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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 bi-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 Blue Flag Award recognises beaches, marinas and boats for their high environmental and quality standards. The award is internationally recognised and reassures visitors that a beach is safe and clean. There are 7 beaches on Anglesey with a Blue Flag award, keep reading below to see which beaches have been awarded for their excellence. To be awarded the Blue Flag status, beaches, marinas and boats must meet a certain set of criteria, a few examples of criteria include: 

Environmental Education 

A beach map locating different facilities must be on the beach, along with information on the award itself and details of the water quality. Increasing awareness and care for the local environment is an important aspect of the Blue Flag award and therefore at least five activities that promote this must be carried out, preferably during the Blue Flag season. 

Water Quality 

The beach must comply with the water quality sampling, no industrial, waste-water or sewage should affect the beach area. 

Environmental Management  

The beach and surrounding areas must be clean and maintained, waste bins and containers must be available in adequate numbers with facilities for recycling and an adequate number of toilet facilities must be available and kept clean at all times. 

Safety and Services 

First aid equipment must be available on the beach, including lifeguards if appropriate, along with a supply of water and emergency plans to cope with pollution risks. 

Blue Flag Beaches in Anglesey 

Anglesey has an impressive 6 Blue Flag beaches as of 2020, meaning it is home to some of the best quality beaches in the world. Take a look at what beaches have earned this international, prestigious status: 

Llanddona 

Llanddona beach is located on the Eastern side of the Red Wharf Bay Area. It is a great family beach and has an excellent reputation for windsurfing, kite-surfing and sea fishing. 

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Benllech 

Benllech beach is a wide and sandy beach located on the east side of Anglesey. It is the most traditionally British beach with a lot of fun and activity throughout Summer. 

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Church Bay 

Church Bay beach is a sand and pebble beach backed by high cliffs, situated near Holyhead on Anglesey. The excellent water quality at the beach makes Church Bay an ideal place for swimming, along with other fun activities such as sailing and fishing. The beach can be accessed via a steep footpath from the village. If you fancy a bite to eat during your visit to Church Bay, The Lobster Pot is definitely a popular choice, read more of our top restaurants on Anglesey here.  read more of our top restaurants on Anglesey 

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Porth Dafarch 

Porth Dafarch is a sandy cove located between Treaddur Bay and Holyhead. This beach is a very popular diving and snorkelling spot due to the easy access and exit and the wreck of 1886 Missouri, situated around half a mile from the shore. 

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Trearddur Bay 

Situated within a couple of miles of Holyhead, Treaddur Bay is one of the most popular Blue Flag beaches on Anglesey, due to its cleanliness and size. There is a large stretch of sand and an array of water sports are available such as canoeing, water-skiing and surfboarding. 

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Llanddwyn, Newborough 

Llanddwyn beach, also known as Newborough, is a 3 and a half-mile sandy beach that stretches from Llanddwyn Island to Abermenai Point and is backed by Newborough Forrest. Facilities include cold showers, barbeque areas, picnic tables and drinking water. 

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All of these blue flag beaches (except Church Bay) have dog restrictions from 1st May to 30th September every year. 

Silver Bay Holiday Village

Silver Bay Holiday Village has additionally been featured on a list of the cleanest beaches on Anglesey, due to our Blue Flag beach status. Here at Silver Bay Holiday Village, we have an ongoing commitment to preserving the natural environment of the Silver Bay area, and we’ve received both a David Bellamy Award and the Blue Flag Award in recognition of our efforts.

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That’s it for all of the fantastic beaches that have earned a Blue Flag status in Anglesey, be sure to check them out to see why they’ve been awarded this high standard of excellence. 


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Christmas is all done and dusted and our seasonal closure is coming to an end, we are re-opening our gates on Wednesday 12th February ahead of the upcoming February half-term. We look forward to welcoming you all back, keep reading to find out some of the new and exciting events we have planned over half term.

Exciting events at The Deckhouse

Valentine’s Day 

Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, make sure you’re ahead of the game and reserve a table with us in advance and enjoy dishes from our romantic menu.

The Coffin Dodgers 

If you fancy a good dance to some wonderful live music, we have The Coffin Dodgers joining us Saturday 22nd February from 8pm, come and join us for a fantastic night. 

Shrove Tuesday 

We’re getting closer to Easter and that calls for something very exciting, pancakes! Pop into The Deckhouse at tea time on Tuesday 25th February for some tasty treats, there are lots of options to go with your delicious pancakes. Don’t forget to check the specials board for all of the options that are too good to resist. 

February Half Term Busy Bayer Activities

 

From Monday 17th Feb to Sunday 1st March, we have lots of exciting activities planned for the little Busy Bayers, with some brand new activities for 2020. Our brand new sessions include in it to win it, nature scavenger hunt, messy monsters, family beach clean and forest art. We still have some of the classic activities that you all know and love such as arts and crafts, melody makers and many more. With such a variety of activities, there is definitely something for everyone.

To celebrate St David’s day, we have some fun activities for the Busy Bayers including Daffodil Sequin Art, Welsh Love Spoon decorating and Traditional Welsh Cake sessions.  View the full February Half Term timetable to find out more about the events. All sessions have limited places so we strongly advise you book onto them to avoid any disappointment, bookings can be made here. 

An upgrade to your beach route

On your next trip to the beach, you will notice that we have made some improvements to the beach walk to ensure safer access. A new smooth wider path has been developed for ease of use leading down to the beach, we have also made some improvements to the steps up to the woodland. 

