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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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The first weekend of December has been and gone and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to put your Christmas decorations up! We’ve been keeping an eye on the latest decoration trends this year to help make your holiday lodge look extra special over the festive period. Here are some of the top trends to help you on your way:

Scandinavian

From Scandi-noir TV series gracing our screens to Hygge taking the country by storm last Christmas, Scandinavian culture has well and truly made its way into our lives.

The trend is very much about “less is more” with a focus on the colour white, even down to the colour of your Christmas lights (keep to white bulbs rather than mixing them with warm, yellow bulbs). To keep to the minimal aesthetic, try to stick to only one or two colours throughout the house.

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes from Norse mythology so it makes sense to complete the theme with a sprig hanging above the door. Why not tie it together with a ribbon in your chosen colour scheme? Stockings hung over the fireplace is also a Christmas essential; maybe try some white, knitted ones in-keeping with that cosy, Scandi feeling.

Quirky

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the quirky trend where you can mix as many themes and colours as you want, sometimes the more the better. If you do want to stick to a theme, how about going tropical? Palm tree prints aren’t just confined to summer and pineapple-shaped glassware and baubles are everywhere this year, too.

Not keen on the tropical theme? Why not go for a cactus, unicorn or even a llama? The rule of the quirky trend is that there are no rules, but if you want a bit of direction think colourful decorations in block colours, clashing patterns, neon brights, quirky accessories and pops of metallic.

Country

Countryside styling takes the classic festive look and gives it a farmhouse spin. It’s all about using raw and rustic materials paired with classic shapes and designs. Up-cycled pieces also play a big part and give that homely, tactile feeling.

When picking your decorations think raw wood, textured finishes, industrial metals, hessian fabric, linens and vintage tableware.

Festive flowers

Bringing the outdoors indoors is more prevalent than ever, with many people filling their houses with indoor plants and buying fresh flowers, so it’s no surprise that this has influenced Christmas decorations as well. You may have noticed most shops now sell the classic Poinsettia, known as the “Christmas flower” in North America.

This festive season no flower arrangement would be complete without some sparkle and glitter and many florists are taking a modern approach by combining crisp, white flowers with different metals. This year’s bouquets are also bursting with colour, featuring festive reds and greens.

There’s many ways you can bring the outdoors inside this Christmas; how about entwining a floral garland around your staircase or framing a mirror? Or why not create a spectacular floral centrepiece for the table?

Metallics

This year, metallics featured heavily in both interior design and fashion and there’s no exception when it comes to Christmas decorations.

Copper, rose gold and bronze will be bigger than ever this festive period and this isn’t restricted to just the decorations. Hosting and entertaining is a big part of Christmas so your tableware is the perfect place to add a touch of glamour.

Whether you’re going for the minimal Scandi look or the over-the-top quirky trend when decorating your holiday lodge, we’d love to see your photos. Make sure to share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram and tag Silver Bay with the hashtag #SilverBayXmas


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The weather on our island follows the path of quintessential British seasons. From the long, warm summers to snow coated winters, each season brings something new and fresh to the table – and we adore them all.

Below we’ve outlined the average temperatures you can expect during your holidays on the island, as well as some stunning photography captured during the seasons we love the most. We even discuss the wildlife that thrives, as well as the best seasonal events to mark on your calendar!

SPRING ON ANGLESEY

Spring is the beginning of something special, the time for fresh starts and beautiful, blooming flowers. Moreover, on Anglesey, our island is transformed into a natural paradise. Animals appear from their winter burrows, and the sense of new life and beginnings is everywhere you look.

Stretching between March, April and May, the temperature highs reach between 8, 11 and 13 degrees Celsius – perfect conditions for stepping outdoors and exploring the beautiful nature right on our doorstep. Daffodils will be blooming across the island during this time of year, as will breath-taking, brightly coloured tulips.

Spring also sees some magnificent events on the Isle. This year Mother’s Day will be falling on March 26th, and we’ll even be hosting a special Mother’s Day lunch at The Deck House.

Water wildlife is thriving in spring, and visitors to the island can expect to see dragonflies and butterflies fluttering across the picturesque, spring sky. Nesting colonies also appear on the coast of Anglesey, and are the perfect spot to witness a wide range of marine birds.

As far as springtime events on the island go, we welcome back the Farmer’s Market down by Menai Bridge on the third Sunday of every month. The Vintage Rally at the Anglesey Showground will also be coming back on the 20th-21st of May, so why not witness the rare and vintage motors under the glow of the spring sunshine?

 

SUMMER ON ANGLESEY

As the temperature rises and the days draw out longer, when summer arrives on the island, you can’t help but feel e Between June and August, visitors flock to Anglesey to make the most of our award-winning coastlines, and it’s the perfect opportunity to dive into new experiences on the sunny Isle.

As roses and wildflower meadows bloom across local gardens and heritage sites, and right here at Silver Bay, summer is when the most magical memories of the year are created.

