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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Village and we love nothing more than giving our luxury lodge owners and friends an insight into life at our holiday resort on Anglesey. With our weekly blog, we like to update you on key topics that make us and our lodge owners tick. From things to do to the best restaurants to visit (including The Deck House, of course!) you’ll have plenty of reading material to help you plan your next Anglesey break.

We also post about upcoming events on site including everything from beauty events to annual parties, so if you want to keep ahead of the game and make sure you get tickets, keep checking back!

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It’s that time of year again! The summer holidays are just round the corner and we’ve got so much planned for you this summer. Take a look at the summer holiday activities planner below and keep reading for more information on the fabulous activities we have in store.

Silver Bay Summer Activity Planner 2018

Events at The Deck House

 

Summer party 2017

Celebrate the start of the summer holidays with our owner’s exclusive summer party. We’ll be kicking off the celebrations at 4:30pm with the children’s buffet and entertainment followed by food, live music and dancing for the adults until 1am. Tickets for this year’s party will be available through our online booking system only, making it more convenient to book and avoid queues over the phone. Tickets are limited to eight tickets per holiday lodge, plus there will be a notes section for any special requests. You can access the online booking system here and tickets will be available until 10am on Thursday 19th July. If you have any difficulty using the system please call the Owner Services Team on 01407 860860 and we’ll be more than happy to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

We’ll also be hosting a disco on Saturday 4th August, casino and disco on Sunday 26th August and we will be serving a roast dinner every Sunday throughout the summer holidays.

Summer Holiday Activities

 

Beach Mudder 2017

Beach Mudder is back and this time it’s bigger and better. Join us on Saturday 25th August from 1:30pm for a fun obstacle course for the whole family. Warning, you may get wet! Make sure to register your team at the Spa and Leisure Complex.  

Also this year our sandcastle competition has taken on a new twist and will take place from Saturday 18th to Friday 24th August. During that time we’ll be asking you to build your amazing creation and upload a photo, people will then be able to vote for their favourite and the person with the most votes will be announced after the Beach Mudder on Saturday 25th August. To enter the competition please register at the Spa and make sure to keep an eye out for more details on how to upload your photos.

On Saturday 4th August from 10am to 2pm, weather permitting, we’ll be hosting our fishing competition. Entry will be £10 per boat, £5 per rod for adults and under 16s go free, and all proceeds will go to the RNLI, who will be present on the day. We’ll be awarding prizes for the heaviest fish and mixed bag species so make sure to register your interest at The Deck House or Beach Hut.

We’ve also introduced some new activities this summer, including Welsh for beginners, cooking skills, teddy bear picnic, St John first aid awareness for children and tie dye art.

We look forward to seeing you all here at Silver Bay and hope you have an amazing summer. Remember, all activities must now be booked through our online booking system and activities will become available 24 hours prior, you can access the booking system here.


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Summer has officially begun! And there’s no better way to enjoy the summer months than enjoying a glass of gin and tonic whilst taking in the stunning views of the Llyn Peninsula and beyond. We’ve introduced a whole new gin menu to The Deck House bar for you to try; of course you’ll need to find your very own favourite but here’s a little information about each one.

We, of course, have the classics such as Gordon’s, Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s and Plymouth Original. If you want to branch out a bit but still want that classic taste we have a range of London dry gins, including Bloom, Bulldog, Opihr and 6 O’clock Gin.

London Dry Gin

 

For a smoother, sweet flavour Bloom gin and 6 O’clock Gin are perfect. Bloom consists of three different flavours; chamomile, honeysuckle and the citrus fruit pomelo. It’s best served with an Indian tonic water and finished off with fresh strawberries. 6 O’clock Gin has a fine balance of botanicals, including coriander, orange peel and elderflower which gives a balanced but smooth flavour. It’s best served with tonic water and garnished with lemon, lemon zest or lime.

For more of a dry finish, Bulldog is a multi-award winning gin that has been handcrafted in an English distillery for over 250 years and its dry flavours give a crisp finish. It’s best served with a premium Indian tonic along with fresh ground black pepper.

Or if you’re looking for something with more exotic flavours, Ophir has a wide range of flavours including spicy Cubeb berries from Indonesia, black pepper from India and coriander from Morocco. It has been distilled to a high quality since 1761 and is best served with Indian tonic water garnished with lime, black pepper or cardamom.

Something a Bit Different

 

If you want something a bit different to the London Dry, Edgerton Blue Spice, Brecon, Monkey 47 or Rock Rose could be the one.

From London we have Edgerton Blue Spice, a follow on from the popular Edgerton original pink gin, offering an earthy flavour consisting of 17 botanicals and coriander notes. It is best served with Fever Tree Indian tonic water and garnished with fresh blueberries.