Signature Treatments at the Spa

With Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day coming up, why not treat your loved ones to one of the Spa’s signature treatments – Quartz Spa Aromatherapy lifestyle ritual – scrub/wrap/massage for £145. This premium ritual is an hour and 45 minutes long and leaves you feeling deeply relaxed and recharged. Make sure to book early to avoid missing out on this truly indulgent body treatment on 01407 862049. 

Thinking ahead

St David’s Day

The start of March also marks St David’s Day, The Deckhouse will be serving a delicious menu to mark the day, including Leek and Potato Soup to start, Roast Lamb as a main, and for everyone’s favourite, dessert, there will be a Bara Brith Bread and Butter Pudding. The menu is £15.95 for adults and £6.95 for children. A selection of dishes from the usual menu will also be available to choose from. 

Mother’s Day 

Finally, for one of the most important events coming up, Mother’s Day. Show your mums some love on their special day by treating them to a special Mother’s Day meal. On Sunday 22nd March we will be holding a 3-course carvery for you to choose from, and as a treat for all of the wonderful mum’s, they will also receive a glass of bubbly on arrival. The 3-course carvery is £19.95 for adults and £6.95 for a children’s small roast dinner. Make sure to reserve a table as we expect the day to get quite busy, please call 01407 862046 or email deckhouse@silverbay.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you all back for the February Half Term. 

 


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Where are the best spa days in Anglesey and North Wales?

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and pamper yourself, you’ll be spoilt for choice here in North Wales. Whether it’s a spa here on Anglesey or further afield, there’s something for everyone.

We’ve picked some of our favourite Anglesey spa day spots below as well as our own spa package at the Spa at Silver Bay.

Tre-Ysgawen Hall

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The spa day packages at Tre-Ysgawen are available every day and include refreshments on arrival, full use of the spa facilities, including their brand new thermal suite, salt room, herbal sauna, ice fountain, heated pool, spa bath, gym and experience shower. The packages also include a one course lunch in the Clock Tower with a choice of beverage and you will be provided with towels, robes and slippers during your stay.

You can view the available packages and book on the Tre-Ysgawen Hall website.

Spa packages range from £30 to £140.

The Marina Spa at The Quay Hotel

The Marina Spa at The Quay Hotel offers a range of different experiences to help you destress and relax while overlooking the Deganwy Marina.

If a day just isn’t enough, you can extend your spa day with an overnight stay in the contemporary hotel.

The spa packages range from £49 to £169 per person.

Kinspa at The Kinmel

Kinspa at The Kinmel is a relaxing and luxurious facility with a range of different spa packages available. Treat yourself to the Total Indulgence package including a three night stay, cleansing salt scrub, full body massage, facial, nail treatment, afternoon tea, and a three course meal! Or opt for just one night with the Escape package including a 30 minute treatment, afternoon tea and three course meal.

You can view all the available packages and book them on the Kinspa website.

The spa breaks range from £89 up to £450 per person.

The Spa at Bodysgallen

The Spa at Bodysgallen is a great space to relax and restore your body, mind and spirit. They offer a range of spa days, from full days to half days including use of the gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath and swimming pool.

You can view the full range of spa packages on the Bodysgallen Hall website.

The spa days range from £83 for a half day up to £250 per person per night for the full spa break.

Mermaid Spa at Portmeirion

The Mermaid Spa has a wide range of treatments and the qualified therapists use only vegan-friendly products and all-natural therapies.

There are a wide range of packages available for individuals, couples, parties, or a day out with friends. They offer a half day or full day package or a range of packages for hotel guests only.

The spa packages range from £60 to £115.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa offers exclusive ELEMIS facial and body treatments, a name renowned for its exceptional skincare range. They also offer a range of spa packages, all including one night stay, dinner at the award-winning Tower restaurant, and use of the spa facilities.

You can find out about the different spa packages available on the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa website.

The spa packages range from £275 up to £415 per night.

The Silver Bay Bijou Spa Package

Available Monday to Friday, the Silver Bay Bijou Spa Package is the perfect way to calm and heal the mind. Perfect to enjoy some alone time or for groups of up to six. Book a late morning session (10am – 2pm) or an afternoon session (12pm – 4pm).

The package consists of a 30 minute deeply relaxing back, neck and shoulder massage tailored to meet your needs or a 30 minute taster of one of our amazing Crystal Clear facials. Afterwards, you’re welcome to use our five star facilities, including our gym, studio, pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. You also get fresh robes, flip flops and towels as well as unlimited tea, coffee, hot chocolate and water. All this is available for just £50 per person.

Find out more about the Spa at Silver Bay or give us a call on 01407 862049.


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You might be wondering what the benefits of buying a lodge home are and how it is better than booking a holiday abroad. Well, let us tell you why we think it could be one of the best decisions you ever make. 

With the rising costs of holidaying abroad and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, it’s no surprise that more Britons are expected to holiday in the UK in 2020 – and North Wales is expected to be one of the most popular destinations.

What if you had the option to holiday in the UK, whenever you like? Below we’ll talk about the benefits of buying a lodge home in the UK and buying on Anglesey, in particular. We’ll also give you some pointers on what you need to think about when thinking about buying a holiday home.

What are the benefits of buying a lodge home in the UK?

The value of the pound

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Back in 2016, we talked about how the value of the pound had dropped since the European Union Membership Referendum result. And this is still the case as we enter 2020; at the moment you can expect to get 1.17 euros or 1.3 US dollars for every 1 pound.

