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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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Anglesey is the perfect place for a bike ride and travelling the island on two wheels offers a different perspective compared to walking or driving. The list of cycle routes on Anglesey is a long one and everyone will have their preferred route, but we’ve put together some of our favourites in case you need some inspiration.

Lôn Lâs Cefni cycle

Lôn Lâs Cefni – 13 miles

Most of this route is traffic-free so perfect for a family ride out and the trail runs both north and south from the town of Llangefni. To the north is a two mile traffic-free trail that starts at the local nature reserve known as The Dingle (Pant y Pandy) and heads through woodland past Cefni Reservoir to a picnic spot. The southern section of the trail is much longer and follows the Afon Cefni across Malltraeth Marsh to Pont Marquis, joining a quiet lane that takes you to the village of Malltraeth. From Maltraeth you then turn south to head towards Newborough Forest, Anglesey’s largest woodland with plenty of tracks for exploring.

You can find the Lôn Lâs Cefni route here on the Visit Anglesey website.

Telor Tour cycle route

Telor Tour – 17 miles

The Telor Tour is a circular route, starting and finishing at Beaumaris with some amazing views of the sea on the way. Take a hilly ride up to Llanddona village then down to the coast for Penmon Priory and out to Black Point, which is the easternmost point of Anglesey. This is a great spot to stop off for some lunch plus you can catch some amazing views of Puffin Island and Trwyn Du Lighthouse. Penmon Priory is usually open and well worth a visit. The 400 year old Dovecote is also worth seeing plus there’s an ancient wishing well in a walled garden.

Take a look at the full Telor Tour route here.

Hebog Tour cycle route

Hebog Tour – 22 miles

The Hebog Tour is a circular route starting and finishing at Benllech. Make your way up to Moelfre, stopping at Din Lligwy on the way. Din Lligwy is an ancient village site near the coast and makes for a striking sight. Past Din Lligwy you will come to Lligwy beach, a lovely wide and sandy beach backed by low sand dunes. After Lligwy beach it’s a steady climb to Mynydd Bodafon, a small collection of peaks including the Arwydd, which is the highest point on the island of Anglesey. The remainder of the route is relatively easy; you can take a shorter route back round to Benllech or take a longer detour down to Llyn Cefni, the second largest manmade lake on Anglesey.

You can find a map of the Hebog Tour route here.

The Copper Trail

The Copper Trail – 33 miles

This route is perfect for those interested in geology as you have the option to take a detour up Parys Mountain and walk around the old copper mines. Starting at Llynnon Mill, near Llanddeusant, head towards Llanerchymedd. Continue to Penysarn; this is where you will pass the disused copper mines of Parys Mountain. Continue to Llaneilian and then on to the town of Amlwch Port, before heading to Llanfechell. The route then takes you to the coast and the Cemlyn Bay Nature Reserve, ideal if you’re a keen birdwatcher. Continue around Mynydd Y Garn, offering great views of Holyhead Bay, then through Llanrhyddlad to the finishing point at Llanddeusant.

Take a look at the Copper Trail Map here.

Anglesey Circular Cycle Route

Anglesey Circular Route – 58 miles

If you’re feeling adventurous, how about taking on the Anglesey Circular Route? This is the longest route in our list but also offers the opportunity to see all of Anglesey’s spectacular coast. As this is a circular route, you can start from any point, but the nearest starting point from Silver Bay is probably the village of Valley. This route is recommended for experienced riders only and it is suggested that you try to pick a day when it isn’t too windy.

You can find out more and view the Anglesey Circular Route here.


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We know that Anglesey is stunning. The Times recently remarked “This is life at a slower pace, with time to admire the sea and mountain views”, and we wholly agree. Anglesey has many gems, but our pride and joy is our beaches. We arguably have some of the best coastlines in Wales and we’re not afraid to say it! With this in mind, we wanted to do the hard work for you. Here are some of Anglesey’s BEST beaches…

Silver Bay Beach

Well of course – Silver Bay Beach has to be number one. We are extremely proud of our beautiful beach and its stunning views of Snowdonia and RAF Valley in the distance. Our beach at Silver Bay is reserved specifically for clients. Equipped with a beach shack to get an ice cream when the sun is shining, our beach is the perfect place to wind down. Perfect for the dog walk, the evening walk, the day out with the kids – it is the centre of everything here at Silver Bay.

