Black tie charity ball first event at Center Parcs Woburn Forest

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A money-spinning charity ball will be the first event to be held at Bedfordshire’s newest tourist attraction, Center Parcs Woburn Forest.

The Bedfordshire Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the county’s Chamber of Commerce have linked up to support the charity ball on Friday, September 19.

Ian Cording, chairman of Bedfordshire FSB said: “Businesses in the county do a huge amount to support charities and good causes throughout the year so I have no doubt this event will be an absolute sell out.

“I must admit, too, that as well as being for good causes I can’t wait to have a nosey around this new venue. I think everyone knows Center Parcs runs holiday villages but who knows they host conferences and events, too? They soon will.

“Center Parcs Woburn Forest is a huge boost to the local economy, through the construction, the new jobs and through the company’s policy of employing local service providers.”

Daniel Whittemore, head of corporate sales at Center Parcs Ltd, said: “Bedfordshire’s business community has embraced Center Parcs Woburn Forest with open arms. The county is hugely positive so what better way to start the Center Parcs Conferences & Events presence in Bedfordshire that a big charity ball, to bring everyone together and give something back.”

Bedfordshire Chamber Chief Executive Cheryl Smart welcomed the autumn event. She said: “Chamber and FSB members will have an exclusive opportunity to experience the latest tourist attraction in Bedfordshire.

“We are very fortunate to have this chance of launching the facilities of Center Parcs Woburn Forest encouraging growth within the county.”

The FSB and Chamber believe the glittering charity ball will be one of Bedfordshire’s – if not the region’s – most glittering and glamorous events of the year, a fabulous networking opportunity and a chance to raise money for a worthy cause. The Chamber’s advice is “get in fast to buy tickets”.

The tourist attraction has a conferences and events business on the same site as the the well known holiday village, including a centre capable of holding 600 people. Center Parcs Woburn Forest is a member of the Chamber.

Businesses in Bedfordshire have volunteered their services to keep running costs as low as possible and maximise the funds raised. The name(s) of the charity beneficiaries have yet to be announced.

Tickets for the charity ball on September 19 will cost £550 + VAT for a table of 10 or £60 + VAT for individual tickets. It will be a black tie event, with a three-course meal, entertainment and plenty of opportunities to raise funds.

For more details and tickets, contact Paula Devine, membership services manager, Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, by calling 01582 522316, or 07971 986074 or email