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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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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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When it comes to the best places to eat on Anglesey, there’s a lot to choose from! We asked our holiday home owners and followers where their favourite places to eat are and put them all together for you in a lovely map. From fine dining restaurants and gastropubs to cosy cafes and street food venues, Anglesey has it all!

Keep reading to find out more.

Catch 22 Brasserie

Catch 22 Brasserie

Catch 22 Brasserie is a contemporary family-run restaurant located in Valley. Its seasonal menu is focused on locally sourced ingredients, offering international flavours and some British home comforts too, all served in a cosy and relaxed setting. Everything is made from scratch, from their freshly baked sourdough to the famous Snickers trifle, and they recently launched a new menu, including some excellent veggie and vegan options.

What the reviews say:

“the food was amazing”

“five star food with first class service”

“our favourite restaurant on Anglesey”

Website: http://www.catch22brasserie.co.uk/index.html

Address: London Road, Valley, Anglesey, LL65 3DP

Opening times: Mon – Thu 10:30am – 2:30pm and 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Fridays 10:30am – 2:30pm and 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Saturdays 10:30am – 9:00pm, Sundays 10:30am – 8:00pm

The Black Seal

The Black Seal

The Black Seal is a modern restaurant located right next to the beach in Trearddur Bay, serving up contemporary British cuisine as well as dishes from around the world. They have their own custom-built, wood-fired pizza oven (we’ve heard the pizzas are delicious) and an extensive selection of gluten free menu items. We’ve also been told the tapas menu is definitely worth a try.

They have a great range of delicious desserts and some fabulous cocktail specials too that you can enjoy while looking out to sea.

What the reviews say:

“the food was faultless”

“a very cosy and buzzing little place”

“great views of the beach”

Website: http://www.theblackseal.co.uk/index.html

Address: Lon Isallt, Holyhead, LL65 2UP

Opening times: Open 7 days a week, kitchen – 12:00pm – 9:00pm, bar – 11:00am – 11:00pm

Sea Shanty Cafe

Sea Shanty Cafe

The Sea Shanty Cafe is a favourite for our owners with children. Located in a prime spot close to the beach, they boast some of the best fish and chips in the area. It also has a lovely nautical theme inside and is dog friendly so it’s a perfect spot after a walk on the beach. The place gets very busy so we would definitely recommend booking a table in advance.

What the reviews say:

“the atmosphere, the decor, and the friendliness of the staff is brilliant”

“the food is delightful”

“we ate there three times in a week and the food was great every time”

Website: https://seashantycafe.co.uk/

Address: Lon St Ffraid, Trearddur Bay, LL65 2YR

Opening times: Open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day), Breakfast – 9:00am – 11:30am, Main menu – 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Ice cream parlour – 10:00am – 10:00pm, Tea/coffee and cakes available all day

Ann’s Pantry

Ann's Pantry

Described as “cute” by one of our owners, Ann’s Pantry is a family run cafe and restaurant located in the picture postcard village of Moelfre and has been running under the same name since 1926! Well known for their homemade cakes, they only use free range Welsh eggs and natural flavours such as lemon and freshly ground coffee. Their homemade scones are also a treat!

On a good day you can enjoy the weather in one of their outside areas, from their lovely walled garden to the sunny courtyard. Dogs are welcome inside and out, they just ask that all customers keep their dogs on a lead.

Their evening menu changes from week to week and season to season and they can also cater for special diets if you let them know when you book your table – reservations are definitely recommended as it is quite a small place.

What the reviews say:

“Ann’s Pantry is a must to visit”

“delicious and unusual food”

“lovely food and organic wine with smiling and friendly staff”

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

Address: Moelfre, Anglesey, LL72 8HL

The Marram Grass

The Marram Grass

The Marram Grass offers a menu that is inspired by the land and people around it and is always focused on what is available locally or from its own garden. Give yourself the full Marram Grass dining experience with one of its taster menus or enjoy a private dining experience for up to 10 people where you can watch the chefs prep, cook and serve the food right in front of you.

There’s also a cookery school and experience days available if you’re looking to enhance your own cooking skills or take your foodie journey to the next level.

