Visited with 3 year old and 8 month old and 4 adults. We stayed in a new style wooden lodge which was lovely. Clean nicely decorated and included everything we needed even down to a step for my son to reach the toilet/sink. We also lived the black board and big bowl of chalks andi had fun drawing a new picture for my son every night while he was in bed (or the woodland knomes did :)) The park is well set up for hound children with feeding rooms which I appreciated as although I don't mind feeding my son in public it was nice to have a quiet space to sit and feed him sometimes. There are plenty baby changing facilities and even family toilets which included two toilets a baby change and a TV ! My three year old loved that :) The two play parks are great well thought out and maintained. The small soft play areas were also fun and free to use.
We had great fun in the swimming and the changing facilities were great. Plenty of family changing , under floor heating which made it nice and cosy and lockers which you used your accommodation key band to lock which meant no fafing for £1 coins etc (there was also a screen which you could swipe your band on and it would tell you which number your locker was if you forgot )
All the restaurants had friendly staff and provided hughchairs , colouring in etc Some even provided free baby food.
My son went on the teach me balance bike class which he really enjoyed and the instructor Elliot was friendly. He also had a go on roller skates and again the staff were friendly but that wasnt a taught class. One negative was that the sports hall was roasting ! And it wasn't even that not outside. We were told by staff they no longer had access to open the roof windows and it was down to another team not in the sports hall to come and do this which just seemed silly !
My mum and I both enjoyed a treatment in the spa which we enjoyed and again the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
We also enjoyed the kids nature treasure hunt at the ranger station , the horse and carriage ride and the pedalos.
We stayed in Lake beck near the top and it was only a 10 minute at most walk to the center.
My 8 month old got a temperature while we were there and I visited the medical center who were very helpful and checked him over and told me just to come back if I needed to as well as providing details of the local out of hours doctor etc. Thankfully a bit of calpol and some rest was all he needed.
It wasn't a cheap holiday and eating out and the cost of activities can quickly add up but we knew this before visiting. You could easily spend very little with young kids though as the swimming, play parks and soft plays are free and the kitchen in the lodge is very well equipt if you wanted to cook every night. My son also enjoyed cycling his bike around the park.
- Also Known As:
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Hotel Penrith
- Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Penrith, Cumbria