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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Looking for a luxury holiday lodge in Anglesey with a sea view? Then look no further! This year Silver Bay will be welcoming a new lodge development to the holiday park, Bay View. Situated on the outskirts of the park, Bay View will provide the perfect spot to take in those breathtaking views of the bay and Snowdonia beyond.
What kind of lodge can I buy on Bay View?
Bay View will consist of 25 stunning new lodges set out in two crescents of six and a front row of 13. The new lodge development will be fully landscaped and each lodge will have a hard standing parking area and extensive UPVC decking with glazed viewing panels. One of the luxury lodges available to buy on Bay View will be The Hampton from Prestige Park & Leisure Homes, a sophisticated and cleverly-designed lodge.
The Hampton has some classic architectural design features, such as timber paneling, high-pitched ceilings, exposed beams and timber floors, as well as a neutral, ocean-inspired colour scheme and natural materials. Why not take a look for yourself?
As well as the stunning interior, the new development of lodges will also feature six sectioned bi-fold doors so you can really take in that view of the sea and mountain range.
We’ll release more information as we near completion of the Bay View new lodge development so make sure to keep an eye out on our blog page and Twitter feed.
How do I become a lodge owner at Silver Bay?
Interested in owning a lodge on Bay View? Or maybe you’d like to experience Silver Bay for yourself? What better way to do so than coming along to our next open day. We’ll be opening the gates on the 25th February between 12pm and 4pm for you to explore the park, the new lodge development and view our magnificent lodges. There’ll also be fizz and nibbles to enjoy as well as an opportunity to take a look at the facilities and amenities Silver Bay has to offer.
Want to find out more about Bay View or our upcoming open day? You can give us a call on 01407 860860 or request a callback and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our annual Christmas party on the 9th December. We were joined by owners, family and friends for games and dancing plus a visit from Santa himself!
To remember the night we’ve put together a video of some of our favourite photos, we’d love to see your photos from the night as well so make sure to share them with us and use the hashtag #SilverBayXmas.
Can’t see your photo in the video? Make sure to check out our Facebook photo album and tag yourself, family and friends.
New Year’s Eve Party
After our successful Christmas Party it’s time to look forward to New Year’s Eve. Tickets are now sold out for this event but for those of you who are attending, dig out your shoulder pads and hairspray and get ready to go back to the 80s! We look forward to seeing you all there and make sure to share your photos with us on social media.
We also have some activities taking place over the New Year’s weekend for the Busy Bayers, such as arts and crafts, baking and hair braiding. You can find out more about specific activities and times in our Christmas newsletter blog.
Preparing your holiday home for winter
We’d like to remind you that the park will be closed from 4th January to 12th February. The cold weather can sometimes cause issues so it’s important to make sure your lodge is prepared for the downtime. Here’s a couple of useful tips:
Protect all your outdoor furniture by storing it either inside your shed or inside your lodge; any heavy glass-top tables will need turning upside down and securing
Turn your boiler to FROST STAT and turn your water supply off at the stopcock, you can make sure the system has run dry by opening all the taps. Alternatively, you may request a DRAIN DOWN, this will drain your holiday water supply, including the heating system, and antifreeze will be put into the system to avoid pipes freezing and bursting
We’d also like to remind you that the boat park will be secured by bollards over the season closure so please ensure all valuables and electronic equipment is removed from your boat if possible.
Spa Beauty Offers
You’ve still got some time left to make the most of our December spa and beauty offers.
Our treatment of the month is the ELEMIS Couture Touch Face & Body treatment, reduced from £60 to £40. The 60 minute treatment consists of an ELEMIS hands-on TOUCH facial with a personalised Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage or Deeper than Deep Hot Stone Massage.
If you don’t have time for a full treatment why not pick up our product of the month – ELEMIS Skin Buff. This deep cleansing exfoliator re-energises dull and lifeless skin, leaving skin brighter and allowing it to breathe.
You can find out more about our spa treatments here.