By holidaying in the UK, you don’t have to worry about unpredictable exchange rates and forking out more for your holiday.

It’s close to home

Have you ever had a last minute urge to go away for the weekend or had a particularly difficult week and needed a break? As a holiday home owner in the UK, you now have that freedom.

Fancy a weekend break or a whole week away? Just hop into your car and you can be in your holiday home in no time.

Keep the kids entertained

One of the hardest parts of going on a family holiday is keeping the children entertained. By owning a lodge on a holiday park, you have facilities and entertainment on your doorstep so you never have to worry about that again.

We have a great range of activities available for your little ones so they’ll never be bored again when it comes to the school holidays.

Take your pets on holiday

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Forget putting your pets in a kennel or hiring a sitter, now you can take the whole family on holiday.

We welcome all pets here at Silver Bay, just make sure to let us know before you arrive.

Why should I consider buying a lodge home on Anglesey?

The beautiful beaches

One of the main attractions for people that visit Anglesey are the beautiful beaches. We have the blue waters and sandy beaches you might expect outside of the UK, but all easily accessible from the rest of the country.

Last year, we put together some of our favourite beaches on Anglesey, including our very own Silver Bay beach.

The amazing food

Anglesey has no shortage of ingredients with many of the restaurants on the island creating delicious dishes using fresh, local produce.

We recently produced a map of the best places to eat on Anglesey based on feedback from our holiday home owners and social media followers.

The local attractions

There’s plenty of things to see and do on Anglesey. Whether you’re looking for something adventurous or a fun family activity, you’ll never be bored.

What do I need to think about when buying a lodge home?

Do your research!

The first step to buying a holiday home is always do your research. We have an online brochure to give you an idea of what life is like here at Silver Bay.

Visit the holiday park in person

Nothing comes close to seeing the real thing and we think our holiday park and lodges look great in the photos, but they look even better in the flesh. Each lodge comes with plenty of space for the whole family and is finished to the highest standard, not to mention the spectacular views. 

All of this can only really be appreciated by visiting us in person. You can book a tour or request a callback for more information.

Do I have the finances?

You should always try to find a holiday property that’s within your budget. We offer a selection of lodges and caravans, both pre-owned and new, so there’s sure to be something that suits your budget.

You should also remember that holiday parks will often charge site fees, which you should factor in when considering your budget.

Decide how you would like to purchase

Before purchasing your holiday home you should know that brand new caravans come with a licence of 15 years and lodges with a 50 year licence. If you would still like to go ahead, there are a few options available to you.

You can always buy the property outright with cash or you could use a private funding source; for example a remortgage or equity loan.

We’re always happy to discuss the different options with you, request a callback today and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.


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As 2019 draws to a close, we’ve started looking towards 2020 and what’s on in Anglesey. We’ve put together a calendar of events coming up in 2020 so you can start planning your year. Take a look at the calendar below and keep reading to find out about each event.

January 2020

Endurancelife Trail Runs

Start the year off well with the Endurancelife trail runs, taking place on Saturday 11th January. With the choice of a 10k, half marathon, marathon, or ultra marathon, you can run to raise money for charity or just do it for the challenge. Plus there’s an afterparty for you to celebrate your achievement and swap stories with other participants.

A Winter Walk

Also taking place on the 11th is A Winter Walk by North Wales Wildlife Trust. Starting at Lon Gorad at 10am, you can spot waders and wildfowl on the Alaw Estuary with an optional extension into the afternoon to visit other nearby sites. Make sure to bring a packed lunch with you and wellies are advised in case it’s wet.

Antiques and Collectors Fair

Grab your own little piece of history at The Bulkeley Hotel Antiques and Collectors Fair, taking place on Sunday 12th January, 10am to 4pm. Treat yourself to a treat from the coffee shop or 1832 Bistro, plus there’s 10% off food and hot beverages during the fair! If you can’t make that date, the fair is also taking place on Saturday 15th February and Sunday 8th March.

Dog Walking Sessions

Looking for somewhere to take your pooch where they can make some new furry friends? Bring them along for a Sunday stroll around the grounds at Penryhn Castle. Taking place on Sunday 12th and Sunday 26th January, it involves a mile long walk (around 30 minutes) with like-minded owners and their dogs for some fresh air and social sniffing. The walk also takes place on Sunday 9th and Sunday 23rd February.

Galapagos!

On Friday 17th January, join Gillian Coates at St. Andrew’s Church Hall to hear her recollections from a recent visit to the Galapagos Islands. This event is organised by the North Wales Wildlife Trust and takes place from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are just £2 and this includes refreshments. 

February 2020

Harnessing the Tide

On Thursday 6th February, North Wales Wildlife Trust presents Harnessing the Tide. Taking place at St. Cyngar’s Church Hall from 2:15pm to 4:45pm, a speaker from Morlais Energy, Menter Môn’s Tidal Stream Energy project, describes this enterprising development off the west coast.

Sound Walk – Parys Mountain

On Sunday 9th February, explore the sounds of Parys Mountain while reflecting on the landscape. Soft Apple presents a three hour sound walk with breaks and time to stop and chat. Tickets are just £10 or whatever you can afford; make sure to bring a drink and snack in case you need it.

Beaumaris Gaol Ghost Hunt

Fancy yourself as a ghost hunter? On Saturday 15th February, you could have the opportunity to explore the disused Beaumaris Gaol. Starting at 8pm and running until 2am the next day, you will have the chance to use real investigation equipment and experiments plus some free time to do your own investigating. Tickets are £45 and include unlimited hot refreshments.

