Dear Mummy, we were lucky enough to spend a mid-week break at Bluestone Wales in Pembrokeshire. The highlight of our trip was our evening dancing in the woods. On the Wednesday night we went down the steep ravine to enjoy a night at Camp Smokey. Camp Smokey is a rustic woodland diner and the perfect venue to enjoy delicious smoked dishes all cooked to sizzling perfection right before your eyes. During the day you can watch friends and family flying overhead (mostly screaming) on zip wires while little ones can play panning for gold and explore the forest on nature trails.
Camp Smokey is located near the main activity centre in Bluestone surrounded by enormous trees that tower over it and it feels like you have been transported to another world. It was our favourite place in the whole of Bluestone to visit and we wish we spent more time there.
Camp Smokey is a rustic woodland diner nestled at the bottom of steep ravine with a babbling brook coursing by on either side. It looks like a log cabin in the woods and offers delicious barbecued food and has a fire pit where you can roast your own marshmallows. As we were walking down to the venue we could smell the BBQ and hear laughing before we actually saw the the restaurant.
Its a lovely little spot in the heart of the forest, right underneath the zip-line and we had fun pointing out of the climbing platforms overhead. When we arrived the fire pit was burning ready for the marshmallow roasting and evening shindigs. During the day food is also served here at lunchtimes and its advisable to pre-book if you can. Next time we visit we’d like to explore the nature trail running through the woods that takes you down to the lake. The walk down to Camp Smokey wasn’t hard and the pathways were wide enough for buggies and safe enough for little feet.
When we arrived for our evening shindig we were given a team to belong to (red or blue) and were shown to our table after receiving our ‘mark’ – hence the red face-paint. The evening started off with lively music (much to the children’s disbelief, usually its there bedtime?!) and an fun bushwhacker host who drummed up enthusiasm amongst the diners. Even before any alcohol was consumed people were clapping, singing loudly and dancing on the tables and its only 7pm! It was a real treat for me to be up like a big girl after my bedtime and it made being on holiday even more special.
Watch the action here – trust us you are gonna want to see this!
There was a competition between the two teams to decide who got their food first and after eating a enormous bbq meal, complete with flapjack desert, the band was back on stage and the dancing continued. All portion sizes were the same and plated up which included baked beans, roasted new potatoes, pulled pork, juicy sausages and burgers. We could help ourselves to salad and sauces and if you had any dietary requirements the team where on hand to help accommodate. As you can see below it was great portion sizes and tasted amazing!
It was a fun couple of hours and we made friends with the family who we shared a table with. Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheehan renditions were beautifully sung by the talented band. The entertainment was faultless and really made the perfect family night, it actually made my mummy a bit emotional that it was such a perfect ending to a wonderful long overdue holiday. It’s just a shame the shindig didn’t last longer as spirits were high and it would have been great to have the option of hearing a story by the campfire or listen to the owls at night. However we did get to toast our marshmallows before we left and they tasted divine! We all left with big smiles on our faces and yummy food in our bellies. The walk back up the steep ravine was a leisurely stroll as we whispered goodbye to a perfect day.
We’d totally recommend visiting Camp Smokey on a trip to Bluestone Wales especially Smokey Joe’s Shindig on the Saturday or Wednesday. It lasts 90 mins and prices are £12.95 for an adult and £7.95 for children including food and entertainment. People we spoke to during our stay sadly couldn’t get into Camp Smokey because it was so popular! Booking in advance is highly recommended and we booked over a month in advance.
Love Bella x
Disclaimer: We paid for this activity and all thoughts and picture are our own. Our stay at Bluestone Wales was complementary in order to conduct the review.