Finally, we’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and for those not able to attend the New Year’s Eve party, a Happy New Year!
As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, Silver Bay becomes a haven of winter luxury. Bask in our warm spa, hidden away from the cool evenings in our magnificent pool or jacuzzi, or spend nights curled up with the family in your holiday lodge, heating on, board games out.
Whatever your favourite part of winter is, we think everyone can agree that it’s such special time at our Anglesey holiday park with lots of magical family memories just waiting to be made.
Already, our Christmas Party is less than a month away. This year, the big night will take place on the 9th of December from 4:40 pm to midnight. As usual, Father Christmas himself will be stopping by to say hello to all the little ones, and a fantastic festive buffet will provide a place for you to fill your boots with scrumptious grub. There’ll also be face painting, games, and drinks until midnight!
Of course, our Christmas party is owners-only, so if you want to book your space, wait no longer! Call us on 01407 860 860 right away. Tickets are £8 per adult and £3 for children. Best of all, under 3’s go free.
New Year’s Eve
What would the end of the year be without our fabulous annual New Year’s Eve party at The Deck House? This year, we’re throwing a tribute to the outlandish 80’s!
Tickets are also on sale for this fantastic event, and although NYE might come second to Christmas, we recommend you don’t hang around.
There’ll be glitz, glamour, dancing, drinks and food – what’s not to love? Bring in the near year in style amongst friends and family!
Christmas at The Spa
The festive time of year provides the perfect chance to treat yourself or someone you care about to a treatment or product from our luxurious spa.
As usual, we have a fantastic monthly offer for you to make the most of. Our December Treatment of the Month is the wonderful ELEMIS Couture Touch Face & Body Treatment for 60-minutes. Reduced to £40 from £60. Forget about the hectic Christmas shops and take a much-deserved break with us!
Our product of the month this December is perfect for that irksome winter skin. Welcome the ELEMIS Skin Buff for just £20, reduced from £28.50 – On a side note, this product also makes an excellent Christmas present!
The Silver Bay Christmas and NYE newsletter
Christmas at Silver Bay wouldn’t be complete without our activities. Of course, there’ll be festive sessions galore – including Christmas Decorations and Christmas Crafts that everyone will love. Supervised Gym and Supervised Activities will be back at the spa if your health and fitness regime is on the agenda, as will the ever-popular adult-only swim.
For the full newsletter please take a look below.
As current owners know, we close the village down at the beginning of the new year. We’ll be closed between the 4th of January – 12 of February, and should you need us in the meantime, our reception team will still be on hand 7-days a week between 9am and 3pm.
Finally, we’d just like to take the chance to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and all the best for the new year!
Yet again, another exceptional half-term was to be had last week here at Silver Bay Holiday Village. Whether it was the spooky themed Busy Bayer activities, or the night everyone had been waiting for, our annual Halloween party, it was a week to remember!
It was another action packed half-term for our little Busy Bayers! Of course, with Halloween swift on our heels, it was only prudent that our activities took on a spooky twist. Featuring Spooky Crafts, Disgusting Baking and Slime & Potions, attendance was fantastic,and everyone had a fun-filled break! If you have any pictures of your child’s creations, be sure to share them with us on Facebook.
Our spa also hosted an exciting half-term schedule with the return of Indoor Kayaking and Scuba Diving. We love offering children the chance to practice these skills in the safety of our own pool, and they love it, too.
Halloween Party 2017
No October half-term is complete without the sensational Silver Bay Halloween Party. A lodge owner favourite, this year’s affair did not disappoint. Guests were welcomed to the party on Saturday the 28th of October after a day of hard work put in by our team. We’d just like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in making the party a success – your efforts are truly appreciated!
Upon arrival, we snapped photos of everyone’s ghoulish costumes. You can find the whole collection of snaps over on Facebook, but we have to say the two below are some of our favourites! An excellent Halloween- themed buffet was laid on courtesy of our incredible Deck House staff, and of course there was lots of dancing and fun on the dance floor.
