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

Clean Beaches in North Wales

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

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

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

Wales Coast Awards

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

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

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

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

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


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We are proud to announce we have once again received a David Bellamy Conservation Award for our commitment to the environment and wildlife in Anglesey. Professor Bellamy has awarded Silver Bay Holiday Village the Gold accolade as well as the Woodlands Badge and we are now proud to call ourselves a Honey Bee Friendly Park.

But what did we do to earn this accolade? Keep reading to find out more.

What is the David Bellamy Conservation Award?

David Bellamy Conservation Awards

The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK with the first awards being made in 1997.

All parks are regularly assessed by local wildlife experts to look at the steps they are taking to:

  • Manage the land as a haven for wildlife
  • Reduce the use of energy, water and other resources
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle waste
  • Support the local community

Three levels of excellence can be achieved and we’re thrilled to have been awarded the gold accolade. Parks in the list range from peaceful getaways to larger leisure parks but you can rest assured that your park is committed to environmental excellence and be safe in the knowledge that you made the greener choice.

Here’s how we earned the gold accolade:

Supporting and working with the local community

All our staff are local and some are recruited from Môn CF, which is a charity that provides opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Supporting and working with local/national charities

Earlier this year we became a member of the North Wales Wildlife Trust and RSPB and continue to support local charities. We’re also members of the National Trust and Red Squirrel Trust.

Energy conservation

All our main buildings are well insulated and double glazed and all our staff receive training in energy conservation. We also use LED lights throughout the park and turn them off between 1am and 7am. We have two electric buggies on site and also have two electric vehicle charging points on site. Also, we recently introduced battery powered strimmers and chainsaws which we have found to be quieter as well as using no fossil fuels.

Reuse, reduce, recycle

We make some of our outdoor furniture and decking from recycled plastic. We also have a freecycling policy if any of our owners are looking to get rid of old furniture.

Wildlife and environment activities

We’re proud to offer all sorts of activities for children during the school holidays, including woodland and gardening activities.

Food and shelter

Our park has plenty of natural habitat providing plenty of food and shelter for local wildlife. Plus we have bird feeders, bee hives, bug hotels and toad homes.

How do you become a Honey Bee Friendly Park?

Jonathan the beekeeper

In 2016, the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme teamed up with the British Beekeepers Association to run the Honey Bee Friendly Park Project. The aim was to get as many parks as possible to conserve Britain’s bees.

Parks that take part in the scheme commit to planting forage crops that bees need to survive, spreading the word about the importance of bee conservation, and working to give bees a home.

With the help of our beekeeper, Jonathan, we established a bee hotel on the park to create a place for our local bees to live and work. Jonathan makes sure that the colony is strong and healthy but also makes sure that it doesn’t swarm.

We also hold ‘Meet the Bees’ sessions during school holidays so our holiday home owners have the chance to meet them and learn more about them. Plus, if it’s been a particularly fruitful year, we’re able to harvest some of the honey and sell it  to the public from our reception area

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


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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.


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Silver Bay Holiday Village are now members of the National Trust, Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Red Squirrel Trust. We have also, once again, been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award. We are very proud of this achievement and it further strengthens our commitment to conserving the local area and wildlife. Read on to find out about each membership and what this means for Silver Bay and our owners and visitors.

National Trust and Wildlife Trust

As a member of the National Trust we aim to help the organisation achieve its aims of giving everyone access to Britain’s beautiful landscapes and spectacular coastlines whilst helping to take care of it. Similarly, our membership with the Wildlife Trust will help support the preservation of wildlife and wild places in the local area as well as helping our owners get closer to nature.

RSPB

Silver Bay and the local area is home to a multitude of bird species, from puffins to sparrow-hawks, so it’s no surprise that we’re a member of the RSPB. With species numbers declining dramatically in recent years, we’ll be working with the RSPB to help their recovery.

Red Squirrel Trust

Another animal that is at risk in our local area is the red squirrel. Earlier this month we had a visit from Holly, our Red Squirrel Ranger from the Red Squirrel Trust, and we are over the moon to hear that there is evidence of red squirrel activity in our woodland area. Holly will be popping back to check on the activity so we’ll make sure to keep you updated. Why not take a walk and see if you can spot one yourself?

David Bellamy Award

Last but not least, we’re happy to announce that we have once again being awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award. This award recognises our commitment to protecting the local wildlife, reducing our energy use, recycling our waste, and supporting the local community.

