As a #bluestoneblogger we were invited down to South Wales for the week. Our week was gifted to us in return for our honest review. Thank you for supporting the posts which make this blog possible.
A week in beautiful South Wales? Needless to say, we were quick to sign up. We’ve been lucky enough to head down to Bluestone before but the weather has always been on our side. This time though, we had some serious rain downpours to contend with. Afterall, they are called April showers for a reason. Luckily though, we were in a fantastic place to entertain ourselves, no matter what the weather. So, if you have ever wondered what there is to do at Bluestone Wales when it rains, read on.
GET IN THE WATER
Without a doubt, one of the biggest benefits to a holiday at Bluestone Wales is the swimming. Our kids love swimming and demanded we head straight out as soon as we arrived, despite it being 6pm. Blue Lagoon is a water park which Bluestone Wales guests can enjoy for free during their stay.
With slides and flumes for the bigger kids and a dedicated area for under-5s away from the main pool, there is no doubt that kids of all ages will be able to spend hours of fun in there. Add in a wave machine, jets and water sprays alongside an outdoor bubble pool and patio accessed through the lazy river and it’s a must do activity during your stay.
ENJOY SOME INDOOR ADVENTURES
If the weather isn’t great outside, then the Adventure Centre is a great place to hide out for a few hours. With soft play, mini golf, a bouncy castle, a high rope course and arcade games, they pretty much have every age group covered. Add in the fact that there is a restaurant that can keep parents supplied in tea and everyone is happy.
Our two LOVED both the golf and the soft play. There was also a huge version for the bigger kids and being too young for it didn’t stop my two from giving it a good go.
When the weather isn’t on your side it’s important to keep an eye on the forecast for any windows of opportunity. It’s worth being flexible with any plans you may have in order to enjoy a few dry hours where you can.
In our case, we managed to find a dry day in our week and headed out to the beach at Tenby, bucket and spade in hand. It was still a rain mac and boots kind of day, but that doesn’t usually stop us from having a seaside adventure or two!
If you do manage to find a free day while at Bluestone Wales, then I would definitely recommend Tenby. With a beautiful sandy beach that spreads out for miles and a fabulous small harbour to explore, it’s a great reason to get outside and explore.
TAKE IN A SHOW
We managed to catch two shows while we were at Bluestone Wales, both great in different ways. First off was our day show, the Buzby Woody Wild Show.
The Woody Wild Show
This seasonal show is based on books available throughout Bluestone – which I loved! – and our show in particular followed Buzby Bee as him and our narrator took us on an adventure through the seasons to find the sun.
Not only a cute story, the show is filled with songs and audience participation. Think treasure hunts, puzzles, circus tricks and plenty of dancing. In fact, lots and lots of dancing throughout. Our two aren’t the biggest participants when it comes to things like this. They’re much more likely to look on from the side then jump right in. However, they had a great time and was captivated throughout. Even the Bear couldn’t resist the dancing at the end though.
Black Bart’s Dinner Show
The second show we took in was the Black Bart’s Dinner Show. A part of their Myths and Legends season, it’s exactly as it states on the tin. It’s literally a show that takes place as you enjoy a family meal together. As soon as you arrive you are immersed into the pirate theme. The Wild Wood Cafe was superbly decorated, and our three pirate hosts are there to bring you straight in to character.
Songs, dance and of course audience participation, we were treated with 90 minutes of family fun. Our dinner was basic – chicken, chips, sweetcorn and salad – but it was well cooked and a good solid option that everyone will eat. And eat it we did while the show went on around us.
The kids loved it. Especially as the songs were rewritten from those they know and love from films such as Moana and The Greatest Showman. They were captivated and had the best time joining in, especially with the dance finale. Can you see a pattern here for the Bear?
If you do head down to Bluestone Wales at some point. I would definitely recommend booking in to a show or two. We found them to be great value for money, providing an hour or two of good family entertainment. Afterall if the kids are happy, then we’re happy.
However, spaces do book up quickly so make sure to book whatever you want to see in advance before you arrive on site.
Finally, when it comes to wet weather, we’d just say to embrace it! Bluestone Wales is set in some beautiful surroundings and it would be such a shame if you didn’t get chance to enjoy it. So, make sure you don’t let the weather hold you back. Pack your wet weather mac and wellies and embrace it. We had some wonderful woodland walking adventures and Bluestone has done an amazing job as adding little touches for you find as you explore.
If you do head out in to the woods, I would recommend heading down to Camp Smokey. It’s the first time we’ve made it down that way and I am so glad we finally did. Mainly set up for older kids, there is still plenty of adventures to be had for little people too. At Camp Smokey you are encouraged to laugh, to dance and to generally be loud. The best part though is the open pit and the marshmallows on sale. Perfect for toasting of course!!
And there we have it. Proof that a holiday like Bluestone Wales doesn’t have to be hindered by the weather. In fact, it can make it. If you need further proof, then why not watch?