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.
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 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.
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 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.