Our week trip to Bluestone Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Bluestone:

This was our third stay at Bluestone and we stayed Monday 19th August 2019 to Monday 26th August 2019.

I describe Bluestone as ‘a welsh Centre Parcs, but less commercial and more relaxing’. Bluestone has wooden cabin accommodation, a few restaurants, a couple of bars, shops and a spa (maybe next time I can visit this!!! – please xx), play areas and outdoor activities – it’s perfect.

Our Accommodation:

The accommodation we stayed in was called a ‘Ramsey’ – it comfortably slept four, had two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area and sofa area. The kitchen was well equipped and we were able to make meals easily.

Megan:

Megan Joined us for a week and was a golf buggy we hired – this really made our holiday as the children adored riding her! We had many squabbles over who was riding in the front, and for some reason the children wanted ‘mummy’ to drive as I was faster!!. Bluestone is on a big hill so it’s a great way to get around as cars are not allowed on site. The golf buggies all have names, we wanted ‘Harri’ but he was taken so we chose ‘Megan’ to remind us of my niece. We pre booked the buggy which is advisable #toptip as all the buggies were booked out and some families were disappointed.

The activities:

Buzby Bee show:

Bluestone has shows and meet ups based around 6 woodland characters, the characters are from books written by the author ‘Ian Hewitt’ and we purchased a set of these books on our last visit. The children loved watching and getting involved in the interactive show, I enjoyed watching until Martha volunteered me to juggle – so humiliating but at least I didn’t drop a bean bag!

Harry asked in the shops about the author of the books, and we were told he worked in Bluestone. We managed to track him down! and he did a meet and greet with the children, we have read his books for years and were so grateful we got to meet Ian – thank you.

The Secret Fairy village:

We were met in the village by hobbit ‘Tiny Tim’ who led us into the woods searching for the fairy and the fairy village. We had so much fun despite the rain, fairy Willow and Tiny Tim were hilarious and put us in the holiday vibe – we booked this in for our first full day.

Mini skywalk:

This was like a mini go ape – minus the trees!!. Martha (my daughter) loved this so much! Harry also enjoyed, the kids went on the lowest round in the Serradome, they went around the track 3 times. The staff were very encouraging and professional.

Blue lagoon swimming:

I hate water parks!!!!!! Included in the holiday was unlimited access to the water park! (How lucky was I!!!!!!). The cost for a family would normally be £48 for a swim session – I definitely would not pay this, there is the usual wave machine, lazy river (non inflatable lazy river!!), toddler pool and a few slides for juniors to ride on. There are areas for viewing and I saw a few lucky mums sitting on deckchairs reading books!! (How did they get away with this!!! – I wasn’t so lucky!). We visited the water park twice and the children had a great time. On our second visit we went on a Bluestone exclusive session and it was much quieter and more pleasant.

Safari Driving:

Martha saw this at the beginning of the stay and wore Dad down to book! The kids loved it and drove in a mini jeep around a muddy track – they finished the session with a driving licence and tried to persuade us to let them drive Megan! – no chance!!

Nature Art:

We sat in on this activity (we managed to skip all the unaccompanied activities!!! – next year we are all over these!) and we helped the kids make secret gardens from clay and logs. Our gardens were fairly cute, Harry of course made a Harry Potter themed garden and it made his grandads day when we dropped it in on our way home – unfortunately Martha’s crumbled and ended up in bin heaven 😰.

Play areas:

There are a number of play areas, our children are 7 and 5 and we enjoyed:

The Serendome, this is new for this year (some work is still being done ) It has a great water play area and playground. There are lovely bean bag seating areas, coffee, ice creams and a bar! (Perfect)

The activity centre, this has mini golf (free), a soft play area, and a large wooden climbing course.

The village, In the centre of the village there is a playground that has the usual swings and climbing frames.

Eating Out:

This time around I was super organised and we did a click and collect from Carmarthen Tesco – which was about a 45 minute drive away (so we made 4 meals in our apartment.) On holiday we do like a few nights out, this time we ate at:

  • Camp Smokey – our meal was included in the price of the ‘Shindig’: this was burger, chicken, sausage and beans (not my ideal meal but others seemed happy with it).
  • The Farmhouse Bar and Grill – this was such a lovely place to eat; we booked as soon as we got to Bluestone but availability was limited (if visiting in peak – book ahead #toptip!).
  • Ty Coffi – this is the cutest little coffee shop located in the village, it sells the usual wraps and sandwiches, Joes ice cream and does an amazing Welsh tea (bargain at £3.99).
  • The Green Man Dinner show – this was amazing!! #toptip – book this!! We were met by characters who led us to our table, the characters did a performance with breaks for dinner and pudding in between. The food was lovely 😊 and the show was throughly entertainment. Afterwards we walked with the green man parade down to the village and carried on the entertainment. My daughter loved the characters ( she still talks about Princess Ash) and we had a great last night.

Our trips out:

  • Tenby seaside: We decided to pick the best day weather-wise for our trip to the sea – as always we failed! And it was very windy but luckily dry. Jon loves Tenby and it brings back childhood memories, and as a family we have been a few times before. Tenby is lovely; there are cute coloured houses, two beeches, a harbour, lifeboat station and the lovely gift and boutique shops, there are also loads of cheap old fashioned seaside shops for the kids to spend pocket money on.
  • Saundersfoot seaside: This area is just down the road from Tenby. It’s equally as beautiful but quieter – a lovely sandy beach and cute tea shops. In both beaches car parking is about £4 a day!!! (This is so cheap for a Londoner!).
  • Pembrokeshire Castle: This is less than 30 minutes drive – I’m not a castle kinda of girl! I think it was quite pricey at about £28 for the family! The children did love exploring going up and down all the little steep steps! I of course was in my Birkenstock’s!! #toptip! This isn’t the best footwear for castles!. We visited on bank holiday Monday and there was a street show about HenryVII which was fun to watch. The views are beautiful.
  • Previously: On our previous trips to Pembrokeshire- we have visited Dinosaur land, Folly farm and Manor Wildlife Park – we loved all of these for day trips and hope to visit them next year when we return!! .