What the reviews say:

“well worth every penny”

“hands down one of the best meals I have ever had”

“the food was absolutely incredible!”

Website: https://www.themarramgrass.com/

Address: White Lodge, Newborough, Anglesey, LL61 6RS

Opening times: Thu – Sun 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Freckled Angel

Freckled Angel

The Freckled Angel started as a private catering business in 2013 and went on to become a restaurant in 2016. Combining the concept of Spanish tapas with British flavours and techniques, the Freckled Angel uses locally sourced ingredients to create a unique dining experience.

Earlier this year they were awarded Cheshire Life’s North Wales Dining Excellence Award and they recently made it into the Good Food Guide 2020. They also recently launched a new menu and now offer a takeaway service called Home Kitchen, perfect for busy people looking for something wholesome and quick.

What the reviews say:

“exceptional tasty locally sourced tapas”

“will definitely visit again the next time in Anglesey”

“each small plate was an explosion of taste and delight” 

Website: http://www.freckled-angel-fine-catering.co.uk/

Address: 49 High Street, Menai Bridge, LL59 5EF

Opening times: Mon – Sat 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Langdons

Langdons

Located in Holyhead Marina, Langdons offers delicious homemade food with stunning sea views and the beautiful backdrop of Holyhead Mountain.

On a Sunday they serve up a carvery with joints of meat to choose from and fresh trimmings to go along with it. Booking is definitely recommended as Sundays can get very busy at Langdons but they also offer home delivery on their Sunday roast if you don’t fancy leaving the house. They also have live music throughout the year so make sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

What the reviews say:

“give it a go you won’t be disappointed”

“the service and the food was outstanding”

“a great find”

Website: https://www.langdons.restaurant/

Address: Holyhead Marina, Newry Beach, Anglesey, LL65 1YA

The White Eagle

The White Eagle

The White Eagle underwent a major redevelopment in 2007 and now serves a seasonal menu featuring the best of British cuisine. It has a close relationship with local farms and producers, from award-winning family butchers to oysters caught fresh from the Menai. Both family and dog friendly, The White Eagle has a warm and friendly atmosphere and a feature floor to ceiling gable wall that overlooks the stunning Anglesey coastline.

They’re also known to serve some of the best fish and chips in the area so definitely give them a try if you fancy some.

What the reviews say:

“lovely pub and super friendly staff”

“a great restaurant with food and staff to match”

“had the church bay dressed crab which was out of this world”

Website: https://www.white-eagle.co.uk/

Address: Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, LL65 2NJ

Opening times: Mon – Sun 12:00pm – 11:00pm

Food service: Mon – Sun 12:00pm – 9:00pm

The Oyster Catcher

The Oyster Catcher

The Oyster Catcher is just a few minutes’ walk from Traeth Llydan and is located on the former site of the Maelog Lake Hotel, where, in 2009, the land was used to build a chef academy.

Enjoy a meal in one of the heated beach huts overlooking the dunes of Rhosneigr or dine in the formal dining area, perfect for a special group gathering or romantic occasion. The Oyster Catcher is also dog-friendly, perfect for stopping off after a walk on the beach.

What the reviews say:

“will definitely be going again”

“excellent service”

“great food with amazing views” 

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

Address: Maelog Lake, Rhosneigr, Anglesey, LL64 5JP

Opening times: Mon – Sat 10:00am – 11:00pm

Food service: Mon – Sat 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sundays 12:00pm – 8:00pm

The Tavern on the Bay

The Tavern on the Bay

The Tavern on the Bay is a gastropub located at St. David’s Park, bridging the gap between an upmarket restaurant and traditional tavern. Originally a marine cottage, the building now has a full glass front and extension with 270o panoramic views of Benllech Bay, Red Wharf Bay and the Great Orme in Llandudno.

The head chef prides himself on using locally sourced ingredients to provide a seasonal menu with an imaginative take on well loved dishes. There is also a resident pianist – The Piano on the Bay.

What the reviews say:

“the nicest chicken burger I’ve ever had”

“a lovely walk on the beach followed by an excellent dinner”

“what a fabulous restaurant!”