The Deck House Autumn Menu
A new season = a brand new Deck House menu. Our sensational team have put together a menu of delectable treats that will make choosing a favourite impossible.
Using the very best of local ingredients, such as meat from local butchers and breads from local bakeries, we provide only the very best of the best when it comes to Anglesey cuisine.
This season, why not sample our BBQ Chicken Wings, our Homemade Haddock and Prawn Fish Cake, or perhaps our pasta or fish of the day? We also cater to vegetarians, and have some gluten free options too, including our sensation GF sticky toffee pudding. You can book a table for you and your family or friends on 01407 860 860.
Finally, we found a lost monkey comforter in one of our show homes. If you recognise this little guy, be sure to get in touch! We want to return him to his rightful owner.
Silver Bay 2017
As we look towards the end of the year, the fun at Silver Bay is far from slowing down. Stay tuned for more details about our annual Christmas and NYE parties, and also our Spa offers for December.
Here’s to an incredible end to 2017! We hope to see you there.
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to visit Silver Bay. With the trees changing to alluring oranges, yellows and reds, and the beach ripe with fresh air that will clear out all those cobwebs, there really isn’t a better time to see what we have to offer. Which is why we’re so excited to announce the return of our open day this October!
Built with care and attention and crafted to perfection, the Silver Bay lodges ooze luxury and are fit for royalty. Experience everything from The Reef Edge to The Lookout on your visit, and find out exactly what you can expect if you buy one of our fabulous properties. Our lodges even come with outdoor space and optional decking, which makes for the perfect place for relaxed BBQs as the sunsets in the warmer months.
The Deck House
Recently refurbished, and now complete with a brand new teenage chill-out area, The Deck House is THE place to dine on Anglesey. Only the finest of local ingredients are put into our dishes, and our chefs work hard to ensure you have a meal worth writing home about every visit.
Of course, we also have a range of ales and drinks available, and our preferred wine merchant John Fearon always makes sure that our wine selection is both tasty and plentiful. The perfect place for unwinding of an evening or enjoying a family Sunday roast, The Deck House really is something special. And that’s without even mentioning our exclusive owner-only parties! Keep an eye out for our Halloween recap coming soon.
Silver Bay Beach
If you know anything about Silver Bay, then you’ll know that our private, award-winning beach is something to marvel at. Awarded a Green Flag, as well as a Seaside Award, our pristine coast plays host to many happy memories. We’ve even opened a brand-new beachside cafe for 2017!
The Spa at Silver Bay
No holiday village is truly complete without a fantastic spa, which is why we’re so proud of The Spa at Silver Bay. Make the most of our 15.5m pool with dedicated lanes, or book a treatment with our talented practitioners – there’s even a gym, if you fancy working off all those extra holiday treats! Whatever you choose to do at the Spa, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere where you can relax with loved ones and unwind away from the real world.
Silver Bay Open Day
We hope that we’ve tempted you to come and visit us on the 28th of October. There’s no need to book your spot, just confirm your attendance over on Facebook. Remember, you can also call our friendly team on 01407 860 860 if you have any questions or queries! Here at Silver Bay, fun times and families come first. Is it time that you made the leap and purchased a special coastal retreat right here in the UK?
Whether on a budget, wanting something quick, a family meal or an evening of romance, there’s a meal for everyone all on Holy Island.
Holy Island is located on the western side of Anglesey and is connected by the Stanley Embankment and 4 Mile Bridge, making it easy to access and explore the amazing sites all within walking distance!
Named due to its high concentration of standing stones, burial chambers and other religious sites on the small island.
If mouth-watering restaurant and cafe’s is what you’re pining for, this top 10 restaurants list features some of the finest eateries in the area. So go ahead, collect your appetite and feast your eyes on our top 10 recommended restaurants on Holy Island, Anglesey!
