We rarely do anything spontaneous. Rarely meaning as in the last three years or so since we became parents. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like to, it’s just that our lives don’t quite work like that anymore. But when opportunities like a last minute weekend at Bluestone Wales come up, that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to grab it with both hands.
On Friday morning we had the email that I had been hoping for and by Friday afternoon after school was out we were hitting the road with our bags and little ones in tow. In hindsight, 5pm on a Friday evening probably wasnt the smartest time to leave, but the little ones were as good as gold, and after a five hour drive with a pit stop for dinner we arrived at Bluestone Wales on a very late and rainy evening.
I was worried that we were so late arriving there might not be anyone to meet us, but Bluestone Wales have a 24 hour arrivals team that were there to check us in which as anyone with little ones will know, is a game changer. Being able to drive our car up to our lodge to unload and get settled in too was another little touch that made all the difference on a very dark and wet late December evening.
We had a lovely two bed lodge cabin which was perfect for our little family. It was modern, clean with everything you need and a little bit more. After getting settled in on Friday evening and a well deserved lie in on Saturday morning we set off to explore the resort set in a gorgeous 500 acre national park. It was drizzly, but after a little ramble through the park we found the village and the lovely Ty Coffi shop, perfect for a spot of brunch to help us get our day off to a good start.
After some more exploring we found the Adventure Centre, which can only be described as the largest and most impressive soft play that I have ever come across. Not only did it have incredible soft play areas, but it also had climbing walls, a sky walk, arcade area, bouncy castle, cafe and even indoor mini golf. That’s without mentioning the gift shop and the separate rooms where they hold baby sensory, messy play and craft sessions throughout the day. It’s fair to say we spent quite a bit of time over the weekend making the most of the Adventure Centre.
Getting around the park was easy. The lodges for the most part are set up on the hills and the village is at the bottom of the valley at the heart of the resort. The Adventure Centre and Blue Lagoon Waterpark are closer to the entrance of the resort, but equally easy to locate and get to. Nothing felt too far away or hard to get to and we enjoyed some lovely walks with the little ones. A fun and popular way to get around the resort is in a golf buggy which you can hire by pre-booking ahead of your stay.
Of course after all that walking we were looking forward to having dinner and decided to try the Farmhouse Grill. We were initially torn between eating at the Farmhouse Grill or grabbing some fish and chips from the very trendy on site mobile van, but I am so glad that we decided to eat at the Farmhouse Grill because the food was amazing and the restaurant was lovely.
But before we knew it our weekend was over and we were heading back to Surrey. It felt like there was so much to do and take in that the day and a half that we had at Bluestone Wales really didn’t do it justice. There were so many more places that we wanted to explore like the Blue Lagoon Waterpark and the nature trails so we’ll definitely be making a return trip!
Christmas is a fantastic time to visit the park. It’s decorated beautifully and there are so many festive things to see and do, although you need to be quick and pre-book things to make the most of it. Our trip only just touched the tip of everything on offer at Bluestone Wales. We’d definitely recommend Bluestone Wales to friends and family and anyone else looking for a family friendly weekend break or holiday in what is an absolutely stunning part of the UK. You can see this for yourself in the little video we made of our weekend which I’ll leave you with along with our top five tips for visiting Bluestone Wales!
5 Top Tips For Visiting Bluestone Wales
1.Plan your journey avoiding peak times like the morning and evening rush hours if possible.
2. Pre-book any experiences, rentals and meals in advance.
3. Buy essential food items like milk, bread and butter on route if arriving late in the evening or pre-order items from the village store in advance online.
4. Take a look at the activity timetables online under the Plan Your Stay section of the Bluestone Wales website to get an idea of what’s going to be on during your stay and pre-book.
5. Have a read of the top 10 FAQ questions on the Bluestone Wales website before your trip as it has so many useful questions and answers that really help you plan and get the most out of your trip.
Disclosure; we visited Bluestone Wales in exchange for a fair and honest review. However as always, all thoughts and options are my own. You will only ever find reviews of things we love on our blog.