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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!!
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 😰.
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.
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.