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Bluestone hints and tips(3 Posts)
We are booked to go to Bluestone in April.
I've seen a few threads on here, but they are old.
Does anyone have any up to date tips?
DS is 3 and a lot of activities seem to be 4+
Do we need bikes? I haven't cycled for a decade! DS doesn't use a buggy any more but will it be far for him to walk?
If you arrive at 3pm on the dot, it's likely you'll have to queue, which isn't fun if you've had a long journey with children in the car. So, it's best to arrive earlier in the day as you can use the facilities from 11am. You can check in and get your key cards, then park up and explore. Ask for two key cards when checking-in, so that if you visit separate places during the stay one of you won't be stuck waiting outside the lodge.
If you've got room in the car, bring a clothes airer to dry your swimming things quicker.
Lodges don't have a hairdryer or an iron, and it's worth taking a torch for evening walks back from the pub.
Bluestone is quite hilly to get about so a golf buggy is a fun way to get around. It's best to book in advance as they sell out and you must bring your driving licence. It's wise to bring an old towel to wipe down the seats if it rains. If you are put off by the £92 hire fee, then don't worry, there's a land train to shuttle you around for free.
Don't miss the Fairy Village, which your LO will love.
There’s a fantastic adventure playground in the village square. The best thing about is that you can enjoy a pint from the Knights Tafarn opposite.
Some of Wales' best family days out are nearby, like Oakwood (you can see the rollercoaster poking over the trees) and Folly Farm, where you can redeem your Tesco vouchers. The nearest town, Narberth, is also a lovely place to visit, with lots of independent shops and cafes. Saundersfoot was definitely my favourite day trip.
There are a couple of restaurants on-site (as well as a pub and fish & chip shop) that you can book ahead for. I’d definitely recommend doing this as we didn’t and couldn’t get a table until very late on our final night. We did drop lucky on our first day and managed to get in at The Farmhouse Grill and it was soooooo good.
Order a Click & Collect food order from either Tesco in Haverfordwest or Carmarthen. Don’t go crazy buying fridge or freezer supplies. Our fridge was small with only one shelf for freezer items. You also need to buy/pack washing up liquid, tea towels, dishwasher tablets, bin bags, etc as you will only be supplied with enough to last a day.
There is a DVD player in the Gateholm Lodge (there may be in others too), so bring DVDs for any emergency/early morning entertainment.
Grab a takeaway drink from the cafe in the adventure centre and then visit the Circus Zone. There is seating in for adults to relax, while kids can play happily. Make the most of Lola the Ladybird that visits the adventure centre throughout the day with music and free modelled balloons for children.
Keep an eye on the messages on the television in the lodge, as it is one way staff communicate with the guests. We had a message saying that The Chippy was going to be shut one night due to the snow and there is also information about checking-out too.
Thank you so much, that is so helpful