Being Bee Friendly

On Friday 21st February, join Anglesey beekeeper, Jenny Shaw, at St. Cyngar’s Church Hall for Being Bee Friendly. Listen to her describe how the Welsh government’s Action Plan for Pollinators is addressing the dramatic decline of bees. This event runs from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and tickets are just £2.

March 2020

Anglesey Half Marathon

The Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon and 10k is back for 2020, taking place on Sunday 1st March. Both races have one of the most incredible start lines in the country – the Menai Suspension Bridge. This is a great preparation for the London and Conwy marathons, providing a beautiful, undulating course with stunning scenery.

Yoga and Detox Weekend

Spring is the perfect time to cleanse your body and mind and what better way to do that than on a yoga and detox weekend? Join The Zest Life at Plas Cadnant for a three or four day Yoga and Detox Retreat, taking place from Friday 6th to Monday 9th March and Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March.

Curlew: Wales’ Most Pressing Conservation Priority

On Friday 20th March, join Patrick Lindley, Marine Ornithologist with Natural Resources Wales, at St. Andrew’s Church Hall. From 7:30pm to 9:30pm he’ll be outlining the serious decline of the curlew and actions to help reverse its fortunes. This event is organised by North Wales Wildlife Trust and tickets are just £2.

Anglesey Farmers Market

Starting the year on Saturday 21st March, the Anglesey Farmers Market takes place the third Saturday of every month, between 10am and 2pm at Princes Pier, Menai Bridge. Take your pick from a diverse selection of produce, from locally grown vegetables and freshly baked bread to jams and chutneys, all the way to handmade cheeses, fresh fish and shellfish. There’s also lots of wonderful arts and crafts to choose from as well as delicious desserts and the perfect cut of meat for your Sunday roast.

Dubtrail 2020

Do you own a VW campervan and want to spend time with other VW campervan owners? Why not join the Dubtrail 2020, taking place from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th March. Start the weekend off at the pub with complimentary breakfast baps followed by a show and shine event. This is then followed by a convoy to some of Anglesey’s beautiful coastal areas, finished off with live entertainment.

May 2020

Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium

The Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium returns on Sunday 3rd May until Sunday 10th May. The symposium has been running for almost 30 years now and is able to cater for up to 150 participants. There will be a variety of guest instructors from all over the globe, as well as local paddlers, that can guide you safely around the wonderfully wild coastline.

Anglesey Vintage Rally

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May, the Anglesey Vintage Rally is back at the Anglesey Agricultural Ground. Experience vintage and restored agricultural equipment, buses, lorries, and construction equipment, as well as classic cars, vintage motorcycles, pedal cycles, and unique miniature engines.

Anglesey Trail Half Marathon

Taking place on Sunday 17th May, the Anglesey Trail Half Marathon is set in the beautiful surroundings of Newborough Forest and is expected to be hugely popular with over 500 runners anticipated to attend.

Race For Life

Also taking place on Sunday 17th May is the Race For Life in Caernarfon. This is a 5k for everyone to raise money for a great cause and the route takes you along the Menai Strait with incredible views of the Snowdonia mountains and Caernarfon Castle. Adult entry is £14.99, child entry is £10 and children under 6 go free.

Birdwatching Trip to South Stack

If you fancy something a bit less strenuous, there is also a birdwatching trip to South Stack taking place on Sunday 17th May, organised by RSPB. The main destination is South Stack but there may also be an opportunity to see black guillemots at Holyhead harbour before going to see the auks and choughs on the sea cliffs. There will be a full range of hot and cold food available and it is recommended that you bring suitable clothing in case of inclement weather.

Dance Portraiture – Anglesey Photographic Academy Evening

Taking place on Wednesday 27th May at the Beaumaris Community Centre, join Welshot for one of their photographic academy evenings with a focus on dance portraiture. Learn how to take photographs in both a studio environment and outside locations, from different lighting techniques, backdrops, props and posing models. Beginners are welcome and actively encouraged with all help, guidance and support given.

Anglesey Food Festival

On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th May, the Anglesey Food Festival returns to showcase the best in Welsh produce at the Anglesey Agricultural ground. You can meet local fishermen, farmers and the best of local food and drink producers. You can also taste some great Welsh food, watch demonstrations, and even have a go yourself.

Festival of Discovery

Also taking place that weekend is the Festival of Discovery, a fun packed family festival with a jam-packed programme. You will have the chance to get out on the water, take part in bushcraft workshops, learn circus skills and have fun with science and maths, as well as explore your senses, bubble factories and folk music.

All Wales Boat and Leisure Show

Not forgetting the All Wales Boat and Leisure Show, which also takes place that weekend. This event is perfect for watersport and boating enthusiasts as well as those who have a passion for the great outdoors. Discover a huge range of exhibitors, show events and activities where you can have a go too. Tickets include admission to the All Wales Boat and Leisure Show, Anglesey Food Festival and Festival of Discovery.

Great Strait Raft Run

The Great Strait Raft Run is back again for 2020 on Sunday 31st May. Taking place on the majestic waters of the Menai Strait, this is a fun and challenging day of rafting and raising money for good causes.

June 2020

Sea Kayaking for Beginners

Do you fancy having a go at sea kayaking but never been in one before? Then this Sea Kayaking for Beginners course is for you. The course includes two days of sea kayaking in the Irish sea off the coast of Anglesey with expert instructors. There’s different dates available throughout the year and the course includes all equipment, accommodation and food.

