For this years stay-cation, we opted for another trip to Whinfell Forest at Center Parcs for a long weekend. In this post I’ll be sharing my experience and finding out whether it’s a toddler friendly stay!
We did come here in 2017 when I was pregnant and then in 2018 when Leo was only eight months so there wasn’t too much for him to get up to that time, here’s to hoping there will be now that he’s an 18 month old now!
We didn’t check in until a bit later (in a bid to beat the rush) and quickly unpacked and went to put the car back to the car park. This is by far the most annoying part of the whole experience and the only negative, mainly for when you need to leave because the car park is quite a way from where we are staying.
We then hired two bikes and a trailer for Leo to sit in. You know how everyone says you never forget how to ride a bike? Well, I’d like to challenge that theory because I COULDN’T DO IT. Honestly, I was constantly almost falling off and driving myself into traffic, not a good look.
Anyways, it was £29 for each bike and then an extra £31 for the trailer at the back, which is expensive, however it is so much quicker to get around this way and cycling is a really good way to get some exercise. You’re also spoiled for choice on the cycle parking front so you can wizz round anywhere you like!
We stayed in the Lakeside Apartments which is an open plan complex that’s oh so cosy. It was perfect for the three of us with a travel cot and high chair provided.
God can we talk about this bath please!!! It’s a spa bath which means it turns into a mini whirlpool and it was the best bath I’ve ever had (and I have a lot)! Can’t even describe how relaxing it was! It did take us a while to figure out how to turn it on but after some excessive googling I figured it out. Incase you’re here to find the same information out – there’s a switch above the bathroom door on the outside which needs to be turned on (didn’t even know it was there until I googled) and then the bath needs to be over 70% full and then the light should start to flash green. Then, you just hold your finger on it for a few seconds and there you go! Amazing.
There is so much to do here – it’s impossible to do it all so it’s important to plan your days as much as you can. We booked all our activities prior to arrival to ensure spaces. On Saturday we went to musical movers – a baby group of singing and dancing. Then we went to toddler active play and football pool.
On the Sunday, my partner, Ben, went to the driving range before we headed to messy play and then to bowling on the evening!
Of course, we also fit swim sessions around all our activities, which leads me onto my next point …
There is free and unlimited use of the swimming pool from 10am-9pm everyday. There are so many different parts of the pool with slides, sprinklers, bubble pools, hot tubs and even outdoor pools. Honestly, laying in the outdoor pool in the sun made me feel like I was abroad! The swimming is a great way to burn your child’s energy so they sleep well, so would definitely recommend that for a good nights sleep!!
One of the best parts about Center Parcs is the amount of playgrounds there are for children!
This is the area where the swimming pool is along with restaurants, a supermarket, bowling, shops and a bar. Leo especially loved the supermarket because he got to push a mini trolley around!
Is Center Parcs Toddler Friendly?
Absolutely without a doubt! Everywhere you go caters for children and young families. The pubs/restaurants even have soft plays and free baby food facilities for you. I think it makes a great holiday for a weekend stay with a young family and even if you have older or younger children, there’s plenty for the whole family to get up to during your stay. I couldn’t recommend enough!
Have you ever been to Center Parcs? What did you think of it? Let me know. All the best,
Book your break to Center Parcs at centreparcs website.