8 things you probably didn’t know about whinfell forest

Our Cumbrian village is on the edge of the Lake District - how many of these facts about Whinfell Forest are new to you?

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1 The forest has been known as ‘Whinfell’ since at least 1203 when it’s mentioned in ancient documents, being gifted by King John

2 Whinfell Forest’s Subtropical Swimming Paradise is the only one to feature a rip-roaring Canyon Ride that takes you twisting and turning along outdoor flumes through the forest

3 It was opened as ‘Oasis Lakeland Holiday Village’ in 1997 before being bought by Center Parcs in 2001 – as Oasis, it included a Burger King and a Hard Rock Café!

4 Whinfell Forest is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna in the United Kingdom – it’s one of a handful of red squirrel sanctuaries in the country, and you can spot the very rare orchid, Creeping Lady’s Tresses

5 It’s the only Center Parcs village with a live entertainment venue – there are shows held in the Green Room throughout the year, including the sell-out Christmas pantomime

6 The lodges at Whinfell Forest are unlike those at other villages – they’re built in the traditional Scandinavian style, with pitched roofs, two storeys and dark wooden cladding

7 Lakeside Inn, our waterfront gastro pub with its over-the-water decking and unparalleled views across the lake, is exclusive to Whinfell Forest

8 Whinfell Forest is the only village to feature a Golf Driving Range, where you can work on your technique in stunning surroundings

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Maddy Potts

As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests, our Villages and the wider travel industry. I’ll blog about the best ones, bring you some fantastic competitions and update you on all the exciting new activities and goings on at Center Parcs.