Elveden Forest

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Elveden Forest Village Square South

Elveden Forest is the site of a holiday village operated by Center Parcs UK. It makes up a small area of Thetford Forest east of the B1106 road and near the town of Brandon in Suffolk, England. It is named after the nearby village of Elveden.

2002 fire[edit]

On 4 April 2002 a major fire destroyed the main plaza area of Elveden Forest. Nobody was seriously injured, but the plaza was destroyed and more than 100,000 people had their breaks at the village postponed.[1] The fire, which started just before 10 am, also destroyed seven bars and restaurants, a disco, some gift shops, a sports centre and a bowling alley.[2] The damage to the forest was minimal.

Elveden Forest re-opened in July 2003 after a major re-design, less susceptible to the potential spread of fire. The most dramatic difference was to the village square which was rebuilt with an open-air Mediterranean theme.

The sub-tropical swimming paradise re-opened having mostly survived the blaze; the sauna complex was changed to a Balinese theme, and a new Sports Plaza was opened.


Elveden Forest Village Square North

Elveden Forest has a total of 866 units of accommodation which range from 'Woodland' grade to exclusive villas and include rooms at the Lakeview Hotel. These villas and rooms can accommodate up to 4,216 guests. Villas are located in six different areas with each area mostly including every type of accommodation, but the Ash and Oak areas are predominantly made up of executive and exclusive villas. Ash was extended in 2007 to include new four-bedroom two-storey villas.


  1. ^ "Holidaymakers escape resort fire". BBC News. 4 April 2002. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Andrew Loudon, Blaze rages at Center Parcs, Daily Mail, 5 April 2002. Retrieved 26 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 52°23′34″N 0°38′36″E / 52.3929°N 0.6432°E / 52.3929; 0.6432