Last week I posted a Bluestone review, covering our stay at the a 5-star family resort in Pembrokeshire. If you’re looking for alternatives to Center Parcs, I’d thoroughly recommend Bluestone holiday park. The place is crammed with things to do for all the family, from outdoor nature trails to the Blue Lagoon water park, an indoor swimming pool with large slides, a lazy river and a wave machine. This post covers Bluestone activities for adults, or older children.
A history walk at Bluestone national park
Despite the authentic-looking cottages in the resort area called The Village, Bluestone has only been in existence for eight years. It was, however, built on 500 acres that hold a wealth of history. The broad, stately oaks that punctuate The Village are testimony to the area’s age. During our stay we joined in with Terry John’s history walk, to find out more about the place.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the past. It contained some real nuggets of folklore; like Tanglost (or Tanglwyst), the beautiful Pembrokeshire woman who some said lived an immoral life, or was even a witch. Legend has it that she was trapped in the column of rock shown in the picture above, as punishment for her sins.
During the walk, Terry John led us through a ‘Willow snake‘, or a winding tunnel made with willows arched towards each other. According to the legend of Sallwyn Llan, the willow snake gives protection to those who passed under it.
Mr John’s walk featured plenty of other treasures, like the ruined church overlooking The Village. Some say the church was never repaired so that parishioners had no choice but to worship elsewhere. We also walked down a path along which a ghostly White Woman was said to wander.
Archery at Bluestone Resort
Having had our history fix, D and I decided to kick back with a couple more Bluestone activities for older children or adults.
D got handy with a bow and arrow. Archery was available for anyone over the age of eight. At the time of our visit, guests could book in for sessions on the longbow, crossbow or catapult.
And, in advance of my 40th birthday, D treated me to a delectable Celtic Spa experience at the Well Spa.
Bluestone Pembrokeshire’s spa offers a full range of treatments: massages, facials, and even a special pampering session for youngsters. For my Celtic spa experience, I opted for a facial, which was done using ESPA products and included a skin analysis. The glow lasted for a couple of days, which was an uplifting perk at the end of an action-packed break.
As well as a cafe/bar and outdoor hot tub, the Bluestone Well Spa has six different temperate rooms. You can choose to chill out in a sauna built with bricks, or Welsh slate; breathe in the scents of the region in the herbal or marine steam room; and take your body back to its regular temperature slowly, in the dry salt room, or rapidly, in the ice pod. I stopped short of the full-on freezing plunge!
Bluestone’s Well Spa offers short breaks for couples and groups of friends, and I came away thinking that this would be a good way to catch up with some of my friends who live nearby.
How much do Bluestone activities cost?
The cost of Bluestone activities varies, from completely free (included in the price of the stay) upwards. For current information, see the Bluestone Wales website.
Bluestone activities: which would you recommend?
These are just a few of the things we tried in our short time at the holiday park. Have you been to Bluestone Wales? Which Bluestone activities would you recommend, for adults or older children?
Don’t forget to check out my other Bluestone Wales feature, where I write about the Bluestone lodges, Blue Lagoon water park, and activities for younger kids at Bluestone.
There’s more to this part of Wales than Bluestone activities. If you’d like some suggestions of things to do outside the national park, here’s a feature on other things to do in Pembrokeshire.
Disclosure: Bluestone Wales hosted us on a mid-week break at Bluestone Wales for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.
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