Bluestone National Park Resort Review Part 2 – Things To Do
We recently visited Bluestone National Park in Wales for a little family holiday. You can read all about our accommodation in Part 1 of my review here. Bluestone is a great place for relaxing with your friends and family but it’s also a wonderful place that offer lots of fun and exciting activities for all ages and tastes.
There’s a recently updated guide here organised by age group that you can use to quickly see what’s available for you and your family.
Our children are 3 and a half years old and just turned 1 year old so playing is a big part of each day for us. We were so happy to stay at the side of Bluestone National Park that is really close to the Blue Lagoon and the Adventure Centre.
The Blue Lagoon is a lovely indoor water park that is temperature controlled and great all year round. It’s open to the public and free for all Bluestone guests. There are certain times when it’s just open to the Bluestone guests too.
There are different areas for different ages and a large pool that gradually gets deeper like a beach. There are wave machines and you can head outside via the lazy river. Out there, there’s a warm bubbling outdoor pool. There are a bunch of big slides too.
The ceiling is a large glass dome that looks amazing! The first day we went, it was really sunny and we could feel the warmth through these windows. It felt like we were somewhere really hot and sunny, on a beach holiday. Very nice!
There’s a café downstairs and one upstairs too. Perfect for an after-swim ice cream or coffee.
The Adventure Centre is another free activity for Bluestone visitors. It’s an indoor play centre with lots of fun things for kids to do. It’s pretty much the free-range fun of the outdoors but indoors so you can have fun whatever the weather.
There are loads of exciting things for older kids like the Sky Trail and The Wall and soft play for the youngest. Younger kids like our three-year-old will enjoy riding trikes around the place, the ball pit, the slides and wide selection of things to climb into and up! There are also activities like Circus Zone, Baby Sensory and Messy Play sessions available.
This magical place offers a great way for kids to burn off excess energy and have lots of fun — plus an afternoon spent in the Adventure Centre should hopefully help them sleep well at night too.
There’s a WildWood Café upstairs where you can have a snack, lunch or a drink and there’s free Wi-Fi as well. There’s also mini golf that the whole family can enjoy, a Lego area and lots more. It’s a big place!
For younger kids, there’s an amazing playground in the village with lots of fun things. We were there every day. My three-year-old absolutely loved it! Everything looked brand new and all play equipment was really nice quality.
There’s also another play area just above the playground that’s a bit more adventurous and rustic. It was closed during our stay but looked like good fun for slightly older kids.
There are Bluestone Rangers groups for all ages that will help your little ones find adventure and explore nature while they learn and have fun.
For older kids and adults, there are things like the Steep Ravine, Tournament Field, Rock Climbing, Kayaking and Raft Building, Bike Trails and Cycle Routes and more.
You can rent bikes and buggies to get around the park or you can just walk. It depends on what you want to do during your stay.
We just walked and had a lightweight all-terrain pushchair with us and a baby carrier so that we could easily get around with the kids.
We mainly went to the Blue Lagoon, the Adventure Centre and the Village as well as a few walks around the resort so we didn’t need a buggy. Read more about the available adventures here.
There is quite a good selection of restaurants at Bluestone. Choose from pizza, pasta, burgers, grilled meats, pub food, coffee, tea and cake or go for al fresco dining at Camp Smokey in the forest. Wales is known for their local fresh food — fish, free range eggs and chickens, ales and cheeses and at Bluestone you can enjoy lots of local Pembrokeshire produce.
You can see and compare all the dining options here.
There’s a small food shop in the village, Newton Stores, that has all the essentials. You can pre-book your shopping and have it delivered to your lodge for your arrival to make things easier for you. Newton Stores has lots of wines and beers and a good selection of foods and baby essentials. The prices are a bit higher than when shopping in a supermarket but only a bit.
I suggest doing a big shop at one of the big supermarkets nearby before check-in and stock up for your whole stay. Then you can use Newton Stores for any top up shopping you might need to do.
We only dined out one evening and we chose the Oak Tree Restaurant where we had pizza and dough balls. The service was great and the pizzas were amazing! We were really impressed. They tasted and looked very authentic Italian. Delicious!
If you’re lucky and have some spare time for yourself, you should definitely book yourself in for a spa visit. The Well Spa Retreat is located in the Bluestone village and it specialises in ESPA treatments. It’s been named Wales’ Spa of the Year and the luxurious spa has highly trained staff. They offer spa treatments, beauty treatments, a thermal suite and food and drink just for the spa visitors.
You can even make your whole stay at Bluestone about pampering if you book your stay as a spa break. That sounds amazing! With two young children, I never have more than a few minutes’ time for myself but I would love to visit the Bluestone spa in the future when the kids are older.
There are loads more entertainment for the family that you can read more about here. Always check the Bluestone website for all current shows and activities.
For another Bluestone review, check out the article “A Week In Bluestone” by wemadethislife.com.
We received a four night stay in exchange for a review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.