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Bluestone – Kingdom of The Elves
This year I have not been able to get into the Christmas spirit at all. With less than 2 weeks to go and a house full of kids, I really needed to get my head in the game. So when the opportunity arose to visit Bluestone for a Christmas break, it was time to get festive. As I decided the kids needed a treat after a tricky few months.
I had heard great things about the Christmas activities at Bluestone for the last couple of years, especially Kingdom of The Elves. So couldn’t wait to experience it with the kids for myself. We were booked onto our flight to Elftopia in the middle of our break. Meaning we had plenty of time to explore everything else on offer at Bluestone. We loved the Blue Lagoon and its waves, lazy river and flumes. The Adventure Centre where the Kingdom of the Elves was based also houses lots more. Including the massive wooden adventure playground, crazy golf, climbing wall, sky trail and younger kids soft play area. So we had hours of fun in the there.
Bluestone has a village of its very own with a convenience shop, gift shop, a couple of restaurants, coffee shop and outdoor playground. Plus the Well Spa Retreat, not that I could visit this time as I alone with the 5 kids. Afterall it would have been kind of cheeky to leave my 16-year-old in charge of the smaller kids while I pampered myself.
Kingdom of The Elves
We picked up the 3 littlest kids elf suits the day before our flight. They didn’t have any suits to fit the older 2 girls, but to tell you the truth I don’t think they would have worn them. However, they were given a large plush elf cuddly toy each.
I made sure we arrived at the Adventure Centre about half an hour before our time slot, to ensure we were all ready. Rosy Cheeks and all. We had to head to the departure lounge where we left all our worries behind and security checked we were all believers!
Then we boarded the plane to Elftopia, the journey was comical, bumpy and snowy too. The Elf Pilot was full of jokes and cheeky antics, that kept smiles firmly on the kids and adults faces throughout the flight.
The kids then went to the stardust workshop, where they met Seren the Elf who was full of glittery, starry fun. Then onto The Funhouse, yes plenty of parents including me can remember our weekly dose of the Funhouse. Elf ‘Pat Sharp’, we loved this interactive part of the Kingdom. There was full parent and child participation in games against the kids and adults. I bet you can guess who won!
After the funhouse, it was the final part of the Kingdom of The Elves was pretty icy. We got to meet the Snow Queen there. And had great fun dancing and singing. Plus a full-on snowball fight too.
The whole Kingdom of The Elves experience lasted about an hour and 20 minutes. We went it the kingdom with a group of around 20, so a pretty personal experience. Not too crowded, so all of the kids got a look in. I find it really hard to find Christmas activities that suit all of the kids. They are aged from 4 years up to 16 years. But we all smiled laughed and joined in, definitely one for the memory jar!
Disclaimer: We were offered a Midweek visit to Bluestone Wales and Tickets to The Kingdom of The Elves in return for an honest review.
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Being a parent to big brood means that is can sometimes be tricky to spend time with the older girls. Without the younger ones fighting for my attention. But awhile ago, we managed to grab a ‘grown up’ day out in London, as Grandma offered to babysit. So check out what we did on our girl’s day out in London
We had an early start and headed to Chippenham station to hop on the train to Paddington. It always amazes me that we can be in London in an hour and 15 minutes from the Wiltshire countryside. We chatted and took in the scenery on route and as it had been a surprise for the girls we planned what we were going to see and do.
Once we arrived at Paddington, we headed down into the Tube to The London Eye. When we arrived at the Waterloo tube station we took a walk along The Thames to the Eye. I must admit I was slightly nervous as I am not one for heights. The queue was smaller than I expected on a Saturday, so we were on board within 30 minutes. It was a special thing to do the celebrate T’s 16th birthday. It lasted longer than I had thought but it was great to look out for all the landmarks across central London, definitely one for the memory jar.
Right next-door to the London Eye is the London Dungeons, Shrek Adventure and Sealife Centre. We took a miss on the Dungeons as we are all pretty much scaredy cats. So nipped into Dreamworks Shrek Adventure as there was no queue and we walked straight in. Shrek wasn’t quite what we were expecting but we all laughed and enjoyed ourselves. There were bits that made us jump and I was glad we hadn’t brought the little ones along as they would have been pretty spooked.
As we left Shrek Adventure we went on into the Sealife Centre. As a family we have been to plenty of Sealife centres over the years, so have seen pretty much every fish imaginable. But it was cool (see what I have done there) to see Penguins. As we left Sealife, the world had descended on The Queen’s Walk, so the girls got to sense the real hustle and bustle of city life.
Then we decided to do our own little sightseeing tour. Hopping on Red Buses, to see The Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Green Park, Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street. We timed our visit to Buckingham Palace perfectly to see the Changing of The Guard. This meant that The Mall was closed to traffic too so could take a leisurely walk along it, grabbing a selfie or two.
We finished our day off hitting a few shops. Of course, the girls wanted to go to Primark on Oxford Street and a Little visit to Hamley’s too. More for me than them as I fondly remember visiting it at Christmas as a child, but not sure I was ever allowed anything!!
All shopped, walked and explored out, we headed home on the train to find our little people. As even though we love a day away from them we miss them too.