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

Address: St David’s Park, Red Wharf Bay, LL75 8RJ

Opening times: Mon – Thu 12:00pm – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Fri – Sat 12:00pm – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Sundays 12:00pm – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Bar opening times: Mon – Thu 11:00am – 10:30pm, Sundays 11:00am – 10:00pm

Simply Street Bar and Grill

Simply Street Bar and Grill

Brought to you by the people who ran Chuckwagon BBQ, Simply Street Bar and Grill is a hip, casual dining venue offering fresh and tasty street food. They recently launched a new menu with a range of different dishes including hanging kebabs, bao buns, tacos and some fantastic desserts.

They also have a great range of unusual cocktails, from Vimto Daiquiris to Gin and Tonic Sorbets, to go along with your food or perfect if you just want to go out for drinks.

What the reviews say:

“definitely worth a visit”

“a fantastic foodie experience”

“our only disappointment is that we were too full to have a dessert” 

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

Address: 1 Stanley Terrace, Boston Street, Holyhead, LL65 1BY

Opening times: Sun – Tue 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Wed – Sat 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Benllech Tandoori

Benllech Tandoori

Benllech Tandoori serves up South Asian cuisine that is tasty, pure and healthy, as well as absolutely authentic. Going back to the roots of Indian cuisine, they work with professional chefs from every region to source dishes that are deeply traditional and bring them up to date with modern cooking methods. Earlier this year they were also voted the number one Indian restaurant in Anglesey according to traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

What the reviews say:

“best curry I have had for a long time”

“lovely service and atmosphere”

“well worth a visit if you’re in the area”

Website: https://benllechtandoori.com

Address: Storws wen, LL78 8JY

Opening times: Sun – Thu 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Fri – Sat 4:30pm – 10:30pm

We hope you enjoyed our run down of the best places to eat on Anglesey and that you’ll be giving some of them a try in the near future. Do you have any other suggestions? Or maybe you want to share your experience of one of the places listed above? Let us know on one of our social media channels, you can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you would like to find out more about life at Silver Bay, you can download our free brochure.


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Anglesey, and north Anglesey in particular, extends into the Irish sea, so it’s the perfect place for sea fishing. Whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced angler, here are some top tips on sea fishing in Anglesey, from essential equipment and safety to the best times to go and the best fishing trip providers in the area. 

Top tips for those new to sea fishing

top tips for sea fishing

Interested in sea fishing but don’t know where to start? Here are some top tips for the beginners out there:

Essential equipment

Making sure you have the right equipment is very important; for a normal sea fishing trip make sure you have:

  • Rod and reel
  • Tackle
  • Bait
  • Sharp knife
  • A bucket to keep your catches in
  • A cloth to wipe your hands
  • Spare spool of line
  • Small first aid kit
  • Small pair of pliers

This is just to give you an idea of what you will need but please seek advice from a fishing expert before going out on your first trip.

Other items you might want to take along could include a chopping board, night sticks and sellotape.

Safety

Safety is paramount when it comes to sea fishing. Here are some important things to consider when heading out:

  • Don’t go alone – it is recommended to always take a friend with you, especially if you’re fishing in a particularly dangerous area and during the winter months when there are less people around; if you are going alone then make sure to let someone know when and where you’re going
  • Floatation suit – essential if you ever fall in the water, the water gets very cold and the current very strong so you’ll need all the help you can get
  • Whistle – this is a cheap item and can help to get attention if you do fall in the water; it can be difficult to shout if you’re in cold water
  • Mobile phone – keeping your phone in a waterproof bag is a great way to make sure you don’t damage it in case you need to get in touch with someone 

When is the best time to go sea fishing on Anglesey?

the best time to go sea fishing

When you choose to go sea fishing on Anglesey all depends on the type of experience you’re looking for and what type of fish you’re looking to catch. Conditions and species of fish available can vary month by month so here’s an overview of what you can expect (this may vary depending on where on Anglesey you are fishing):

January, February, March, April

This time of year can offer some calm, sunny days with good visibility. You could have the chance to catch herring, thornbacks, whiting and dabs as well as pollock and cod. This tends to pick up in April so you may notice a more plentiful catch.