Or why not get a taste of the Brecon Beacons with Brecon, a traditional gin which is laced with hints of spicy cinnamon and coriander. The characteristic flavours go well with tonic, ice and lemon or lime zest.

Head on up to the most northerly county of Scotland for Rock Rose, a handcrafted Scottish gin which gets its flavours from local and traditional botanicals chosen for a perfect taste. It is best served with Fever Tree Indian tonic water and finished off with orange zest.

Take a trip overseas with the Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, consisting of 47 handpicked ingredients sourced from the Black Forest. It is perfectly served with tonic water and garnished with blackberries, a wedge of lime, a slice of orange or orange zest.

Flavoured Gin

 

If you fancy something more flavoursome then one of these flavoured gins could be perfect for you.

If you want one with a bit of colour the Edgerton Original Pink gin is made from 15 exotic ingredients, including pomegranate. It is a delightful and complex gin which is perfectly served with Fever Tree Indian tonic water and garnished with a strawberry.

Or if you want a drink that tastes like an English summer the Cucumber Gin has a clean aroma and taste of fresh cucumber along with a delicate taste of coriander, citrus and cracked pepper. It can be served neat or with Fever Tree tonic water and finished off with fresh mint leaves.

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary then we would recommend the Marshmallow Gin with Madagascan Vanilla; a premium gin with an infused flavour produced using copper pot stills. It’s best served over ice for a refreshing and cool taste.

If you’d like to find out more about The Deck House bar or would like to get in touch, take a look at The Deck House page.


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We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and football pitch. We’re committed to making sure our owners can enjoy their time here at Silver Bay and, with the introduction of our new lodge development, we wanted to make sure we were still providing a place for everyone to play and enjoy sport.

The arrival of these two new spaces comes at a perfect time, meaning our owners can enjoy both areas over summer and for many years to come.

Introducing the Multi Use Games Area

 

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A MUGA is a space where you can play a multitude of different sports, namely football, basketball and tennis, with different lines and markings for each one. It’s a great solution to provide an area for multiple sports without taking up space with individual courts and pitches.

It also provides a great space for people to meet up and socialise as well as getting a bit of exercise.

New football pitch

 

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Our football pitch is now situated behind the spa and can be accessed by a new path. The new pitch offers a great opportunity for owners, family and friends to get together for a kickabout, all with the stunning view of the Llyn Peninsula in the background.

If you’re spending time on the new MUGA or football pitch, make sure to share your photos with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Due to the success of our sports sessions over the school holidays earlier this year we’ll be sure to arrange some more for the summer holidays, make sure to keep an eye out on our blog page for more information.


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We’re just over a week away from the May half term and that can only mean one thing – we have lots of fun activities planned to keep the whole family entertained. Take a look at the timetable below and keep reading for more information plus an update on the latest news from Silver Bay Holiday Village.

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May half term activities

This month we’re welcoming the bees back! We’ve decided not to move the hives so they return to familiar surroundings. Jonathan will be running ‘Meet the Bees’ sessions as well as planting bee-friendly flowers to enhance their environment. Please remember to only visit the hives when Jonathan is present.

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Luke’s football sessions proved to be a huge hit in the Easter holidays so we’re bringing them back for the May half term, along with a multi-sports session. Both will be held in the new Multi Use Games Area and will be available to anyone aged six and above.

Also this half term we have Andy from B-Active running a three day kayaking course for anyone aged 10 and over. The course will aim to teach the core skills needed for safe kayaking finished off with a kayak trip along the coastline.

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Planning on getting out in your boat this half term? We’ll be receiving a visit from the lifeboat crew at RNLI on Sunday 27th May to carry out life jacket checks and chat to you regarding safe boating.

Booking is essential for many of our half term activities and this time we’re making it easier and more convenient with our new online booking system. Activities will be released 24 hours in advance with sessions for the following day released at 10am every morning. This new system will allow you to book and pay for your activities as well as amend and cancel them, all from the comfort of your holiday lodge. You can find our online booking system here.

The Deck House news

Plastic straws take up to 200 years to decompose and around 100,000 marine animals die every year from ingesting plastic. That’s why we’re joining the #refusethestraw initiative and will no longer be serving drinks with plastic straws. However, if you still require a straw we will be happy to provide you with a paper one.

The Deck House will also now be serving low fat/low sugar drinks as standard; if you wish to have the full fat alternative, please request this when ordering your drinks.

Join us on Sunday 27th May for another of our famous roast carveries, make sure to book in advance by calling a member of our friendly staff on 01407 862046. After you’ve enjoyed our delicious carvery, why not stick around for the return of Kiani, the ever-popular acoustic guitarist and singer, who’ll be joining us at 9pm.

Spa and beauty offers

Get your skin summer ready with our exclusive owner’s beauty event on Friday 1st June and sample our brand new treatment, the geneO+ 4-in-1 Super Facial. Join us for refreshments on arrival and a chance to sample the treatment with an Advanced Aesthetics representative on hand to answer all your questions. To book please contact the spa and leisure team on 01407 862049.

