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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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Our stunning beach is a home to sea, sand, and a bucketload of fun – and we do everything we can to make sure it looks the part too!

From making sure our coast is green (which has won us a Green Coast Award) to improving our beachside facilities with our beautiful cafe (it’ll be open soon!), we endeavour to make every visit to Silver Bay Beach one to remember.

 

Seaside Award

We were thrilled to discover last week that we’re now the proud owners of a Seaside Award. Presented to us by Keep Wales Tidy as part of the Wales coast Awards, Silver Bay Beach has been recognised for it’s tidy and well-tended to coast and waters.

Awarded for being home to quality facilities, we’re incredibly proud to everyone who works hard to make Silver Bay Beach the picturesque beach haven that it is. The Seaside Award recognises those coasts that meet the nationwide standard for the best beaches across the UK, and the flag is a symbol of superb quality, where visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed stretch of coast.’

Take a look at our shiny certificate below!

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Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy stated:

“The Wales Coast Awards play a vital role in the continuing growth of coastal and marine tourism. They act as a mark of excellence, ensuring sites are managed effectively and showcasing our beautiful country to an international audience. Visitors to our award-winning beaches, marinas and boat tour operators can be sure they have arrived at a quality destination.”

Silver Bay Beach

If you’re heading to Silver Bay Beach this summer, make sure you share your magical coastal memories with us on social media. We’ll feature the best ones on our Instagram page with credit! Just make sure you use the hashtag #SilverBayBeach so we can find your beautiful pictures.

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The Summer Newsletter Is Here… And It’s Going To Be A Good One

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Why Silver Bay Is The UK’s Best Beach Holiday Destination

 


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Fantastic news! There’s been a certain buzz around the Silver Bay Holiday Village recently, more specifically in the form of 20,000 bees!

Not so long ago, we announced that we were launching a scheme to #SaveTheBees, an initiative that has been created to protect our flying friends who are synonymous with the English lifestyle and surrounding area of Anglesey.

In recent years, the honey bee has been under constant threat of depopulation, a problem that has been largely credited to a lack of forage and increasing use of pesticides.

However, under the BH&BPA David Bellamy Proposals – hundreds of parks have already got involved to Save Silver Bay Bees, a driving force which has been primarily led through social media involvement and community outreach.

Chris Buckley, Operations Manager at Silver Bay, reinforced the importance of public contribution to helping save the bee’s and the environment: “The scheme was driven by the desire to protect and contribute to the declining bee population nationwide. Almost 350 David Bellamy parks have achieved Honey Bee Friendly status. This means parks have put in the forage plants that bees need to survive. Spreading the word about the bee conservation will be a big focus of the Honey Bee Friendly Parks project this year.”

Save Silver Bay Bees with 5* Hotels

Alongside the huge insurgence of honey bees on Silver Bay grounds, there has also been creations of ‘Bee Hotels’, from small-scale bee B&B’s, to what can only be described as bee condominiums. If you haven’t got on the bee-hotel bandwagon, now’s the time to start. Take a look here for inspiration and advice.

5 Honey Bee Facts

Most of you by now may now be more informed to why we need to save our small, furry friends. But here’s a few honey bee facts to take the sting out of things:

  • Honey has antiseptic properties and was regularly used to dress wounds and burns many years ago.
  • Honey is massively important to pollinators allowing for flowers, vegetables and fruit to grow.
  • The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks. While she is alive, she will only create a 12th of a teaspoon of honey.
  • Honey bees wiggle or dance to communicate with one another – usually this is to indicate the direction of the food source.
  • The queen bee can live up to five years. The summer months are always the busiest for her, where she will lay 2,500 eggs.

Why not make this the year you take the Honey Bee Friendly pledge? Take a look at www.bbka.org.uk/learn/gardening_for_bees for some great tips and more information here to get you started with helping to Save Silver Bay Bees.

While you’re here, check out our Honeycomb Recipe below.

