Bluestone National Park – A Wonderful Christmas Break (Review)

We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity  to stay for a midweek break (Mon-Fri) at Bluestone National Park Wales. Our accommodation for the week was a beautiful 4 bedroom Dinas Lodge which much to our happiness slept up to 8 people so we were able to invite my partners sister and her little boy along for the trip :). The trip coincided with our little girls 4th birthday so the timing couldn’t of been better.


We set off fairly early Monday morning as we estimated the drive would take around 3 hours. The information email we received from customer services stated that check in was at 4pm however we were free to use the facilities from 11.

Once we arrived at check in we were greeted by a lovely lady who gave us our information pack and our tickets and key cards. She gave us directions to our lodge and was also nice enough to point us to the nearest place we would be able to pick up a birthday cake for our little girl.


The Lodge

Upon arriving at our lodge are first thought was how big it was, it really was big. We were also lucky enough to be given a fantastic location right by the adventure center, which meant not too many hills for little legs. Once inside the  Lodge itself  was like a proper little home. It was very clean, well equipped and very comfortable.

The lodge came well equipped with kitchen items (plates, pots, trays) One thing that was very handy was having a dishwasher we did eat in a few times so was nice not to have to do the dishes whilst away.

Due to the size of our lodge and the amount of people it could cater for we were lucky enough to have 2 bathrooms in our lodge. One bathroom had a shower in and the other had a shower and bath, both had toilets. The bathrooms were really modern and clean, the shower worked perfectly, was easy to adjust the temperature and turn on and off.




The bedrooms were lovely all nicely made up and presented. The beds were really comfortable which I was really surprised with as a lot of places we’ve been before haven’t been. There was heating in the bedrooms which kept the rooms nice and toasty in the colder weather .

 


Bluestone Resort

The resort itself is a car free zone. Your allowed to park you car in front of your lodge when you arrive to make unpacking easier but then once your unpacked you have to park your car in the carpark for the rest of the duration of your stay. We loved this little lets say perk that they’d added of no cars just made the whole resort have a nice feel to it and was safer for the kids.

The resort is rather hilly and there is a fair bit of walking to do to get to most places. You do have the option of hiring out a buggy  for a fee whilst there which we saw a lot of families were doing. However we didn’t make use of this this time round and decided to walk everyday as our lodge was only a short distance from pretty much everything there.On the first day there we had a Christmas activity booked for around tea time. So we decided to make use on the adventure playzone whilst we waited. The play centre was only a short walk from our lodge luckily. Once inside you have the option of using the free stuff like the indoor soft play, or the wooden play for older ones. Upstairs in the Adventure Zone was also the Wildwood Cafe and the Circus Zone. The Circus Zone is brilliant for smaller children.  Also there was a bouncy castle and the added option of  booking activities for a fee like there climbing wall. Our little ones are only young thou so they were happy enough to just use the bouncy castle and the soft play.That evening we headed over to the Farmhouse Grill where we had Story Time With Santa booked. We had pre booked and paid ahead of our break. For a 3 course meal followed by story time with Santa it was £14.95 per adult and £7.95 per child. The meal was lovely, obviously with it being Christmas the main was a roast dinner followed by a yummy pudding, which was definitely the best part.

 

Story Time With Santa was amazing. What can I say definitely the best Santa we have ever visited. Everything about it was so personalised. He referred to some of the children by there names and knew something about each child which was a lovely little touch. There was a lot of chances for the kids to interact take part in games, and his story, they were given the chance to all make magical reindeer food. At the end of our Story Time With Santa each child got to go up to Santa and have a little chat with him and got given a gift. Our little boy was restless by the time it came to his go so Santa got down on the floor with him and was really good with him and understanding. Was really impressed.  A huge bonus too was he actually looked like Santa!!

After Story Time With Santa we decided to head over to the Adventure Playzone again as was wet and raining outside. Before heading into the adventure Playzone we went for a bite to eat at the Wildwood Cafe which is just above it. The food was lovely we only had a light snack as planned on eating in our lodge that evening, but was good value for money and great portions. There was a variety of adult and kids choices on the menus. The Wildwood Cafe itself is lovely was all nicely decorated for Christmas which gave it a lovely feel to it. We took the opportunity to take some pictures.

The next morning we had booked another activity the Cinderella Panto. The Show was brilliant. Wasn’t sure what to expect from a holiday break panto however was shockingly really good. Was so many funny moments in it for both the kids and the adults. The cast were really good, they’d clearly taken them time in making sure they had the right people for it. After the show the kids got a chance to do a meet and greet with the cast members and have there photos taken. Our little girl got to meet Cinderella and give her a cuddle which her face was a picture at.. Bless her!!