We look forward to seeing you all here in the May half term and we’re already planning for summer, make sure to keep the 21st July free for the next Owner’s Summer Party!


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Over the next couple of months we are welcoming a brand new football pitch together with a multi use games area (MUGA) to provide all of our owners the perfect space to have fun and play a multitude of sports.

The new football pitch (turf being laid as we speak) will be situated on the field behind the spa and will be accessed by a new path. Whether it’s a large group or just a couple of friends having a kickabout, the new pitch will offer a great space for the whole family to enjoy. The backdrop of the Llyn Peninsula will make this a stunning area to enjoy a little exercise and competition!

The tennis court is also currently being transformed into a MUGA, meaning the court will be multifunctional – great to play tennis as well as a variety of other sports including football, netball and basketball.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on the progress and will follow up with photos of the new pitch and MUGA when they are ready. Keep an eye out on our blog, as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for any updates.


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Journey to Spain this summer without the queues and exhaustion of flying because Silver Bay is bringing Spain to you! Last week we launched our new tapas menu at The Deck House so you, your family and friends can now experience the Spanish way of dining while enjoying the views of Silver Bay. Does this tickle your tastebuds? Then keep reading to find out more.

As we’re by the sea it’s fitting that we offer some seafood options. Go for something spicy with the chilli and lime squid with garlic aioli dip or why not try something a bit different with the fennel, peppercorn and garlic king prawn mango shooters?

If you fancy something a bit meatier then maybe the bacon and halloumi bites with a chilli and bacon jam could be the ones for you, or we also have chicken, olive and sundried tomato meatballs with a wild garlic dip. Tapas wouldn’t be complete with some chorizo so we have two different dishes to choose from, including sautéed chorizo in a deep red wine, honey, garlic and sesame glaze or patatas bravas with chorizo and a chilli, tomato, garlic and paprika sauce.

We’ve also got some veggie dishes to perfectly complement the meat and fish, including cauliflower cheese and jalapeno croquettes served with a sweet chilli dip or our Canarian potatoes. For those of you new to Canarian potatoes, also known as “wrinkly potatoes”, they’re small, salted potatoes boiled and served with mojo rojo sauce.

To make the most of this amazing selection of dishes we’ve got a great offer for you: buy five tapas plates and we’ll give you a dish of Canarian potatoes, mojo rojo style, on the house! We’ve also got more exciting developments coming to The Deck House, make sure to keep an eye out for more blogs in the coming weeks.

To book a table at The Deck House, call a member of our friendly team on 01407 862 046.


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The Easter holidays may almost be over but we’re still feeling in that holiday mood from the success of our Easter activities. We want to thank everyone that visited Silver Bay during the holidays, it wouldn’t have been the same without you!

From scuba diving and lifeguarding to football and pilates, and not forgetting a whole selection of arts and crafts activities for the Busy Bayers, there really was something for everyone to enjoy over the holidays.

This year we changed things up slightly for the Silver Bay Easter egg hunt with people of all ages searching every nook and cranny of the park for codes to solve the final puzzle; it was great to see friends and families working together to find the codes and earn their Easter eggs.

Easter egg hunt at Silver Bay

After working up an appetite at the Easter egg hunt we served up a carvery with a selection of different meats and all the trimmings. We received some great feedback on the carvery and will be doing it again soon, keep an eye on our Facebook page for any updates.

 

Halfway through the holidays we welcomed prospective lodge owners to our Easter Open Day to experience Silver Bay for themselves, including our luxury lodges, facilities and beach. We hope to open our gates again soon so make sure to keep an eye out for our next email invite.

Easter carvery at Silver Bay

Do you feel like you need some extra rest and relaxation after the Easter holidays? Why not take advantage of our Spa Treatment of the Month? This month we’re offering ELEMIS Intensely Cleansing Salt Scrub for just £25. Call the spa on 01407 862049 to book.

We may be entering the final few days of our Easter activities but it won’t be long until the May half term where we’ll have a whole host of activities to keep the family occupied; look out for our activity newsletter, coming soon. If you’d like to find out more about how to become a lodge owner at Silver Bay or would like to arrange a visit you can request a callback from a member of our friendly team or view our online brochure.


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It’s that time of the year again, spring has sprung and Easter is just round the corner!

We have three action-packed weeks of Easter activities planned for the whole family to enjoy, so if you’re still deciding on when to visit Silver Bay then this could be the perfect way to help you decide.

Don’t forget to get your baskets at the ready and keep your eyes peeled for the Silver Bay Easter Egg Hunt, taking place at 10:30am on Sunday 1st April!

You can view the full timetable below and make sure to keep reading for a week-by-week breakdown of all the activities we have planned.

