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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Parks 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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Our wonderful island of Anglesey is bursting with exciting experiences for visitors and owners at our parks. With over 130km of coastline, the water around the island has long been the playground of North Walians. And no area more so than the Menai Strait. The 16-mile stretch of water separating Anglesey from the mainland is brimming with exciting excursions and lined with beautiful places to visit.

So, to help you try something new and thrilling next time you stay with us, we’ve put together a number of recommendations along the Strait.

By Sea

One of the best ways to experience the Strait is by boat, with lots of trips available. RibRIde is one such provider, offering speedy trips along the Strait, showing you all the sights, including the bridges, directed by knowledgeable guides.

Phil Scott owner of RibRide on their service: “We’ve been operating for 16 years and the experience has never become any less exciting. Due to the unique landscape, the history, stunning wildlife and having one of the highest tidal ranges in Britain, the experience is slightly different every year.

“Customers regularly feedback a number of things once their ride has finished; usually expressing their love of the wildlife on show, their excitement of the rib ride experience and their fascination with the stories and history we offer on the region and the two bridges during the trip.” If you’re interested in their experiences, click HERE

For those of you who like to get in the water, you may be interested in Plas Menai – The National Outdoor Centre. Situated on the mainland shore, close to Caernarfon, the amazing activity hub offers a huge range of experiences to get involved in. From Kayaking to paddle boarding, windsurfing to sailing and much more. Learn more HERE. Note – The centre is currently closed for a major refurbishment until April, but activities can be pre-book for its reopening. 

If you’d like to enjoy the Strait at a more gentle pace, then there’s plenty of other boat trip options, such as Seacoast Safaris. Setting sail from Beaumaris, on Anglesey’s south eastern point, this brilliant boat trip explores the wildlife of the region. 

As well as taking in the beauty of the Menai Strait, you can experience grey seals, the Puffins of Puffin Island, dolphins and plenty more. Full details can be found HERE

 

Puffins off the coast of Anglesey

By Land

If you wish to experience the region without climbing aboard any boats, there’s plenty to do along the coast. Beaumaris itself is a beautiful town, featuring both a castle and a historic prison, Beaumaris Gaol. If you’re looking for more history but somewhere slightly bigger to explore, then there’s the cathedral city of Bangor on the mainland coast too.  

Further west along the Strait there’s the stunning National Trust site of Plas Newydd House & Gardens as well as the Anglesey Sea Zoo. All in all, the Menai Strait offers more brilliant experiences for all the family to enjoy than you can shake a stick at.

So, next time you visit us at either of our sites, remember that the travel time to the Strait and it’s crossings is just a 30 minute drive from Rhoscolyn and a little over 20 minutes from Lligwy. 

Keen on learning more about our holiday parks on Anglesey? Click HERE for more info on Rhoscolyn and HERE for more on Lligwy.  

Fancy learning more about the history of the Menai Strait? Check out our blog HERE.


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In the surroundings of beautiful woodland and just a short walk from the famous Lligwy beach, our luxury caravan development is the perfect holiday escape in North Wales.

Brook Views Development

The luxury caravans we have available in our Brook Views development make for the ideal Anglesey retreat. Available fully furnished and with a spacious decking area, you can sit back and relax, surrounded by the tranquil woodland location whilst also in the luxurious solace of one of our holiday homes.

Containing all the modern comforts you hope and expect of a luxury caravan, those available in Brook Views make for the perfect home-from-home whenever you fancy escaping to Anglesey. 

Whether you’re looking for something more contemporary or traditional in style, we offer both. There are also two or three bed options available depending on which size fits your needs. 

Take a look at the gallery below to get a better picture of what you can expect from one of our luxury caravans at Lligwy.

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Interested in what we’ve got to offer? Fancy learning more? You can download a brochure here, come and visit us on site here or if you fancy a chat over the phone, request a callback here.

The Oakland’s Leisure Complex

There’s more to offer than just the great location at our Lligwy holiday park though. Recently we were pleased to unveil Lligwy’s new leisure complex! 

The Oakland’s, at the heart of the site, offers residents a great place to enjoy the company of friends and family with a coffee, tea or even an alcoholic beverage of two if you prefer!

There’s also a games room, gymnasium and fitness studio, giving you plenty of options for activities during each of your breaks.

Click here to learn more about The Oakland’s.

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Lligwy Beach

Just beyond the woodland surrounds of our Lligwy holiday park is the award-winning Lligwy beach!

A short walk will bring you to this stunning location. Learn more about Lligwy beach by clicking here.

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The award-winning Lligwy Beach is just a short walk away.

If you’d like to find out more, you’re able to download a brochure here, come and visit us on site here or if you’d like to chat over the phone, request a callback here


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Spooky season is upon us! Thankfully, there are plenty of events and activities taking place on Anglesey and nearby to let you celebrate in style. If you’re looking for something to do with the children, or want to experience some more hardcore scares, there’s something for everyone in this list.

Pumpkin Picking at Hooton’s Homegrown

A great way to get little ones involved in Halloween is to go pumpkin picking! Lots of farm shops are now offering the chance to pick your own pumpkins in time for Halloween decorating! Hooton’s Homegrown farm shop on Anglesey, already well known for its produce, is a great place to give it a go.

