A remarkable ‘giant umbrella’ the first of its kind in the UK has been officially unveiled at Bluestone National Park Resort in a landmark moment for the Welsh tourist industry.
Serendome will literally bring the outdoors indoors under its 380ft high and 252ft wide umbrella-like dome, an architectural feat unlike any other in the UK.
The umbrella itself is made from EFTE, a unique material used in some of the world’s most ambitious architectural projects. The 7,000sqm area beneath the dome will become a new playground for Free Range Fun for Bluestone guests – including the breathtaking SkyWalk adventure course.
Serendome is a hub for entertainment and at its heart a 400-seat Amphitheatre featuring a new live music and performance venue in a unique setting. A dazzling series of spectacular shows involving nationally recognised production companies are being meticulously planned – with the first set to take place this November.
Exciting new activities for guests include the impressive SkyWalk – a vertical adventure course like no other, built over seven towers and featuring 24 climbing stations.
With challenging moving elements, including a bicycle, the SkyWalk is split by difficulty including a Mini SkyWalk for young children, and a wheelchair friendly course. There is also a series of Free Play areas too, designed to spark the imagination of children and adults alike.
The Terrace food court serves light lunches, snacks and suppers, plus there is a festival bar serving cocktails and mocktails.
Bluestone CEO William McNamara said: “Serendome is a huge investment for us and underlines our commitment to Pembrokeshire and Welsh tourism and will be another exciting draw for the thousands of visitors who stay with us and experience Pembrokeshire every year.”
Seren translates to ‘Star’ in English and the Serendome name reflects the feeling of limitless opportunity for discovery and adventure you get when you step into this extraordinary space.
£8.5 million has been invested into the project, which has created 55 jobs and is expected to boost the local economy by more than £21m over 10 years. The build, which started in March 2018, has involved a number of contractors overseen by the Bluestone Projects team – including a multitude of Welsh and Pembrokeshire companies in line with Bluestone’s track record of supporting local suppliers and strengthening the Welsh economy.
Mr McNamara added: “The opening of Serendome is a culmination of many years of hard work by our passionate staff working in partnership with excellent design and construction companies where they created a space like no other in the UK.
“To see children and families finally enjoying its unique attractions is a joy. Our guests can enjoy the fresh air, sit on the grass and play under the trees, whatever the weather.”
Bluestone National Park Resort is a 500-acre holiday destination in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales.
With over 344 accommodation units, the family-focused resort promotes an ethos of Free Range Fun, bringing nature and adventure within the reach of children.