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Saturday 24th – Friday 30th March

For those looking for a relaxing morning in the pool we have the Adult Only Swim 9:30am – 10:30am every day for the next three weeks. For something a bit more active there’s the Rookie Lifeguards course on Monday, Scuba Diving on the Tuesday and Water Polo on the Thursday.

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In the Studio and Gym we have a range of Supervised Activities for 7-11 year olds and Supervised Gym sessions for 12-16 year olds throughout the week. We also have multiple Spinning, Pilates and H.I.I.T sessions giving you a range of different options to get that perfect workout. If that doesn’t take your fancy then why not have a kickabout with Football Fun on Wednesday and Friday.

Not to forget those Busy Bayers! Keep the little ones occupied with a range of arts and crafts activities taking place all week; from Candle Creations to Make Your Own Puppet Pal we’re sure there’s something to engage their creativity. On Good Friday we’re devoting the day to all things Easter, including Papier Mache, Pottery Painting and Easter Cards.

Saturday 31st March – Friday 6th April

The Easter crafts don’t stop there! From Saturday through to Monday we have more activities to keep your Busy Bayers in the Easter mood, from baking and sewing to making your own Easter baskets and bonnets.

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Didn’t get chance to take part in one of our pool courses? Don’t worry! We’re running some more Rookie Lifeguards, Scuba Diving and Water Polo sessions this week, with an additional Water Polo session on the Friday as well as the Wednesday.

Saturday 7th – Saturday 14th April

In the final week we still have an array of activities available in the pool, studio and gym as well as many more activities for the Busy Bayers, including Junk Modelling, Jewellery Making and Sand Art.

Please remember that all sessions have limited places so make sure to book in advance by calling the spa on 01407 862049.

Does this sound like something you and your family would like to take part in? Take a look at how to become a lodge owner in our brochure or why not pop along to our next open day, taking place on Sunday 8th April.

 


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Silver Bay Scoops Prestigious Award!

On Thursday 15th March 2018, we made our way to Venue Cymru to attend the Insider North Wales Business Leader Awards where Silver Bay were nominated for two awards: Tourism, Leisure and Retail Business of the Year award and People Development Award.

Silver Bay Win Prestigious Award

We are thrilled to reveal we won the People Development award for the way in which we have developed our team over the past three years.

We had a wonderful evening filled with praise and celebration of all the companies based in North Wales who provide services, employment, and pride to the region. We want to express our congratulations to all the nominees including Surf Snowdonia who tipped us for the trophy for the Tourism, Leisure and Retail Business of the Year award, together with Sean Taylor from Zip World who picked up the business leader of the year, thoroughly deserved.

 

We are incredibly proud of the Silver Bay Holiday Village team and the impeccable service that is provided on a day-to-day basis. As much as we’re proud of the facilities and activities we provide to all our customers, we know the award winning would not be possible without the motivation, dedication and customer-focused mindset of all the Silver Bay staff.

Jamie Hughes, General Manager commented ‘winning this award really is a testament to the team effort that has enabled Silver Bay to become a truly 5-star owner experience’.

We strive to give all our customers and employees a second-to-none experience, we’re proud of everything we have and will continue to achieve. Here’s to many more incredible experiences, awards won and memories.

If you would like to get in touch, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01407 860860 or request a callback and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.

 


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Image credit: Brian Davies Photography

If you’re looking for the perfect place to catch the stars then you’re in luck! Anglesey offers some of the most beautiful and remote locations for stargazing. For those who are new to it, we’ve put together some recommendations to help you get the most out of your experience.

What are the best locations for stargazing?

The most important thing to consider when looking for your stargazing spot is light. All you need for a clear view of the night sky is a location without light pollution, so make sure to get as far away from artificial light as possible.

When’s the best time to stargaze?

The best time of year to stargaze is autumn, winter and spring; you can still stargaze in summer but there aren’t as many opportunities. If you want to see the Milky Way you’ll need to make sure there isn’t a full moon by checking the new moon times; the best time to go is just before, during and soon after each new moon.

What equipment do I need?

First of all, make sure to wrap up warm when stargazing, even in summer, as it can get chilly at night. It might also be a good idea to bring refreshments, such as a flask of tea or coffee, to keep your spirits up.

Once you’re warm and toasty, make sure you have something to sit on, such as a deck chair, so you don’t end up straining your neck.

A simple stargazing session needs no equipment at all, but if you have some binoculars or a telescope they’re definitely worth taking so you can see even more. If you’re not an experienced observer then it would also be a good idea to take a star chart or book so you know what you’re looking at.

 

We hope this gives you enough information and would love to see your photos, make sure to share them and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

We’re also expecting a photographer to take some photos of the Milky Way from Silver Bay beach in the next couple of weeks and will be sure to share the photos with you all.

 

Happy stargazing!