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We’re keen bloggers here at Silver Bay Holiday Village and we love nothing more than giving our luxury lodge owners and friends an insight into life at our holiday resort on Anglesey. With our weekly blog, we like to update you on key topics that make us and our lodge owners tick. From things to do to the best restaurants to visit (including The Deck House, of course!) you’ll have plenty of reading material to help you plan your next Anglesey break.

We also post about upcoming events on site including everything from beauty events to annual parties, so if you want to keep ahead of the game and make sure you get tickets, keep checking back!

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16/Nov/2018
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It’s heating up for summer now, and we’re certainly excited about some of the events happening over the next few months on the beautiful island of Anglesey!

Whether you fancy getting active this summer or perhaps trying some of the stunning local food, there will be an event that’s we’re certain you’ll want to enjoy in the glorious sunshine.

Here are our top recommendations picked just for you. Head out on a few of these and you’re ensured to have some summer fun!

 

Anglesey Show

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We’re all bigs fans of agriculture in Anglesey, which is why we’re home to our very own two-day event which is all about agriculture – The Anglesey Show! It’ll be taking place during the 9th and 10th of August, and it’s a great event for all the family to get involved with and enjoy.

You can expect to find animals, tasty farm foods and even fun crafts to get involved with, making sure everyone has something fun to do.

Tickets are at a reduced price if you buy them online, so if you feel this is something you and your family might enjoy be sure to take a look here and get booking!

 

Holyhead Sailing Festival

As we’re an island, we get to benefit from beautiful beaches and truly stunning waters – and we also have a range of events that take place on our beautiful oceans.

One water themed event coming up this summer is the Holyhead Sailing Festival. This festival is a call out to all things traditional sailing, and they will be hosting boat races – and there will even be pirates there for the little ones to enjoy!

To find out more about the event visit the website here.

 

Anglesey’s Farmers Market

An event that all the local foodies are sure to love is the Anglesey Farmer’s Market! This occurs a few times of the year and we’re certain you’ll have a splendid time during your visit.

This Summer you can expect to find markets in July and August, in fact, it’s on the 3rd Saturday of every month so be sure to visit if you’re around!

At the market, you’ll find delectable treats made from locally sourced ingredients and you’ll find plenty of tasters available so you can really get a good feel for what food you might like best to take home with you!

 

Around the Island Race

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Another one of the key things taking place is the Around the Island Race! It’ll be a great day out for those holidaying in the Anglesey area on the 6th August 2016, and it has been ongoing ever year since 1966!

It’s an exciting event to witness and is rather unique as the sailors take to the ocean and enjoy a riveting day of racing. It’s something all the family can enjoy, so be sure to pop down if you’re in the area.

You can even sail yourself if you fancy it!

 

Anglesey Walkathon

Fancy exploring the island by foot but not a big runner? Well, the Anglesey Walkathon festival is the ideal thing for you!

Taking place on 4th September 2016, You can walk the length of either half a marathon or a full marathon, and it’s a great way to raise money for charity with a few sponsors.

All ages are welcome and prices vary from £20-£22 for an adult and £12-£13 for a child.

You can book online by visiting this website here.

 

Beaumaris Food Festival

If you want a festival this summer that’s brimming with food, music and entertainment then the Beaumaris Food Festival is where you need to be.

Take place from the 10th – 11th August, you’ll even get the chance to experience some local crafts as well as amazing foods and musical fun. There’s even a section where you can learn from some of Anglesey’s best chefs and improve your cooking skills.

If this festival sounds up your street this summer, make sure you visit the website.

Silver Bay This Summer

Intrigued to find out more about Anglesey? Be sure to take a look at our blog. We’re Anglesey specialists, and here at Silver Bay we’re home to some of the most amazing luxury holiday properties on the island.

To discover whether our amazing properties are for you feel free to browse our lovely range here.

Our holiday village also has a boat park, private award-winning beach, a new spa and leisure centre as well as a recently refurbished bistro and bar! Don’t miss out on the chance to own a home on our beautiful holiday park that the whole family is sure to love!

 


16/Nov/2018
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The team at Silver Bay Holiday Village are busy in preparation for our residents who will be heading to our luxury lodge park for February Half-Term!

As always, we want to make the experience for our Silver Bay residents memorable, so this half-term we’ve put together a programme of exciting events for all the family. Our mission is to inspire, educate, set hearts pumping, and also to get the cogs ticking. We hope you’ll be pleased with what we have to offer for you this February break!

