Pembrokeshire holds a little bit of my heart back every time I visit and our most recent stayover was no different. This weekend we were invited to Bluestone National Park Resort to experience Christmas Land and The Kingdom of The Elves in the resort’s very merry build up to Christmas.
If you’re looking for something special and beyond the usual, then Bluestone Christmas events are certainly worth checking out.
Welcomed by the friendly and knowledgeable team, we were given our resort pack that included our lodge passes, a map of the resort and our complementary passes to the super Blue Lagoon. We drove down to our luxury Ramsey Lodge winding around the expansive park. We stayed for three nights in a luxury lodge comprising of two bedrooms (one double and one twin), two bathrooms (one a wet room with shower; the other housing a bath), a large well equipped kitchen with all the mod cons required to make your stay easy, a dining and lounging area with comfy sofas and a TV. With two little ones in tow, there are a number of essentials you dare not leave home without but Bluestone have these covered. Our lodge was described by the Little Lady as ‘upside down’ with the bedrooms on the ground floor. This made for great views of the beautiful scenery that surrounds this fab spot but also meant there were stairs to be explored by our now crawling 7 month old. However, fear not – two stair gates were in place when we arrived as well a travel cot and high chair too taking the stress out of lugging those essentials down the motorway.
The pedestrianised village lays at the foot of the site and can be accessed by foot, by buggies available on site or by the shuttle bus that will take you around the resort. We decided to explore the park on foot and enjoy the natural environment as well as the wildlife that shares its home with you for the duration of your stay.
Near to incredible beaches and harbour towns, we made the most of the location and ventured out to Barafundle Bay, voted one of Britain’s Best Beaches by Traveller Conde Nast. View from a Daddy loves the Pembrokeshire coastline whatever the weather but out of season this special spot was ours exclusively save for the gulls and beached jellyfish (well at least for 20 mins). The rich sands, lapping waves and high sun made for a warm morning of beach exploration protected from the brisk winds. There are plenty of beautiful spots to choose from when you get to Bluestone, but this one if a particular favourite of ours.
Our plan for the afternoon was to head to the Blue Lagoon for family fun in the pools with outdoor flumes, a lazy river and waves. Littlest View From a Daddy got in on the action too exploring the pirate ship and bubbling pools. There is a generous poolside spectators’ area too, should you decide that getting wet is not for you. But to add to the festivities each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (at specific times) the pool transforms into the Frost Lagoon when Jack Frost takes over and brings a chill. To top off a great day of activities and adventure we took in the pre-dinner village light show to prepare for the festivities we had planned for Sunday. The echoing welcome of Santa gave way to a super excited 3-year-old but got us all in the mood to see the Big Man on Sunday.
Obviously, when you’re 3 the anticipation of meeting the man in the red suit is just too much to allow for sleep so we were up early and ready to get our day underway. We were booked in to Santa’s Lodge, the holiday home of Mr & Mrs Claus, for story time and chocolate decorating. This was a nice start to our Sunday and really quite magical for the little ones who could explore the spot in Bluestone where Santa takes his pre-Christmas break.
With the weather on our side we were able to explore the lake and soak up the autumnal colours that encapsulate the resort. Bluestone offer a great range of other sessions for all of the family too from Archery and Crossbow to Laserclay and Catapult. If you fancy something indoors, you could put your hand to Rock Climbing or the Sky Trail (age restrictions apply). Or, if you are looking for something a little more relaxing you could book in for a treatment or two at the spa. Whatever your group size or interest, Bluestone has something on offer for you. All activities are pre-bookable so you can plan your stay in advance.
There are also a range of eateries to take advantage of in the village from traditional pub style dining to cafes and coffee shops. We made use of the great facilities in the lodge owing to the fact that a newly weaned 7-month old is not the best of public diners (that is unless you don’t mind scraps of food being flung in your direction) but we did get a take away from the Village Chippy, which was our final treat before we journeyed home.
On Sunday afternoon, the Little Lady took on the challenge of searching for Rudolph in The Kingdom of the Elves. The Adventure Centre, which houses a climbing wall, bouncy castle, soft play areas and more adventurous play for the older children is home to the fun. Bedecked with hundreds of Elves, the Adventure Centre welcomes you to take part (young and old) in the fun. Our mission, should we choose to accept it was to locate Rudolph. A hugely fun and interactive session that took a full hour, with elf cheeks for adults and children as well as a Super Cloak and Tracker Cuff of true crusader style for the little adventurers, this session really does encourage you to conjure up the Christmas spirit and indulge in make believe. The Little Lady loved this session and felt accomplished in her mission.
Also on offer is the traditional pantomime. This year Bluestone have taken to the stage with Aladdin and his magic lamp. Or, if you fancy it there is a puppet show with singing, dancing, games and live animals. What is great about Bluestone is that you can pack your break to the brim with activities and fun or you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.
As this was our second visit we knew to take along a hair dryer but what I did forget was a kitchen sponge. I needn’t have worried as the village shop kept me stocked up. Having said that all accommodation (except for the studios) have a basic cleaning pack including washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets so your basic needs are met.
We drove away from Bluestone with the Christmas spirit on board. One of us was wearing a Super Cloak and Tracker Cuff should we need it for the return journey to the Midlands. Christmas Land if one to be considered for your family this year for a Christmas themed getaway in the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire. Thank you and well done Bluestone.
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