To find out more about our beach and surrounding area, take a look at our beach page. We’ll also be keeping you updated on local wildlife and nature so make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be in the know. If you would like to find out more about owning a holiday lodge here at Silver Bay, you can download our online brochure or request a callback and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.


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Silver Bay Scoops Prestigious Award!

On Thursday 15th March 2018, we made our way to Venue Cymru to attend the Insider North Wales Business Leader Awards where Silver Bay were nominated for two awards: Tourism, Leisure and Retail Business of the Year award and People Development Award.

Silver Bay Win Prestigious Award

We are thrilled to reveal we won the People Development award. This is for the way we have developed our team over the past three years.

It was a wonderful evening filled with praise and celebration of all the companies based in North Wales who provide services, employment, and pride to the region. We want to express our congratulations to all the nominees including Surf Snowdonia who tipped us for the trophy for the Tourism, Leisure and Retail Business of the Year award, together with Sean Taylor from Zip World who picked up the business leader of the year, thoroughly deserved.

 

We are incredibly proud of the Silver Bay Holiday Village team and the impeccable service that is provided on a day-to-day basis. We know this award would not have been possible without the motivation, dedication and customer-focused mindset of all the Silver Bay staff.

Jamie Hughes, General Manager commented ‘winning this award really is a testament to the team effort that has enabled Silver Bay to become a truly 5-star owner experience’.

We strive to give all our customers and employees a second-to-none experience; we’re proud of everything we have and will continue to achieve. Here’s to many more incredible experiences, awards won and memories.

If you would like to get in touch, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01407 860860 or request a callback and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.

 


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Silver Bay Holiday Village wins GOLD in the David Bellamy Awards 2016! Our lodge owners may have noticed a few changes around our luxury holiday park lately, and that’s because we’ve been striving to be recognised for the prestigious David Bellamy award!

The David Bellamy Awards are offered to holiday parks across the country that protect and enhance their beautiful natural environment – and that’s precisely what we’ve been aiming for here on Anglesey.

We’ve been planting a diverse mix of native trees, hedging, wildflowers and traditional Welsh Fruit Trees around our park.

However, that’s not all. We’ve also created a native wildflower meadow for residents to enjoy, and we’re in the process of setting up a magnificent edible garden containing soft fruit and kitchen herbs. Our main aim, of course, has been to protect and build upon our beautiful natural scenery on the park, and the determination of our team has been rewarded and we couldn’t be happier.

The David Bellamy Awards are judged by a team of local wildlife experts who ensure that holiday parks are meeting the following criteria:

  • “Manage their land as a haven for wildlife

  • Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce

  • Support their local communities.”

Commendations are split into three categories, bronze, silver and gold. We’re humbled to have achieved the most prestigious award ‘Gold’ for our contribution!

David Bellamy Awards have been running throughout the UK since 1997. They are one of the longest running green awards in the country, and we’re honoured to have received such prestigious recognition.

What’s been your favourite new addition to the site? Are you happier with a greener holiday village? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.

Any questions or queries about the award or our holiday park in general? Simply give us a call on 01407 860 860 to speak to reception. Our friendly team will be more than happy to offer any assistance.

You can also download our free eBrochure if you’d like to get right into the heart of our luxury holiday village.


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Silver Bay Holiday Village is pleased to announce that our very own beach, Silver Bay, has been given the international Green Flag Award of coastal excellence.

Following close inspection from Keep Wales Tidy, Silver Bay has achieved Green status in every category – including:

  • Water quality standards

  • Beach management

  • No pollution or sewage

  • Manual litter removal

  • Safe public access

  • Safe for bathing

This news has come at an excellent time for Silver Bay, especially following the opening of our new seafront ice cream and snack parlour, the Tiki Hut:

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The award is also welcome news for the thousands of visitors who flock to Silver Bay coast every year, including our neighbours who call Anglesey home. A number of other Anglesey beaches have also been awarded Green status:

  • Borth Wen

  • Cemlyn

  • Porth Nobla

  • Llanfaelog

  • Cable Bay

  • Sandy Beach

  • Rhoscolyn

  • St. Davids

  • Benllech

  • Traeth Crigyll

  • Traeth Mawr

  • Aberffraw

In comparison to 2014, more Welsh beaches have been given green or blue certification than ever before. Keep Wales Tidy has also helped to award good water quality to a further 60 beaches – solidifying that Wales has some of the best coastlines throughout Europe.

If you’re just as happy about this news as we are, send us a tweet @SilverBay_ and share your thoughts.