Porth Dafarch Beach

Just a 17 minute drive away from Silver Bay Holiday Village, Porth Dafarch is not one to miss. Owned by The National Trust, it is a gorgeous sheltered beach located on the south coast of Holy Island. Perfect for all the family, Porth Dafarch provides the opportunity for all sorts of activities from rock pooling to scuba diving. Home to the ruins of Missouri steamer which crashed in 1886, there is much to explore. We highly recommend this beautiful beach for a great day out. If you’re looking for a bite to eat afterward, Porth Dafarch is a 5 minute drive from the town of Holyhead – full of fantastic cafes and restaurants! 

Church Bay

Although it is a 30 minute drive from Silver Bay, it is well worth the journey. This stunning pebbled beach is perfect for families with dogs on a sunny day. Alongside this, Church Bay is renowned for the nearby restaurant The Lobster Pot. It’s speciality? It’s in the name! 

Llanddwyn Beach

Ynys Llanddwyn is a must see! The beach is located 35 minutes’ drive from Silver Bay. The island is rich in myth and legend and takes its name from Dwynwen, the Welsh Patron Saint of lovers. The ruins of her church can be found on the island and much more. Whether or not you are looking for a beautiful beach, or to immerse yourself in Welsh culture, Llanddwyn Beach is the place to be. Read more about The legend of Santes Dwynwen here. Looking for a nice place to go for dinner afterward? Check out the Marram Grass Cafe, just 3 miles from the beach.

Rhosneigr Beach

Rhosneigr Beach is a stunning sandy beach, known for its great surfing and canoeing conditions. Whether you’re looking for adventure and activity, or a stroll along the beach with gorgeous views – Rhosneigr Beach has it all. This dog friendly beach is a perfect day out with the family. Home to the fantastic Surf Cafe, Rhosneigr offers activity and a bite to eat afterwards! The beach has a small car park, toilets, plenty of road side parking and a train station, making it highly accessible via car or public transport. With just a 26 minute drive from Silver Bay, what have you got to lose?

And that’s it from us! Some (but certainly not all) of Anglesey’s best beaches. Do make sure you take the time during your visit to Anglesey to check them out, as these are not ones to miss!


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We can’t believe it’s almost the summer holidays, where has 2019 gone? Once again we have an action-packed summer planned for you all, including activities to suit all the family.

Keep reading to find out about the different activities and download the summer holidays 2019 activity planner to take away and read later.

Silver Bay Owners Annual Summer Party

 

As always, we like to show our appreciation to all our fantastic holiday home owners and celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays with a summer party. This year the summer party takes place on Saturday 27th July.

This year the theme is ‘Film Stars’ – dress up as your favourite! Doors will open at 5pm with the children’s buffet available from 5:15pm to 6pm in time for the children’s entertainer. The adult buffet will be available later in the evening with live music from Four Kicks and dancing until 1am.

Here’s a reminder of our summer party last year:

 

Summer Holiday Activities at the Pool

 

Our inviting swimming pool with dedicated lanes and splash area is perfect for relaxing or having some family fun.

Get your morning swim in before an action-packed day with our adult only swim sessions, every day 9:30 – 10:30am.

Or join us every Thursday afternoon for our Rookie Lifeguard sessions, aimed at children aged eight and above and starting at 4pm. The summer holidays are also a great time to kick start your child’s swimming or improve their skills with our one-to-one swimming lessons, every Thursday at 5pm and 5:30pm.

In the gym

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Our state of the art gym is the perfect place for working up a sweat and getting active.

On Mondays and Saturdays we have spinning classes, focused on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery. Or maybe you want to give our kettlebell classes a try, every Friday at 5:45pm, for a total body workout, including dynamic movement, cardio and strength training.

Improve your physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance your mental awareness with our Pilates classes at 6pm every Tuesday or tone and sculpt your body with our Zumba classes at 6:45pm every Tuesday – a fun way to burn calories!

Outdoor Activities

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We’re hoping to be blessed with warm weather over the holidays and what better way to make the most of the weather than taking part in one of our outdoor activities.

Your little ones can practise their serve every Monday with our tennis sessions; we have sessions at 11am for children under six years old and sessions at 12pm for ages six and above. Or if they fancy giving soccer a go, we have the Soccer School every Wednesday at 1pm for ages six and above.

We’ve also got family sessions so everyone can get involved, including family waterpolo every Tuesday at 1pm, family archery every Thursday at 1pm and family football every Friday at 1pm.

On Saturday 10th August we’ll be hosting our annual fishing competition (weather dependent); to enter it’s £10 per boat, £5 per adult and children go free. Book your place at the Silver Bay reception.

