How to have the best summer holiday at Bluestone

Mother and daughter at Bluestone

Whether you’re going to Bluestone for the first time or the fifth time this summer, you’re guaranteed to have an absolutely amazing family holiday.

If you just turn up and go with the with flow you're going to have a brilliant break. But if you want to make the absolute most out of your time with us, Bluestone regular and family blogger Helen Copson from Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee has put together this guide to your first time at our resort:

I have a nearly four-year-old and nearly two-year-old twins and am about to head to Bluestone for the third time - I literally cannot wait. Taking three boys under four away on paper doesn’t seem to be the most relaxing prospect, does it?

But it really can be. We first went to Bluestone when my eldest was two and my twins were nine months - and I actually felt like I’d had a proper holiday for the first time since becoming a mum. It’s Bluestone - it’s impossible to not have a great time. And what’s the saying? If the kids are happy, the parents are happy.

So if your holiday is just around the corner, here are some top tips on how to make the most of your family break at Bluestone.

1. Book activities in advance. 


One of the best bits of advice I can give you is to think about what you want to do at Bluestone before you even get there. With some fab activities for kids of all ages, from tiny babies to teenagers, you’re spoilt for choice. These can be seriously popular though, and they get booked up in advance. So have a look online before you arrive and see what everyone fancies. Book them before in advance and you won’t need to worry that you’ve missed out. It also gives you a starting point of how to organise your days there and figuring out what’s available when you’re on holiday.

2. Try out as many activities as possible.

Child at Bluestone

There are over 100 activities on offer at Bluestone, so okay you might not be able to do EVERYTHING during your stay - but you can give it a good go! And if there’s something you don’t manage to fit in, there’s always next time. On our first visit my nine-month-old twins did a Baby Sensory session and could have also joined in with baby massage and yoga, messy play or a three hour creche session (how tempting does that sound?!). Our two-year-old loved some of the family entertainment such as Tawny Tails shadow puppet show, and a story session with one of Bluestone’s mascots Buzby Bumbles.

And if you’ve got older children they can try out archery, crossbow, laser clay, rock, tree and wall climbing, a sky trail, the high ropes and sky wires, as well as all sorts of sports and nature trails. Make sure you book into what you want beforehand so you don’t miss out!

3. Get wet at the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon at Bluestone

All kids love swimming, don’t they? Even if they’re tiny, it’s great to have a splash around, and Bluestone’s Blue Lagoon is perfect for all ages and abilities. It’s a beach-style pool so little ones can play in the shallows, but there’s also a completely separate gated area called Nippers Cove which is just for under 5s away from the main pool. Ideal for first-time swimmers and those who are a little nervous. If you have older children then they’ll love the four water flumes, a river rapids ride, lazy river, pirates’ shipwreck and wave machine. Mind you, our two-year-old’s favourite bit of the whole holiday was the Blue Lagoon’s waves so little ones can enjoy it too! The pool and water park are free to Bluestone guests, so you can come again and again. Just make sure you don’t miss out on other fun too!

4. Get active at the Adventure Centre

If your kids want to let off a bit of steam but the weather isn’t great (obviously it will be perfect on YOUR holiday), then head to the Adventure Centre for some more free fun. Bluestone wanted to bring the excitement of the outdoors undercover so there’s no excuse not to have fun. For older kids there is the Sky Trail and The Wall, families can get competitive on the crazy golf course, whilst the little ones can enjoy a bouncy castle, ball pools, diggers, climbing frames, and a separate Circus Zone soft play room.

Boy climbing on rope bridge

Oh and did I mention there’s free Wifi and fabulous food and drinks in the Wildwood Cafe? So you might even get to have a little break whilst the kids are burning off all their energy. Could this get any better?!

5. Explore adventures on your doorstep

Bluestone from the sky

If you’re an outdoorsy family Bluestone could not be better for you. It’s set in 500 acres of private countryside with 345 lodges, cottages and apartments surrounding its own village. It has its own lake and forest so there is SO much opportunity for you to be outside. Once you’re unpacked, cars aren’t allowed on the site so you can explore safely without constantly having to shout ‘CAR’ at your children. You can hire bikes to get around - complete with tag-alongs and trailers or there is a land train to shuttle you from A to B. But better still, hire a golf buggy! Even with two adults, a toddler and two babies, we still managed to all get on and loved whizzing around (keeping to the 10mph speed limit, of course). This was one of the best bits about Bluestone for us - and it proved to be a popular activity in itself. But book it online before you arrive as they get snapped up quickly.