Honeycomb Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp of honey
  • ¼ tbsp of cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda


Equipment

  • Large heavy based pan
  • Baking sheet
  • Spatula
  • Scales
  • Spoons
  • Sugar thermometer

Method

  • Put sugar, honey, cream of tartar & butter into a large heavy based pan with 60ml water (mixture should triple in size, so ensure pan is big enough)
  • Simmer until sugar and butter & butter dissolves.
  • Heat to 122 degrees celsius on thermometer, or until a small piece forms a solid ball when dropped in cold water.
  • Remove from heat & beat in bicarbonate of soda
  • Tip out immediately onto baking sheet & leave to cool – do not touch, it’s hot!
  • Once cool, break up and enjoy.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Bon Appetit!

 

Update on the Hives

We now have two colonies of honey bees on site called “Heather” and “Willow”, both of which are named after important foraging flowers for the bees. Each colony is progressing well. In fact, they have doubled in size since arriving a few weeks ago and now each hive contains around 16,000-18,000 bees! They enjoy bringing in nectar from flowers and processing this into honey, and one of their favourite flower spots are the heather flowers on the coastal headland at the moment.

Our “Heather” hive is slightly larger than “Willow”, although the queen is shy and hard to spot! The queen of Willow, however, is quite happy to be seen going about her business and laying eggs.

We know some of our owners have been desperate to taste some of our honey, but you’ll have to be patient. All the honey collected now will be winter food stores for the bees themselves as they build up strength for the colder months. It’ll be next year that we’ll see a surplus that we’ll be able to enjoy, too!

Don’t forget our “Visit The Bees” days are held on Tuesdays in August, and we’ll also be hosting bee-related activities at Busy Bayers on Thursday mornings. Book in the spa if you don’t want to miss out!

 

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The sun has finally got his hat on, and with the May half-term quickly making its way towards us, we’ve officially launched the Silver Bay Spring Newsletter!

Jam-packed with fun and fantastic activities for all the family, there’s a tangible sense of excitement in the air as we prepare for the return of our lovely homeowners and their loved ones.

So, to make sure your calendar is chock-a-block with recreation and merry-making, take a look below.

Saving The Honey Bees

This year, we’re focusing on helping out a creature that’s been a part of the English lifestyle for as long as we can remember – the honey bee.

What many don’t realise is that this majestic being has a population that is vastly dwindling, so we’ve decided to make Silver Bay a Honey Bee Friendly Park!

Expert beekeeper, Johnathan Garratt, will be visiting over the summer months to hold important educational bee sessions with the children, and they’ll even have the chance to get up close and personal with the fuzzy, buzzy creatures. There will also be lots of bee-themed activities including candle creation with beeswax and a chance to help us build our very own Bee Hotel!

Best of all, we’ll be welcoming 20,000 new residents this summer in the form of our fuzzy friends! The protection and encouragement of the honey bees will be part of our prestigious David Bellamy award this year. Two hives are being installed closely followed by two bee colonies, so make sure you keep an eye out.

Don’t miss it… because It’ll BEE fantastic!

Welcoming Karan, our new pastry chef

We know how much our lodge owners love something sweet, and to help elevate our stunning Deck House menu to the next level, we’ve welcome talented pastry chef, Karan, to the team.

Originally from London, Karan loves baking and making sweets such as honeycomb and marshmallow, and we can’t wait to see what she brings to the table!

We’ve also got a brand new kid’s pudding menu, so keep your eyes peeled for it when you’re next dining with us.

The Chill Out Zone is here!

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It’s very important to us to listen to our owners’ feedback and act on your wishes – which is why we’re proud to announce that we’ve launched a brand new Chill Out Zone for teens!

Complete with a pool table, television, Wii, wifi, games and comfy bean bags, it’s a space attached to the Deck House where they can kick back and relax – and one where you can rest assured that your children are close by and safe.

The Chill Out Zone also welcomes children under 12 up until 9 pm, as long as they’re supervised by someone in the Deck House.

Easter Fund Raising

You’re a generous lot, and we’re pleased to announce that the Easter raffle and quiz raised £205 pounds for Wales Air Ambulance! Thank you to everyone who donated and took part – and we’d like to give a shout out to Resting Beach Face, who were our quiz champions.

We’d also like to take a moment to highlight the fantastic charity work our team members have done too. Heidi, Will, Toni and Sue all completed a 5k race course and raised £273 for the Stroke Association. Congratulations, everyone!

The Spring Activity Schedule

If you’re a regular Silver Bay holiday-maker, you’ll know that we’re always doing our best to host lots of fun recreational activities for both children and adults. This May, there’s lots on including some brand new activities such as leaf mobiles, nail painting and tattoos, and even frisbee golf.

