Celtic Ale Festival – Bluestone

Well the summer might be late starting but hopefully that means we will be getting an Indian Summer. So if you fancy extending your summer and having an activity packed weekend for the whole family with some great food and alcohol thrown in why not head to Wales for the last weekend in September.

Bluestone national park resort is hosting a Celtic Ale Festival on the weekend of the 29th and 30th September featuring Welsh brewed Ales, lagers and ciders and, as it is never a good idea to drink on an empty stomach,  a hog roast.

During the day they will be celebrating all things medieval with a knight’s school with the collegiate of the Knights Templar. Practice with your longbow as you should still be doing every Sunday after church, try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, fire a cross bow and catapult and all the things essential for a knight’s education (well maybe not the clayshooting, that’s a bit modern).

For the little ones are not forgotten they can have a pony rides and take part in the Flight of the Red Kite experience where they learn all about these beautiful Welsh native birds of prey  and get to meet two in the flesh.

There will also be demonstrations of traditional hand weaving, wood turning and crafting, a blacksmith and jewellery making.

In the evening you can dance the night away at a Ceilidh where you will be taken through your paces in a huge three teepee tent complete with dance floor. The whole event is hosted by the Bluestone Jesters with their unique brand of comedy and japes and promises to be a great family weekend.

Set in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside Bluestone makes an ideal family holiday location with age appropriate activities from a sensory room for the under twos right through to a spa for the grown ups. If all the hustle and bustle of the medieval festival gets too much take the option to explore the park and it’s outstanding scenery. Take a walk in the woods or go for a swim at the Blue Lagoon water centre.

Although most of the accommodation is self catering the park is well served for places to eat including a traditional Welsh pub the ideal place to head to as the evening draws in and maybe starts to chill out a bit.

So why not celebrate the children’s return to school after the summer holidays with a reward of a family centred weekend in the Welsh countryside. There is so much to see and do the weekend will fly by and as the weekend features something for everyone you will all go home relaxed and recharged ready to face the week.


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