Center Parcs set to open a park in Ireland

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Ollerton-based firm Center Parcs has announced plans to open another park, this time in Ireland.

A 375-acre site just a few miles from Dublin is to be transformed into a holiday village similar to that in Sherwood Forest.

The multi-million pound project is expected to be open by 2019 and employ up to 1,000 people.

Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, said: “We are thrilled and excited about the prospect of bringing the Center Parcs concept to families in Ireland.

“This new Center Parcs will have all of the ingredients that have made us so popular with families in the UK for the last 28 years and I am certain that Center Parcs will be a great success.”

Most recently, Center Parcs has been linked with a multi-billion pound takeover by the majority shareholder in F1, CVC, but the holiday firm is remaining tight-lipped over the 
move.

In a statement to bondholders, Center Parcs confirmed that it was “considering its strategic and financing options,

Started in Europe in the 1960s, there are now 25 Center Parcs resorts, including five built in the UK.

This includes Suffolk, Wiltshire, Cumbria, Bedfordshire and the first to be built in England in 1987, Sherwood Forest.

Each offer a series of indoor and outdoor activities in woodland settings, such as cycling, abseiling, go-karting, canoeing and swimming.

The venues have proved popular over the years and often boasts a 99 per cent occupancy of its one to 
four bedroom holiday 
lodges.