Over the bank holiday weekend we’ll be hosting our annual sandcastle competition, Beach Mudder and more. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Busy Bayers

 

For the little creators out there, we have all sorts of arts and crafts activities planned, from sewing skills, mocktails and cake pops to tie dye beach bags, playdough factory and trash to treasure.

Preserving the local environment and wildlife is a priority for us here at Silver Bay so we’re offering sessions aimed at protecting the local wildlife and recycling. On Monday 5th August and Monday 19th August we have Saving Squirrels sessions at 3pm. On Monday 29th July and Monday 12th August we’ll be holding Hedgehog Rescue sessions at 3pm.

Our bees are back for summer, of course, and we’ll be holding Meet the Bees sessions every Thursday at 10:30am and 1pm so plenty of time to see how they’re doing. You’ll also be able to have a go at harvesting honey with Jonathan, our beekeeper, or beeswax candle making on selected Thursdays at 3:30pm. Make sure to check the timetable for dates.

Our family movie nights have been a great success so we’re bringing them back for summer. Kick back and relax with a film, every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm.

This is just a taste of all the fantastic Busy Bayer sessions taking place over the summer holidays, so make sure to check the summer holiday timetable for the full list.

You can find out more about each session and book over on our online booking system. We would recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. Booking is available for each session from 10am on the day before the activity is due to take place.

We look forward to seeing you all over the summer holidays!


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Originating in Wales in the 1970s, coasteering has become one of the UK’s fastest growing outdoor adventure activities and coasteering in North Wales is particularly popular. But what exactly does coasteering involve? Keep reading our guide to find out what coasteering is, the best places to go coasteering and top tips to make the most out of your experience.

What is coasteering?

When asked what exactly coasteering is there seems to be a real mix of answers. The nature of the activity is what makes it difficult to define, but that’s also what makes it so interesting.

Put simply, coasteering is a group activity that involves traversing a coastline through a mix of rock climbing and swimming, plus a bit of jumping too, so expect to get wet! The main aspects of coasteering are:

  • Wild swimming – sometimes a coasteering route may require you to swim to get from one section to another
  • Low-level traversing – this is where you use partly-submerged rocks to make your way across a section of deep water, making your way sideways one foot at a time. You can make it as easy or difficult as you like, plus if you lose your footing you have the deep water to fall back into
  • Cliff jumping – this is probably the most fun part of coasteering, or the most daunting for some. A guide will often suggest you start off with a small jump and work your way up to the larger jumps, helping even the most cautious take the leap
  • Cave discovery – with some cave entrances cut off by the tide, coasteering enables you to access some of the most unique and untouched parts of the coastline
  • Sluices and pour-overs – this is where water rises and pushes between two rocks or pours over a ledge into a deep pool; if timed right, you can let the ocean take you through or over a section
  • Gullies – often hidden and requiring a bit of wriggling to get to, gullies can give you access to untouched sections of coastline
  • Whirlpools – if timed right, certain rock formations and layouts create a fun whirlpool effect

The best places to go coasteering in North Wales

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Coasteering originated in Wales in the 1970s so it’s no surprise that the country offers some of the best coasteering spots. North Wales, in particular, has miles of exciting coastline perfect for exploring and plenty of spots to choose from. Here’s some of the best spots:

  • Holy Island – the deep clean water, hidden beaches, sea cliffs and the largest sea cave in Wales make this a top destination for coasteering enthusiasts
  • Llŷn Peninsula – with its mixture of low cliffs and larger waves, the Llŷn Peninsula is accessible to everyone of all levels of ability. Plus in some areas you might even be lucky enough to play with the seals. The most recognised spots are the villages of Morfa Nefyn and Aberdaron

Top tips for coasteering

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Don’t do it alone

Coasteering is most definitely a team activity and it’s advisable to do it as part of a guided tour with an experienced guide. An experienced guide is sure to know the route like the back of their hand and what may look safe to a newbie might not be safe to a seasoned professional.

Wear the right gear

An activity provider will often provide you with the correct equipment and advise you on what to wear beforehand but if you’re curious about what you’ll need, here’s a list of the essentials:

  • Wetsuit – a full length wetsuit will keep you dry all over and provide extra warmth
  • Coasteer shorts – these are usually made from neoprene and are specifically designed for coasteering
  • Trainers – make sure they lace up; old trainers are great for coasteering as they provide the grip and sole protection needed to tackle the wet, slippery rocks
  • Buoyancy aid – even the strongest swimmers need a little help to keep afloat sometimes
  • Helmet – a must-have in case you experience any bumps or falls

Keep an eye on the weather and the tide

As coasteering takes place where the ocean meets the rock, it’s important to always check the sea state and tide to make sure the conditions are suitable and safe.