 

Movie and Games Nights

The ‘Busy Bayers’ can expect a brilliant start to the holidays on Friday 12th February with a Movie Night for children of all ages, 7pm-8.30pm. For the Silver Bay teens, we’re kicking off half-term with a Games Night 7.30pm-10pm – the perfect opportunity for friends to catch up since their last stay.

From Friday 19th February, there’s a programme of activities which even the busiest of Bayers would find tricky to tick all off the list! From arts and craft, fun and games, to fitness, there’s something to suit all tastes.

 

Sport and Fitness

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Our active activities planned for over half-term include snorkelling, water polo, dodge ball, junior and youth supervised fitness, Kwik Cricket and also Tri-Golf for all the family to enjoy. These will run on Saturday 13th February and Thursday 18th February, 1pm-2pm.

Arts and Crafts

If your child enjoys arts and crafts we have an array of artistic activities in store too. We have Glass Craft, Sand Art, Candle Creations and even a special Valentine’s Day themed crafts workshop on Sunday 14th February.

Special Valentine’s Day Themed Activities

In fact, if you fancy a romance filled Valentine’s Day celebration we have a whole host of children’s activities to keep your little ones entertained.

We’re starting Valentine’s Day with a Heart Hunt on the Silver Bay grounds beginning at 11am, followed by Let’s Bake Valentine’s Day Special 12pm-2pm. And last but not least, your little ones can dance their hearts out at the Valentine’s Disco 7.30pm – 9.30pm, where the Busy Bayers can test out their latest dance moves that they learnt at the Let’s Dance workshop on Saturday 13th February, 2pm-3pm.

 

Fun and Games

A stay at Silver Bay wouldn’t be complete without our inaugural games nights. From quizzes, to bingo, we’re sure to keep your children happy and busy over the half-term holiday! See our programme for details of days and times.

 

Wild Survivors

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Back by popular demand,  our Wild Survivors session is back! If you have a little explorer in your midst, make sure you book onto this special workshop where your child can learn some basic outdoor survival skills.

Under the expert supervision of our very own Ray Mears, your child will learn skills such as wood whittling, fire building and raft building! This will be taking place on Tuesday 16th February, 10am-4pm and costs £10. Make sure you email the leisure complex to book your child’s place!

Activities for Children this February Half-Term at Silver Bay Holiday Village

We can hardly wait for the arrival of our wonderful residents and welcome them back for an exciting start to 2016! All of our children’s activities need to be booked in advance, so please remember to book your child’s place by emailing the leisure complex at spa@silverbay.co.uk.

 


16/Nov/2018
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Christmas is a fun and enjoyable time for all the family, but after they’ve spent countless days at the gorgeous Silver Bay pool and on the beach, what else can you do to keep them from boredom during the Christmas period in your luxury holiday home?

There are plenty of fun and simple activities that are the perfect way to keep the children occupied during the break – so explore this blog for some exciting ideas that everyone can enjoy!

 

1. Bake a gingerbread house

If you’re trying to teach your children more about baking, then Christmas is the perfect time to do it. Baking a gingerbread house and allowing them to decorate it with icing and sweet treats is a great activity that will get everyone feeling festive.

And if a gingerbread house sounds a little too ambitious for you, then regular gingerbread men or biscuits also make the perfect backdrop for some festive decoration. Just let your imagination run wild!

 

2. Put on your own Nativity play

The Nativity play is one of the most pivotal moments in the Christmas calendar, so why not put on one of your own?

You don’t need to go over the top with fancy dress and props, but a little imagination and a video camera to watch your efforts back on at a later date can create some truly magical memories that will last a lifetime.

 

3. Create your own decorations

If you enjoy being creative and feel this is something the kids will benefit from too, then why not consider making your own decorations? Paper chains are one of the easiest items to make. All you need to do is cut coloured paper into strips and then create a loop with one of them.

By threading new loops through old ones till they link together, you can really create some beautiful decorations with minimal effort that won’t make a mess!

 

4. Get the board games out

Christmas tends to be a time of playing games and bonding, so why not dig out any old board games you have and spend some time playing them?

It’s a great way to bring the family together and will ensure you have some effortless fun close to hand when you feel like they might need some extra entertainment!

 

5. Have a Christmas movie night

Christmas films are a joy to watch for all, and if you want to have an extra special family night then why not consider putting your favourites on with a big bowl of popcorn?

It’ll also be the perfect time to indulge in the gingerbread you baked from earlier too!

 

6. Read the Night Before Christmas

There’s nothing as delightful as watching a child’s face light up with Christmas excitement, and to really get them in the mood for Christmas why not read the Night Before Christmas to them?

It’s a lovely tradition that you can adopt into your family every year, so we recommend that you give it a go and get them all excited for the big day.