Gottwood Festival

From Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th June, Gottwood Festival returns to Anglesey with its annual celebration of underground electronic music. The festival grounds have some fantastic lake and forest views along with some of the prettiest sunsets in the UK festival scene.

Yoga Retreat with Food by Mary-Ellen McTague

Located just a short distance from Silver Bay, Ruth and Dana host a Yoga Retreat with Food by Mary-Ellen McTague, taking place on Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June. The weekend includes four yoga classes and food by the hugely acclaimed chef Mary-Ellen McTague. There will also be time for a couple of walks and accommodation is provided.

Low Light and Long Exposure Photography

Do you want to improve your low light and long exposure photography skills? Welshot will be running an all night photography session starting on Saturday 20th and finishing on Sunday 21st June. The session will begin in Llanberis with a picnic supper and finishing at breakfast, both of which are included in the cost of the event.

August 2020

Cybi Coastal Marathon

Starting off the month is the Cybi Coastal Marathon, taking place on Saturday 1st August. This award winning marathon circumnavigates Ynys Cybi on the Welsh national coastal footpath and Anglesey coastal path. Starting off in Holyhead, the race takes you over a variety of surfaces and is becoming one of the most scenic marathons in the UK.

Menai Strait Regattas

From Monday 3rd to Saturday 15th August, the Menai Strait Regattas will be taking place. The weather wasn’t very kind in 2019 so hopefully it will turn out better in 2020. The majority of the boats taking part will be classics as well as cruisers and dinghies. Have a boat of your own? Why not get involved!

Anglesey County Show

On Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th August, the Anglesey County Show returns once again for the whole family to enjoy. There’ll be all sorts to see and enjoy, from sheep shearing, stunt shows, food traders, live music, arts and crafts and a fun fair, to name just a few.

Wales End to End Cycle

On Thursday 13th August you could have the opportunity to raise money for a great cause. The Wales End to End Cycle starts from Holyhead and finishes down in Cardiff with riders covering over 250 miles in a three day period. Experience diverse and beautiful landscapes, from woodlands and mountain ranges to rural lanes and quiet towns.

Anglesey and Menai Photography Workshop

On Saturday 22nd August and Sunday 23rd August join Alan Ranger for the Anglesey and Menai Photography Workshop. The workshop takes place over two days and you’ll get to visit the three iconic lighthouse locations as well as other excellent photography spots on the island. The workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners, and all participants will receive 1-2-1 tuition and feedback on your shots.

Tour de Mon

Tour de Mon is the cycle sportive that takes you around the beautiful island of Anglesey, taking place on Sunday 23rd August in 2020. Over 1,000 riders take part each year and the event has become a calendar highlight for cyclists and locals alike. Experience some of the most picturesque countryside and coastal roads as well as unparalleled views of Snowdonia.

September 2020

Ring O’ Fire

Ring O’ Fire is a coastal ultra marathon taking place on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September 2020. The marathon takes runners on an extraordinary 135 mile journey along the Anglesey coastal path, spaced out over three days. If you don’t fancy taking on the full 135 miles, there’s also an option to just take part on the first day in a 35.7 mile race.

Love SwimRun

On Saturday 5th September, take on the rugged and beautiful coastline of Holy Island at Love SwimRun. Starting near South Stack lighthouse, swim and rockhop through sandy bays and rocky channels followed by a run along high cliff edges with spectacular views of Snowdonia.

Superfeet Sandman Triathlon & Sandman Duathlon

Now in its 10th year, the Superfeet Sandman Triathlon will be bringing a close to the triathlon calendar on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. Also taking place that weekend is the Sandman Duathlon, perfect for those who don’t want to get wet. There is also the option to do a sprint version, which is a shorter distance to the standard duathlon.

Sandman Torch Light Trail

Set amid the pine trees and sand dunes of Newborough Forest as the sun is setting, the Sandman Torch Light Trail is a fun race for all ages and abilities looking for something a bit different. The event also welcomes cani-cross runners so you can bring along your four-legged running partner. This event takes place during the Sandman Triathlon weekend, on Saturday 12th September.

We hope this has given you an idea of what’s on in Anglesey in 2020. We’re sure there’s lots of other events taking place on the island and we’ll be sure to add to the calendar throughout the year.

We’re very lucky to be surrounded by such amazing events. Want to find out more about life here at Silver Bay Holiday Village? Download our brochure for more information.


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As the temperatures drop, it can be hard to keep the whole family occupied, especially during the Christmas holidays. We always make sure to keep the little ones occupied with lots of fun Busy Bayer activities, but in case you need some more inspiration during the winter months, we’ve put a list together of some of our favourite indoor activities.

Indoor Activities

Have a Beach Day

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Just because it’s freezing outside, doesn’t mean you can’t pretend it isn’t! Pretend it’s warm outside, put on your bathing suits, sunglasses and some summer music and have a beach party. We guarantee you’ll forget how cold it is outside.

Have a Movie Marathon

What better way to spend a cold day than snuggled up in front of the TV with your favourite films. You could let each person choose their favourite film or have a theme, but make sure you’ve got lots of snacks on hand so you don’t have to move all day.

Build a Fort

If you have lots of pillows, cushions and blankets in your lodge, you could make a fort inside. Why not have a competition to see who can make the best fort and have a sleepover in the winner. Not only is it a fun activity, it’s a great way to stay warm and cosy during the colder months.

