So, I’ve shared my thoughts on the accommodation at Bluestone so I thought I would share my thoughts on the things to do around the site.
Head out for a walk and explore
We did this on our first full day – as I have said before the weather last week was superb and after a rough night with Emma we spent out first full day taking a stroll around. The Bluestone site is quite hilly so it is a fair old workout, but Daniel managed most of the walking we did (although he did get tired walking to the Adventure Centre so I put him in the Tula). You can hire bikes or golf style buggies whilst there, and we saw plenty of the gold buggies. We didn’t hire anything but had the weather not been as nice as it was then we might have decided to hire one of the golf buggies for a day, they looked like great fun.
There is a lovely lake to walk around and Daniel had great fun watching the little birds hopping around. There are nature walks and lots of interesting things dotted around such as bug houses which offer talking points and things to explore.
In the Village Centre there is a fabulous play area that Daniel enjoyed stomping around on. There are tunnels to crawl through and bridges to clamber over and a little stream too. This was well used but never overly busy whilst we were there.
There is also a lot of open grass space so in the really warm months taking a picnic out would be lovely way to spend the day.
Visit the Blue Lagoon Waterpark
I love swimming but Daniel got really upset when we went to the pool at Centerparcs during our stay there last year. He got so upset we had to leave. We headed to the Blue Lagoon expecting the same thing and he was a little upset for a short while but soon came round and had great fun splashing away. I haven’t any photos from the Blue Lagoon for obvious reasons but the pool itself is pretty good. There are a few different areas, one specifically for younger children and toddlers. Daniel and Emma really enjoyed this bit. The main pool has a wave machine which we didn’t stay in for as Damian isn’t a confident swimmer and I wasn’t sure Daniel would enjoy. There are also a couple of slides although I didn’t get to use these as the adult:child ratio is 1:1 for under 4’s so Damian and I needed to be there with the children at all times.
My only complaint about the Blue Lagoon is the changing facilities. Whilst they were clean etc they are simply not set up for families, which really surprised me. There is a family changing area as you enter the changing rooms then separate male and female changing areas. We had packed all out stuff in one bag, assuming we would have a large family changing room. How wrong we were.
The three family rooms we could see (although I have since read they have seven family rooms but we didn’t see the other four) were all small – not much bigger than a standard single changing room at my local swimming pools so it made getting the four of us sorted a little tricky! As it is a family resort there was a queue to get changed before and after swimming. Less than ideal when getting out of the pool with wet, cold children. We only visited the pool once, in part because getting dried and changed afterwards was a bit of a hassle.
The Blue Lagoon is open to the general public, but reserved for Bluestone guests only from 9:00-11:00. It was busy, but not uncomfortably so the morning we went.
Visit the adventure centre
This was by far the best thing for me. The adventure centre has lots to do, and it was bizarrely quiet when we went there one afternoon. There is a lot going on here, bouncy castles and ball pools as well as activities for older children such as wall climbing etc. Daniel had great run clambering around the climbing frames and Emma enjoyed the bouncy castle and ball pool.
There is also the Circus Room. I only knew about this as I had seen it pop up on twitter the week before we went (It has only just opened I think). It wasn’t sign posted (or at least we didn’t spot any signs) when we went into the Adventure Centre but I asked at reception and they helpfully directed us to the right place. The Circus Room is brilliant for toddlers. Loads of things to play and bounce around on. Daniel loved this car track.
The equipment throughout the adventure centre was all good quality, clean and well maintained. There is also a cafe on the same site which looked good too.
Take a break and have a bite to eat
There are plenty of places on site to grab a bite to eat. I thought that they might have a high mark up on the food but I was really impressed with the prices. One afternoon we grabbed some lunch from Millers Bakery; coffee, fresh bread and a pie. The food looked great, fresh breads and cakes and you can get coffee, hot chocolates and ice creams too. I had planned to head back there one morning for pastries but Emma’s lack of sleep put paid to that and we just made do with eating in the lodge.
One evening we had our dinner at the Knights Tafarn which serves pub style food. We got there around 5pm, and this was just before they got busy. We ordered a child’s meal for Daniel and Emma to share and the portion was very generous. The prices were fair, around £10 for a main meal and £4.95 for a desert. The food was all really fresh and tasty and served promptly. All with the added bonus of someone else doing the cooking and the washing up!
There was a grill style place that we had planned to eat at on the Thursday night, but after a long day in Tenby we had two tired children so it was early nights all round. The menu there looked good (they had two good vegetarian options as well as good children’s options) and again, it was priced well.
Book an activity
We didn’t do this as we felt that there was more than enough to do on site. However, there are some great sounding activities such as messy play for younger children. I quite liked the sound of some of the more active stuff, and maybe if we go again in the future when the children are older we would look into doing some of the active things such as the zip wires and wall climbing.
These activities are all paid for in addition to the accommodation and they seemed fairly priced to me. Having stayed at Centerparcs in September last year I felt that Bluestone fared favourably. For example at Centerparcs there were many children’s activities that also required payment for the accompanying adult, this isn’t the case for the majority of the ones I looked at at Bluestone
Take a day trip to Tenby
As I mentioned above, we took a day trip to Tenby. It’s a short drive away and really is worth a visit. It is stunning. We parked near the town centre (£2 for two hours or £5 for 10 hours) and had a walk down to the beach before heading for lunch in the town centre. We bought Daniel a bucket and he had a great time collecting shells (and stones) from the beach.
The beach is stunning and is lovely to walk along. We could barely believe we were in the UK.
There is an awful lot to do onsite at Bluestone, and it is well positioned too for a whole array of other things. If you pop to the Village Centre and Guest Services there are plenty of leaflets showing the array of things to do. There are Castles to visit (which I would love to do in the future) as well as exploring the many pretty towns and villages around the area. We also passed a Dinosaur themed place on the way to Tenby that looked interesting.
All in all there is an awful lot to keep you occupied both on an off site at Bluestone. We were really impressed.