 

 

After the Cinderella Panto we decided to head back to head down into the village for a walk and to le the kids burn off some energy in the outdoor play area before heading back to our lodge for tea.Thursday was our last full day at Bluestone and by far had to be our favourite day. We headed over to Millers Bakery for some brunch. They do a lovely selections of sandwiches, pies and hot/cold drinks. You can also buy fresh bread and rolls etc to take back to your lodge with you.We ordered one of there indulgence hot chocolates which was more than scrummy.    

After we finished our lunch here we headed over to our activity… THE KINGDOM OF ELVES. This is definitely one of the most popular and most talked about activities at Bluestone. We were really excited to see what the hype was all about. Kingdom Of Elves is a regular Christmas event at Bluestone, it cost £26 per adult and £26 per child.

Before we were allowed to enter the Kingdom Of Elves we had to be made into elves which involved us all having lovely rosie elf cheeks. Once we had been ‘elved up’ we were taken into the entrance for the Kingdom Of Elves where we were greeted by a lovely lady elf who spoke to the children and told them they would need to shrink to be able to enter the elves rooms and sprinkled them with shrinking dust. The children was also given elf outfits to wear .. which they got to keep.They were then taken thru the first door into the first room where they were greeted by a different elf character. He was whispering and telling the little ones they had to get all the balls in the buckets without waking the sleeping cat. Was really funny and the elf did a really good job of interacting with the little ones.

 

After spending a few minutes in this room we were lead into another room which was resembled what I could only imagine one of willy wonkas factory rooms would look like inside. In this room the children got to make and decorate biscuits which was lovely however my little boy was a little bit tired by this point, but the elves were really good with him and tried to get him up and motivated. Our little girl on the other hand loved it. I think in terms of best age for the little ones to go to this activity id definitely recommend it for age 4 and upwards.

 

There was 2 more rooms after these however my little boy has sadly had enough by that point so I ended up having to leave for those two however we did manage to get let back in for the final room which by far was the best room out of them all. It was a frozen themed room. It was all decorated with a snow theme and there was even a ice princess who looked like Elsa which our little girl was made up about. At the end there was a opportunity for the children to have them pictures taken with Elsa on her thrown.

 

After all the fun and exploring we’d done. It was finally time for us to head on home. This post doesn’t even begin to explain just how wonderful Bluestone National Park truly is. Its really something you have to experience for yourself. I’d definitely recommend paying Bluestone a visit, as we hope to get to again someday.

disclosure : We we’re lucky enough to be given a stay at Bluestone National Park for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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18 Comments

  1. May 3, 2016 / 7:40 am

    Sounds amazing! My little ones are a bit young at the moment but it's a great idea for when they are older. 🙂 Marie

  2. May 3, 2016 / 8:08 am

    Looks like a great time and the hot chocolate looks so good :), my kids are too old now 🙁

  3. May 3, 2016 / 8:59 am

    I've seen this around Blogosphere for a while now and I'm really getting a bit envious because the place looks fab! Must plan a family break soon. x

  4. May 3, 2016 / 10:05 am

    The lodge looks beautiful and I think the no cars policy is so nice as it feels more relaxing and that you're in the middle of no where x

  5. May 3, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Bluestone looks and sounds like a beautiful place! The lodge looks amazing! Christmas must be a wonderful tiem to go and story time with Santa! Awesome. I'd love to visit Bluestone, I know my children would really enjoy it. 🙂 xx

  6. May 3, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    How lovely of Bluestone to give you a place to stay and put on so many exciting activities. The Frozen room looked the best I agree .

  7. May 3, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Wow it looks like you had so much fun! I keep seeing reviews of this place and its really making me want to go 🙂

  8. May 3, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I keep hearing such great things about Bluestone, it looks like you had a great time x

  9. May 4, 2016 / 5:05 am

    This sounds like a fab break. Think we might look at it for next years holiday x

  10. May 4, 2016 / 6:00 am

    Sounds like a fantastic winter holiday break! My kids would love to do something like this.

  11. May 4, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    It sounds absolutely amazing and each time I see a Bluestone review, the accommodation always really impresses me x

  12. May 4, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    This sounds amazing. What a shame your little boy was too tired! I took my niece to Disneyland Paris when she was 3. I saved for ages and she was sick the whole three days! Such poor timing.

  13. May 4, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    It looks like a lovely place to stay with lots to do. Perfect for a 4 year old's birthday treat too

  14. May 5, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Bluestone always looks lovely in every review I've read. It sounds like a fab place to stay with the little ones.

  15. May 5, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Wow! This looks absolutely incredible. I am hoping to plan a visit soon.

  16. May 6, 2016 / 7:15 am

    Oooh we're big Centre Parcs fans, and have wanted to try out Bluestone for ages – definitely on my to-holiday list! Lovely to hear about all your Christmassy adventures, and I'm hungry now reading about all the lovely food!

  17. May 6, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    We loved Bluestone when we visited, so much to do for the whole family

  18. May 6, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    It looks amazing at Christmas. We went for a visit just after Easter, and loved it. The accommodation is huge isn't it! We were in a bungalow, and it was still huge

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