Celebrating St Johns Eve with our Bluestone Nature Parade

By Kathryn Slade Parade
Did you know that The Bluestone village nestles around a 12th Century Church, Newton North?

There are a number of ancient traditions associated with the church, one of which is the presentation of a white rose on St John’s Eve. In Wales, St John’s Eve is known as Gwyl Ifan Ganol Haf, St John’s Night of Midsummer.

On Thursday and Sunday evenings you can join our Bluestone parade from the Adventure Centre to the Bluestone village. As last Sunday's fell on St John's Day we added a few special suprises and our guests helped us to deliver the white rose to the church as part of a nature parade!

Cerys aged 8, was visiting with her family and wanted to tell you all about what went on...

“On Sunday we went to see the Black Bart Dinner Show at the Wild Wood Cafe which was really great. When we came outside a lady gave me a sunflower to hold, Daddy was given a massive Butterfly! There was a big flower and a bird too, Mummy took loads of photos of us on the way.


A band started playing music and then we started walking towards the standing stone. We walked passed our lodge. Our holiday next door neighbours were on their path waving to us, it was really cool! When we got to the standing stone we stood in a circle, there were giant leaves on the grass and it was really sunny, we could see for miles!


The ladies did a dance and I joined in, then they said we could pick a leaf for our family. I carried it with my friend Isla, we put our sunflowers on the middle so it was like a bed. Then we walked to the village, it was really fun and there were lots of people.


When we got to the grass by the play area there was a big yellow flower. The people with the little leaves put them down around it first and then we put the big leaves on top. It was called a Mandala and it looked really pretty.

Dancing Mandala 

Then we stood in two circles, me, Mummy and Isla were in the front and Daddy was in the circle behind, we skipped in a circle round and round. The Bluestone Crew made an arch with the giant flowers and things, and then we walked down to the village for dancing.


I had lots of fun and I got to take my sunflower home!”

From surprise events like this to big celebrations, there’s fun for the family all year round at Bluestone, find your perfect break today!

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