 

7. Write a Christmas list to Father Christmas

Kids love writing Christmas lists to Father Christmas, so if they haven’t already then why not encourage them to this year?

If you’re worried that they’re going to launch unsuspected presents at you at the last minute, then perhaps make the focus of the letter them explaining why they deserve some lovely gifts!

It’s a joyful activity that encourages good behaviour, and the kids will have fun doing it too!

 

Christmas at Silver Bay

Silver Bay is a beautiful place throughout the year, and visiting your luxury lodge during the festive period can be a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

To find out more about our luxury lodges then give us a call on 01407 860 111. You can also view our online brochure here to really get a feel of what Silver Bay is all about!

 


16/Nov/2018
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Winter is quickly rolling in up and down the country, and one of the best places to visit during the colder months is Anglesey.

There’s plenty of exciting events going on, festive and otherwise too, so we’re sure there’ll be something of interest for you if you choose to head to Anglesey this winter.

Take a look below for our top recommendations for a winter break to remember!

Local Farmer’s Market

Despite the cold weather, the Farmer’s Market that takes place throughout the year continues during the Christmas period.

At the market you’ll find a range of fantastic local produce that are both fresh and tasty. So why not support local trade this Christmas?

The market is hosted at Menai bridge and runs on the 3rd Saturday of every month. This continues right up until the 19th of December, so don’t miss out if you’re looking for a wonderful Anglesey market to visit.

Winter Treasures Craft Fair

If you adore crafts and treasures, then you must visit the Winter Treasures Craft Fair in Anglesey this winter.

The fair is running from the 14th of November until the 24th of December. Inside you’ll get access to some wonderful Welsh made items that make perfect souvenirs or presents.

The fair is located at Oriel Ynys Mon, which is about a thirty minute drive from Silver Bay. It’s also open from 10:30am to 5pm every single day making it the perfect place to visit no matter what day it is.

At the fair you’ll be able to purchase everything from gifts through to decorations, so make sure you visit for an extra special festive and fun time!

Visit the Holyhead Maritime Museum

If you’re hoping to escape the cold by venturing indoors then we highly recommend a visit to the Holyhead Maritime Museum.

Home to the oldest lifeboat station in Wales, the Maritime Museum is a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

If you’d like to find out more about the museum you can watch their short promotional video here. Yet we have to say, if you’re looking for a place to visit that’s both educational and entertaining, you won’t go wrong with the Holyhead Maritime Museum.

Anglesey Shopping

We all tend to spend a lot during the festive period, so to make sure you get the right presents for your loved ones you simply must explore Anglesey’s shopping attractions.

Here in Anglesey we like to focus on local trade, and if you decide to visit the likes of Beaumaris, Rhosneigr and Menai Bridge you’ll find a range of independent shops available. Each one will be brimming with unique gift ideas and extra special presents that could really make someone’s Christmas.

For shopping with a difference and an escape from the high street stores, Anglesey is the perfect place this festive season.

Winter in Anglesey

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There are plenty of events and attractions going on during the winter season in Anglesey, do you know of any that deserve a shout out?

Send us a tweet to get involved with the conversation on Twitter.

If you’re interested in purchasing a holiday home this Christmas from Silver Bay then get in touch today on 01407 860 111. You can also take a look at our holiday brochure here to see what we have available.

 


16/Nov/2018
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Inbetween frolicking on our private beach and relaxing in our luxury holiday homes, we enjoy nothing more than a scrumptious meal out. And we don’t know about you, but one of our favourite parts of any dining experience is the dessert!

From gooey chocolate cake to smooth, sumptuous cheesecake – we’ve sampled a lot of them around the area, and we’d like to share our ultimate favourites with you.

So when you head out from your Anglesey holiday home for the evening (once you’ve already dined at our very own bistro, of course!) be sure to have this list close to hand. You’re guaranteed a great sweet treat no matter where you choose!

Sosban and The Old Butchers Restaurant

Known for enticing desserts with a twist, the Sosban and The Old Butchers Restaurant is a delight no matter what course you’re enjoying.

Each dish is designed to play with your tastebuds, and this includes the puddings too.

If you’re a chocolate lover, we sincerely hope that the chocolate sphere is on the menu during your visit. This dessert truly is unlike anything we’ve ever seen, or tasted, before – but then most of the desserts at this establishment are!

Know that you’re in good hands for the whole meal at the Sosban and The Old Butchers Restaurant with their creative dishes and stunning produce.

The Tavern on the Bay

Another excellent choice for the dessert lovers across Anglesey is The Tavern on the Bay.