From Silver Bay Rhoscolyn: 23 miles, 35 mins approx. 

From Silver Bay Lligwy: 16 miles, 26 mins approx.

Visit their website here.

Beaumaris Castle Spooky Halloween 

Another great opportunity for families is the Beaumaris Castle Halloween trail. Put on your creepiest costume and head on down to the 13th century castle for a clue based trail leading around the grounds. The castle is certainly more than just a Halloween venue, making it worth the entry fee for a day of exploring this Autumn.

From Silver Bay Rhoscolyn: 27 miles, 45 mins approx. 

From Silver Bay Lligwy: 13 miles, 25 mins approx.

Learn more here.

Zip World Ffear Fforest

A trip inland from Anglesey will bring you to the woodland theme park at Betws-y-Coed, which between 22nd-31st October adds a spooky angle to proceedings. An evening pass gives you access to the transformed Ffear Forest, which includes a ‘Cursed Coaster’ ride, a spooky netted jungle inhabited by clowns, a ‘Screamride’ and more.

From Silver Bay Rhoscolyn: 45 miles, 1hr, 10mins approx. 

From Silver Bay Lligwy: 38 miles, 1 hr approx.

Ticket info here.

Beaumaris Gaol Ghost Hunt

Certainly one not for the faint of heart, this midnight ghost hunt is very much for the Halloween die-hards. The exclusive tour, which must be booked in advance, takes you around Beaumaris Gaol, a Victorian era decommissioned prison on Anglesey. This is a serious spooktacular, complete with Ouija boards, EMF meters and more. If you fancy a daytime visit, the Gaol also operates as a museum. More info here.

From Silver Bay Rhoscolyn: 27 miles, 45 mins approx. 

From Silver Bay Lligwy: 13 miles, 23 mins approx.

Ticket info here.

And don’t forget Silver Bay’s very own party celebrations, Busy Bayers school holiday activities and the annual pumpkin carving competition.


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During lockdown, we know how hard it is that you can’t be with us and so we’ve created this video so you can be assured that your holiday home is in safe hands. 

Hopefully, through this video, you can see that we have been hard at work maintaining and improving the park in preparation to welcome everyone back.

Moreover, we hope to be welcoming you back soon and so thought this would provide a little something to look forward to. 

From all the team at Silver Bay, we look forward to welcoming you back shortly.

 

 

 

 


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

Exciting events at The Deckhouse

Valentine’s Day 

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

The Coffin Dodgers 

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

Shrove Tuesday 

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

February Half Term Busy Bayer Activities

 

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

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

An upgrade to your beach route

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

Signature Treatments at the Spa

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

Thinking ahead

St David’s Day

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

Mother’s Day 

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

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

 


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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?

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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?

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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?

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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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On Sunday 28th October, come along to our October Open Day to take a look around our luxury holiday lodges and facilities. Keep reading to find out more and how to attend.

New lodge development

 

Our new lodge development, Bay View, is now complete and we still have some amazing lodges available to view. All the plots on Bay View are south-facing with breathtaking views of the Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia and they’re all just a short walk to Silver Bay beach. The development is fully landscaped and each plot has a hard-standing parking area plus fabulous decking with glazed viewing panels so you can sit outside and make the most of those amazing views.

The Oceania holiday lodge

 

The Oceania is one of the brand new lodges to view on Bay View. It is inspired by the diverse architecture and design found on the Oceanic islands of Micronesia, Polynesia and Fiji. The lodge has hand-split driftwood features throughout and larchwood louvres to separate the living area. You’ll also find two sets of bi-folding doors across the front of the lodge so you can let that fresh Anglesey air in.

Our Facilities

 

From our spa and leisure complex to The Deck House restaurant, we have some amazing facilities to make your time at Silver Bay even more enjoyable. Take a dip in the indoor heated pool or book a treatment at The Spa at Silver Bay and then enjoy a delicious meal with views of the bay at The Deck House.

October Open Day

 

On Sunday 28th October, we’ll be open from 12pm to 4pm. Have some fizz and nibbles and take a look around our holiday lodges, spa and leisure complex and The Deck House restaurant. There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day! However, if you would like some more information beforehand or can’t make the date you can get in touch via our contact form or, if you’d like to arrange a call, you can request a callback and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and football pitch. We want our owners to enjoy their time here at Silver Bay. So, with the introduction of our new lodge development, we wanted to make sure we were still providing a place for everyone to play and enjoy sport.

This comes at a perfect time, meaning our owners can enjoy both areas over summer and for many years to come.

Introducing the Multi Use Games Area

 

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A MUGA is a space where you can play a multitude of different sports; namely football, basketball and tennis, with different lines and markings for each one. It’s a great solution to provide an area for multiple sports without taking up space with individual courts and pitches.

It also provides a great space for people to meet up and socialise; as well as getting a bit of exercise.

New football pitch

 

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Our football pitch is now behind the spa, accessible by a new path. You can now get together for a kickabout, all with the stunning view of the Llyn Peninsula in the background.

If you’re spending time on the new MUGA or football pitch, make sure to share your photos with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Due to the success of our sports sessions over the school holidays earlier this year we’ll be sure to arrange some more for the summer holidays, make sure to keep an eye out on our blog page for more information.