Temperatures reach highs between 15 and 17 degrees coupled with the famous Anglesey island breeze. If you’re a water baby, you’ll discover an Anglesey summer is perfect for spending the day by (and in!) the ocean.

Dolphins appear on our coast in both spring and summer, and you can see them from the coast or take a lovely boat trip. One of the most popular providers of these trips are Seacoast Safaris, and although dolphin sightings can’t be promised, you’ll definitely be able to see some puffins over on Puffin Island.

As usual, we’ll be hosting our annual Summer Party here at Silver Bay Holiday Village, exclusive to holiday home owners. We’ll also be launching our Tough Beacher competition, our play on the ‘Tough Mudder’ races, as well as reopening our ‘Snack Shack’ down by the beach.

When exploring the island, summer activities to note include the ever-popular Anglesey County Show between the 15th and 16th of August which will feature a range of places to shop and view some of the finest livestock around. Also taking place is The Great Strait Raft Run on the 3rd and 4th of June, which is a rafting event held between the slade port of Felinheli and the Menai Bridge designed to raise money for charity.

 

AUTUMN ON ANGLESEY

When the air has a little bite and the wind whirls across an abundance of reds and golds, you know autumn has arrived. The sun settles lower in the sky casting a hazy glow over the island, we welcome the autumnal months with open arms onto Anglesey.

It’s such a special time of year for whimsical rambles through one of our many nature reserves, and it’s also a fantastic time of year to experience some of the most picturesque views as the island takes on a new, rustic look.

Red squirrels appear during these months, spreading from September to November, and temperatures start to drop again, reaching highs of only 13 and 10 degrees celsius.

Salmon also flourish during this time of year, and many can be seen jumping out of rivers all over Wales – and the Menai Straits are a good spot for salmon fishing. Seals can also be seen on the coast, so make sure you cast a watchful eye while on your coastal walks.

If you’re hoping to spot some beautiful flowers during autumn on the island, you’re in for a treat. Look out for some beautiful Dahlias – Anglesey Abbey tends to be full of these striking and colourful plants.

Yet perhaps one of the most spectacular sights are the amber, yellow and crimson leaves as they drift towards the ground, providing the forests and woodlands with a rich carpet of colour. Make sure you explore our woods on site and across the island and enjoy a shuffle over the crunching leaves – childhood nostalgia at its finest.

In early autumn, one of the island’s most famous marathons, The Ring o’ Fire will be taking place between the 1st and 3rd of September, making the most of the last of the summer sunshine. We’ll also be hosting our Halloween party at The Deck House yet again, so make sure you practice your pumpkin carving and pick out the spookiest outfit you can find!

 

WINTER ON ANGLESEY

The final, and perhaps one of the most beautiful seasons on the island – winter is not one to be missed.

Stretching between December and February, a chill settles into the air with temperatures reaching to a maximum of 7-8 degrees celsius. And when the skies are blue, but the cold is bracing, it can be one of the most refreshing times to explore the island – especially if you fancy heading to the coast and breathing away those winter cobwebs!

Stunning seabirds migrate during this period on the island, so watch out for them painting the sky with their beautiful formations. Porpoises can also sometimes be seen, having a year-round presence along the Welsh coast.

Flowers, snowdrops and winter aconites flourish during the colder months. As the trees grow bare these plants breath a sense of new beginnings yet to come, creating a very beautiful sight indeed – perfect for professional and amateur photographers alike.

Anglesey is always full to the brim with Christmas events during this time of year. From our Christmas and NYE parties at The Deck House to the Plas Newydd Christmas Fair and Beaumaris Victorian Christmas Markets – it’s a magnificent time to take a trip to our island and immerse yourself in your very own magical, winter escape.

 

If you liked this, why not take a look at the following:

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Our Long Family Weekend Break at Silver Bay Holiday Village on Anglesey

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Silver Bay’s Holiday Homes


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Winter is quickly rolling in up and down the country, and one of the best places to visit during the colder months is Anglesey.

There’s plenty of exciting events going on, festive and otherwise too, so we’re sure there’ll be something of interest for you if you choose to head to Anglesey this winter.

Take a look below for our top recommendations for a winter break to remember!

Local Farmer’s Market

Despite the cold weather, the Farmer’s Market that takes place throughout the year continues during the Christmas period.

At the market you’ll find a range of fantastic local produce that are both fresh and tasty. So why not support local trade this Christmas?

The market is hosted at Menai bridge and runs on the 3rd Saturday of every month. This continues right up until the 19th of December, so don’t miss out if you’re looking for a wonderful Anglesey market to visit.

Winter Treasures Craft Fair

If you adore crafts and treasures, then you must visit the Winter Treasures Craft Fair in Anglesey this winter.

The fair is running from the 14th of November until the 24th of December. Inside you’ll get access to some wonderful Welsh made items that make perfect souvenirs or presents.