Make Your Own Christmas Decorations

Getting crafty is a great way to pass the time and the little ones will appreciate the Christmas tree so much more if they can see their own creations hanging up as well. Even if Christmas has passed, you could always make some decorations and save them for next Christmas. Got enough tree decorations? Why not make your own wreath? Or paper chains and pom poms are easy to make but do the trick.

Have Breakfast for Dinner

Switching up your daily routine is a great way to get rid of the school holiday boredom and having breakfast for dinner is sure to go down a treat. You could cook up a full English, some pancakes, or just have a bowl of cereal, whatever takes your fancy.

Have a Pyjama Day

Don’t fancy going out in the cold? Why not spend the whole day in your pyjamas! This goes well with some of the other indoor activities ideas; maybe you could build a fort, have a movie marathon and then finish up with breakfast for dinner?

Have an Indoor Picnic

Just because it’s too cold to sit outside, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a picnic. Prepare all your favourite picnic foods, put a blanket on the floor, and have your own indoor picnic. You could even tie this in with the movie marathon and enjoy your favourite films at the same time.

Do Some Baking

Whether you decide to do something simple or go for something more elaborate, baking is a great way to pass the time and spend time together as a family. You could even take it a step further and hold your own bake off competition with judges and prizes for the winners.

Play Board Games

Sometimes you can’t beat a day of playing board games and there are so many to choose from, from the classics to the more out-there options. You could each choose your favourite and take it in turns to play or, if you’re feeling extra creative, why not create your own?

Set up a Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep the little ones, and the big ones, occupied for hours. Hide a prize somewhere in the lodge and hide different clues to send them on a hunt for it. The prize can be anything you want and you can always make it more interesting for the adults by making it a boozy prize.

Create an Obstacle Course

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Not only is this a great way to pass the time, it’s also a great way to get moving (we tend not to move as much at this time of year). The beauty of this activity is that you can use whatever you have to hand to create the course, whether it’s pillows and cushions or boxes and blankets.

Make a Scrapbook

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These days, it’s so easy to take a photo on your phone to capture those important memories, but it’s also easy to leave them on your phone and forget about them. Why not print off all your favourite moments from the year (there are loads of great online services for you to easily do this) and create a scrapbook. This is something you can do as a family or by yourself, plus it’ll get your creative juices flowing.

We hope this has given you enough inspiration for indoor activities to do during the winter months. Do you have some ideas of your own? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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We’re already one week into December and that means Christmas isn’t far away! We’ve got some fantastic parties and activities still to come. Keep reading to find out more about the upcoming Christmas holiday activities at Silver Bay.

Christmas Holiday Activities

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Our Family Christmas Party was a great success and we still have some fantastic events coming up for the rest of the month.

Public Santa Event

We’re thrilled to announce that Santa is making another appearance at The Deck House and this time we’re opening it up to the public. Taking place on Sunday 15th December from 2pm to 5pm, each ticket includes a gift from Santa, a meal (hotdog/pizza with chips) and access to our new soft play area.

Santa is a very busy man at this time of year so booking is essential to make sure Santa has enough presents for everyone. Tickets for children are £5 and adults go free, but please make sure to book a ticket via our online booking system so we can keep track of numbers. Tickets are available to purchase until 1pm on Saturday 14th December and bookings are non-refundable. 

Our bar and restaurant will be open for food and drink and all the money raised from the event will be donated to Fundraising to buy Defibrillators for Anglesey Schools. Fundraising to buy Defibrillators for Anglesey Schools is a local fundraising group formed by mums. Their aim is to raise money in order to purchase a defibrillator for every school or nursery setting on Anglesey who do not already have one. A defibrillator is a potentially life saving piece of equipment and can increase the chance of survival of sudden cardiac arrest by up to 90% if treatment is provided within one minute. Having a unit on site makes our schools and nurseries a safer place, not only for the children, their teachers, assistants, and other school staff, but also for parents and grandparents dropping and collecting their children.

New Year’s Eve Party

You’re invited to welcome in 2020 with friends and family at The Deck House, starting at 5pm on Thursday 31st December. We’ll have live music from Uptown Beat followed by a disco until 1am. We’ll be serving the children’s buffet on arrival and serving food for the adults later in the evening. Adult tickets are £27.50, child tickets are £12 and infants go free. Tickets can be purchased on our online booking system and are available until Sunday 15th December.

Busy Bayer Activities

We have some fantastic Christmas holiday activities to keep your Busy Bayers occupied between Christmas and New Year. On Saturday 28th December we’ll be getting ready for next year by creating 2020 calendars at 10:30am and 1pm. At 3pm the popular Lego Masters is back for ages 5 and above. On Sunday 29th we have two Snow Dough sessions for ages 3 and above at 10:30am and 1pm followed by Sequin Art for ages 8 and above at 3pm. On Monday 30th we’ll be starting the day at 11am with Playdate for ages 3 and under followed by two Winter Crafts sessions at 1pm and 3pm. Finally, on New Year’s Eve we will have two Forest Feast sessions at 10am and 1pm before we kick off our New Year’s Eve Party at 5pm.

Offers at The Deck House

This is the time of year to indulge in some delicious food and drink. We’ve made it even easier for you to do so with some fantastic offers here at The Deck House.

Christmas Menu

Throughout December we will be serving our Christmas menu, including a choice of three delicious courses for just £22.50. The menu is available until Monday 23rd December and must be booked a week in advance. You can view the menu below and please book a table by calling The Deck House on 01407 862046.

