Bluestone activities for adults and older children – history and relaxation in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Cottages at Bluestone Wales

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

Self-catering cottage in Bluestone Wales

Self-catering cottage in The Village

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.

Tanglost stone at Bluestone Wales

Tanglost stone – a witch (?) overlooking the hills

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.

Man walking through willow tunnel in Bluestone Wales

Walking through the protective willow snake

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.

Ruined church at Bluestone Wales

Bluestone’s Village is overlooked by a ruined medieval church

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.

Man with bow and arrow at Bluestone Wales

As well as archery, at Bluestone you can also try your hand at crossbow or catapult.

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 Spa

Bluestone Spa - relaxation room

Relaxation room at Bluestone Wales

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.

Bluestone Spa outdoor hot tub

Bluestone’s outdoor hot tub was nice and toasty in the cool Welsh Spring air

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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21 Comments

  1. April 15, 2015 / 11:50 am

    Looks like you had lots of fun! What a beautiful place!

  2. April 15, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    Sounds like the perfect mix of relaxation and learning. That ruined church looks amazing.

  3. April 15, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Liking the look of that spa – Thought Bluestone was geared up for kids, but didn’t realise that it was good for adults too.

  4. April 15, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    I love how there us something for everyone, education, relaxation and fun. That spa looks amazing

  5. April 15, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    We LOVE Bluestone, we have been twice this year already! And, we only live ten minutes away ๐Ÿ˜€ lovely post x

  6. April 16, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    this really looks like a great place to take the family

  7. April 16, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Bluestone looks amazing – we are off in June and I cannot wait to see what it is like for myself.

  8. April 16, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    I love to get the chance to explore local history when we get away. Your break looks like the ideal mix of activites

  9. April 16, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    great photos, I would love to be on those loungers in the spa!

  10. April 17, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    I have seen such amazing reviews of Bluestone. I would love to go one time x

  11. April 18, 2015 / 11:04 am

    I’ve seen a few things about Bluestone recently and it’s all been good – it looks like an interesting place to visit.

  12. April 19, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Wow it looks like a really lovely place to visit .. i might look into this as we are hoping to visit wales this year

  13. April 20, 2015 / 9:21 am

    The spa looks amazing – I didn’t get to see it when we were there as I was on my own with the kids

  14. April 21, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Oh wow I love the look of that ruined church! What a brilliant post – makes me want to visit and start exploring, there’s obviously so much to see.

  15. April 25, 2015 / 10:38 am

    What a beautiful place! Love the cottage, and that spa!! ๐Ÿ™‚ #timetraveller

  16. April 26, 2015 / 6:50 am

    the church looks marvellous, i love exploring old buildings

  17. April 27, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    What a fascinating History Trail, I love listening to local legends and tales, I find them intriguing.
    Nice spa too, I can see myself settling down in there, I’d love to have my skin analysed.
    Thanks for linking up to #TimeTraveller

  18. May 5, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    I LOVE the look of that Spa…I am not surprised you had such a lovely time there. Well and truly worth it for that relaxation xx

  19. May 6, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Take me there now, it looks amazing! I’m yearning for summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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