Coasteering and wildlife

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If you take part in a coasteering session here in North Wales you’re sure to see some wildlife; including seals, dolphins and razorbills. The Anglesey coastline is one of the most varied and distinctive landscapes in Britain and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as home to a variety of wildlife.

Coasteering activities at Silver Bay

We’re lucky to be situated next to a stunning piece of coastline, perfect for a spot of coasteering. That’s why we offer family coasteering sessions during the school holidays, guided by an experienced coach.

That’s just one of the amazing benefits of being a holiday home owner here at Silver Bay Holiday Village. You can find out more about Silver Bay life on our blog, from organised activities on site to all the amazing things to see and do in the area.


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We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the Green Coast Award by Keep Wales Tidy.

The Green Coast Award recognises the beautiful, untouched and rugged beaches for their excellent water quality and unspoiled environment. Unlike the beaches that have received a Blue Flag Award, a Green Coast Award beach doesn’t have the infrastructure and intensive management generally associated with the more traditional seaside resort.

In order to receive the Green Coast Award the beach must comply with the following criteria:

  • Have excellent water quality
  • Encourage dog and horse owners to clean up after their animals by providing suitable facilities and literature
  • Have a guardianship scheme in place
  • Provide information on locally organised environmental activities
  • Public access to the beach must be safe and well maintained

Wales has some of the most beautiful and well managed beaches in the world and the Wales Coast Awards help to raise environmental awareness, recognise good practice and promote Wales as an international destination.

18 beaches in Wales were awarded the Green Coast Award this year, recognising all the hidden gems on our coastline. The award helps to encourage people to “adopt” areas of the coast, helping contribute towards the sustainability of the area while promoting volunteering, and we have been recognised as the first private business to apply for a coast award on behalf of a beach.

The local contribution is evident in recent news with Anglesey being announced as the UK’s first county to be designated a Plastic Free Community by the marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

What other environmental initiatives are we involved in?

Obeewan Silver Bay beekeeper

Our dedication to preserving the natural environment and supporting British wildlife is a priority for us. As well as the Green Coast Award, we were also awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for our commitment to protecting the local wildlife, reducing energy use, recycling waste, and supporting the local community. As part of our commitment to the rural environment and the impact of the coastal path, we have also started to plant indigenous species to reestablish the flora and fauna.

And not forgetting our honey bees. The bees are still in their winter home at the moment but will be moving back this month. They were very busy during the warm spell in April, so much so that we had to hire an extra pair of hands (or paws). We also had to make up some extra frames in anticipation but Obeewan was too busy eating all the honey so our beekeeper, Jonathan, had to do it all by himself. Starting in the May half term holidays, we will be offering ‘Meet the Bees’ sessions throughout the summer so our owners can have the opportunity to meet the queen and her workers.

You can find out more about our beach and boat park as well as any further updates on our ongoing work to benefit the local wildlife and environment.


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Looking for fun things to do in North Wales? Then look no further! We’ve put together the best attractions and places of interest in the area so you can focus on having a good time.

Holyhead Golf Club

Holyhead Golf Club offers one of the best golfing spots in Wales. Enjoy fantastic views towards the mountains of Snowdonia while playing the challenging 18 hole championship course. Whatever your level, it’s a great place to hone your golfing skills.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 14 minutes

Holyhead Golf Club, Trearddur Bay, Anglesey, LL65 2YL

Website: https://www.holyheadgolfclub.co.uk/

Holyhead Maritime Museum

Step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales, situated on picturesque Newry Beach. The museum is a fantastic family experience where you can find out about shipwrecks, gallant rescues and pirates.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 22 minutes

Newry Beach, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1YD

Opening hours: From Easter to the end of October, Tuesday to Sunday

Website: http://www.holyheadmaritimemuseum.co.uk/

South Stack Lighthouse

Built in 1809 and reopened in 2017, the historic South Stack Lighthouse is located on a small island 30 metres from Holyhead Island. Take a tour of the lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top; you might even see some puffins while you’re there!

