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2.10.09

Bluestone holiday

*****2011 UPDATE*****
There is now internet in the cabins - take your own ethernet cable to prevent having to buy one at the shop.

The badminton hall where we saw Barny last time is now a vast indoor adventure playground with soft play, wooden tunnels, bouncy castle and a aerial walkway for the older kids.

The slides at the swimming pool have a 1.1m height limit that is strictly adhered to when the pool is busy, get there early to avoid the walk of shame back down the steps with a small child.

The Pirate party was a lot of fun, you don't need to take your own fancy dress, but you can if you want.

Cheap fuel closest to the main road= Tesco at Carmarthen.


Bluestone, Pembrokeshire is, according to Tree, a bit like

Centre Parcs but with less trees and smaller. For me I went expecting it to be like a cross between the Prisoner and the Village(with its set up of nicely done out cottages and log cabins) but found it was actually really nice. So here are our top tips:
You park the car at the top and the gates go up at 15.30 for you to drive to your cabin/cottage and unload your gear.
As soon as you arrive, go to the sports centre and ask for your passes to the blue lagoon swimming pool, otherwise you are advised to wait until the next day.
The 4 slides require children to be 1.1m, they are very fast and two are pitch black, so not for the easily scared.
The pool is no good for swimming lengths, it's for playing in the waves (every 15 minutes) and splashing about in.
The lazy river is good for small kids with armbands.
The musical monkeys session was really aimed at age 2 and under, Noah wasn't impressed.
Barney the dinosaur was a bit loud, take ear plugs. Take them anyway, even if he isn't loud when you go.
The hills and lack of cars mean it was excellent for Noah's scooter.
The gym looked very plush, but we never got to try it out.
If you are going to the spa for a treatment, go early in your stay before child has got bored with exploring. Also if you get too stressed you can always squeeze another one in during your stay.
Go early to spa to allow for treatment, plus sauna plus food - they won't let you into the saunas or steam room whilst you're still wearing your treatment for obvious reasons!
The onsite restaurants are good (although the sports bar was pants), but I wish we'd ate in more, you can have too much of a good thing and I felt a bit Dalmeny'd out by the end of the stay.
On your last day the barriers go up early (maybe 8.30) for you to drive down and load up your car - checkout was by 10.

and not entirely unrelated: Tenby parking is free after Oct 1st until the start of the next season, good beach, good caves, we'll take the boat out next time.

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