A couple of weeks ago we were given the opportunity to head back to Bluestone Wales National Park Resort. We absolutely loved our stay last year and I was so excited to be heading back. I am going to be writing up more of a diary style post but this one is going to be telling you all you need to know about Bluestone and all the things it has to offer that we experienced!
Bluestone National Park Resort is in Pembrokeshire and just a short drive from the coastline making it Britain’s only Coastal National Park. The resort is set within 500 acres of woodland and a lake in the middle. There is so much to offer for families at Bluestone and I can recommend it highly.
There lake is a beautiful spot for a walk and there are lots of walking and cycling trails and the woods to walk in.
There lodges of all shapes and sizes at Bluestone and this time we stayed in a St Davids Lodge which has a double room with an en suite, three twin rooms, two bathrooms, a study with a pull out double bed and a large open plan kitchen, dining room and living room. I was amazed at the lodge, it was perfectly clean and everything where it should be. It was a great size for us to have as there were 2 adults and 4 children. There are plenty of towels provided but you will need to bring your own hair dryer.
We decided to do it on a bit more of a budget this year so did a food shop before and bought food for dinner for all nights but one, breakfast bits and things for packed lunches. If your doing this you need to bring everything including; salt & pepper, cooking oil etc as well as all your ingredients. There is plenty of cupboard space and a decent sized fridge and freezer as well as a dishwasher and three tablets provided to save you doing the dishes!
The Village is the centre of Bluestone. A little hub of happiness with a few shops, a pub, restaurants, coffee shop, chip shop, the spa and a play area.
We ate at the Farmhouse Grill; the food was lovely and the staff were really attentive. The restaurant has had a little bit of a makeover since last year and I love what they’ve done with it. The interior style really fits the name with a modern twist and it gives it a really nice vibe.
Myself and Amelia went for breakfast one morning at the Coffee Shop which again has had a little makeover. Last year it was just a bakery but now it has been extended and has a really cool slight modern diner feel inside with delicious hot chocolates and bacon sandwiches avaliable.
We also grabbed a snacky lunch here one day where there is choice of sandwiches and paninis but what we were all looking forward to at lunch time was the ice cream! They have some varied flavours of ice cream all which taste delicious including; strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, key-lime pie, bubblegum, candyfloss, mint choc chip, peanut butter and salted caramel!
The play area in the village is a lovely little addition. With wobbly bridges and tunnels leading up to a slide and a swing its an extra touch that’s perfect for the dry weather.
This was somewhere we didn’t visit last year and was on my must do list and I am so glad we did! I’m gutted we left it until the end of the week to go as I think we would have gone again and had lunch there as all the food I spied on other people’s tables looked and smelt amazing!
Camp Smokey is hidden within the tallest pine tree’s and a zig zag board walk taking you down into the forest. Amelia loved running down the board walk and looking up into the trees. Occasionally someone would come past on one of the zip wires which looked so fun! The whole vibe of Camp Smokey was amazing; a little babbling brook under the Camp, the smell of an open kitchen cooking, music and chattering people. There is an open fire that you can buy marshmallows for to roast! I love this idea and it was so fun to do with Amelia. I would definitely go down to Camp Smokey if you get the chance as it’s such an incredible part of Bluestone!
The Blue Lagoon is the onsite swimming pool at Bluestone. It is more of a water park with the amount it has to offer, with different zones for babies, toddlers, a large pool for all the family with a lazy river and jacuzzi’s an outdoor heated pool and slides!
This was one of our favourite things last year and I was so excited to get back to the Blue Lagoon. Amelia loved the pool and the lazy river was her favourite bit. Her confidence in the water has sky rocketed since last year so it made the experience so much more fun. We could have spent a whole day here if it was up to Amelia but I did let her get a cheeky ice cream poolside as if you can’t do that when your on holiday when can you!
Passes to both the Adventure Centre and the Blue Lagoon are included with your Bluestone Wales stay.
The Adventure Centre is next door to the Blue Lagoon and is full of fun stuff to do. With a play area, bouncy castle, ride on toys, a lego wall, mini golf and smaller soft play area for little ones you’ll be in there for hours. There is also the circus room soft play upstairs that was a huge hit with Amelia.
As if that isn’t enough there is a wide variety of classes an activities avaliable for children of different ages to enjoy. This year we did the Messy Play, Buzby Bee’s and watched one of the Woody Wild Shows. The Buzby Bee’ session was brilliant all the children dressed up as bee’s and helped complete lots of different tasks around the Circus Room whilst doing some dancing, singing and having loads of fun. The Woody Wild Show we saw was also interactive for the children to join in with helping making a rainbow flower by pretending to do some tasks and joining in with some singing and dancing.
To make the most of your Bluestone stay you’ll need to think about getting around. It is a lovely place to walk around but if like me you like to jam pack as much into your day as possible you might want to try a buggy for a few days. These are £29 for a day and make going up to the Blue Lagoon and Adventure Centre a bit quicker! Plus Amelia loved whizzing around on this (and I did!) You can also hire bikes which is great for families with older children.
I think I’ve pretty much covered everything. There is so much to do, that you’ll feel like if you don’t keep going you’ll miss out on something and it is totally worth it. My one tip would be to try to plan out your week as it goes by so fast. Think about what you want to do on each day and look at the timetable of activities that you want to do and fit those in as well, get yourself a little plan for the week so that your able to do everything you want.
I hope you’ve found this a useful post if your considering a UK holiday then this is definitely the place to go! Keep a look out for a more diary style post of our week in the next few days.
Thanks for reading!xx