Our week at Center Parcs

You may have noticed the blog was a little quiet last week

We were at Center Parcs at Whinfell forest, our first family trip away as a family of 4

We’d never been to Center Parcs before but have friends who love it so we were excited to go

We arrived at 2pm, we couldn’t get into our lodge until 3.30 so we checked in through the arrivals lodge, parked the car & went swimming. There were lots of family changing cubicles & they had buoyancy vests on the side of the pool. Mini M absolutely loved the pool. He loved swimming, the wave machine but particularly the sides, we couldn’t get him off

We booked a new Woodland lodge, we went for 3 bedrooms so the boys had a room each, the cot provided for Baby M was a little smaller than his cot bed he’s used to but was in excellent condition & easy to put up. We went food shopping before we got there so had supplies to last us the week

We were welcomed in the morning by a visit from a red squirrel, he visited us every morning. We also had a noisy pheasant that wandered around. There were lots of birds including Great Tits, White Breasted Nuthatch & a woodpecker

We spent the Tuesday around the site. We went swimming again & played on both adventure playgrounds. Baby M went on a swing for the first time. We walked everywhere, you can hire bikes but we felt that walking would be easier

The Wednesday we went to Whinlatter Forest & followed the Gruffalo trail, Mini M was so excited when we found all the creatures. We went to Keswick on our way back. That night we went to Huck’s Diner, we booked this before we arrived so got the Early booking deal. Which was £19.95 for a starter platter, main meal & a drink for us, Mini M had the children’s buffet & bottomless drinks. The children’s buffet didn’t have a massive selection but it had everything he liked & it was great he could go get his food straight away, no waiting & moaning about being hungry

On Thursday we went to Lowther Castle which is 25 minutes away from Center Parcs. We booked online so got 10% off, it was £21 for the 4 of us! There it’s lots to walk round as well as a lost castle which is a massive wooden castle got kids to play in. It’s amazing!! We will definitely go back

Before we went everyone said how expensive Center Parcs is & how we’d be cheaper going abroad. I have to disagree, it’s as expensive as you want it to be. Swimming & the adventure playground are free. There are LOADS of activities to do but you can do as many or as little as you like. We took our own food & made picnics each day for lunch. We also went during term time which reduced the cost

We loved it so much that we’ve booked to go back next year!! We might take our own bikes next time & do a few activities as the boys are a little older. We know what to expect a bit more next time

Disclaimer: i have not received any fee or discount for this post, I am writing it to share how much we enjoyed our holiday

Country Kids

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  1. lucy mackcracken says:

    Looks like you had a great week away together. I agree that there are definitely ways to make a stay more affordable, we loved the pool and used it every day and enjoyed picnics and movie nights in the lodge with popcorn.

    It looks like you managed to find lots of other great activities to explore outside the park too #countrykids

  2. Fiona Cambouropoulos says:

    Sounds like it you are savvy with what you do you can make it not too expensive and get to make the most of the things that are free. It is something we looked to do when ours were younger but with 8 it really did work out just too much. I think taking your own bikes is a wise move next year. The smiles certainly show the fun you had and your day out looks a big success too.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #’CountryKids

  3. Helena says:

    It’s lovely to read that you had a good holiday away with your boys. There’s a Centre Parcs near my parents in law so it’s something to look into more for us. #CountryKids

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