May and June

This a great time for sea fishing and you can expect to find herring, coalfish, codling, spurdog and bass. At the beginning of June you’ll also notice more pollock and mackerel, as well as gurnards and tope starting to show.

July, August, September, October

All sorts of species can be found during these months, including large quantities of quality pollock as well as codling and coalfish. You may even find some conger eels and ling or some good quality tope, rays and gurnards as well as bull huss and the occasional turbot.

November and December

This time of year sees a gradual return to winter fishing and you’ll notice a decline in certain species such as tope, mackerel and gurnards. At this time of year you can expect to find pollock and codling as well as whiting, dabs and plaice. Herring also make a return at this time.

Times of day

Time of day also plays a part in sea fishing; for example, dawn and dusk are good times with dawn, in particular, being the best. That’s if you’re willing to get out of bed before dawn!

If you’re planning on going during the day, make sure to check the tide predictions for the day. A rising tide or high tide are usually the best times for most fish as most types of fish prefer the higher water. On a new moon and full moon, the day and the three consecutive days after it will have the highest tides of the month.

However, this isn’t always the case. For example, some fish prefer hunting on a low tide and when the tide is turning.

If you know what type of fish you’re hoping to catch, it would be best to ask a local tackle shop or there are lots of fishing forums out there that can help.

The best sea fishing trips on Anglesey

sea fishing trips

Whether you’re brand new to fishing or a seasoned angler, an organised sea fishing trip makes a perfect day out and often lets you see sights you don’t get on land. Plus you get to find out the best spots for fishing as well as advice and techniques from the experts. Most importantly, it lets you give sea fishing a try before going out and buying all the expensive equipment. You never know – you may love it or hate it!

We’ve put together some of the best sea fishing trips below but there are many more out there to choose from; it all depends what type of trip you’re looking for.

Anglesey Charter Fishing

Anglesey Charter Fishing offers daily sea fishing trips from Holyhead Marina, designed for the complete beginner to the more experienced angler. Head out on board their vessel, Bad Boyz III, which has space for up to 10 people if you want to make a group booking.

There’s a wide range of rods and reels free of charge and all trips are supplied with tea, coffee and biscuits, plus a breakfast sandwich and hotpot if you go for a full day trip. You can also purchase tackle and bait from them at an extra cost.

Take a look at the different types of fishing they offer.

Starida

Starida offers different types of fishing trips, from trips for the whole family to trips for experienced anglers.

The family fishing trips are designed for ages four and above and last for two to three hours. You’ll get to learn something new and get some great views of Puffin Island, plus every boat trip includes free rod hire.

If you have a bit of experience, you could give the enthusiast fishing trip a go, aimed at ages eight and above. This one lasts for four to six hours and is ideal for the more experienced angler or someone who is looking to challenge themselves after the family trip.

For the experienced angler there’s also the option of the experienced fishing trips, aimed at ages 14 and above and lasting for 8 to 10 hours. This trip gives you the opportunity to catch bigger fish and a wider range of species.

Find out about the different Starida fishing trips.

Stingray Angling Charter

Stingray can run trips of up to eight people and can cater for all sorts of groups, whether it’s for a special family event, to get out on the open water or to learn more about fishing. The trips come with basic rods and tackle for beginners as well as assistance and advice. More advanced rods and tackle can be hired for the more experienced angler.

These trips aren’t all about fishing either, they may also appeal to the keen photographer and birdwatcher. Observe the cliffs, coves and offshore islands including Middle Mouse, West Mouse and Skerries Lighthouse. You might even have the chance to come close to porpoise, dolphins and seals plus there’s opportunity to see terns, puffins and gannets.

Find out about their sea fishing trips here: http://www.seafishingtrips.co.uk/trips.htm

Did you know that, here at Silver Bay, we have our own private boat park, accommodating crafts of up to 6.5m in length. This is ideal if you’re looking for a holiday home that can accommodate your boat as well.Want to find out more about life at Silver Bay? Download our brochure to find out more.


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We know how hard it can be when you’re looking for something to do as a family, but the task of searching the Internet can be endless. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best family days out in North Wales to save you all the time and hassle of searching!

Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo

Firstly, we have Anglesey Sea Zoo, a perfect visit for when the weather isn’t on your side! With over 40 tanks of the best British marine wildlife, you can find creatures from around the coasts of the UK, such as octopus, lobsters and seahorses. Alongside this you can also learn about British marine habitats and the conservation work that is being done to save them. If the weather is on the nicer side, there is a free outdoor playground, giant bouncy castle with a slide, crazy golf and outdoor picnic sites. This day out will provide both a fun and educational experience for the whole family!

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4.45pm (last entry)

Visit the Anglesey Sea Zoo website to learn more: https://www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk/en/

Address: Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ

 

Foel Farm Park

Foel Farm Park

Foel Farm Park is a great family attraction to experience all of the sights of a real working farm, with a variety of different activities for the whole family to take part in. They have tractor and trailer tours of the farm to meet their shire horses, mini trailer rides with quad bikes, pony rides for smaller children and feeding the farmyard animals. In addition to all these activities, there is a tea room and cafe bar with a garden terrace that has amazing views overlooking Snowdonia. If you do plan on taking a visit here, be sure to visit their website beforehand as they have a page full of children’s activities to do during your visit.

Opening Hours: 

(April – November) Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm

(November – December) Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Visit their website here: http://www.foelfarm.co.uk/

Address: Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, LL61 6TQ

 

Pili Palas Nature World 

Pili Palas Nature World

We have another exciting animal attraction based here in Anglesey, Pili Palas Nature World. This family attraction is well known for its exotic butterfly house, but there really is much more to it! You can meet and chat to all the different birds in the birdhouse. If the kids are feeling adventurous, they can attend the ‘Meet our Animals’ sessions where they get to meet, handle and feed snakes, lizards, bugs, guinea pigs or rabbits. There are lots of other animals to meet in the farm barn such as pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep and even meerkats!

After spending the day with all the animals, kids can play on both the indoor play area and outdoor adventure playground with zip wires. If you get hungry you can visit the cafe that serves hot meals, you could even get to sit in the conservatory where you get to watch the meerkats in their enclosure as you eat! With such a great and varied amount of activities available at Pili Palas Nature World, you definitely don’t want to miss this one out.

Find out more on their website: https://www.pilipalas.co.uk/ 

Address: Penmynydd Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5RP

 

Beacon Climbing Centre

Beacon Climbing Centre

The Beacon Climbing Centre is the largest indoor climbing centre in North Wales. It’s a perfect day out for when the family are looking to get a little more active. No previous experience is required for you to come and enjoy a day out here. If you’re looking to get the most fun out of your time here, CrazyClimb is the best activity to take part in with 15 different challenges available. If you aren’t interested in taking part in the climbing, there is the Beacon Climbing Centre Cafe available to relax and enjoy some food and drinks whilst watching the climbers below.

Find out more here: https://www.beaconclimbing.com/ 

Address: Zone 5, Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD

Zip World Slate Caverns 

Zip World Slate Caverns

This activity is slightly further away but definitely worth the journey. If you’re looking for an action packed day full of adventures (both above and below ground) then this is definitely an attraction you should check out. It is home to the largest zip zone in Europe,  a four person zip line meaning that you can race against each other as a family. You can take part in the three hour challenge that takes you below ground into the caverns of the slate mine that was unused for 200 years! If all of that isn’t enough, there is also a ‘Bounce Below’ activity where you can bounce on an enormous underground net. With so much to enjoy here, there is definitely something to do for everyone!

Visit their website to find out more about all of the activities that they offer: https://www.zipworld.co.uk/location/slate-caverns

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 6pm

Address: Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB

 

B-Active Rhoscolyn

B Active Rhoscolyn

Located in Rhoscolyn on the coast of Anglesey, B-Active is the perfect activity for warmer days, or when you’re feeling brave enough to adventure out into the waters. They offer a variety of activities from water based to guided walks. For those that are feeling adventurous, they offer kayaking for all ability levels. From fun taster sessions and introductory courses to adventure days exploring the coastline with experienced guides. They even offer wildlife kayak trips where you have the chance to get up close and personal with all the marine and bird life of Anglesey. This activity is great for viewing the beautiful views Anglesey has to offer whilst still being fun and adventurous.