Drive time from Silver Bay: 26 minutes

Holyhead, LL65 1YH

Opening hours: From 6th April, 10am – 4pm (Sat – Thu), 1pm – 4pm (Fri), last tour is 3:30pm

Website: http://www.southstacklighthouse.com/

Anglesey Circuit

Set on the west coast of Anglesey, Anglesey Circuit provides visitors with a challenging and exciting circuit in a breathtaking location. Whether you want to watch one of the amazing events or experience the track for yourself, it makes a perfect day out.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 29 minutes

Anglesey Circuit, Ty Croes, Anglesey, Wales, LL63 5TF

Website: https://www.angleseycircuit.com/

Cemlyn Bay and Lagoon

The enchanting curved bay is unique with its shingle ridge, known as Esgair Cemlyn, which divides the open sea from a saline coastal lagoon. In summer the lagoon provides a sanctuary for its famous tern colony so make sure to get your binoculars at the ready.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 32 minutes

Anglesey Transport Museum

Step back in time and see over 100 classic vehicles dating from the 1920s onwards, from cars and motorbikes to tractors and army trucks. Set in a replica 1940s cobbled street, you might even recognise some of the vehicles from film and television.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 33 minutes

Tyddyn Pwrpas, Newborough, Anglesey, LL61 6TN

Opening hours: 7 days a week, 10am – 5pm (March – October)

Website: http://angleseytransportmuseum.co.uk/ 

Greenwood Family Park

Voted the best family day out in North Wales, Greenwood Family Park is full of action and adventure for the whole family to enjoy. You can even grab yourself a season pass so you can go back as many times as you’d like throughout the year.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 37 minutes

Greenwood, Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, LL56 4QN

Opening hours: Open daily 10am – 5:30pm

Website: https://www.greenwoodfamilypark.co.uk/

Anglesey Model Village

Newly opened in 2019, step into the tiny world of Anglesey Model Village featuring all the famous landmarks and features of the island. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it’s a great place to relax and play. Plus there’s a lovely cafe to enjoy a cuppa or bite to eat.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 38 minutes

Anglesey Model Village, Newborough, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, LL61 6RS

Opening hours: 10am – 3pm (Mon & Tue), 10am – 5:30pm (Wed – Sun)

Website: http://www.angleseymodelvillage.co.uk/

Parys Mountain Windmill

Located on Parys Mountain, one of the highest points on Anglesey, the Grade II listed Parys Mountain Windmill was formerly used to pump water out of the copper mine. The windmill has been an empty shell since 1929 and is definitely worth a visit.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 40 minutes

Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo features over 40 tanks displaying the best of British marine wildlife, from octopuses and lobsters to seahorses and catsharks. Learn about British marine habitats as well as the research and conservation work that is helping to save them.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 40 minutes

Opening hours: 10am – 3:45pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 4:45pm (Sat & Sun)

Anglesey Sea Zoo and Marine Resource Centre, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, LL61 6TQ

Website: https://www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk/

Copper Kingdom

Located in the picturesque fishing harbour of Amlwch Port, the award winning Copper Kingdom tells the tale of copper mining from its discovery in 1768 to the present day. Family friendly and wheelchair accessible, Copper Kingdom is perfect for everyone.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 41 minutes

Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust, Amlwch Port, Anglesey, LL68 9DB

Website: http://copperkingdom.co.uk/copper-kingdom/

Red Wharf Bay

Once an important port, Red Wharf Bay lies on the east coast of Anglesey between the villages of Pentraeth and Benllech. The sandy beach stretches 2.5 miles from a tower of limestone called Castell Mawr down to Bwrdd Arthur.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 41 minutes

Beaumaris Castle

Regarded as the finest of all the Edwardian castles in Wales, Beaumaris Castle is an unfinished masterpiece worth seeing. As well as taking in the stunning architecture, the castle also has great views of the mountains and sea.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 41 minutes

Website: http://www.beaumaris.com

Benllech Beach

One of the most popular beaches on Anglesey, Benllech Beach has fine golden sand and clear blue waters. A great place for a paddle and a stroll if you fancy a change of scenery from Silver Bay beach.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 42 minutes

Anglesey Riding Centre

Set alongside the beautiful Menai Straits, Anglesey Riding Centre features five miles of private bridleways that are perfect for those that are completely new to riding as well as the more experienced rider.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 42 minutes

Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Tue – Thu), 10am – 5pm (Fri – Sun)

Anglesey Riding Centre, Tal-y-foel, Dwyran, Anglesey, LL61 6LQ

Website: https://www.angleseyridingcentre.co.uk/

Beacon Climbing Centre

Beacon Climbing Centre is the largest indoor climbing centre in North Wales and caters for all ages and levels of experience. Don’t fancy climbing? Take a seat in the cafe located above the climbing walls and watch the action from the comfort of your seat.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 44 minutes

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Tue & Fri), 8am – 10pm (Thu), 10am – 8pm (Sat & Sun)

