*We were gifted accommodation at Bluestone National Park for in exchange for a family holiday. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
Bluestone National Park resort spans across 500 acres of the most beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park land. Accommodation at Bluestone is made up from a combination of luxury lodges and cottages, all encompassing a village which has every amenity you could ever need whilst on holiday. There are restaurants, takeaways, pubs and cafes. There’s a play area, a huge tree house and a smaller play area for the tots to enjoy. After visiting Bluestone last year, we were very excited to return and for the second year running it did not disappoint! This year we made it a family holiday with my in-laws and our two year old niece.
The Pembrokeshire Coast –
Our check-in time for our lodge at Bluestone was 3pm, so instead of spending the day travelling, we decided to get there for day break and head to the beach at Tenby. This meant a super early start of around 3am, as we’re based in the Midlands. We had a smooth run down though and when we got to Tenby, the weather was perfect to spend the day by the sea!
Tenby is a place that I would definitely return to. Picturesque, peaceful and a lot of fun for the girls on the beach. We had breakfast in the Dennis Cafe on Castle Beach, they served up an array of meals to suit the adults and the kids. We had a seat that looked right on to the beach, so when the kids were ready they could run straight on to the sands. Tenby was only a small part of our trip to Bluestone, as when we got to the resort we simply didn’t find the time to leave. So I highly recommend doing your visiting on the way to and from the site.
Arrival at Bluestone –
Checking in at Bluestone could not be easier. If you register all members of your party online before you get there, all you have to do is pick up your keys from the kiosk and you’re away – you don’t even have to get out of the car. Cars are allowed on site to unload, then they’re taken back to the main car park, keeping the resort relatively car free. We hired a golf buggy for the week to use as transport as they’re a lot of fun and the girls would find the amount of walking too tiring. There’s also the option of catching the resort ‘bus’ from stops located all over the site, you can also hire bikes with trailers to get the kids to and fro.
Around the Site –
The Bluestone Manifesto is all about free range fun. It’s all out getting out and getting back to nature. There’s so much to do outdoors at Bluestone including; watersports, trails with troll bridges and fairy doors, play areas, a tournament field and so much more. The trails were my favourite part of the site, there were streams and a fairy village winding down into the valley. A troll bridge that we ‘trip-trapped‘ over and a tee-pee with giant mushrooms perched at the door.
Indoor Fun –
When the weather is good, there really is no need to stay indoors at Bluestone. If the rain does get a little too much though, there are heaps of indoor activities to keep the adults and the kids entertained. The swimming pool on site is one of the best we’ve taken our girls to. It has three pools, one for tiny tots, one for preschoolers and a large pool with a wave machine. There are also flumes for the bigger kids and adults to enjoy. Our girls would go swimming every day if you let them,. so this is one of their favourite things to do at Bluestone.
As well as the pool, there’s an indoor play area that has everything. Soft play, treetop climbing, crazy golf and a huge bouncy castle. For the bigger kids there’s a climbing wall, rope walking and arcade games. For the adults, there’s a cafe and comfy seating to enjoy whilst the littles wear themselves out!
Smokey Joe’s Shindig –
On our first trip to Bluestone we’d heard about this famous Shindig down in Camp Smokey, but we didn’t actually take part. It looked like a lot of fun though so this time we booked early to avoid disappointment. The Shindig is a very popular event, so I recommend you book in the weeks running up to your holiday to make sure you get your spot.
On arrival at Camp Smokey we were greeted by the team who made us feel welcome and got us involved with the activities straight away, with blue face paint for the team games. The whole night is jam packed with music, dancing, good food and so much laughter. Everyone in our party had a brilliant time at the Shindig and it’s something we’d definitely do again!
Myths and Legends Festival –
On the last night of our holiday we headed up to the tournament field to take part in the Myths and Legends Festival. There was a jousting tournament, a parade into the village and games for everyone down by the play area. The entertainers at Bluestone are exceptional at what they do, the girls loved seeing their costumes and were especially mesmerised by the fairy!
Bluestone is the ideal venue for family holidays. It has everything you need to make sure that the whole family do something for themselves whilst your away. We’ll definitely be returning, as the kids get older there’s even more fun to be had.