Two Meals for £15

We are now offering two meals for £15 every Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 9pm. Choose from a selection of delicious meals including a great selection of vegetarian and gluten free options. We also have a brand new pizza oven which means we can cook up some fabulous pizza options for you; choose from either homemade tomato sauce or BBQ sauce and a selection of yummy toppings. You can view the full menu below.

New Year’s Day Carvery

What better way to recover from the New Year’s Eve festivities than with a delicious carvery! On New Year’s Day we’ll be serving a carvery from 12pm to 5pm with three courses for just £19.95. There will also be children’s options available and bookings must be made in advance. Please call The Deck House on 01407 862046 to book a table.

Opening Times

We will be closing the park for our seasonal closure from Saturday 4th January (12 noon) until Wednesday 12th February 2020.

Please see below for our spa, restaurant and reception opening hours.

Preparing Your Holiday Home for Winter

It’s important to follow the below steps when leaving your holiday home unoccupied over winter. Here are our top tips:

  • Secure all outdoor furniture, including bunkers and sheds, to prevent damage in high winds
  • Ensure you have emptied all fridge/freezers, cupboards and bird feeders of food
  • Stand all seat cushions on end to allow air to circulate
  • Make sure all fixed ventilation is not obstructed and wardrobes and internal doors are left open
  • Check all windows and external doors are tightly closed, including skylights
  • Check you have securely locked your holiday home
  • Lodge owners may wish to leave their boilers on frost stat to prevent frost damage
  • Caravan owners may wish to drain their water system to prevent frost damage to pipes. We offer a drain down service to all caravan owners at Silver Bay so if you require a drain down, please contact Owner Services on 01407 860860 or reception@silverbay.co.uk (this may be compulsory with some insurance policies – make sure to check your caravan insurance requirements). To reconnect your caravan we require at least five days notice so please give us plenty of notice when you wish to return.

We look forward to seeing you all for our Christmas holiday activities and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in February 2020 when we reopen for the new season.


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With Christmas just weeks away, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! Christmas on Anglesey is such a magical time and there’s all sorts of fantastic events taking place on the island. Keep reading to find out more about upcoming Christmas events on Anglesey.

Beaumaris Victorian Christmas

Taking place on the 23rd and 24th November, the Beaumaris Victorian Christmas is an excellent opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. There’ll be a wide range of craft and charity stalls as well as all the shops Beaumaris has to offer. Get your Christmas shopping started – or finished for those who like to be extra prepared. There’ll also be plenty of activities available for all ages, including a visit from Santa and the Elf School. The event has free parking, perfect for getting all your family and friends together.

Christmas Light Switch On in Amlwch

The perfect way to get the Christmas season started, the Christmas lights switch on will be taking place in Amlwch again. This year the switch on will be on Saturday 30th November from 4pm to 8pm.

Enchanted Christmas at Greenwood Family Park

Starting on Saturday 30th November and running on selected dates throughout December, take a two hour twilight adventure full of elves, activities and magical surroundings at Greenwood Family Park.

Tickets are £20 per child and £7 per adult; you’ll receive a magical passport along with your ticket to give you access to your twilight adventure. Join the elves in the gingerbread workshop and have a go at decorating your very own gingerbread man, followed by a walk through the enchanted forest to Santa’s house. Enter Santa’s home for a photo with the man himself and receive a golden ticket for Santa’s toy factory, where you can exchange the ticket for a Christmas toy.

Your ticket also entitles you to a cup of hot chocolate or non-alcoholic mulled wine, elf school activities and access to the soft play area.

Christmas Fayre at Tre-Ysgawen Hall

The Tre-Ysgawen Hall annual Christmas fayre will be held on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December this year. Starting at 10am and running until 5pm each day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Santa on both days between 12pm and 1:30pm, and 2pm and 4:30pm.

There’ll also be plenty of unique gift ideas for you to take home from the best crafts people in the region.

Côr Ieuenctid Môn Christmas Concert at Canolfan Beaumaris

Taking place on Sunday 1st December at Canolfan Beaumaris, the Anglesey Youth Choir will be bringing you the sounds of Christmas from 3pm to 7pm at their Christmas concert. Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite.

Christmas Rock Line at Trearddur Bay

The Christmas Rock Line is back and this year it’s taking place along the promenade at Trearddur Bay. The Rock Line will be held on Saturday 14th December from 11am to 2pm; this is an earlier finish than usual to make sure it is still light and not too cold. There will also be a charity donation and this year all proceeds will go to RNLI Trearddur Bay Lifeboat. There’s about a month to go until this event so get painting, and make sure it’s Christmas-themed!

We hope this has given you a taste of Christmas on Anglesey; there’s many other events taking place on the island that we couldn’t fit in.

Have a Christmas event you’d like to share? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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As the temperatures drop, there’s nothing we love more than a delicious Sunday roast to warm us up. The preparation and washing up can put many people off so we’re lucky to be surrounded by amazing pubs and restaurants that serve up their own. But where can you find the best Sunday lunch on Anglesey?

We may be biased but we think the Sunday carvery at The Deck House is definitely not one to be missed. But if you need some more inspiration, we’ve put together some of our favourite places on Anglesey to have Sunday lunch.

Château Rhianfa

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If you want to indulge in Sunday lunch in the surroundings of a grade II listed luxury hotel, then Le Dragon Rouge Restaurant at Château Rhianfa is definitely worth a visit. Treat yourself to a three course feast using only the finest ingredients sourced from local butchers and farmers and walk it off in the Château’s beautiful gardens.