Beacon Climbing Centre, Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD

Website: https://www.beaconclimbing.com/

Caernarfon Castle

Located at the southern end of the Menai Strait, the medieval Caernarfon Castle is a World Heritage Site and its impressive architecture is definitely worth a visit. Step through its imposing walls and learn about the history of Caernarfon.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 44 minutes

Opening hours: Open daily, 9:30am – 5pm (1st March – 30th June)

Caernarfon Castle, Castle Ditch, Caernarfon, LL55 2AY

Website: https://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/caernarfon-castle/?lang=en

Zip World Penrhyn Quarry

Penrhyn Slate Quarry is home to Zip World Velocity 2, the fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe. Take on Velocity 2 yourself, take a tour of the quarry on one of the famous red trucks or watch the zippers flying by from the restaurant.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 44 minutes

Zip World Penrhyn Quarry, LL57 4YG

Website: https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/penrhyn-quarry

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Journey to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, on one of the most unique railway journeys in the world. Take in the stunning scenery and awe inspiring views on a great day out for the whole family.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 46 minutes

Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TT

Website: https://snowdonrailway.co.uk/

Conwy Castle

The gritty, dark stoned fortress of Conwy Castle still casts a powerful spell over those who visit it. Head up to the battlements and take in the breathtaking views of the mountains and sea as well as Conwy itself and the town walls that surround it.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 53 minutes

Opening hours: Open daily, 9:30am – 5pm (1st March – 30th June)

Conwy Castle, Rose Hill Street, Conwy, LL32 8AY

Website: https://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/conwycastle/?lang=en

Puffin Island

Puffin Island lies off the coast of Anglesey and is home to at least ten different species of seabird. It isn’t possible to go on the island itself but the best way to see it is by taking a boat trip around the island with boat operators offering rides throughout summer.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 54 minutes

Llandudno

Llandudno is the perfect location if you’re looking for a classic seaside town. The immaculate seafront is framed by two headlands and offers attractions suitable for the whole family, from the cafes and amusements on the pier to the Great Orme Country Park.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 1 hour 2 minutes

Website: http://www.visitllandudno.org.uk/

Surf Snowdonia

Set in the heart of beautiful North Wales, Surf Snowdonia is the perfect environment to learn how to surf, fast track your skills or just have fun on your board. The man-made waves are designed for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 1 hour 6 minutes

Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Conway Road, Dolgarrog, Conwy, LL32 8QE

Website: https://adventureparcsnowdonia.com/surf-snowdonia/  

Glasfryn Parc

Glasfryn Parc is a fun-filled day out for the whole family. From go karting, crazy golf and ten pin bowling to wakeboarding, kayaking and coarse fishing, plus many more, there’s sure to be an activity to suit everyone.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 1 hour 6 minutes

Opening hours: Open daily 9:30am – 6pm

Glasfryn Parc, Y Ffôr, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6PG

Website: http://www.glasfryn.co.uk/

Zip World Fforest

Located in a stunning woodland setting in the Conwy Valley, Zip World Fforest has adventures to keep the whole family busy. Choose from the Fforest Coaster, the Tree Hoppers, Zip Safari or Skyride, Europe’s highest giant swing!

Drive time from Silver Bay: 1 hour 8 minutes

Zip World Fforest, A470, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0HX

Website: https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/fforest

Portmeirion

Portmeirion Village is home to two hotels, a cluster of historic cottages, iconic architecture, a spa, stylish shops, award-winning restaurants, casual cafes, an Italian ice cream parlour, exotic gardens and sandy beaches. What more could you want!

Drive time from Silver Bay: 1 hour 18 minutes

Opening hours: Open daily 9:30am – 5:30pm

Website: https://portmeirion.wales/

Zip World Slate Caverns

From Titan, the first four-person zip line in Europe, to Bounce Below, the only subterranean playground of its kind, and the Zip World Caverns, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.

Drive time from Silver Bay: 1 hour 23 minutes

Zip World Slate Caverns, LL41 3NB

Website: https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/slate-caverns

If you’re looking for more fun things to do in North Wales, why not check out our 2019 events calendar for some more inspiration.


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If being in the great outdoors and pushing yourself to the limit is your thing then there’s nowhere better than Anglesey. With Anglesey half marathons, triathlons and cycling events taking place throughout the year, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

This year we’ve partnered with Always Aim High Events to offer all our holiday home owners 10% off registration fees. Keep reading to find out about the different events taking place throughout the year.