The Deck House
Set within a grade 2 listed farmhouse with an extension that has been recently refurbished to take in the stunning views of Silver Bay and the Llyn Pensinsular beyond.
The Deck House has a classic and contemporary menu suited for individual tastes. Take fresh, carefully selected, seasonal ingredients and creates a delicious and memorable dining experience. If you enjoy a nice, relaxing drink after spending a day on our private beach, The Deck House is the ideal way to wind down and grab your favourite beverage in the perfect setting.
Watch your afternoon slip away without stress; our Busy Bayers keeps your young ones entertained within the close-by lounge area so there’s more time to enjoy your visit at the Deck House. Whether it’s a family day out or a quiet catch up with friends, you can make The Deck House’s lounge whatever you want it to be.
Located near the very southern tip of Holy Island (Holyhead Island) on Anglesey and is just west of Silver Bay beach, the White Eagle is either a 20 minute walk or a five minute drive from Silver Bay.
You’re walking down the beautiful sandy Rhoscolyn beach, breathing in that fresh sea-side air and drinking in the fantastic views of the coastal path. What better way to top it off than resting your weary legs at the White Eagle? You can also bring your furry friends with you too, as the eatery is pet-friendly!
Enjoy the outdoor terrace and soak in the views overlooking the stunning Anglesey coast while enjoying one (or two pints) of their guest ales on draught. There is great food on offer with seasonal menus as well. The White Eagle’s critically acclaimed Steak Pies are to die for, and their home-made fish and chips are amongst customer favourites.
And if that wasn’t enough, indulge yourself in Rhoscolyn history (where the pub is located) which is famous with the patron saint St Gwenfaen. We won’t give too much away though, you’ll have to discover it for yourself!
Enjoy local food and beer while retreating in the warm glow of a roaring open fire, The Seacroft provides the perfect resting place for the whole family. Stocked to the brim with universally loved Timothy Taylor’s ale, you may hear an adventurous tale or two echoing from the barstools at the front of house.
On the menu, locally sourced ingredients from Anglesey suppliers means that you get the freshest and most tastiest meals on offer. Oh, and if you’re around the Anglesey area in winter, The Seacroft offers a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal on most dishes. The Seacroft steals the show on making number 2 on our top 10 restaurants in Anglesey!
The Harbourfront Bistro
Just as the name suggests, the Harbourfront lies on on the idyllic Newry Beach of Holyhead. A hidden gem, this bistro is a family run business with family-orientated values; bring the kids down for a scrumptious meal or simply enjoy the picturesque scenery of the sunset disappearing over the horizon.
There’s something for everyone at the Harbourfront Bistro, its perfect location and contemporary British cuisine ensures that this eatery features on our top 10 recommended restaurants!
The Valley Hotel
“This is Anglesey.”
The Valley Hotel’s motto rings loud and proud. They’re thrilled to be from the Welsh island of Anglesey, a quality that resonates through their restaurant. Their recently refurbished main bar features welsh slate, rustic charm and perfect real ales to match! Don’t forget to enjoy one of the best Sunday Carvery restaurants in Anglesey! You won’t regret it!
Whether you’re just passing through for a refreshing pint or looking to experience the delectable homemade cooking, the Valley stands out as a strong contender to make it on our list of recommended restaurants in Anglesey.
For one of the best breakfast restaurants in Anglesey, shimmy on down to the Sea Shanty! Fill your sea boots with eggs benedict, a hearty bacon butty or sit down and order yourself a latte and watch the world go by.
Inside the Sea Shanty is just as impressive as the outside – its interior resembles the inside of ship from years gone by. Your maritime food voyage begins with the greeting “It’s always sunny in here” etched on the dining room entrance, and it’s a welcoming gesture that continues through to the friendliness of the staff. Make sure you visit the Sea Shanty for fantastic locally-sourced seafood!