In the pool, we’ll be hosting a range of pastimes from adult swims to water polo and snorkelling, so make sure you pack your swimming gear!

The studio and gym have an action-packed schedule if you fancy working up a sweat. There’ll be the return of supervised activities and gym, as well as spinning, circuit training, pilates, and metafit.

Finally, our Busy Bayers activities are back with a bang! This May your little ones can experience arts and crafts, paper mache modelling, clay modelling, coasteering, woodland activities, salt dough making and much, much more. We’re even celebrating the return of the fabulous Beach Mudder on Sunday the 28th of May at 3 pm!

Explore the full schedule below to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun:

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With warm beach weather approaching (we even had a mini heatwave over Easter!) and longer days just around the corner, summer is on the way here at Silver Bay Holiday Village.

Our calendar is jam-packed full with events that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss. And as well as making sure Silver Bayers have plenty to do, we’re also going to be digging deep for charity.

For a full run down, take a look below and pop these all important dates into your summer calendar of fun!

 

18th June – Snowdon Sunrise Charity Walk

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We always take great pride in doing our bit for local charities, which is why we’ve decided to get the Silver Bay team together and embark on the Snowdon Sunrise Charity Walk 2017.

Taking place on the 18th of June, all funds raised will go towards the all-important Wales Air Ambulances. And best of all, you can join us too! Just make sure you book via Breese Adventures.

The Wales Air Ambulance team will be trekking along with us, and we’ll be walking between 1am and 9am under the guide of the Anglesey moon, led by headtorch lights! It’s a magical walk and an experience that you’ll never forget. We hope to see you there!

If you can’t participate, but would like to donate, simply visit the GoFundMe page here.

 

3rd and 4th June – Menai Raft Race

As we’re an island, there are always lots of exciting water-based activities going on. From boat voyages to adrenaline-pumping sailing, if you’re a watersports enthusiast, you’ll love Anglesey.

This year, we’ve decided to get involved with local water sports activities ourselves, and for the first time ever will be taking part in the Menai Raft Race! This annual event is an Anglesey classic, and on the 3rd and 4th of June our Grounds Maintenance Team will be heading out on the water and racing locals who have endeavoured to build their best rafts!

If you’re interested in Raft Silver Bay, like our page on Facebook where you’ll find a collection of upcoming images full of all the latest updates. And best of all, this event also raises a lot of money for local causes – which makes the Menai Raft Race one of the most important events in the Anglesey calendar.

 

Summer 2017 – Date TBC – Guinness World Record Attempt

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This summer we’ll be hoping to make Silver Bay a record-breaking holiday park – and we need your help! From gathering as many superheroes as we can on the beach at one time, to building the world’s highest stack of coins on a holiday park, we want to know which event you’d like to do the most – and we need your votes on social media.

We’re also looking for even more special ideas, so if you have something that you’d like to put on the table, perhaps the most amount of people snorkelling in wigs at once, or maybe the largest amount of sandcastles shaped like Disney characters on one beach, let us know right away on Facebook.  

Our Guinness World Record Attempt is an event that we can’t wait to launch this summer when we welcome everyone back for six weeks of sun, fun and excitement. We’ll be posting more details soon about the attempt and when it will be taking place. Make sure you check back so that you don’t miss out!

 

Summer 2017 at Silver Bay Holiday Village

We hope you can make it to our events this summer, and if you don’t feel like taking part feel free to pop down and cheer us on! The team and our lodge owners will really appreciate your support.

To find out more about any of the events call us on 01407 860 860.

 

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Wistful sandy shoreline and sapphire waters, it could only be Silver Bay Beach. Located on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, this coastal haven is a sanctuary for families seeking a taste of sea air on UK shores.

Just a short five-minute walk from our award-winning holiday park, Silver Bay Beach is the perfect place to take a romantic walk or have a day of adventure riding the waves in your boat. There really is something for everyone to do. The beach is also close by to RAF Valley, providing the perfect opportunity for plane enthusiasts to witness the Red Arrows in action. Every year a range of events are held on the beach. From the annual fishing competition to the Beach Mudder race, Silver Bay beach is full of life yet spacious enough to feel secluded as you relax.

