As I’m sure most of you who follow me on other forms of social media know we went on holiday last week to Bluestone in Wales. We were given the amazing opportunity to go and I just can’t wait to share with you all how great our trip was. There will be a couple of posts but this is my quick guide to Bluestone including our favourite things and some handy tips!
If your considering going to Bluestone or have already booked your trip I’m hoping this post will give you a little snippet into Bluestone life and what kinds of things you should expect and can get up too!
What to pack?
Obviously it depends what season you are going but there is a fair amount of walking involved so wellies/comfortable shoes and clothing. I was in jeans and tops most days and had Amelia in leggings so she could go from inside soft-play to outside playing easily. Layers! When packing for a holiday you don’t always know what the weather will be like so layers are a good place to start as if it gets to cold jumper on and then warmer inside…you guessed it jumper off!
What to do?
The great thing about Bluestone is that there really is something for everyone. Whether it be a day trip to the spa, zip lining through the Steep Ravine Forest, enjoying the pool at the Blue lagoon or taking in the sites whilst wandering through a nature trail you really can create your Bluestone trip to suit you and your family. Myself and Amelia went with some friends who also have a little girl, Amber who is just a couple months older than Amelia. We were jam-packed busy the entire time we were there and the girls loved it.
I was so excited as we drove down the winding hill to our lodge. It’s just like a little isolated village full of these gorgeous lodges. Each comes with there own surrounding space so you still have your privacy. I had seen pictures of the lodge but I was so pleased when we went inside. It was perfect- open plan, modern and very clean. I can’t fault the accommodation at all it was just the kind of place to spend a weeks holiday. Everywhere was well looked after and Bluestone just had an over-all friendly vibe.
What we got up too?
- Soft Play- The Circus room was the perfect room for the girls as they could do pretty much everything in there themselves and it was safe which gave them the independence they both loved.
- Swimming- The Blue Lagoon has so much to offer. We managed to fit in going three times! The ‘Nippers Cove’ area was perfect for the girls they were able to walk around in shallow water and steer a ships wheel and pull levers to make water squirt out. They both really enjoyed the main pool too and loved the lazy river and going outside. Surprisingly they also liked the wave machine, Amelia kept screaming with excitement every time a wave crashed against her!
- Messy Play- Bluestone has loads of classes and activities you can book on to for reasonable prices. Messy play was so good; as you all know myself and Amelia are huge fans of messy play but this time I didn’t have to clear it up.
- Toddler Sensory- Again another one of the classes we signed the girls up for. Amelia was however more interested in the soft play which was in the same room. But it involved dancing and music!
- Eating Out- Bluestone has a few varied restaurants on site and we ate at three of them. Lots of choice and reasonable prices! We also tested out the take-away service which was available and treated ourselves to freshly baked croissants from the bakery (Amelia demanded them after having them on day one!!)
- The Natural Environment- Bluestone is set on a National Park so the green space is amazing. The grounds are luscious and really well kept. The no car policy means that is so quiet and peaceful by your lodge. We took a walk down to the lake by the village and you can also follow some marked nature trails. They also have a small outdoor park area which has lots of bridges and tunnels to navigate your way through ending at a little play park.
- The Blue Lagoon- we honestly could have gone there twice each day if it hadn’t tired the girls out so much. It’s nothing like any of the pools we have at home.
- The Knights Tafarn- This was our favourite restaurant. It has such a chilled but friendly vibe and is the perfect place for not so quiet toddlers.
- The Circus Room- This was our go-to if we had a spare half hour or needed the girls to burn some energy before our car journey home. It was so bright and colourfully decorated we loved it from our first opening of the door. There is loads of different elements to the room; the main soft play area, a building brick zone, tents, ball pool and a roller coaster push along ride. There is also plenty of sofa’s for the parents to sit back and relax!
- Messy Play- We loved this and so did the girls. It was nice for them to do a structured activity while we were away but they still had the freedom to make as much mess as they liked.
It feels wrong calling this category criticisms as the things weren’t awful just the things we moaned a little about after or weren’t quite as satisfied with. I think as our Bluestone experience was so positive it seemed worse when things weren’t quite 100%.
- Toddler Sensory- It just wasn’t quite enough to keep Amelia’s attention. I think it is really unfortunate that it is in the same room as the soft play as no-one could really compete with a brightly coloured slide and ball pool!
- Take-away service- This is such a convenient thing if you’ve been out all day and don’t want to cook. Although it arrived promptly the food just wasn’t quite as nice compared to what we had eaten out.
- Woody Wilds Cafe- We were actually fairly disappointed with our lunch here. Not the food that was fine; reasonably priced and generous portion sizes. The room itself is beautiful; it’s a bit Peter Pan themed with seats built up the sides in tree houses and loads of fairy lights and I guess we were expecting more. The service wasn’t that great and the staff lacked the personality of the room. I know they do dinner shows here so maybe they save themselves for that but it was a bit of a let down for us as you could really do so much with the space and décor.
- Even if your toddler is a confident walker there is a lot of ground to cover so I would definitely bring the pushchair. The lodges are set on a hill so depending where you are you will be walking up and down the hill a few times. Amelia doesn’t use her pushchair that much at home but we would have been lost without it. There are loads of places and space for them at the adventure centre, restaurants and swimming. You can hire buggies and zoom around Bluestone in one of those but they are slightly pricey!
- Wellies & Rain Coats; You don’t want to be caught of guard so I would bring these. If it rains over-night at least you are prepared for puddle jumping the next day!
- As there aren’t any clothes washing facilities don’t bring your child’s brand new dress. Comfy clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty are the way to go.
- If your doing Messy Play strip them down into an old vest and just throw it out after. At least that way they can get fully stuck in and enjoy it without you being worried about the mess.
- Take a camera. You don’t want to forget the wonderful things you’ve done so get lots of photos!
- Keep busy! We had a pretty non-stop week whilst we were away and still feel like we could have done more. Your only on holiday for a short time and you want to make the most of everything so squeeze as much in as you can and then relax at night when the babies are asleep…or not in my case!!
I will be doing a more in depth post of what we got up to day-by-day including most likely a gazillion photos but I hope this has given you a bit of an insight into Bluestone Wales!
Thanks for reading!xx