I honestly cannot recommend a family holiday to ‘Bluestone National Park Resort’, in Wales, enough. We went for four nights last week and have come back so excited that we’re already booking our next family holiday to Bluestone.
I hate the Winter. I am the first person to put my hand up and shout about how much I really don’t like the mizzly, drizzly, UK weather. Even the thought of going on a family holiday in Winter made me feel a bit meh.
But, as I’d been to Bluestone for a family holiday before (you can read about that here), I knew they could drag me out of my Winter blues. Drag me out they did and so much more.
Bluestone National Park is hands down the perfect place for a Winter family holiday. It’s actually the perfect place for a Spring holiday, Summer holiday, Autumn holiday and Winter holiday. In fact, no matter what time of year you decide to visit Bluestone, it will leave a lasting impression on your family.
Why is Bluestone good for families?
Bluestone specialise in free range fun. This means that you can do exactly what you like at Bluestone. You can take full advantage of all the ‘free activities,’ of which there are a lot. From mini golf to indoor and outdoor play parks, to the use of the Blue Lagoon swimming pool (which is AMAZING for families), nature trails, walks and bike rides, plus so much more.
Or you can throw in some paid added extras of your choice, but they aren’t that expensive at all.
Do you have a toddler or baby?
Bluestone have baby sensory classes and baby massage classes. If you have a toddler like me then they can take part in an endless amount of messy play groups, story book groups and interactive shows.
For the outdoor adventurers, they can go pond dipping, on mini beast adventures or they can go looking for fairies.
Do you have a 4-8 year old?
They can become a pirate, a detective or a gold hunter for the day as well as join in any of the interactive shows or messy groups!
Do you have a child that is 8+?
Maybe 4×4 safari driving will take their fancy? Or rock climbing? Or, why not send them on a survival challenge in Bluestones very own forest, where they’ll need to make their own shelter and overcome some fun obstacles.
But, what about the adults and family fun?
Fear not, adults love Bluestone just as much as children do. We went on holiday as four adults and one toddler and I honestly couldn’t tell you who had more fun.
There is something a little bit too exciting about adults getting to drive around a golf buggy all day. This was our chosen method of getting around the Bluestone resort. Everyday we argued about whose turn it was to drive.
We also collectively tried out clay shooting and archery and it was such a giggle. Apart from the fact that I did so badly at clay shooting, that I lost to a child!
If you’re feeling brave then they have zip wire courses, a sky trail, crossbow lessons, clay shooting, archery and so much more. They also have a boating lake for kayaking and family raft wars, oh and did I mention that there is a spa?
Has Bluestone as a family holiday, impressed you yet?
If none of the above is your thing, then you can simply go for a nature walk or hire some bikes and go for a good old family ride around the National Park. This list is not even extensive. You can check out the handy ‘to do guide‘ here.
Bluestone have the best family friendly accommodation. It is all modern, it is all clean and it is all really cosy! The onsite lodges that you stay in, are huge. My previous post on Bluestone talks a little bit more about the accommodation that is available.
No matter what size lodge your family book, you’ll all have enough space to roam about comfortably. Whats even better is that they supply you with cots and highchairs, so you don’t need to squeeze these in the car.
The only thing we recommend that you don’t forget is food shopping. There is enough cupboard space for all your essentials, but don’t forget things like cooking oil, coffee, tea, salt and pepper!
We stayed in a three bedroom lodge and it was the perfect size. We loved it so much, we wish we could build one of these as our family home. They are so warm and snug and they are completely sound proof so if you have rowdy children, you don’t need to worry about your neighbours.
Each lodge also comes with a picnic bench outside and garden space is perfect for picnics or BBQ’s in summer!
Illuminating Light Show
During each season, you’ll find lots of added extras at Bluestone. During our stay we were lucky enough to get to see the ‘Illuminating Light Show’, which was extremely magical.
The light show took place in the forest and you enter it through a tunnel of fairy lights. Fairy music chimes all around you, much to the excitement of my toddler who really believed that they were living in the trees around us.
The lights along the trail, could be triggered by a little sensor that you simply had to shine your torch on. The sound effects and lights looked so magical against the backdrop of the trees and the interactive nature of the light show made it all the more special.
The forest felt so alive and at the very end of the trail you came face to face with lots of miniature little windows, that went up into the trees as far as you could see.
These were the little fairy houses and the ones closer to the ground, looked like little fairy shops. The detail that went into it was incredible. My daughter Evie spent a long time knocking on every fairy door that she could reach, hoping to meet a fairy for real.
Winter Holiday At Bluestone National Park
Winter didn’t put a dampener on our family holiday to Bluestone at all. In fact, it’s the first time in a long time that I haven’t mentioned or been bothered by the weather (much to my families joy!)
During our stay we made sure to take part in as many activities as possible, both outdoor and in. We went to see an interactive show, played in the indoor adventure centre and spent most of our days in the outdoor park, regardless of the rain.
Our favourite paid for activity this time around was Buzby Bumbles. Buzby Bumbles is an interactive toddler group that lasted for an hour. During the session children could dress up as bees, take part in the songs and story and help Buzby bee to find magical leaves and to collect pollen.
Evie loved it so much that she’s been talking about it non-stop and even started muttering about bees in her sleep the other night.
Our biggest regret is not taking part in more activities. Both adult based and toddler friendly. I really regret not signing Evie up for the messy play groups this time around. Last time we came, we took part in Shelby’s Messy Mayhem and I cannot recommend it enough. If you do come to Bluestone, I urge you to try out as much as possible! The choice of activities is incredible.
Bluestone, We Will Be Back!
My only disappointment about a Winter holiday to Bluestone is that you miss out on the magic of Camp Smokey, which is closed until February Half Term. If you read my post from when we visited Bluestone in April, you will see why we love it so much! But, it being shut, just gives us the perfect excuse to come back again.
Be sure to check out my other review of Bluestone here. You’ll find out a little more about what it’s like in the warmer months, can read all about the alternative toddler groups we tried out last time and can check out the village, the heart of Bluestone National Park.
Have you ever been to Bluestone National Park in Wales? Would you consider a family holiday at Bluestone? Let us know in the comments below?
*We were sent to Bluestone National Park for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.