Whinfell Forest news
Whinfell Forest important updates and latest news.
The Pancake House closure - 10th December 2019
The Pancake House will be closed from 16th January until 24th February 2020 (weather permitting) to undergo an extension. This means that we will be able to serve yummy pancakes to even more of our guests in the future.
We’re also taking the opportunity to complete some essential maintenance work to the Boardwalk and roof which will continue until March 2020.
Starbucks and Dining In will remain open during these works. For more restaurant recommendations during your break, visit the food and drinks page on our website.
A new Aerial Adventure - 27th November 2019
Experience a new treetop adventure as Aerial Adventure has new elements to conquer and 255-metre dual zip wire over the lake! It’s new to Whinfell Forest so be sure to try it on your next break.
Four new Treehouses available to book at Whinfell Forest - 6th November 2019
Brand new luxurious Treehouses at Whinfell Forest are now available to book for breaks from July 2020. This spectacular new accommodation includes four en-suite bedrooms, detached games den, beautifully styled open-plan living and outdoor hot tub. Guests with limited mobility can also enjoy this luxury accommodation in our adapted Treehouse, perfect for wheelchair access.
Winter Wonderland firework displays - 18th September 2019
Our fireworks display happens every Sunday and Wednesday evening at 6pm from 10th November to 22nd December during Winter Wonderland. This event is very popular so for the ideal viewing spot by the Watersports Lake, please arrive a little earlier than the 6pm start time.
Further displays will be held at 6pm on Boxing Day and Sunday 29th December, again for the ideal viewing spot, please arrive a little earlier than the 6pm start time.
Our final display will be to welcome in the New Year at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Minimising traffic on the village
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.