Visit their website to find out more about the different activities they offer: https://b-active-rhoscolyn.co.uk/course/wildlife-kayaks/

Address: Cerrig Yr Adar, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead LL65 2NQ 

 

Cartio Mon – Go Karting

Cartio Mon Carting

There’s nothing quite like a bit of family competition and Cartio Mon Go karting is the best place for that. Get kitted out in race gear and hit the track to race against each other. This activity is also fun for all the family as they offer a separate track for under 8s to join in the fun with cub karts that are battery powered for the little ones. Ages 8+ can use cadet cars to race against the other adults in the group on the main track. They also offer Grand Prix and Endurance Events which are ideal for birthday groups, stag dos, corporate events etc. where you can make a whole day of it with practice sessions, qualifying, heats, semi final, and a top three podium.

Booking is advised for this activity, to book call 07407 741144 or visit their website for more info: http://www.cartiomonkarting.co.uk

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8:30pm and Sunday, 10am – 5:15pm

Address: A5, Bodedern, Anglesey LL65 3PA

 

Greenwood Family Park 

Greenwood Family Park

Greenwood Family Park is a great family day out with so many different activities to fill the day with for all weather occasions. Take a ride on the Green Dragon Roller Coaster – the world’s only people powered coaster! There is also the Solar Splash, the first solar powered ride in the UK with a huge water slide. Alongside these rides there are many other activities including: an Enchanted River Ride, Archery, Woodland Rovers, a Giant Jumper, Dragon Maze, Den Building, Barefoot sensory trails and many more. For those rainier days they have a Woodland Barn which is full of the latest indoor play with a separate area for under 3s. With so many different activities, Greenwood Family Park is a place where you can spend the entire day having fun. If you book your tickets in advance you can save money too!

Visit the Greenwood website to read about all of the activities in more depth and book a visit: https://www.greenwoodfamilypark.co.uk/

Opening Hours: 10am – 5:30pm

Address: Bush Rd, Y Felinheli LL56 4QN

 

Beaumaris Treasure Trail

Beaumaris Treasure Trail

The Beaumaris Treasure Trail is a slightly different activity to the rest on this list but still involves some family fun! The treasure trail involves searching for and solving clues on the Beaumaris self-guided treasure hunt themed trail. The clues are written with all ages in mind from 6+ so that all members of the family can get involved and are based on plaques, buildings, monuments and signs. Follow the trail at your own pace so you can spend as long as you want exploring the historical sites that you come across. Buy and download the map from the website to print at home or have it posted to you!

Visit the website to buy the Treasure Trail here: https://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/north-wales/beaumaris

 

The Slate Caverns 

Slate Caverns

The Slate Caverns offer a great adventurous and educational family trip that is guaranteed to be a fun day out. You can learn all about the story of slate, which started over 500 million years ago, through various different activities. Travel 500ft underground right into the belly of the mountains on Britain’s steepest cable car during the Deep Mine tour. They also offer a Quarry Explorer tour which is perfect if you’re after even more of a daring experience. It’s an off-road adventure in a 4×4 military truck exploring the slate mountains. This day out is the perfect mixture of fun whilst learning and a perfect family fun activity.

Have a look at their website for all of the information: https://llechwedd.co.uk/the-tours/the-quarry-explorer

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5:30pm

Address: Quarry Tours Ltd, Slate Mountain, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB

 

We hope our list has given you plenty of inspiration for some family days out in North Wales.

Interested in finding out more about life here at Silver Bay? Download our brochure to find out more.

 


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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 favourite Anglesey cycle routes 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…

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 2019!

 

Want to find out more about life here at Silver Bay? Download our brochure for more information.


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Originating in Wales in the 1970s, coasteering has become one of the UK’s fastest growing outdoor adventure activities. In particular, coasteering in North Wales is extremely 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 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 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. It is also 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 received a 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. The Wales Coast Awards help to raise environmental awareness, recognise good practice and promote Wales as an international destination.

18 beaches in Wales received 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. This helps contribute towards the sustainability of the area while promoting volunteering. We are also 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 announced as the UK’s first Plastic Free Community. This was decided 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. We also received 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 made 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.