As well as this, the beach also has a rich history including the mysterious message in a bottle that washed up all the way from Xiamen in China.

Who knows what you’ll discover on a visit to our sandy hideaway? Our beach is also home to plentiful wildlife.

It’s not uncommon to spot a range of aquatic animals swimming in the waters including dolphins, and smaller animals such as frogs. The sky is also awash with beautiful animals including butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies – so there’s always something alluring to witness.

Our coast is also one of the greenest in the country, and we do our best to make sure it’s kept clean and is also well-tended to. In fact, we’ve been doing so well that we’ve been awarded a Green Coast Award!

This prestigious body recognises the best, and greenest, costs around the UK, and we’re honoured to call our tropical heaven a part of it.=As well as admiring our stunning nature, there’s also plenty of natural activities you can be a part of on Silver Bay Beach.

There’s little more satisfying than an afternoon spent rock pooling or beach combing, discovering shells, beautiful stones and much more. We also host an array of children’s club activities that include snorkelling, coasteering, and beach safety, as well as Wild Survivors Club where children can learn everything they need to know about rustic life outdoors.=It’s not only humans who are welcome on our beach, so too are man’s best friend! Dogs love Silver Bay Beach just as much as any human, and both man and dog can spend hours wandering this luxury coast with the sand between their toes.

And it’s not hard to find inspiration on our beach, especially if you’re a creative. Whatever your medium, you’ll be sure to find inspiration on our shores. Alice White is just one artist who has already had her creative soul captivated by the sights of our coast.

Over the summer we host a range of beach activities. Alongside our Beach Mudder race, lodge owners will also get access to our annual Sandcastle building competition as well as the chance to purchase tasty snacks from our very own Tiki Shack.

A day at Silver Bay Beach is all about bonding and coming together with both family and friends to create a community. Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter, there’s always someone on our beach to chat with, new friends to make. And it makes for a very special place to live out some of the best days of your family life.Silver Bay Beach isn’t just all about the sand and water, there is also woodland nearby, filled with luscious green trees and places to explore. In fact, a visit to the beach at Silver Bay isn’t complete without a ramble through the woodlands, so don’t miss out.

As well as being the proud owners of a Green Coast Award, we were also presented with a David Bellamy Conservation Award in late 2016.

This award is presented to holiday villages in the UK that have taken great care to create a sustainable environment and enhance and protect nature in Britain. We’ve planted trees, created a wildflower meadow and much more. You can read all about it here. Watersports are also a strong part of Silver Bay Beach life. From canoeing and kayaking to speed boats, everyone is welcome on our waters as long as they practice care and consideration for others. We also have a handy boat park close so that lodge owners can store their vessels with ease.

Furthermore, exploring our beach is only the beginning of the Silver Bay beach experience. There are plenty of wonderful walks to be had around Anglesey that are close by. The Silver Bay woodland lead walkers across to Trearddur Bay, another beautiful part of Anglesey all visitors should have the chance to witness. Staying safe on the beach is all about looking out for one another and knowing your limits. The ocean can be a dangerous place and should be respected. This means not swimming out of your depth, swimming alone, or going too far out. As well as this, people should take extra care to not leave things lying about on the beach. These can become hazards if someone were to trip over them, and that’s without mentioning that our furry, four-legged friends that could also potentially swallow something harmful!

If you’d like to relax on Silver Bay beach with your loved ones, then perhaps it’s time you considering lodge ownership at Silver Bay holiday village. As well as lodges, we also have a selection of stunning caravans available for purchase. So if you want a special place to escape where you don’t need to leave the country to reach paradise, call today on 01407 860 860. You can also view our eBrochure online.


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Silver Bay Holiday Village wins GOLD in the David Bellamy Awards 2016! Our lodge owners may have noticed a few changes around our luxury holiday park lately, and that’s because we’ve been striving to be recognised for the prestigious David Bellamy award!

The David Bellamy Awards are offered to holiday parks across the country that protect and enhance their beautiful natural environment – and that’s precisely what we’ve been aiming for here on Anglesey.

We’ve been planting a diverse mix of native trees, hedging, wildflowers and traditional Welsh Fruit Trees around our park.