The Driftwood features on our list of restaurants in Anglesey as it stands out as a hidden gem. Good food, local cask ales and a famous traditional carvery on Sunday – and it doesn’t stop there. You can watch your favourite sports team with Sky Sports and BT, providing all the action while you sit back and enjoy your pint. If you’re struggling to think of where to celebrate Christmas, birthdays and wedding celebrations, let The Driftwood plan your social event with a function room that can hold up to 70 people! Well worth the visit!
The Black Seal, Trearddur Bay
If you’re yearning for a restaurant that provides a modern, contemporary eating and drinking experience with British Cuisine, look no further than The Black Seal. Boasting a dedicated Gin Bar, drinks lovers with a taste for craft alcohol can find their haven within the walls of this bar restaurant.
If sinking a Bombay Sapphire doesn’t float your boat, there are more than enough traditional dishes to satisfy your hunger. You can also test your tastebuds at international dishes from Welsh Rump Steak to Philly Hot Pizza.
Catch 22, Valley
Catch 22 are like the cool kids on the block. Their modern style, both from inside and outside the restaurant, seems effortless. Their slick interior decor is complemented by their sophisticated menu and cosmopolitan drinks. Large venue space also makes Catch 22 ideal for hosting events like parties and meetings.
When you’ve devoured your Pan Fried Stone Sea Bass and ready to whistle for the bill, make sure you grab a drink and explore the balcony – perfect for unwinding and soaking in the fantastic views of Holy Island in all its glory!
Enoch’s needs no introduction as it remains a familiar stopping place for passing travellers and locals to enjoy! This stylish, traditional British restaurant embraces the coastal culture of Anglesey and its adoration for Fish & Chips by sustainably sourcing and passionately making your favourite seaside dish.
Did you know, Enoch’s were the first fish & chip shop in Wales committed to using the MSC ecolabel to contribute to the health of our own & the world’s ocean! So there you have it, tasty and morally appetising!
So what are you waiting for? Collect your appetite, leave your worries at the door and enjoy our top ten recommended restaurants in Anglesey. If you find any more great places to relax and unwind with food and drink, don’t forget to let us know!
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What an incredible summer it’s been. From our annual fishing competition to our owner’s summer party, the fun hasn’t stopped!
Sadly, we’re waving goodbye to the warmer months now, but before we do we thought we’d revisit the very best of the best of summer 2017.
Keep an eye out – you might even make an appearance!
The Owner’s Summer Party
Right at the beginning of summer we hosted our annual owner’s party in The Deck House! The Runaway Babies band made a magnificent return, and everyone danced the night away with friends and family in abundance.
A taste bud-tingling buffet was put on by the magnificent chefs, and all of the staff involved we’re on top form, ensuring a brilliant night was had by all.
Mr Trix the clown even made an appearance, much to the delight of the young members of the Silver Bay family!
It was another amazing summer for our busy bayers activities. From snorkelling to wild survivors, new friends were made and the fun times were in full swing.
A centre point of our Busy Bayers activities this year was, of course, our new addition to the holiday village – the Silver Bay bees! Activities such as building our bee hotel and Bee Creative, where we designed some beautiful bee collages, kept everyone thoroughly entertained.
Our Wild Survivor attendees also earned a Silver Wild Challenge award from the RSPB for all the amazing work they’ve done to help nature. We’re incredibly proud of everyone involved.
Fitness & Spa
We’ve also been making sure that everyone keeps fit over the summer! Our outdoor bums and tums was a popular class, and we’ve also been offering private, 1-2-1 swimming lessons. It has been a real joy seeing children learn to swim in our pool alongside our excellent instructors.
Alongside promoting fitness this summer, we’ve also been pushing self-care. The Spa at Silver Bay has launched a brand-new brochure full of fantastic treatments that our lodge owners and locals have been making the most of. From shellac nails to facials, take a look here for the brochure and pick your perfect treatment! Make sure you also keep an eye out for our September offers which are as follows:
Our Superfood Pro Radiance facial is now just £45, reduced from £60!
