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A haven for nature lovers

Our award-winning village in the beautiful Lake District

Whinfell Forest holiday breaks 2024

Holidays in Cumbria

Discover picturesque landscapes at Whinfell Forest, a wildlife sanctuary nestled on the edge of the Lake District. Experience a range of activities, restaurants and traditional accommodation, all set around a beautiful lake.

  • Look out for endangered red squirrels and the uncommon orchid
  • Wander amongst tall pines and trickling streams
  • Try Karts and our Golf Driving Range, unique to Whinfell Forest
  • Explore our largest Subtropical Swimming Paradise
  • Enjoy a traditional family pub meal at Lakeside Inn overlooking the lake
  • Stay in traditional, Scandinavian-style lodges, tucked away amongst the trees
  • Relax in your personal hot tub in selected lodges

All our villages are cashless and can no longer accept cash payments, including for the purchase of gift cards.



How to get to Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest

The address you need is: Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Penrith, CA10 2DW.

For more detailed directions, click below to plan your route on Google Maps.

If you aren’t arriving by car, let us help make your arrival as smooth as possible.  Just give us a call on 01768 893 009.

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Discover our Lake District Lodges



  • A family on a pool inflatable riding down the Tropical Cyclone.
  • Subtropical Swimming Paradise pool.
  • A little girl on a pool inflatable on the Tropical Cyclone.
  • A family on a pool inflatable about to ride the Tropical Cyclone.

Take on the Tropical Cyclone at Whinfell Forest

Will you be brave enough to tackle the Tropical Cyclone, the newest, state-of-the-art water slide in Whinfell Forests Subtropical Swimming Paradise?

  • Four-person raft ride, to share with your thrill-seeker family
  • 100 metres of twists, turns and gravity defying drops
  • Choose your own theme, such as Thunderstorm or Rainforest
  • You’ll need to be over 1.22 metres tall (and brave) to ride
  • External view of an adapted lodge with hot tub and sun loungers.

Accessible accommodation

At Center Parcs, our accessible accommodation is designed for guests with disabilities to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable break, giving you complete peace of mind. Our adapted lodges are designed for those with reduced mobility, with dedicated disabled parking nearby, ramps to access your accommodation, lowered countertops, handrails throughout, walk-in / wheel-in showers and more so that all guests can have fun in the forest.

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  • A couple in a hot tub
  • A hot tub outside a lodge.

Lake district hot tub lodges

Add a touch of luxury booking a lodge with a hot tub. Our hot tub lodges have everything you need for a perfect relaxing holiday, and feature a private and secluded outdoor hot tub. With a glass in hand and good company at your side, our hot tub holidays are perfect for a romantic getaway or a special family break.

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Accommodation in the forest.

Dog-friendly holidays at Whinfell forest

Our dog friendly accommodation is designed with dogs in mind, including:

  • Vertical door handles to prevent escapes
  • Wooden flooring throughout making it easy to clean up any little accidents
  • A tether ring on your lodge patio so your dog can join you outside

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Things to do at Whinfell Forest

Discover a range of activities for all ages at Whinfell Forest.

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Whinfell Forest reviews

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Family of 3 holiday

@JodieY - January 2024, Whinfell Forest 

"We had a lovely family getaway Monday to Friday. Our little girl loved the baby sensory class and swimming. It was the right level of fun but also relaxing. We enjoyed the winter lights and ate in the sports cafe, Bella Italian and the Pancake house."

 Family gathering  

@Elizabeth B - December 2023, Whinfell Forest 

"Such a special place to suit every age. Extremely clean and well maintained everywhere. Our lodge was so comfortable and warm with superb bedding. Staff are wonderful, so helpful. Very well stocked supermarket with reasonable prices."

Officially a Center Parcs convert!!

@maihemphotography - May 2023, Whinfell Forest

"I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing, safe, and friendly place to holiday with my dogs.

Every single staff member at the Whinfell Center Parcs were authentically friendly and happy.

All our booked activities were accessed with ease and thoroughly enjoyable.

The lodges were immaculately clean with everything you need for your break... and the bed was so comfortable, especially after a full day outside walking or doing fun activities.

As someone who has never been to Center Parcs before, this is definitely a UK holiday I'll be booking on a yearly basis from now on."

 Great location  

@Helen D - May 2023, Whinfell Forest 

"Our lakeside apartment was a perfect size. We didn't need a lodge as there was only two of us. It was very clean and overlooked rows of trees, which was great for watching the birds. The park is beautifully maintained and very clean. Lovely paths to enjoy our daily walks and endless activities on hand. The food we had from restaurants was delicious and were generous with their portions. It's a great location for visiting the lakes."



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Breaks in the lake district

Whether you’re ready for a family holiday or a couple looking for a relaxing romantic escape, there’s something for everyone at Center Parcs.


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FAQs about Whinfell Forest

To make a booking, go to the search bar on our website and select your location, dates, number of lodges and number of guests. Then select your preferred accommodation type and select ‘Book now’. You can then book any additional extras for your break and fill out your details. If you need any help, contact us.

The village opened in 1997 as Oasis Lakeland Holiday Village. It was bought by Center Parcs in 2001, and renamed Center Parcs Whinfell Forest. Read our blog to learn more about Whinfell Forest’s history.

If you’re looking to explore the surrounding area during your break, local places of interest include Lowther Castle & Gardens, Penrith Castle, Aira Force waterfall and Lacy's Caves.

Yes, all of our Center Parcs villages welcome dogs! If you would like to bring a dog, you need to book a dog-friendly lodge, and please note that dogs are not permitted in certain restaurants or areas of the village. You can find out more on our dog-friendly breaks page.

Penrith is around a 15 minute drive from Center Parcs Whinfell Forest.

Yes – Whinfell Forest is a red squirrel sanctuary. Cliburn Moss Nature Reserve and Thacka Beck Nature Reserve are located nearby. 

Whinfell Forest doesn’t have a lazy river, but you’ll find plenty of exciting rides and slides including the Tropical Cyclone, Canyon Ride and Indoor Rapids! View the Subtropical Swimming Paradise map here.

Whinfell Forest does have some hills, although the pathways are smooth so you can walk, cycle and push wheelchairs and pushchairs. If you have mobility issues, you may wish to select a lodge close to the village centre or book a mobility scooter.

Whinfell Forest has a wide range of restaurants: Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Huck’s American Bar and Grill, Rajinda Pradesh, The Lakeside Inn and The Pancake House. You can also order restaurant food to be delivered to your lodge with Restaurant Runner!

Our lodges in the Lake District are designed with families in mind, and provide everything you need for a self-catering break in the forest. You’ll find a fully-equipped kitchen, bedding, towels and much more. Learn what’s included in your accommodation.

Yes, we sometimes have last-minute availability. Fill out your selected dates and details in the booking bar to see what’s available. Keep checking back regularly as there may be cancellations. 

Whinfell Forest has a number of lodges overlooking the lake. If you’d like a lodge overlooking the water, you can select this during the booking stage (subject to availability).

Yes, our Exclusive Lodges and Treehouses have hot tubs. Learn more about our hot tub breaks.


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