The best Anglesey half marathons and beyond

 

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Kicking off the year on Sunday 3rd March is the Anglesey Half Marathon and 10K. The marathon starts off on the Menai Suspension Bridge, flowing downhill through Menai Bridge town centre, along the winding roads to Beaumaris and back to the centre of Menai Bridge. All of this is accompanied with amazing views of the Snowdonia National Park.

Brand new for 2019 is the Conwy Marathon, taking place on Sunday 31st March. This new route will take runners around the Great Orme, the Conwy Castle World Heritage Site, to the beautiful Colwyn Bay Promenade and doubling back along the beach back to Llandudno.

Also brand new for 2019 is the Anglesey Trail Half Marathon, taking place Sunday 2nd June and set in the beautiful surroundings of Newborough Forest.

Take it up a notch and explore the trails of Snowdonia National Park with the Snowdonia Trail Marathon, taking place on Sunday 14th July. With the option to do a trail marathon, ultra marathon, half marathon and 10K, there’s an event to suit every level of fitness.

Triathlons on Anglesey and Wales

 

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On Sunday 14th April, Always Aim High welcome the Harlech Triathlon, one of the best loved events on the triathlon calendar.

The Harlech Triathlon is followed up by the Slateman Triathlon. Delivered over the 18th and 19th May, the triathlon features a swim surrounded by mountains, a bike course in the heart of Snowdonia National Park and a run through a slate quarry.

Located in the iconic Cardiff Bay and taking place over the 22nd and 23rd of June, the Cardiff Triathlon is one of the most unforgettable city races on the calendar.

In July is the Snowman Triathlon, one of the toughest triathlons in the UK. The triathlon runs across the 27th and 28th July and offers something for everyone.

Finishing off the year of triathlons is the Sandman Triathlon on the 14th and 15th September, starting and finishing in Newborough Forest and offering something for all abilities.

Cycling and swimming events on Anglesey and beyond

 

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If you want to see the sights of Anglesey while riding a bike then the Tour de Mon on Sunday 18th August is perfect. In 2018 the sportive welcomed over 1,000 cyclists and hopes to see more this year to explore the most beautiful and iconic locations on this amazing island.

Or if swimming is more your thing then why not sign up for the Aqua Sphere Snowman Swim, taking place on Saturday 27th July. The event offers the opportunity to experience an open water swim in the stunning Llynnau Mymbyr in the heart of Snowdonia National Park.

With so many events to choose from we’re sure there’ll be one to suit you. If you’d like to see what else is coming up in the local area you can take a look at our 2019 events calendar here. Want to find out more about Silver Bay Holiday Village? You can take a look at our brochure here or, if you’d like to have a chat, you can request a callback and a member of our friendly sales team will be in touch.


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The new year is always a great time to look at what’s coming up in the year and plan what events you’re going to attend. Anglesey is full of great events; from nature and wildlife walks to marathons and food festivals, there’s something for everyone, but it can be difficult finding them all and when they’re taking place. That’s why we’ve put together a calendar so you know exactly what’s on in Anglesey and when. Take a look at our events calendar below and keep reading to find out more about each event.

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What’s on in Anglesey – Month by month

February 2019

Red Squirrels in Anglesey

Anglesey is home to many red squirrels and they continue to be a focus of conservation to increase the population. Want to find out how the red squirrels are getting on? Join North Wales Wildlife Trust on Friday 15th February for the red squirrel update. Or maybe you’re looking for something more active in February? Why not give winter sea kayaking a go at the Kayak Essentials Essential Frostbite Weekend, taking place 16th to 17th February.

March 2019

If you own a motorbike and you’re looking to get out on a track with it then the No Limits Track Days would be perfect for you. Taking place on the 2nd March and various other dates throughout the year, satisfy your need for speed and take your bike for a spin with experienced instructors. If beer’s more your thing then why not join the Anglesey Ale Trail on Saturday 30th March and 7th September and pay a visit to some of the most superb real ale pubs on Anglesey.

April 2019

Kayak Essentials Sea Kayak Spring Essentials Coaching Weekend

Start the month off with a walk around Parys Mountain on Saturday 6th April and take in the colours and landscapes of the abandoned copper mine. Get ready for spring on the 19th to 21st April with the Kayak Essentials Spring Essentials Coaching Weekend where you can join excellent coaches to develop your skills in dynamic water.

May 2019

From the 4th to the 10th of May, Anglesey welcomes back the Sea Kayak Symposium where you can meet and greet and share practical tips with people in the know. On the 18th and 19th May head to the Anglesey Agricultural Showground for the Anglesey Vintage Rally 2019, now in its 35th year, and marvel at the vintage machines and artefacts. If you’re looking to pick up a vintage treasure for yourself, head to the Mona Showground for the Anglesey Antiques Fair on the 25th and 26th May at the Mona Showground, also taking place on the 19th and 20th of October. Also that weekend, on the 26th May, is the Great Strait Raft Run, held annually on the Menai Strait.

