Whinfell Forest news
Whinfell Forest important updates and latest news.
Whinfell Forest Spectacular Evening Entertainment - 17th September 2019
Discover our exciting evening entertainment during your stay at Whinfell Forest. Here pantomimes aren’t just for Christmas, enjoy some singing, dancing and slapstick comedy in a family fun pantomime all year round. From 13th October 2019 head over to The Green Room for a showing of Aladdin and cheer on our hero as he falls in love with Princess Jasmine.
Whether you are a lover of the 80’s, the 90’s or the chart hits, get out of your seat singing and dancing to our fantastic musical tribute, Party in the Parc, perfect for the whole family.
Visit The Green Room in the Village Centre or book on our website to see what shows are showing during your break.
Lake closures on our villages - 2nd September 2019
As we operate a number of submersible activities on the lakes at our villages, we test our lake water for quality on a regular basis. Due to natural organisms, we occasionally receive a reading that means we have to close our lake whilst we treat the issue and gain a normal reading again. Should this happen we will ensure that guest disruption is kept to a minmum and that we bring activities back online as soon as we possibly can.
Guy Fawkes Fireworks Display - 22nd August 2019
Our fireworks displays are on Sunday 3rd November and Wednesday 6th November at 6pm by the Watersports Lake. This event is very popular so for the ideal viewing spot, please arrive a little earlier than the 6pm start time.
The fireworks display may be postponed or cancelled in the event of adverse weather conditions.
For your safety
We are uniquely placed in the heart of the forest and governed strictly by the Forestry Commission on fire control; we must therefore ask guests not to bring their own fireworks, sparklers and sky lanterns on to the village. Any guest found using these will be requested to leave the village as per our Terms and Conditions. Guests with photosensitive epilepsy are advised that our fireworks display contains fireworks and lighting features that may produce a stroboscopic effect.
Forest safety - 21st August 2019
During extreme dry weather spells we take advice from the Met Office, please see below some basic fire safety points:
- Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking locations on village and on the patio/ balcony of accommodation
- The use of wood from the forest is strictly prohibited for use on the fire in accommodation (please only use logs purchased from ParcMarket)
- The making of fires of any sort is strictly prohibited
- Should you discover a fire no matter how small, please contact the village emergency number or call 999
- Due to our forest environment we may need to withdraw the use of BBQ’s in extreme hot weather
We do have regular fire checks in place but please be vigilant and help us to maintain a safe environment in the forest.
External shows and events - 11th June 2019
On Thursday 25th July to Sunday 28th July there’s a local event taking place near Whinfell Forest at Lowther Estate. Noise levels are being closely monitored during this time, but you may be aware of some music playing in the distance during your break.
New fun-filled activities for little ones - 28th January 2019
Discover three new activities for your little ones to enjoy. Make memories that will last forever as you forage through the forest to create your very own Family Nature Journal, or help our rangers discover woodland animals and their habitats in Nature Detectives, both at the Ranger’s Lodge. Your little ones can also have an adventure of their very own in Wizard Academy, where they can learn spells, play games and make marvellous wizard crafts in this this 3-hour unaccompanied session at the Activity Den.
Aqua Sana at Whinfell Forest opens new Relax Areas - 15th January 2019
A new way to drift away during your spa escape. Aqua Sana Whinfell Forest has had a mini makeover and now boasts two brand new areas dedicated to inducing complete relaxation.
Our biggest ever lodge - Updated 20th December 2018
Whinfell Forest is welcoming a 6-bedroom Woodland Lodge that sleeps up to 12. With six spacious bedrooms, family bathrooms and shower rooms and a large open-plan living space, it’s perfect for large families or groups of friends. Now available to book for breaks arriving from 21st December 2018.
Take aim with Archery Adventure - 10th December 2018
All about accuracy and new to Whinfell Forest, Archery Adventure will bring out your competitive side as you complete archery-themed challenges at the Outdoor Activity Centre.
Laser Target has hit Whinfell Forest - 10th December 2018
In this brand new activity test your aim and the steadiness of your hand with new Laser Target. Use our state-of-the-art laser-adapted guns to see if you can hit the bullseye. LED targets will light up in sequences - getting faster and faster! - to test your reaction times. They'll keep score electronically to see who's the best shot in your group.
Restaurant reservations - 20th September 2018
We have been made aware that there was a technical issue with our restaurant reservations that may have prevented you from making a booking at one of our venues with slots not showing as available. We have concluded a fix on this issue and availability is now showing correctly. Please visit the browse things to do page to see our range of restaurants which are available for you to book. We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to welcoming your to Whinfell Forest.
Guests travelling to Whinfell Forest - 23rd August 2018
If you’re travelling on the A66 between Kirkby Thore and Low Moor to or from Whinfell Forest, please be aware that there will be roadworks starting from Friday 7th September and last until Monday 22nd October. The works will take place from 10pm on Fridays and will re-open at 3am on Mondays. There are diversions on the roads, but please be aware this will cause some disruption to the A66.
