Bluestone Wales – Facilities and Activities
If you’ve already read my reviews of arriving at Bluestone Wales and the accommodation we stayed in, you might also be interested in the facilities and activities we took advantage of while we were there.
Firstly, I should point out that as we changed the dates of our break there at the last minute, a lot of activities were already booked up but we still managed to have an action packed weekend away.
Bluestone Wales really does offer something for everyone whether you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet break or a busy, active and fun-packed trip.
It’s open all year round and there’s something to do in any weather from cycling and zipwires to manicures and meals out.
After arrival at our lovely lodge, we headed to the Farmhouse Grill for dinner. Everywhere else was already booked up but this was actually the perfect place for us and to Miss M’s delight, we got a table right next to the indoor play area! Oh how my life has changed since having kids! After dinner we headed ‘home’ to unpack, put the kids to bed and enjoy a bottle of wine purchased from the onsite shop.
On our second day, and on many recommendations, we headed out of the resort, about 20 minutes up the road in the car to Folly Farm and it did not disappoint. Miss M loves animals and despite the name, the park doesn’t limit itself to the barnyard variety! As well as chickens and pigs we saw donkeys, lions, tigers, zebras and giraffes!
Miss M rode the merry-go-round at the Vintage Funfair too many times to remember and Mr M had a go at winning her a stuffed toy. Unsuccessfully, but luckily the park shop had plenty to choose from to buy on the way out! There are loads of rides and you have to convert cash to tokens to go on them but you can use up any unspent tokens in the shop.
Folly Farm was so much fun and worth the £10.95 each for me and Mr M. The kids, being age 2 and below, didn’t have to pay.
We could have easily spent all day there but as we were only in Pembrokeshire for the weekend, we headed back to the car for a quick drive into Tenby. I have been to Tenby before but as a small child and I had completely forgotten just how pretty it is.
We spend a few hours wandering around the lanes and shops, eating ice cream (oops diet!) and seeing the beaches. We picked the best day of the whole weekend – not a rain cloud in sight.
That evening we ate at Knight’s Tafarn back at Bluestone. It was a reasonably priced but quite small menu but we enjoyed our meals and at the early evening time slot we went, it was nice and quiet too.
Miss M loves being in the water and from the moment we arrived there, talked constantly about the water park and we went there on our last day.
The Blue Lagoon Water Park is free for Bluestone guests and features an indoor wave machine, a rapids river ride and two enclosed flume rides. There’s also a toddler pool for the tinies to play in with their parents. Miss M spent 5 minutes in there before insisting on being taken into the big pool of course! She had an absolutely blast jumping over the waves and bobbing around the ‘lazy river’ in her floatsuit swimmers.
Surrounding the pool are sun loungers for parents and grandparents to relax as well as a cafe, the Fish Shack.
After the swim session, Mr M took the kids back to the lodge and off I went for some (well deserved, in my opinion) me time at the Well Spa! I’d already booked in for a massage and manicure and was so looking forward to it. I arrived and was greeted by a lovely massage therapist who talked me through what massages were on offer and what I was hoping to achieve – well to RELAX of course! We decided upon an aromatherapy and hot stone massage with unscented oil as I’m breastfeeding. The 50 minute massage was amazing and I can truly say I haven’t felt that relaxed since before I got pregnant.
After that, I was met by my manicurist for my express manicure. Despite her being absolutely lovely, I have to say that the £35 Express Manicure was very disappointing – the nail polish was gloopy and the application poor. Whilst my nails looked nice from a distance, up close they were pretty rough. Since non-gel nail polish doesn’t last for more than a few days on my nails anyway, I decided not to complain as I had enjoyed my break so much and didn’t want to leave on a downer. Plus they’re only nails, aren’t they!
There are so many other things for the kids (big and small!) too – archery, messy play, baby massage, kayaking and even hunting for mini beasts! For parents who are looking for some child-free time, there are some brilliant looking activities planned especially for unaccompanied little ones too.
I think Bluestone is brilliant for family breaks and really does cater for everyone. Some of the activities are not especially cheap but you can pick and choose what you do and don’t do to really tailor make the perfect holiday for you and your family.
I would absolutely visit Bluestone Wales again and it was well worth the trip – we’d highly recommend it! Next time we would try and book much further in advance so as to take advantage of more events and activities such as the Camp Smokey Shindig – we’d heard that was a lot of fun.
Despite the break being very last minute, we had an amazing family holiday!
Disclosure: we were invited by Bluestone Wales for a complimentary stay here in exchange for our honest review.