June 2019

Gottwood Festival

If you’re a foodie or just a lover of food and drink then make sure to put the Anglesey Food Festival in your calendar; taking place on the 30th May to 1st June at the Anglesey Showground. Also that weekend is the All Wales Boat and Leisure Show which has a huge range of exhibits, events and activities where you can have a go too. For all you music lovers out there make sure to get your ticket for Gottwood Festival, taking place 6th – 9th June, now in its 10th year. Or if you’re looking for a different type of weekend there’s also the Kayak Essentials Essential Women’s Sea Kayak weekend taking place 7th – 9th June. At the end of the month there’s the Snowdonia Challenge, a three day walking challenge which is the only event of its kind in the UK, get your walking shoes at the ready!

July 2019

On the 28th July is the Anglesey Offshore Dinghy Race, the North West’s premier offshore dinghy race covering over 15 nautical miles around the South East coast of Anglesey.

August 2019

Anglesey Show

August kicks off with the Cybi Coastal Marathon on Saturday 3rd August, circumnavigating Ynys Cybi on the Welsh national coastal footpath and Anglesey coastal path. Then from the 5th to the 17th you can enjoy the Menai Strait Regattas; watch classic boats, cruisers and dinghies race on the Menai Strait. On the 13th and 14th the Anglesey Show returns once again with animal and livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts, food stalls and much more. On the 25th and 26th August is round 6 of the Thundersport GB Championships so make sure to get your ticket if you’re looking to get your motorbike racing fix. At the end of the month the famous Ring O’ Fire returns, taking runners on a 135 mile journey around Anglesey.

September 2019

On the 1st of September you can take on the rugged and beautiful coastline of Holy Island at Love SwimRun. Or take on the water at the Kayak Essentials Essential Sea Kayak Coaching Festival, perfect for those looking to develop their sea kayaking skills.

November 2019

On the 4th of November head to Trearddur Bay Hotel for the bonfire and firework display raising money for Cancer Research UK appeal; gates open at 6pm with the bonfire being lit at 6:30pm and fireworks starting at 7pm.

Always Aim High Events

 

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Whether you’re looking to get active or raise money for a cause close to your heart, Always Aim High offer all sorts of amazing events across Wales, and in 2019 they’re offering 10% off registration for all Silver Bay holiday home owners! If you’re a holiday home owner here at Silver Bay, make sure to keep an eye out for emails from us to find out how to claim your discount.

On the 3rd of March the events kick off with the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon and 10K, one of the most beautiful marathon routes in the UK and starting on the iconic Menai Suspension Bridge. Then on the 31st March is the Conwy Marathon, brand new for 2019 and offering a 26 mile route on the stunning Conwy coastline. If they’re not convenient or you want to take part in even more, there’s also the Anglesey Trail Half Marathon on the 2nd June. On the 14th July you can explore the trails, panoramic views and tough climbs of Snowdonia National Park in the Snowdonia Trail Marathon.

If swimming’s more your thing why not take part in the Aqua Sphere Snowman Swim and experience an incredible open swim in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Or if you’re a keen cyclist, why not give the Tour de Mon a go on the 18th August.

If you’re looking to push yourself even further and combine running, swimming and cycling, why not get involved with a triathlon, starting with the Harlech Triathlon on the 14th April. Or there’s the Slateman Triathlon, taking place on the 18th and 19th May. If you want to venture further out of Anglesey, there’s also the Cardiff Triathlon on 22nd and 23rd of June. Feeling ready to take on the toughest triathlon in the UK? Sign up for the Snowman Triathlon, taking place on the 27th and 28th of July. If you want to complete all of the Always Aim High SUUNTO Adventure Series then make sure to sign up for the Superfeet Sandman Triathlon on the 14th and 15th September.

We hope you found something interesting and we’ll be sure to keep our calendar updated as new events come up so make sure to keep checking back.

Interested in life at Silver Bay? Download our brochure here to find out about our different holiday homes and facilities or request a callback to speak to us further.


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

What are the best locations for stargazing in North Wales?

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

When’s the best time to stargaze?

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

What equipment do I need?

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

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

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

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

Happy stargazing!

 

Image credit: Brian Davies Photography


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Stunning New Lodge Development

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 Sunday 3rd June 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.