6. Feel your heart race at the Steep Ravine

If it’s action you and your kids want, head to Bluestone’s Steep Ravine. Get your heart pumping with the 40ft zip wires that stretch across the ravine, try out laser combat (paintballing without the paint!) or put your balance and nerves to the test with the high ropes and tree climbing activities. If your children are too young for these, don’t rule out a visit to the Steep Ravine completely.

Camp Smokey

We took our three down for a look around and enjoyed toasting marshmallows at popular outdoor restaurant Camp Smokey - and was good to see what they’ll be able to enjoy in a few years’ time!

7. Be one of the first to visit Bluestone’s new Serendome

Serendome

Brand new for 2019, Bluestone’s incredible Serendome is opening on July 19, so you can be one of the first to experience it. The thrill of the outdoors is being brought under the largest umbrella in the UK. A 400-seat amphitheatre will be part of Serendome’s attractions as well as new activities such as Wacky Racers where families will be up against the clock to put together their very own race kart, ready to compete in the Bluestone Grand Prix. There will also be StarCatcher where you can scale a 10-metre tall tree, as well as a Skywalk vertical adventure course built over 7 towers with moving elements, and the Mini Skywalk perfect for young children and wheelchair users. There will also be water and sand play areas, and an imagination garden. This place looks AWESOME!

8. Enjoy some ‘me-time’ at the Spa

Well Spa guests

Okay so this isn’t strictly a family activity, but it’s one I’d highly recommend if you’re in a position to ‘escape’ for a few hours. Bluestone’s Well Spa has an outdoor hydro pool, brick and celtic saunas, herbal and marine steam rooms, an ice cave, salt room and ‘experience showers’, as well as an amazingly tranquil relaxation room. I may have fallen asleep for 20 minutes in here - three children under three is tiring and I’m sticking to that excuse. The spa offers a whole host of massages, pedicures and facials. I’d say every family holiday should include a spa trip for mum, don’t you?

9. Bring the right stuff

Caldey Lodge Bluestone accommodation

The lodges at Bluestone range in size from two to six bedrooms and are capable of sleeping between two and 14 people - but whichever you book, you’ll find it is top notch. There will be a welcome pack in your lodge but it might be worth bringing extras such as tea, coffee, and sugar, and a few kitchen essentials such as handwash, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and extra toilet rolls. Remember there are no washing machines in the lodges, so bring plenty of clothes. There’s a mini supermarket in the village which is reasonably priced, but a lot of holidaymakers organise a nearby click and collect supermarket shop for the day they arrive. Don’t forget your swimming kit, but remember there’s no need to bring travel cots or high chairs. I love that!

10. Choose eating in or eating out

Depending on the age of your children - and if you’re anything like me, how fussy they are when it comes to food - you might want to eat in your accommodation.

But if you fancy making the most of being away and someone else doing it all for you, you’ll be spoilt for choice on places to eat. There are five restaurants and the village pub, and even a chippy. You can also eat at the Blue Lagoon and Adventure Centre so you don’t have to drag the children away from the action for too long. When we were there we tended to have our lunch on the go and then cooked in our lodge in the evening. Let’s face it, eating out with young children is no fun whatsoever, anyway.

11. Make the most of the stunning local area

Skomer by boat

There’s so much to do at Bluestone that your days will be jam-packed, the kids will be having a ball, and the thought of going off-site seems totally unnecessary. I admit, I’ve not actually managed to do this yet. But Bluestone is in such a beautiful part of the country, it really is worth venturing out, even if only for a few hours. It’s located in the Welsh Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is perfect for getting out and about.

There’s not only stunning coast and countryside on the doorstep to make the most of, but it’s close to the famous seaside town of Tenby, the magnificent Preseli hills, and fabulous beaches. There are also some brilliant days out children will love. I think next time I come I need to stay for at least a month!

12. Don’t arrive at the same time as everyone else

If you arrive at exactly 3pm for check-in, you’ll have the same idea as everyone else. You’ll have heard ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ at least 479 times I’m sure, and then you’ll be stuck waiting even longer. Try to arrive earlier in the day as you can use the facilities from 11am. Might as well make the most of that first day! You can check in, get your key cards, park the car and start exploring. Depending on which accommodation you’re booked into, your key will activate the barrier at 3pm or 4.30pm ready for your to drive down to your lodge. Also remember to pre-register your details before you arrive to help speed up check-in, and download the Bluestone App to help you find your way around the resort and see what’s on during your stay. They can also use it to send you notifications about weather or cancellations if you allow them in your settings.

So there you have it, how to make the most of your family break to Bluestone - the only thing left to do now is enjoy it!

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