However, that’s not all. We’ve also created a native wildflower meadow for residents to enjoy, and we’re in the process of setting up a magnificent edible garden containing soft fruit and kitchen herbs. Our main aim, of course, has been to protect and build upon our beautiful natural scenery on the park, and the determination of our team has been rewarded and we couldn’t be happier.

The David Bellamy Awards are judged by a team of local wildlife experts who ensure that holiday parks are meeting the following criteria:

  • “Manage their land as a haven for wildlife

  • Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce

  • Support their local communities.”

Commendations are split into three categories, bronze, silver and gold. We’re humbled to have achieved the most prestigious award ‘Gold’ for our contribution!

David Bellamy Awards have been running throughout the UK since 1997. They are one of the longest running green awards in the country, and we’re honoured to have received such prestigious recognition.

What’s been your favourite new addition to the site? Are you happier with a greener holiday village? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.

Any questions or queries about the award or our holiday park in general? Simply give us a call on 01407 860 860 to speak to reception. Our friendly team will be more than happy to offer any assistance.

You can also download our free eBrochure if you’d like to get right into the heart of our luxury holiday village.


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If you’ve been following this story previously, you might be aware just how far we’ve got with our research.

From finding out more behind the story of how Silver Bay residents, the Harringtons discovered the bottle. to featuring on the BBC website as well as numerous front pages in the China Press – to say the story has gotten quite big is a huge understatement!

So what have we found out?

Take a look below to discover all the latest update and interviews.

 

Silver Bay Message in a Bottle

Since posting our story, the amount of email response we’ve had has been impressive.

We’ve been contacted by everyone from Xiamen University students through to a journalist at the BBC – and they all want to know the same thing; Where did this message come from?

Although we’re no closer to learning the truth, we’ve discovered more about the origins of the bottle and also more about Gulangyu Island, which is referenced to in the post itself.

 

We recently received an email from a lady who is originally from Xiamen but is currently living in the UK. Needless to say, she felt compelled to write after the reading the story and informed us of a few key things.

She told us that Gulangyu Island itself doesn’t have any cars on it. In fact, all they have is one fire engine!

She also told us that you can walk around the entirety of the island in 3-4 hours, and that 90% of homes have pianos in them.

On top of this, Ellen claimed it’s a top date place for young people to visit, as it is very beautiful and romantic.

 

As well as all providing all this amazing information, she also volunteered a possible background story, which we are inclined to believe ourselves.

Ellen believes the message tells a story of two students choosing between following their love for one another and following their dreams. She also suggested it could be pressure from their family to follow their careers.

As they seem to be saying goodbye, we can only assume their dreams and career aspirations won over their love, if this is the case.

 

Press in China

Since learning of the article, the press in China has been great at uncovering information for us. They discovered that the bottle which the letter arrived in is actually a traditional Chinese plum juice, which can only be bought at restaurants on the island, and they also had some questions to put to Nancy that you can see below:

1. Did you imagine getting a response from China?

2. Did you know Xiamen or Gulangyu islet before this?

3. Are you interested in Chinese culture?

4. What do you think about the contents of the message?

5. Could you introduce yourselves? People in Xiamen are curious about you.

6. You are famous in Xiamen now, if the government of Gulangyu islet invited you to visit Xiamen and Gulangyu islet, would you like to come?

 

Nancy was more than happy to respond, and had the following to say:

“We are delighted to hear that this discovery has sparked a response in China, we’d love to know more about the area.

We previously knew nothing about this area, and we’d love to know what it’s like, does the University still exist? How long ago could this letter have been written? Who wrote it? I wonder whether we could find out any more regarding also the age of students there, the subjects studied, the surroundings? Are there any signs that you can see regarding the date? I am also very curious to find out how on earth the bottle managed to travel so far? It’s incredible! It’s also such a kind and compassionate letter, which I’m sure could be the basis of many  a life’s lesson…

I’m a Speech and Language Therapist, I co-ordinate the team in a Cheshire Hospital working with adults with speech, language and swallowing disorders. I am married to Bren. He is a Consultant and advisor, working in the food industry. Jack is our son, he is eleven years old, in the top year at Cherry Tree Primary School, Lymm, which is twinned with the Aerospace Academy School in Xi’an. He took the message and the bottle into school to show his teachers and classmates. He is very interested in history and science and loves being in the outdoors, climbing trees and exploring. We all love the beach, and spending family time there. We often walk our dog, Barney, on the beach

We would absolutely love to visit Gulangyu islet and meet with the people of Xiamen. We would be very interested in trying to find out more about the origins of this wonderful discovery, and would welcome any opportunity to collaborate with you to discover more.”