This gastro pub is home to some beautiful scenic views of the sand dunes and surrounding ocean, and it’s ideal for a special meal for all the family.

The food looks as great as it tastes, and alongside tantalising mains such as grilled salmon, pork and duck – the desserts are sure to leaving you coming back for more.

The banoffee cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream really is something special indeed, and the likes of pomegranate and elderflower creme brulee is the perfect modern twist on a classic dessert – so don’t miss out!

 

Sullivan’s

Another classic local place for dessert has to be Sullivan’s. The restaurant itself only looks small from the outside, but it’s beautifully presented throughout and serves some of the best food in the area.

In terms of what’s on the menu, Sullivan’s offers everything from tasty pizzas through to steak and mussels, and let’s not forget about the reason we’re discussing Sullivan’s in the first place… the desserts!

If you’re after something fruity, you won’t go far wrong with their stunning zesty lemon cheesecake – and for something really indulgent, their Belgian waffles with maple syrup and ice cream will warm your sweet tooth right up!

Sullivan’s pride themselves on working with local Anglesey produce, and we’re certain you’ll love their dishes and flavours just as much as we do.

Dylan’s

Located in Menai Bridge, Dylan’s is a wonderful place to visit if you’re after an amazing dessert experience.

Once again, this establishment makes the most of Anglesey’s stunning scenery, and incorporates it as a part of the dining experience.

One for those looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion, the food and desserts at Dylan’s are wonderful. We recommend the sticky toffee pudding for those chilly winter evenings, and also the peanut butter and jelly donuts for something extra special and exciting!

 

The Harbourfront Bistro

The Harbourfront Bistro is a unique restaurant in Anglesey. It’s located seconds away from the beach, and the fact that it’s set away from the rest of the buildings nearby really makes an impressive statement.

The meals here are just as tasty as the desserts, but a shout out to the puddings is more than deserved. Get cosy and enjoy the likes of warm homemade berry flapjack, or perhaps opt for an alluring slice of lemon and lime cheesecake.

You won’t be disappointed with the sweet treats from The Harbourfront Bistro, and they are presented almost as wonderfully as they taste!

 

Blueberries

Blueberries is our first cafe to feature on the list, and we can’t think of many better places to go and grab something sweet than here.

The cakes are all homemade – which is probably what makes them so tantalisingly excellent, and both the victoria sponge cake and coffee and walnut cake are regular hits with customers.

The cupcakes are also a delight, and if you’re lucky the festive offering will be on – a moist sponge piled high with luscious green icing! Sprinkles and a cute image of Father Christmas himself also grace the top, and they’re perfect for children, (and the child in all of us adults too)!

Match these with a perfect cup of coffee and you’ll be in dessert heaven.

 

The Pilot House Cafe

Sticking with the cafe theme, The Pilot House Cafe is the ideal place to visit to grab a sweet treat whilst out exploring the Anglesey area.

This quirky little establishment really captures the heart of a seaside cafe, and their relaxed atmosphere matched with the humongous, mouth-watering cream teas make for an excellent pit stop during the day.

If you’re after a warming drink, we recommend you opt for the hot chocolate. It comes piled high with luscious cream and a delicious chocolate flake to match!

Take a break from the nearby pebble beach and enjoy The Pilot House Cafe to the maximum with tasty cakes, hot and cold food and a variety of drinks.

Eating out in Anglesey

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There you have it, our coverage of Anglesey’s best places for desserts and sweet treats. There really are some amazing places you can visit during your trip to the area, and we hope we’ve inspired you to explore and fill your stomachs!

Are there any places we’ve missed that make excellent puddings that you think deserve a shout out? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.

If you’d like to discover more about the Anglesey area, then you can also explore more of our blog. We feature everything from things to do this autumn through to the best car-free days out. Make sure you explore them thoroughly to make the most out of your next Anglesey visit!

 


16/Nov/2018
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At Pure Beauty at The Spa, you can now indulge in a wide range of therapeutic and rejuvenating face and body treatments in the luxurious surroundings of the brand new spa facilities at Silver Bay Holiday Village. These include the gamut of traditional and unique massage therapies (including hot stones, Swedish body massage and Indian head massage), all sorts of facials to keep the wrinkles at bay and encourage glowing skin, plus body therapies and much more.

Things at Silver Bay just keep getting better and better! You can now book yourself in for a shellac manicure, a spray tan and a contour wrap to ensure that after a break at Silver Bay you return home looking a million dollars. It’s not just for ladies either, there are luxury treatments designed specifically for men including facials, various massages and waxing. Book your bloke in for an hour or two and he’ll come out looking like a new man! You can even share your treat with a friend or loved one in our couple’s room.