Our Pro Radiance Flash Balm & Illuminating Eye Balm is now just £50, reduced from £71
The Deck House Entertainment
It has been an incredible summer of fun in the Deck House this year! We’ve had everything from fashion shows to live musicians, and wine tasting evenings.
Highlights include singer and guitarist Kiana, live music with Mojo, an evening of fashion, fizz and shopping with Mrs Jones, and our wine taste evening featuring our preferred wine merchant John Fearon Wines. There really has never been a dull moment this summer!
When you’ve got a picturesque beach like we have, it’d be foolish not to host a range of summer activities along the coast – which is why Silver Bay Beach is always a staple of our summer schedule.
This year saw the return of Beach Mudder, and our owners battled once more to take the crown – congratulations to our winners the uniquely named Psycho Unicorns. We also hosted our annual sandcastle competition which saw everything from bee parties to Pierce’s truck, winners included The Goddards, Becky & Grace, Erica Keasberry and Theo! And 2017 also saw our fishing competition return. Split into junior and adult categories, our winners were Ed Wilson, Rowen Dier, Holly McLean Watts and Noah Rockliffe. Kevin McLean also put on an excellent BBQ!
This summer also saw us become the proud owners of a Seaside Award from Keep Wales Tidy for our immaculate coast. You can read more about that over here.
We’re sad to say goodbye to summer, but also ready for a magnificent end to 2017! Our Halloween Party will be making a comeback, as will our Christmas and NYE celebrations. Make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook account for our brand new autumn Deck House menu, as well as our half-term planner where we’ll be bringing back loads of exciting activities to keep the run times rolling!
To find out more about owning a property at Silver Bay, please call us on 01407 860 860, or click here. Make sure you also keep an eye out for upcoming opening days over on our social accounts.
Imagine kicking back in the centre of luxury, switching off from the outside world, and spending time with your loved ones.
It’s what attracts so many to our holiday village, and why we think it’ll attract you too.
Our lodges are finished to the highest of standards, and come with beautiful views of the coast, Snowdon, and the lovely village of Rhoscolyn. They have two or three bedrooms, meaning there’s plenty of space for everyone, and they are the finest in modern, spacious holiday home living.
Our holiday properties also come with a garden, and can be fitted with bespoke decking giving you effectively an extra room outdoors, and a place where you can sip a cocktail, enjoying the sunset, night after night.
Everyone that comes to Silver Bay falls in love with our lodges and our holiday park – and we’re certain that you will too.
Silver Bay Beach
As one of the most beautiful coasts in the country, Silver Bay beach has the ability to take your breath away as soon as you lay your eyes on it.
Bask in the cool waters, or spend some time constructing the finest sand castle in all the land with your little ones. Silver Bay Beach is simply full of family memories just waiting to be created.
Best of all, our beach is exclusively open to lodge owners, and it has a brand new beach cafe to enjoy! Did someone say ice cream?!
Our beach is so beautiful that is the proud owner of a few awards. We boast a Green Flag Award, as well as a Seaside Award which is brand new for 2017. We keep a tidy, green coast for everyone to enjoy – and we now have the awards to prove it!
The Spa at Silver Bay
When you’re done exploring the beach, The Spa at Silver Bay is the place to be. Our Spa team are incredibly skilled when it comes to relaxation and treatments, and we’ve just launched our brand new Spa offering! You can take a look at it here.
Most of our treatments are done using fabulous ELEMIS products because we know they’re great for all skin types. And when you’ve had your treatment, whether it be a facial or full body massage, remember that the gym is there to be used, as is our beautiful pool and jacuzzi.
It really is relaxation at its finest.
Open Day at Silver Bay
We hope to see you this Sunday for our open day. You’ll get the chance to explore our Lookout lodge, the beach, our spa and much more.
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.
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!
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.
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.
200g caster sugar
3 tbsp of honey
¼ tbsp of cream of tartar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda
Large heavy based pan
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.
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!