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Latest COVID-19 update

Last updated 1 December 2021

Following the government update over the weekend it will now be compulsory to wear a face covering in all shops, most indoor spaces and close contact settings.

We are working through the details of the announcement and will update this page further should face coverings become compulsory in other areas or if other instructions or guidance impacts Center Parcs.

Our priority throughout COVID-19 is to follow government advice and we will continue to do this to keep our guests and staff as safe as possible.

Child lying on inflatable in pool

Subtropical Swimming Paradise festive opening times

Last updated 19 November 2021

Our festive breaks will be here very soon, below are the opening times of our Subtropical Swimming Paradise so that our guests can plan their time with us:

Christmas Eve:

  • Opening times - 10am to 8pm
  • Last bookable swimming session - 4.45pm
  • 'Turn up and swim' sessions - 5pm to 8pm

Christmas Day

  • Opening times - 11am to 7pm
  • Last bookable swimming session - 3.45pm
  • 'Turn up and swim' sessions - no

Boxing Day

  • Opening times - 10am to 9pm
  • Last bookable swimming session - 5.45pm
  • 'Turn up and swim' sessions - 6pm to 9pm

New Year's Eve

  • Opening times - 10am to 8pm
  • Last bookable swimming session - 4.45pm
  • 'Turn up and swim' sessions - 5pm to 8pm

New Year's Day

  • Opening times - 10am to 8pm
  • Last bookable swimming session - 4.45pm
  • 'Turn up and swim' sessions - 5pm to 8pm
Boathouse and lake shot

The Boathouse closes for winter

5 November 2021

From 8 November 2021, The Boathouse will be closed during the winter months at Whinfell Forest for all craft hire and tuition. See our full range of activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Impact to usual operations

Last updated 19 October 2021

Like many other businesses we are unfortunately impacted by staff shortages and recruitment challenges, which means that you may find some disruption to our normal services. For guests who have an impacted restaurant or activity booking we will contact you directly.

Please see below a list of current changes, please check back regularly as there are often last-minute changes:



Closed Mondays. Closed until 4pm all other days.  No deliveries until 13 December 2021

Sports Café

Closed Mondays

Rajinda Pradesh

Closed until at least 10 December 2021


Closed from 6:30pm

Lakeside Inn

Closed Thursdays and Fridays until at least 13 December 2021

Café Rouge

Closed from 4pm Mondays and Fridays until at least 10 December 2021

Bella Italia

Closed on Wednesday evenings until at least 13 December 2021



Subtropical Swimming Paradise

All activities cancelled. Pool slots and Cabana hire are still available to book.

Please note that we will keep this information as updated as possible but there may still be extremely late during break changes not listed.


Girl on Aerial Adventure crossing in the tree top

Improvements to Aerial Adventure

13 October 2021

We are always looking at new ways we can improve our activities for our guests. Aerial Adventure will be closed from 5 November 2021 – 18 December 2021 whilst we carry out maintenance and improvement work on the course. During this time, Aerial Tree Trekking will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only until 18 December 2021 when it will reopen fully.

Don’t worry, if you are looking for adrenaline-fuelled activities, there are plenty of other activities available for you and your family. Tackle the Indoor Climbing Adventure or sneak through the forest on Laser Combat.

Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Whinfell Forest

Psst… exciting improvements coming to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise

13 October 2021

Have you heard? Our Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Whinfell Forest is having some long overdue enhancements, including the addition of the popular Tropical Cyclone ride that you may have experienced at our other villages. Opening spring 2023. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on this thrilling development.

Don’t worry, if you are due a break at Whinfell Forest soon, we have made sure that there is little guest disruption. The Subtropical Swimming Paradise remains fully open with all slides and pools available for you and your family.

Subtropical Swimming Paradise at Whinfell Forest

Subtropical Swimming Paradise maintenance

21 May 2021

Please be aware that scheduled maintenance will take place throughout the year in our Subtropical Swimming Paradise. The work required may affect the opening of certain slides during your break and The Canyon Ride will be off for at least one day depending on the maintenance required. Breaks affected are:

Monday 7 June 2021

Monday 6 September 2021

Monday 6 December 2021

Monday 28 March 2022

Keep checking our Whinfell Twitter page for updates

Treehouse exterior

Whinfell Forest opens brand new Treehouses

4 September 2020

We are delighted to introduce stunning Treehouses at Whinfell Forest. With the most beautiful views in the forest, these are our most spectacular accommodation.

Four unique Treehouses are now available to book at Whinfell Forest, with one being adapted for our guests with limited mobility. Equipped with the highest specifications, premium furniture and dedicated hosts, these masterpieces provide guests with a luxurious and hassle-free experience.

Key features include a physiotherm infrared room with Aqua Sana towels, private outdoor hot tub, separate games den, four bedrooms with en-suites, LPG BBQ, iPad-controlled entertainment system, dedicated parking and robes and slippers - even the little ones get their own!

Read more on our blog

Lake and beach at Whinfell forest

Forest safety

7 August 2020

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.

Safety information

Women wearing gloves holding a Starbucks coffee

Visit the new look Starbucks

23 July 2020

Both of our Starbucks have had a sprucing up. The spaces now have a more modern look to them and provide a relaxing spot to unwind with a drink and a bite to eat. Our stores can be found in the Sports Plaza and outside the Village Centre, overlooking the lake.

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Pancake House exterior sign

We flipping love pancakes!

23 July 2020

We know that The Pancake House is a must on the family itinerary. Which is why we have given it a little makeover and extension, allowing us to serve more yummy pancakes. Don't miss out, the new look Pancake House is now open and you can book a table online. Will you go sweet or savoury?

View The Pancake House

Group of six following geocache clues

New route for Geocache

10 February 2020

Geocache at Whinfell Forest has been updated with a new route for even more of a challenge. Put your sense of direction to the test to navigate around the new route whilst solving clues and discovering passwords.

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Two people with arms outstretched going down zip line over the lake

A new Aerial Adventure

27 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.

Find out more

Longleat Forest lake with lakeside lodges in the background

Lake closures on our villages

2 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 minimum and that we bring activities back online as soon as we possibly can.

Girl dressed up in wizards costume for Wizard Academy activity

New fun-filled activities for little ones

28 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 three-hour unaccompanied session at the Activity Den.

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Aqua Sana relax area with comfy seats and candles

Aqua Sana at Whinfell Forest opens new Relax Areas

15 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.

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6 bed Woodland lodge exterior in the forest

Our biggest ever lodge

Updated 20 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 large open-plan living space, it’s perfect for large families or groups of friends. Now available to book for breaks arriving from 21 December 2018.

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Exterior of Whinfell Plaza and Subtropical Swimming Paradise with lake in front of it

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.

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