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At Pure Beauty the therapists use only the very best products from top European skincare house Germaine de Capuccini. This expert skincare range has successfully combined natural active ingredients with cutting edge technology to produce some of the most advanced beauty products and luxurious spa therapies available.

Our residents can now enjoy a swim and a coffee and then drop into the spa for some pampering before a leisurely walk back to their luxury lodge with a quick stop off at the Hay House Bistro for a beautiful bite to eat and a glass of wine. Sounds like the perfect day to us! Please note that prices vary for all treatments. To book a spa treatment and enjoy some time to yourself to feel revitalised and pampered just give us a call 01407 862 049, go on, you deserve it!


16/Nov/2018
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This Sunday (25 January) is St Dwynwen’s Day. St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and Wale’s Gaelic equivalent to the Roman St. Valentine, who’s day is celebrated worldwide on 14 February. Here in Anglesey, we’re a romantic bunch, and count St Dwynwen’s Day as a key celebration for love and romance. To give a bit of background, the story of Dwynwen dates back to the 5th century, when Dwynwen fell in love with a Prince called Maelon Dafodrill, her father, Brychan Brycheiniog, however, was determined that she would marry another man.

Dwynwen was heartbroken that she couldn’t marry her true love and begged God erase all memory of Maelon. An angel visited Dwynwen and gave her a potion; a potion to take away all her loving memories of Maelon and to turn him in to a block of ice. Dwynwen was then granted three wishes by the angel. Firstly she wished for Maelon to be thawed, secondly that God help all people to find true love and thirdly, he wished that she would never marry. Dwynwen devoted the rest of life to God’s service, founding a convent on the island of Llanddwyn, Anglesey. You can still see the remains of the church on the island today. On the island there is a well, where, according to legend, a sacred fish swims. It is said that the fish can predict the longevity and happiness of relationships. Visitors still go to the well today, hoping that the water will boil, meaning that love and good luck will follow them.

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With St Dwywen’s day falling on a Sunday this year it is an ideal excuse for a romantic weekend away in Anglesey with your loved one. Maybe you could plan a romantic stroll on the Island of Llanddwyn? The tidal island has views of Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula. You can even visit the well and see if the well water will indeed boil! Or perhaps enjoy reading some romantic Welsh poems or tales of myths and legends in the magical surroundings of St Dwywen’s church ruins. Alternatively, there are many ways to celebrate the day, why not enjoy a meal with a loved one in one of Anglesey’s many romantic restaurants, or why not plan a romantic meal using a traditional Welsh recipe. Lovespoons are also a traditional Welsh gift that are sure to delight a loved one. To further celebrate this day of love, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite quotes about love and romance.

 

Take a read and share using hashtag #SilverBayLove with that special someone. If you have any quotes which you would like to add, please comment below, or join in the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

 


16/Nov/2018
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Here at Silver Bay, we’re celebrating the unveiling of our brand new, multi-million pound leisure complex and the release of our most exclusive luxury lodge development to date.

The Spa, our spectacular onsite leisure complex, has now opened at a cost of £1.6m and provides the complete spa experience; in addition to the private tennis courts, beach and boat park that are already staples of Silver Bay.

The facilities include a children’s splash pool, plus a separate 18 metre pool with dedicated lanes for the more serious swimmer or those who are looking for a more relaxing bathing experience. State of the art fitness and leisure equipment including bikes, running machines and free weights are available to use at your lesiure. You can work out with the latest Pulse cardio and resistance equipment and even race against your friends over different virtual terrains on new interactive X Dream bikes. There are free classes in yoga, circuit training, spinning and dance and instructors are on hand to devise personal fitness programmes. The spa offers over 100 treatments and there is a steam room, jacuzzi and sauna. All of these facilities are openly available to our residents.

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In our hidden corner of Anglesey, where the coastline is unspoiled and the beach is private, our facilities our some of the best in North Wales. Silver Bay is a haven of relaxation, situated less than two hours drive away from all of the major cities in the north west of England. It is a truly luxurious getaway.

Headland Rise is our latest luxury lodge development, so called because of the prominent position overlooking Silver Bay, affording un-spoilt panoramic sea views and the Snowdonia mountains beyond. The beautiful lodge holiday homes are varied in size, spacious and private, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are thrilled that we can now offer these lodges for sale. Prices start from as little as £49,995 for a luxury holiday home. Please contact Jamie Hughes on 01407 860111 or sales@silverbay.co.uk or see what’s on offer at www.silverbay.co.uk