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“No really a "swimming paradise"”

Subtropical Swimming Paradise
Ranked #15 of 66 things to do in Bedford
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The newest of the center parcs facilities is certainly impressive.....an amazing structure....the slides and fun rides are great....popular but not ridiculously busy.....the outdoor rapids are great fun....and the little kids areas look really good

BUT.....the actual swimming area is tiny and not really a swimming pool.....just a fun tide / wave pool.....now that might be your thing....but given the square footage in the building it is surprising that the pool is so small and that there are just so many paths around it......hemming it in

Basically if you have older kids (8 plus) be prepared to spend most of your time in lines for the rides and very little time swimming

I would say the Sherwood site has the best swimming facilities of the 3 parcs we have visited.....and it is such a shame this one falls short

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mike D
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"lazy river"
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in 9 reviews
"pool area"
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"toddler pool"
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"tropical cyclone"
in 2 reviews
"debit card"
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"height restrictions"
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"wild water rapids"
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"young adults"
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"lovely pool"
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"excellent facility"
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Everything here is great. It really is that simple. There is a lot to do for families of all age groups.

My mum doesn't swim but she was happy to sit back, enjoy and ice cream and read her book in the nice warm area whilst the rest of us went off swimming. I personally love the lazy river, my wife prefers the rapids and Twister. The kids session is great for little ones and the kids areas cover all ages and abilities.

If you're in Centre Parcs you'll know all about this and you'll enjoy it.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Geoffrey A
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

Fantastic. Highly recommend the rapids which we threw ourselves down pretty much all week. When we were at the pool it wasn’t as busy so we had the rapids to ourselves. Have been before and it’s been packed and we get hammered by other people.
The slides are great, especially the Tropical Cyclone. Not for young children though. Age and height restrictions apply on all slides and young children are not allowed on the rapids. Our children are 9 and 13 and were able to go on everything, but kids were being measured and turned away if they were below the miniumum height (1.22 meters) and if they can’t swim.
Changing rooms are clean as are the showers. The cabanas are great too, but expensive as you only get them for a couple of hours.
Could easily spend the entire day at the pool and unlike everything else at Center Parcs, the pool and slides are free.
If you activate your wrist band, you can link it to your debit card so that you don’t have to take cards or cash into the pool area. Instead they scan your wrist band which is then taken off your card on the day of your departure. This can be used to pay for food and drinks once in pool. They say that you cannot take your own food and drink into pool area, however plenty of people did.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fraggle365
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Travelled with son, wife and two children under 6 and this was the highlight. Spent afternoon of check in and 3 yr old and 5 year old loved the pirate pool. Spent 4 days there and progressed to Rapids with 5 yr old and granny and finale on cyclone-Granny and son. Check off bucket list at 70.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mag48121
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Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Good variety of pools ..kids 10 and 8 loved the rapids couldn't get them out they were on a constant loop for hours..helped that weather was so warm when outside...Read reviews prior to going about lack of adult pools but to be honest unless you are planning to do lengths the main pool and lazy pool is perfect for adults..cant fault anything on cleanliness and staff etc. Did get too hot one afternoon with high temperatures..felt bit sorry for staff and hope they got sufficient breaks!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank lollcass
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