Center Parcs rolls back on plans to evict guests on day of Queen's funeral

Center Parcs rolls back on plans to evict guests on day of Queen's funeral

CENTER PARCS has rolled back on plans to make guests at its villages leave on Monday 19 September, the day of the Queen's funeral, "as a mark of respect and to allow as many of our colleagues as possible to be part of this historic moment."

Guests who were due to have a long stay which included that date were expected to leave premises and then return one day later on Tuesday 20 September.

Guests who were due to arrive on that date were informed that they should not travel, but that the villages will be ready to open to guests again on Tuesday at 10am.

On its website, the company said it hopes "our guests will understand our decision to support our Queen on her final journey."

Following criticism online, the company has now changed its decision, saying that it will no longer require guests who are not due to depart on Monday to leave.

Those due to arrive on Monday, however, will still not be able to check in until 10am on Tuesday.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, it said: "The vast majority of our guests are either due to arrive or depart on Monday 19 September.

"We have however, reviewed our position regarding the very small number of guests who are not due to depart on Monday, and we will be allowing them to stay on our villages rather than having to leave and return on Tuesday."

The five locations of its holiday parks include: Elveden Forest, Suffolk; Longleat Forest, Wiltshire; Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire; and Whinfell Forest, Cumbria.

Facilities on-site, including restaurants, will still remain closed on Monday too. Center Parcs said it would be offering a discount for the lack of facilities available on that day.

According to government guidance, businesses are under no obligation to close during the period of national mourning, which includes the Queen's funeral on Monday 19 September.

However, a number of firms have said they will close all or some of their stores on Monday, including supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda and retailers such as Primark and John Lewis.