If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that we recently returned from a midweek break at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. It is a 5* resort set in over 500 acres of the Pembrokeshire countryside and is surrounded by incredible woodland, scenery, beaches, wildlife and history.
I have a full review to follow but for now, I just wanted to share a little diary of our week away.
We set off at 8.30am and were all very excited, although i wasn’t particularly looking forward to the 5-hour car journey with the boys. Due to traffic/delays on the motorway, regular stops for toilet breaks and a supermarket shop in Haverford West, the journey actually took us 8 hours but Riley and Harry were so well behaved and didn’t complain once.
We arrived at Bluestone National Park Resort just before the check-in time of 4.30pm and then headed to our beautiful Lodge, 40 Preseli View. More on this in another post, but I was literally blown away by the size, the interior, the condition, the view…everything. It was immaculate, inside and out, and perfect for our little family break.
The weather was actually pretty awful on arrival, so we made the decision to avoid exploring the resort and spent the evening settling into the lodge and tucking into some food that Mr B had picked up from the on-site chippy van instead.
On Tuesday morning we woke up to torrential rain, so had breakfast and then headed up to The Blue Lagoon Waterpark. This was the boys’ first time ever swimming in a public pool so i was a little anxious to see how they would get on but i needn’t have worried because they are 100% water babies and absolutely loved it. There is everything from a wave machine and water flumes to a lazy river and bubbling outdoor pool. Plus there’s a special (and separate) area for toddlers called Nipper’s Cove. A-MAZING!
After swimming, we stopped by the Wildwood Cafe in the Adventure Centre for some lunch. The service was ok and prices were very reasonable but the food was a little disappointing if i’m honest. Plus the boys were far more interested in the themed surroundings and TV room so hardly ate anything.
I’d pre-booked the boys into a “Buzby Bumbles” session (£7 each) at 1.30pm so we made our way to the circus soft play room after lunch where the children were sat down in a circle and given bumble bee costumes to where. The room had been set up with lots of gymnasium and soft play equipment to coincide with a Buzby Bumbles book that the session leader would be reading to the children. There were plenty of opportunities for them to get involved with the storyline by replicating certain activities such as finding magical gold leaves hidden around the room and collecting pollen, as well as singing songs, dancing and receiving a visit from Buzby himself. Harry got pretty bored after 5 minutes and wandered off to do his own thing but Riley thoroughly enjoyed the session. It’s a great way to let them burn off some steam.
The boys were pretty worn out at this point and the rain hadn’t eased up at all, so we headed back to the lodge for some chill out time and evening meal.
This was the first day we seemed to have a break in the weather. It was still pretty overcast but no rain so we ventured out of the resort and took the boys to The Dinosaur Park in Tenby, a 20 minute drive away. Of course, once we arrived at the attraction, the heavens opened but we didn’t let that deter us from having a good time. There was lots of outdoor and indoor fun to be had, with a dinosaur trail in the woods featuring 30 dinosaurs, games, soft play, a safari ride and an adventure playground. The boys loved it here, i just wish the weather would have allowed for more of the outdoor rides to be open.
Back at Bluestone in the afternoon we ventured down to the Treetops Adventure Playground which is located just outside “The Village” and has a new Treetots area especially for the younger ones. Riley loved climbing through the tunnels and across the nets to the treehouses, while Harry preferred to stay on the slide and swing. The majority of the equipment was brown and green in colour, so it blended in naturally with the rest of the environment and didn’t look vulgar or out of place. One thing you will notice about Bluestone is that the environment is at the heart of everything they do and they are very eco-friendly in their operations.
While we were down that end of the resort, we also took the opportunity to stop by the lake and feed the ducks.
The first couple of days were amazing and you can find out how we got on during the rest of the week in part two!