 

As you can see, it’s certainly an intriguing story that’s captured the interest of a lot of people. We really do hope to find who wrote it, but even if we don’t, we certainly have a story on our hands that we’re sure will influence our wildest daydreams for a long time to come.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our beautiful holiday park, be sure to contact our friendly staff on 01407 860 111 with any questions or queries you may have.

You can also follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest Silver Bay news, and you can also get a good look at our lodges online right here.


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It’s not very often that something strange washes up on Silver Bay beach.

However, 2015 saw an eleven-year-old boy find something very unusual indeed during his holiday.

Jack and his mother, Nancy, both Silver Bay residents, were out beachcombing with their beloved dog when they came across an intriguing glass bottle.

Yet it was what was inside that encouraged them to find out more.

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The bottle was home to a strange message, and even more intriguing, it was written in Chinese.

Nancy Harrington, mum to the boy who found the message said the following:

“My 11 year old son, Jack, found it at half term (he was 10 at the time!)

We were just generally wandering about with the dog, beach combing, and he found it at the back of the beach, near the sand dunes.

{…}

One of my work colleagues is married to a Chinese lady, who kindly provided the interpretation and details.”

Yet this simply added more questions rather than supplying any answers as to who sent this intriguing message, and how it came to wash up on the coastline of Anglesey.

 

The translated note reads:

“Gulangyu islet is the most surprising, most memorable, and the place of both my happiest and saddest memories.

At this unromantic and unremarkable islet, my romance that never stated, ended.

Three or maybe four days remain, to reminisce, to regret, to feel our emotions, where I can be allowed to quietly enjoy being with you, watching you, holding you close…

Life must continue. The things you hold on to always hold you back. Keep moving forward, keep running. With all the things there are to think about, you will eventually forget.

There is a famous saying ‘There’s nothing you can do about it, so face reality.’

You need to be happy. Don’t get too skinny, don’t feel the need to change yourself. If you want to be a good person, there’s no need to change, as you’re already there.

Wherever you may be, take time out to think in peace and quiet. Spend your days being happy with someone who is special to you.

Bye, my little sweetie, and goodbye to our Gulangyu islet.”

And on the back there was also the following, which we have been informed is the Amolensis University song;

“I remember saying goodbye outside the door of Amolensis. I will always remember the moment deep in my heart as well as your little mannerisms. Sadly you have left and life must go on. There is nothing we can do, is there?”

Since this blog has gone out, the story has been published by the Mirror, Wales Online and a range of newspaper in China as can be seen below:

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Gulangu Island is just of the coast of Amoy City, China, and it is also known as Xiamen City.

We have recently been informed that Amolensis is latin for Xiamen, leading the message in a bottle right back to Xiamen University. Since then, a student of the university has been in touch to tell us all about the song entioned on the note which you can listen to below:

The translation of the song that we have also been provided with is as follows:

‘Be strong! Be strong!
Vast sea of learning!
Who will unveil nature’s mystery?
Lu
Jiany deep and long, let us seek the truth to no end,
Master of Southland!
Hurrah!
Master of Southland!
Hurrah!

Be strong! Be strong!
Misty path of living!
Who will steer forth the ship of mercy?
Lu Jiang deep and long, let us fill with love unbound.
Master of Southland!
Hurrah!
Master of Southland!
Hurrah!’

We also have further information about the bottle it arrived in, which is a traditional Chinese drink that’s available for sale in restaurants on the island, and is made from plum juice.

We’ve had a lot of feedback from China surrounding this mysterious letter, but there’s one thing we still don’t know: who sent it.

We will be sure to update this blog with any further information surrounding the strange message – and we hope to find the author soon!

If you yourself were to write a message in a bottle, what would you put in it?

Get in touch on Twitter and let us know your thoughts about your own message in a bottle idea, as well as this one!


13/Dec/2017
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Though we’re sad to see the end of summer and the wonderful weather it brings to Anglesey, we have certainly made the most of the holiday season here at Silver Bay!

