The Major Oak is the tree that legend says Robin Hood hid in. Although the story is good, the facts do not match as the tree is not old enough. However, it is a very old tree and well worth a visit. The tree is at Edwinstowe, just a five minute drive from Centre Parcs, in the heart of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. There is a very well laid out, clean visitors centre near to the tree, and from the visitors centre as well as the walk to the tree, there are a number of other very well marked walks through the forest of different lengths. Most of these walks are wheelchair friendly, and one particular walk has been set out for visually impaired people. There is a large car park at the centre, which is free during the week, but there is a moderate car park fee at weekends (currently £1.50).
About a quarter of a mile from the visitors centre is a fun fair which is open all the Summer months. Due to its location this does not distract from the beauty and quiet of the forest, but does give somewhere for children to have an extra bit of fun.
Near to the fun fair is a collection of craft workshops. These are well worth a visit, with about twenty different units selling a wide variety of goods, a large number of which you can see being made on the premises. These workshops are very well laid out, the goods are a reasonable price, and the cafe sells very good food.
During the Summer there are activities at the visitors centre most weekends, as well as cricket matches on the adjacent cricket field.
The visitors centre, and particually the Major Oak, are well worth a visit as there are places of interest to visit for all members of the family. We visit the centre regularly and always enjoy the walks through the forest where there is a wide selection of wild life. They do say there are deer in the woods, but we have yet to spot one.