Aerial Adventure enhancements - 23rd July 2018
We’ve added some exciting new obstacles to our Aerial Adventure course.
Are you brave enough to tackle the Tree House and Floating Staircase in this adrenaline packed challenge high up in the trees?
In the market for a makeover - 23rd July 2018
Our ParcMarket at Whinfell has reopened after having a makeover.
Don’t forget to pop in and shop for all of your favourite brands and daily essentials.
New arrivals lodge - 18th July 2018
As we work to continually improve the services we offer, you’ll notice we are working on bringing you a brand new Arrivals Lodge in spring 2019, to make the check in process even smoother. During this time, you will notice works taking place around our car park, so please bear with us whilst we complete this work.
Accommodation number changes – why is it happening? - 14th May 2018
Whilst we work on creating some exciting new lodges on our village, you’ll notice we’ve renumbered some of our existing accommodation.
If you are visiting Whinfell Forest from 18th May, you may notice your accommodation number is different to the one you received in your pre-arrival confirmation, but don’t worry the accommodation you’ve booked will still be the same type – all that’s changed is the number.
Our new accommodation, available from spring 2019, includes new 3-bed Executive Lodges with hot tubs and a 6-bed Woodland Lodge, with all the features you love in our popular Woodland Lodges, but with six spacious bedrooms.
A refresher for Refresh - Updated 5th April 2018
Refresh, located in the Sports Plaza, has been given a makeover with some exciting new elements. Refresh will now be a place to relax and enjoy a coffee as well as somewhere to still grab those sweet treats.
Don’t forget to drop by for a quick refreshment, snacks and essential grocery items.
Pre-book a Huck’s Family Dining Experience - 5th February 2018
Huck’s American Bar and Grill now offer a pre-bookable Huck’s Family Dining Experience menu, exclusive to Whinfell Forest.
Start off with a sharing platter including BBQ wings, nachos and dips, and jalapeno and sweetcorn fritters before moving onto a selection of Huck’s favourite main meals. For the little ones the children’s buffet is open and can be polished off with a bottomless soft drink and for adults a pint of Coors Light, a small glass of house wine or soft drink.
Minimising traffic on the village - Updated 28th March 2017
We know that our focus on providing a safe environment with minimal traffic is something you really value. That’s why we need your help to reduce the traffic on our villages to protect what you love about Center Parcs: a place where little ones can run free and explore, and parents can feel at ease.
Football Pool at Whinfell Forest - 26th Sept 2017
Football Pool is coming to Whinfell Forest on October 1st - step onto the 12ft pitch and challenge your family to a game of spots against stripes. Swap the cue for your feet and aim to pot the footballs into the pockets, be the first to pot them all. Head over to the Sports Plaza to kick off your game.
Unique to Center Parcs, STA Swim Pups is a new water activity designed for little ones aged 3 months to 4 years. The activity involves a structured swimming programme for mini swimmers to gain essential swimming and movement skills in a fun and exciting environment, through a series of enjoyable and stimulating games. Your little ones can cycle around the pool on a float, canoe on a pool raft and take part in an aquatic nature trail. As recognition of their achievement, they will be awarded with an STA certificate to take home.
Available at Whinfell Forest and Sherwood Forest. Coming soon to Elveden Forest, Woburn Forest and Longleat Forest.
A new look for Rajinda Pradesh - 3rd August 2017
Rajinda Pradesh serves up authentic Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Now we’re giving the restaurant at Whinfell Forest a makeover to match the food. We’ll be bringing the interiors up to date with exotic colours, luxurious textiles and geometric tiles.
In order to complete the work, Rajinda Pradesh will be closing on Monday 4th September for approximately four weeks. An exact date for the grand re-opening will be communicated closer to the time.
Mermaids and Sharks at Center Parcs - 28th July 2017
Water lovers can become a magical mermaid or stealthy shark in our new swimming activity that’s out of this world!
Wearing a special swimming tail 6-12 year olds learn how to kick, twist and glide their way around the shallows of our Subtropical Swimming Paradise, diving for treasure on the 'ocean floor'.
Getting in touch during your break - 12th May 2017
If you need to get in touch during your break at Whinfell Forest, from booking an activity to seeking urgent medical care, there are a few ways to reach us.
In case of an emergency, call 01768 893003 from your mobile. There are also red telephone boxes located throughout the village.
Our Guest Services team are also on-hand to help every day from 8am to 10pm – visit them in the Village Centre or call 01768 893008. If you’d like to book an activity or a table in one of our restaurants, you can log on to the free Friendly wifi and visit www.centerparcs.co.uk or download the Center Parcs Mobile App (which also features an itinerary planner and map of the village).
We hope you have a lovely break at Whinfell Forest.
Guests driving to Whinfell Forest - Updated 7th January 2016
We've been made aware that Google is displaying an incorrect postcode for Whinfell Forest, directing guests to a local kennel business and not Center Parcs.
We'd like to make clear to all guests travelling to Whinfell Forest that the correct postcode is CA10 2DW. To avoid confusion, please read the direction on our website.
*available when break booked is 26 weeks or fewer away.