Ask the Children?????

The children loved this holiday when asked to Describe our trip Harry said ‘ I loved Bluestone!! So much fun and I miss Megan’

Martha said ‘ The skywalk was amazing and I loved our upside down house’

We loved our trip so much we have booked again for next summer and are counting down the days.

Our family get away to Lyme Regis 😊🏝

We have had our little two night stay away booked for about nine months as we like to have lots of fun activities to look forward to. We actually got packed up early and set off on our adventure at 7:30 on the 8th August.

With one stop at the services we arrived in the area about 12:30 and stopped at Charmouth as we had been advised by a work colleague that this was a great place for the kids to hunt for fossils. Jon was well prepared and had brought little hammers to chop pebbles to find our treasures. The area was very cute with an ice cream van and children in a lake (it was definitely too cold and windy for me to get in a lake!).

We walked a few minutes from the car parking and arrived at the beach. Jon and the children got carried away exploring the cliff area looking for pebbles. We are kindly interrupted but a Jurassic Coast fossil specialist who showed us how to look for pebbles on the beach, and we found a few!! 🙂

We then headed to Lyme Regis and parked in the long stay car park on Charmouth road (A3052) – this is super cheap!! Definitely not London prices; £2 per day in school holidays!!. It’s about a five minute walk to the sea front and we found the Lyme Bay cafe/bar for a bite to eat! The food was amazing – I treated myself to a crab sandwich to get into the seaside theme! They catered for children, our lunch was lovely and the service was very good considering they were so busy. The cakes looked amazing 😉!

The weather was a little cold and windy but it didn’t spoil our afternoon, we had a lovely walk around the shops. The shops were very seaside retro style! Broad street has fudge shops, Book shops, toys shops and boutique style shops which were just perfect for browsing!. The second hand book shop was a little wild but definitely worth a look 👀! (It may be a little creepy for kids but our two loved exploring!)

We then found our accommodation which was just by the tourist information office and was a little apartment called Blue horizons, we booked via air B&B and would definitely recommend. We had a sea view and Netflix!!! So what more could we ask for?? A Chinese takeaway!! A perfect start to our little mini holiday x

On Friday, I woke up super early! As the seagulls were having a party 🎉 !! We made scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast and set off to the beach around 8:30!!!, we knew rain and wind was on its way after lunch.

Along the seafront a few stalls were set up by the Lyme Regis museum, with fossils for sale from £2. We brought two fossils and the children sanded them and polished them – My daughter also managed to sand her finger! but calmed down after a plaster was put on. The shops along the seafront were cute – a lovely surf shop called Boylo’s water sports and the usual National trust shops.

As is tradition in our family – if a place has a lifeboat we go and visit it, as when I was little I remember my family taking me – my brother was a big lifeboat fan as a young boy!!. The children played in the amusements and blew the £2 they had on pointless games for a few orange tokens. We were then mesmerised by the fudge shop, the ice cream shop and Jon loved the gin shop!! – he tried about 20 different gins and wobbled out ( check out The seriously good Wine company – 13 Broad street, the gentleman were lovely, knowledgeable and so friendly). For lunch we couldn’t get a space in the local cafes so opted for a more familiar Costa.

After lunch we visited the Dinosourland fossil museum on Coombe Street. The cost was £16 for a family ticket, not too pricey -the museum was fairly small although it was jam packed with lots of amazing finds (very impressive for a private collection). The children had a quiz to complete which was really lovely and definitely kept them engaged – they even got to pick a little stone to take home as a prize.

After that we had a slow wander back to our apartment via a few lovely shops; these 3 are definitely worth a browse around:

1) Puddleduck – (1 Drakesway) this toyshop is so cute and full of science, arts and crafts and sensory toys, I was so impressed with the selection.

2) Feugo (5a Coombe Street) – this shop has loads of little gifts starting at a few pounds and include cute cups, scarfs, place mats, earrings – all are pretty colours and unique.

3) M L Gibson studio (1 Coombe Street) the paintings in here were amazing – we didn’t meet the artist but her husband was there and showed us her work! Pride of place is a painting of The Duke of Edinburgh! but there are some more local scenes!. We loved the pineapple painting and the painting of ‘ten green bottles’ unfortunately these were way out of our budget.

So then we FAILED!!!!!! We went out in the storm for dinner! We tried a few nearby places but everywhere was full!. Jon phoned ahead and we had a ten minute walk to the Cobb Arms (Marine Parade) who kindly accommodated us 🙂. They were super busy but we had a nice pub dinner and then a cold walk back – taking turns to carry our tired children.

Saturday was our last day!!!. We woke up, packed up and went to the Old Mill (Mill lane area) for coffee and pastries- this place was super busy! Coffee was table service but the breakfast was buffet style – service for drinks was super slow but was a cute and trendy place to enjoy the atmosphere.

We then went up the hill to Anning Road playing field – we were here over an hour; the children enjoyed the zip wire, climbing frames and swings. The view was lovely as you could see the town and sea and it was nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of the seafront. We then had our last trip to the sea, our last ice cream and our last meal!! Our last meal was Fish and Chips! (Lymes Fish Bar – 34 Coombe Street) Got to be done at the seaside!!!!

I LOVED LYME REGIS! I would definitely return, we didn’t have great weather but this was the cutest little seaside town, from just two nights away we managed to de-stress and made some beautiful memories – I highly recommend.