Center Parcs reverses decision to make guests leave resort for Queen’s funeral

Staycation resort company Center Parcs has announced that it will no longer close down on Monday’s bank holiday for the Queen’s funeral.

The firm, which has locations in Longleat, Sherwood, Whinfell, Woburn, Elveden and Longford, initially planned to shut down on the day of mourning.

The planned closure would take place from 10am on Monday September 19 for 24 hours.

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But, families complained furiously as they said they would have to leave their holiday early or find somewhere else to stay.

Brits who were scheduled to arrive on Monday were to be given the option of starting their holiday a day later.

Center Parcs claimed to have made the decision to close as “a mark of respect” and to allow staff to be a part of the Queen’s “historic” funeral.

On Twitter, Center Parks UK said: “Guests who were due to arrive on Monday 19 September should not travel, we will reopen on Tuesday 20 September to welcome guests.

“All impacted guests will receive an email from us today.”

It also pinned a tweet that stated: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news that Queen Elizabeth II has passed away and we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Royal Family.”

However, now the resort firm has said it will not require guests to leave on the day.

It said: "The vast majority of our guests are either due to arrive or depart on Monday 19th 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 villages will still remain closed on Monday, and we will be offering a discount for the lack of facilities available on that day."

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