We thoroughly enjoyed the company of all of our holiday homeowners, along with friends and family attending our various events throughout the summer period. We hope you all enjoyed your time here as much as we did, so here are some of the highlights we couldn’t resist sharing with you.

There are clearly quite a few sport fanatics among our ranks, judging from the brilliant turnout at our session of rounders on the beach. Everybody got involved, some fantastic rounders were scored, and thankfully the weather stayed clear and sunny all evening long.

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Ah, the weather. Residents definitely got into the summer spirit by taking advantage of sunshine and sea whenever possible. Most sunny afternoons you could meander down to Silver Bay’s beach and see a good few of the children having a fabulous time in the ocean, and we even had a few occasions where everyone gathered on the beach with their coal BBQs.

There was some lovely food going round, the kids got to play out and parents had a chance for a tipple or two. Pimms, anyone?

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Finally, towards the end of the summer, we held a tennis tournament for Silver Bay residents and also our team members. The kids had great fun battling each other in their morning tournament, with the parents getting their trainers on to enter the afternoon adults tournament and an evening presentation in the Bistro to wrap things up.

Though summer is coming to an end, we’re certain you have all managed to create some amazing memories with your family, and we hope Silver Bay has provided the perfect setting for your summer activities. We’re already looking forward to the antics of the next seasonal holidays, Halloween and Bonfire night. Christmas suddenly doesn’t seem too far away!

Make sure you keep up to date with our events here at Silver Bay with our blog, or keep in touch on Twitter and Facebook so you don’t miss out!

 


13/Dec/2017
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We encourage our holiday homeowners to take advantage of our boat park and launching facilities, and as a result we know we have a good few maritime enthusiasts among us! We also know how exciting exploring the coastlines of Anglesey can be, so for those who don’t have a boat to take advantage of, or even current owners looking for a new experience, we have put together a guide to the boat trips and tours around our island ready for you and your family to enjoy.

Anglesey Boat Trips

With plenty of options for trips along the coastline and Menai strait, including to charter your own private skippered speedboat, or even drive yourself, Anglesey Boat Trips has a very wide variety of experiences for you to choose from. With 4 locations you can pick which area of the coastline you fancy exploring; you can also decide whether you want to go for a slow boat trip and take in the view, or thrill seekers can opt for a fast breathtaking experience.

Award-Winning Beach- Sailing on Silver Bay beach

 

Seacoast Safaris

If you and your family are more partial to cruising leisurely on the water, the cruises provided from Seacoast Safaris will be just right for you.

With plenty of cruises lasting for different lengths of time, exploring around different areas of the island and the choice to opt for a live commentary, we can’t think of a better way to spend your day. There are plenty of opportunities to observe the wildlife, from marine mammals to the many different species of bird including herons, oystercatchers and more. However, in case you want to try something a bit different, Seacoast Safaris also runs adventure RIB tours for an exhilarating ride, or private charters to let you discover the coast in your own time.

 

RibRide Bear Grylls RIB adventures

For those of you who are more in the mood for adventure, RibRide have introduced their Bear Grylls Adventure Boat Tours. Working in partnership with Bear to create this experience, RibRide utilises a RIB that has been tested in extreme arctic environments to ensure it is perfect for your adventure ride.

The ride involves taking you to see the “Skerries”, a unique group of rocky islands, or you can also travel to Gogarth to see the cliffs and caves. You are guaranteed some spectacular sea birds regardless of which boat tour you choose, and expert skippers help make every trip an enjoyable event with their fascinating stories and facts. You could also choose to take a ribride to see the famous puffins of Puffin Island, with a possibility of a visit from some seals, or one of their other exciting ribrides with different itineraries.

 

 

Starida Sea Services fishing trips

People who would fancy getting something to eat while enjoying their day out on the water may be tempted by the Anglesey Sea Fishing Trips offered by Starida Sea Services. Beginners are welcome to join in, with rod hire available, and free hot tea and coffee in case the weather begins to get a bit chilly. With the bait provided, you can get stuck in with the expert advice from skippers to help you get the most out of your day. If you catch something, you can cook it on board or take it home for dinner. Starida Sea Services also runs Menai Strait and Puffin Island cruises providing a complete guided tour with full commentary.

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