Last month we went on a lovely little family holiday to Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. If you missed my first post which was a mini diary of our first few days at the resort, then you can read all about it here.
In this post i will be talking about the end of our week at Bluestone.
On Thursday we woke to glorious sunshine so we decided to make the most of it and take the boys to Manor House Wildlife Park in Tenby. Also known as Anna’s Welsh Zoo, Manor House Wildlife Park is a 52-acre zoo run by television presenter Anna Ryder Richardson and is home to a variety of animals including rhino, zebras, camels, llamas, meerkats, wallaby, gibbons, lemurs, ostrich, emu and tigers.
We had a brilliant morning here and especially loved the walkthrough attractions:
Wander With The Wallabies -There’s a huge space to sit and stroll amongst two species of wallaby in the enclosure. The wallaby were so friendly and relaxed and we were able to get up really close to them. We even spotted some babies being carried in their mother’s pouches.
Lemur Walk-through – There were 5 species of lemur in this enclosure and the cheeky little guys came right up to you!
In the afternoon we returned to the Bluestone as i’d pre-booked the boys into Shelby Snail’s Messy Mayhem at the adventure centre. The messy play session was brilliant and based around the story of Shelby the Snail with different areas set up around the room where children could get hands on and messy with a variety of materials including water, paint, dirt, custard, play food and baking “ingredients”. The boys loved playing with the rubber ducks in the paddling pool, painting handprints on the walls, digging through soil for buried treasure, squelching their fingers through the custard goo and cooking up a storm at the cake station with a mixture of flour and other dry ingredients. They honestly had so much fun.
Once the session had ended we made our way down to “The Village” and stopped by the resort’s country pub, Knights Tafarn, for some dinner before heading back to the lodge.
FRIDAY (MY *AHEM* 30TH)
Happy Birthday To Me!!!! While i was utterly depressed to be leaving my twenties, there were worse views to wake up to on m 30th birthday!
This was our last morning at bluestone so before checking out we stopped by Ty Coffi in the “village” for some muffins and icecream milkshakes – birthday breakfast of champs! Ty Coffi is Welsh for Coffee House and ironically is pronounced Tea Coffee, both of which are served there. It opened its doors in March 2016 and as well as serving drinks, there is also a range of snacks on offer including locally made cakes, sandwiches, baguettes, panini’s, quiches, soups and ice cream.
Once the car was loaded and we’d left the resort we decided to make a trip to Folly Farm before starting the long car journey home. Situated to the north of Saundersfoot and Tenby, Folly Farm is brilliantly close to Bluestone and a must-see if you’re ever down in that neck of the woods. Whilst its name would suggest it’s simply a ‘farm’ there are so many things to do there. It’s a farmyard, a zoo, a vintage funfair, a soft play centre and an adventure playground…all rolled into one.
And just like that……our holiday at Bluestone Wales was over.