The fair is located at Oriel Ynys Mon, which is about a thirty minute drive from Silver Bay. It’s also open from 10:30am to 5pm every single day making it the perfect place to visit no matter what day it is.

At the fair you’ll be able to purchase everything from gifts through to decorations, so make sure you visit for an extra special festive and fun time!

Visit the Holyhead Maritime Museum

If you’re hoping to escape the cold by venturing indoors then we highly recommend a visit to the Holyhead Maritime Museum.

Home to the oldest lifeboat station in Wales, the Maritime Museum is a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

If you’d like to find out more about the museum you can watch their short promotional video here. Yet we have to say, if you’re looking for a place to visit that’s both educational and entertaining, you won’t go wrong with the Holyhead Maritime Museum.

Anglesey Shopping

We all tend to spend a lot during the festive period, so to make sure you get the right presents for your loved ones you simply must explore Anglesey’s shopping attractions.

Here in Anglesey we like to focus on local trade, and if you decide to visit the likes of Beaumaris, Rhosneigr and Menai Bridge you’ll find a range of independent shops available. Each one will be brimming with unique gift ideas and extra special presents that could really make someone’s Christmas.

For shopping with a difference and an escape from the high street stores, Anglesey is the perfect place this festive season.

Winter in Anglesey

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There are plenty of events and attractions going on during the winter season in Anglesey, do you know of any that deserve a shout out?

Send us a tweet to get involved with the conversation on Twitter.

If you’re interested in purchasing a holiday home this Christmas from Silver Bay then get in touch today on 01407 860 111. You can also take a look at our holiday brochure here to see what we have available.

 


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There’s nothing better than braving the elements with a bracing winter’s walk or cycle by the coast and then finding yourself (inexplicably) warming your bones in a traditional country pub – what better way to reward yourself, we say! A cosy inn or tavern should be the end destination for any traveller; after all, the tavern has been seen as a welcoming beacon for tired wanderers over the years, offering delicious food, warming ale and a cosy fire to toast yourself by.

If you find yourself on our island over the winter months, and are either discovering it by bike or by foot, here are some pubs where you’ll find the best winter tipples and hearty winter grub to warm your cockles after a long day’s adventure:

 

The White Eagle

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Here’s one to warm you up a little closer to home, the White Eagle is a Silver Bay favourite loved by visitors and residents alike. With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, The White Eagle welcomes winter walkers with open arms and invites you to kick back and enjoy the comforting, delicious food and selection of quality ales. Alex Timpson, the CEO and owner of this delightful Free House, created The White Eagle keeping her dream pub in mind. Alex has done a sterling job in creating a meeting place all the family can enjoy. A trip to the White Eagle is a perfect reward after a walk in the brisk coastal winds where you’ve worked up an appetite.

Walk from Silver Bay: 25 minutes Distance: 1.3 miles

 

Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay

The Ship Inn is an Olde Worlde Inn set in a striking location right on the shore of Red Wharf Bay near Benllech on the northeast coast of Anglesey. A roaring log fire throughout the winter months is the perfect refuge from the cold outdoors. Here you can enjoy good food and real ales seven days a week and in true fisherman style, you can sample some of the 48 varieties of Whisky on offer – now that’s a sure fire way to warm you from the cold Irish sea winds!

 

Cycle from Silver Bay: 2 hrs 11 mins Distance: 24 miles

 

The Black Lion Inn

The Black Lion Inn is a Grade II Listed, newly renovated 18th Century Inn situated on the North Coast of the island. The Black Lion was renovated with careful consideration by new owners Leigh & Mari after it lay derelict for a period of about seven years. The Inn includes a cosy bar and dining room in the original part of the building, and a modern extension with additional dining area to the rear. If you have a four-legged friend joining you on your walk, dogs are more than welcome to join you in the bar area – another quirk which adds to the Black Lion magic.

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Walk from Silver Bay: 3 hrs Distance: 9.1 miles

 

Bulls Head Inn

The freehouse bar at the Bulls Head Inn on the South East Coast of Anglesey retains a traditional pub atmosphere with an Aladdin’s cave of interesting antiques and curiosities to feast your eyes upon, an open log fire and solid oak beams. A trip to the Bulls Head Inn is an experience that will give you a taste of Anglesey’s rich heritage as well as the delicious taste of excellent hand drawn real ales that attract visitors and loyal locals from miles around. The perfect end to a long day braving the elements.

Cycle from Silver Bay: 2 hrs 25 mins Distance: 28.5 miles

 

We hope that this blog post has offered you some inspiration to make the most out of winter days in Anglesey. There may be a nip in the air, but with beautiful scenery on your journey and a warm pub at the end of it, we think its worth it. Do you have any Anglesey drinking and dining gems that we haven’t shared here? Perhaps a family walk that always ends in a nice beer and a bite to eat? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @silverbay_ and join in the conversation.