Breeze Hill Hotel

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Another hotel on the list, Breeze Hill Hotel is described as having one of the best Sunday lunches on Anglesey. Situated in Benllech Bay, Breeze Hill is great for the whole family. With a Sunday lunch at just £9.75, you’d be silly not to give it a try. Can’t make it there on a Sunday? The hotel also serves a mid-week carvery every Wednesday from 12pm to 2pm with the option to eat in or take away.

The Bull Inn

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Sunday lunch doesn’t have to be reserved just for Sunday. At The Bull Inn you can enjoy a carvery every day of the week, all day long. Based in Pentraeth, The Bull Inn specialises in home-cooked comfort food in a traditional pub setting and is frequented by locals and visitors alike.

The Anglesey Arms

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One of the first buildings to greet you as you cross the bridge into Anglesey, The Anglesey Arms offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with delicious home cooked food and real ales. Every Sunday they offer a choice of Welsh roast beef, slow cooked lamb shank, pork belly or homemade nut roast. Looking to indulge? There’s also the option to have two courses for £16.50 or three courses for £20.

Liverpool Arms Hotel

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Dating back to the 14th century, the Liverpool Arms Hotel offers a variety of real ales and home cooked food in cosy surroundings, including an open fire and oak beams. Every Sunday from 12pm they serve up a traditional carvery and, except for the Yorkshire puddings and stuffing, it’s all gluten free so perfect for those who can’t have gluten.

Tre-Ysgawen Hall

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Tre-Ysgawen Hall was originally built as one of the country’s grand mansions in 1882 and is one of the finest country house hotels in Wales. You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the amazing surroundings of the hotel. Served every Sunday from 12pm to 2pm, you can enjoy a Sunday roast and choose from a selection of roast beef, pork or chicken, served with all the trimmings plus a choice of delicious starters and desserts.

The Bulkeley Hotel

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The Bulkeley Hotel is a Grade I listed building located in the heart of Beaumaris, just a short walk from the beach. The hotel has two restaurants to choose from, Hansoms and Bistro 1832, and Hansoms serves up a Sunday roast every Sunday. They have a great selection of meats to choose from, including chicken breast, roast leg of Welsh lamb, topside of beef, loin of Welsh pork, baked salmon, and a brie and apple cider tart.

The Seacroft

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Located on Trearddur Bay, The Seacroft offers superb local food and a roaring open fire, perfect for retreating to after a walk on the beach. They also serve up a delicious Sunday lunch with a choice of roast meats and all the trimmings. There’s also the option to add extras such as pigs in blankets or an extra Yorkshire pudding. They also have vegetarian and vegan options, which is perfect if you have different dietary requirements.

The Valley

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What was once a traditional coaching house on the Holyhead to London route, The Valley is now a thriving pub serving up a range of real ales and homemade food. On Sundays they serve up a carvery between 12 – 4pm; choose from three different meats and plenty of seasonal and local vegetables.

The Deck House at Silver Bay

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Served every Sunday from 12pm, The Deck House carvery offers a selection of different meats with all the trimmings. Plus you can have three courses for just £15.95! Booking is essential to ensure you have a table; make sure to book in advance by calling The Deck House on 01407 862046.

We hope this has given you enough inspiration; there should be enough there to enjoy a Sunday lunch every Sunday from now until Christmas! Do you have a favourite spot for Sunday lunch on Anglesey? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Or if you’re interested in finding out more about life here at Silver Bay, download our free brochure for more information.


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We are thrilled to announce that we are on the list of the cleanest beaches in North Wales.

Clean Beaches in North Wales

New figures revealed earlier this month found that North Wales has some of the cleanest bathing water in Europe. 34 out of a total of 44 beaches in the area have achieved the EU’s highest water standard, ‘excellent’. We’re thrilled to announce Silver Bay beach is on that list.

The remaining spots received either a ‘good’ or ‘sufficient’ rating for water quality. The figures also show that the amount of ‘excellent’ waters across Wales has gone up from 78 to 83 over the past year.

Excellent bathing water quality is one of the key criteria required for a beach to earn the prestigious Blue Flag status; we are proud to have been awarded a Green Coast Award, part of the Blue Flag awards, earlier this year.

Wales Coast Awards

The Blue Flag is part of the Wales Coast Awards, run by Keep Wales Tidy, which honours the region’s best beaches and marinas. This year, we became the first private business to apply for a coast award on behalf of a beach. We are now the proud owners of the Green Coast Award, which is awarded to beaches that don’t have the infrastructure and management of a traditional seaside resort. The Green Coast Award recognises the hidden gems along our coastline and we are thrilled that Silver Bay has earned that accolade.

To be awarded the Blue Flag status a beach must meet a strict set of criteria. This includes cleanliness, safety and facilities. The award also looks at beaches that meet high environmental standards and tough international bathing water quality standards.

The Blue Flag is important as it helps to set the standard high for beaches, marinas and boat tour operators. It also guarantees that you, as a visitor, have arrived at a quality destination.

Our holiday homes are located within walking distance from Silver Bay beach, perfect for a beach day or a leisurely stroll. The beach is also home to our school holiday activities, such as our sandcastle competition and beach mudder (think Tough Mudder but with sand). 

If you’re interested in finding out more about life here at Silver Bay, you can download our brochure for more information.