What are your summer holiday plans when the kids break for summer? UK residents usually pile the family on to a budget airline and fly off to mainland Europe (usually Spain). Once you arrive, there is very little difference from tourist areas in Spain (complete with English pubs and fish & chip shops) except for the very hot weather. So why not explore the beauty that Britain has to offer?
It’s a uniquely British pastime to enjoy a caravan holiday. And the caravan holiday has come a very long way. One look at Silver Bay Luxury Caravan Park and you’ll see why. But if you want to try old school caravanning this summer, check out this useful info graphic :
If you are looking for a more luxurious holiday, our homes rival the best accommodation anywhere and with private access to one of Wales’ finest beaches, our offer is unique. Call for an informational brochure now.
At Silver Bay, we love the Great Outdoors. And although we offer the pinnacle of holiday caravan parks, sometimes our guests like to sleep under the stars. If you’re more of a ‘glamper’ than a hard core camper, here is a list that should get you well on your way to a memorable camping adventure. The last thing you want to be is unprepared. So here are our suggestions:
- Ice Chests/Ice/Ice Packs
Lighting – Check batteries!
- Gas lantern
- Matches (preferably water proof)
- Spare batteries and bulbs
- Spare lantern fuel and mantles
- Sleeping bag
- Ground Sheet
- Air mattress/Inflator for air mattress
- Hammer to sink tent pegs
- Suntan Lotion
- Insect Repellent – Spray
- Aspirin, Paracetemal
- Tweezers for splinters and ticks
- First Aid Kit
- Pocket Tissues
Cleaning and Personal Items
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Comb/hair brush
- Toilet Paper (essential)
- Swiss Army knife
- Compass and Map
- Safety pins
- Mobile phone / extra battery and car adapter
- Camera with good battery and film
- Books, radio, cards, games, toys, etc.
- MONEY, credit card
- Travel Clock
- Clothesline and pegs
- Basic tools (screwdrivers, pliers, etc.)
- Stove with fuel and lighter
- Newspapers for lighting a campfire
- Charcoal and Grill for BBQ
- Frying Pan
- Sauce pan – ; With lid
- Can opener
- Sharp knife
- Knives, Forks, Spoons and Teaspoons
- Dish Cloth
- Tea Towel
- Washing Up Liquid
- Paper towels
- Rubbish bags
- Paper plates, cups, bowls, etc.
- Plastic knives, forks, spoons
- Aluminium Foil
Food and Drink
- Cooking Oil
- Baked Beans
- Tomato sauce
- Onions, mushrooms, Tomatoes
- Salt, Pepper, Spices, Sugar
- Fruit – Small fruit cups or fresh fruit
- Coffee and Tea
- Milk, juice, soft drinks
Once you have the items on your checklist, be sure to book your campsite. And enjoy!
Here’s a quick rundown of the Top Ten things you simply must do if you visit Anglesey – find out more about the amazing history and sights you can see on the Isle of Anglesey at: www.visitwales.com
1: The Menai Suspension Bridge – opened in 1826, it was the first modern suspension bridge in the world
2: The Wales Coast Path Anglesey section- perfect for a relaxing stroll or more challenging hike
3: Llanddwyn Island – the ruined church on a stunning outcrop is know as one of the most picturesque locations in Wales
4: South Stack Lighthouse – an amazing spot for ‘twitchers’ and non-bird watchers alike
5: Plas Newydd Country House – a stunning 18th Century National Trust historic house
6: Beaumaris Castle – a 13th Century World Heritage site
7: Anglesey Farmers Market – held on the third Saturday of the month, stunning local produce available
8: The Dingle Nature Reserve – a 25 acre wooded valley with picnic facilities
9: Lligwy Beach – a sheltered Blue Flag beach named one of the 10 Best Picnic Spots in Britain by Coast magazine
10: Amlwch – The Copper Kingdom was once the largest copper mine in the world
Wales’ beaches are known to be amongst the cleanest and safest in the world – there are more than 100 along our coastline, and in 2014 thirty three of them have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag.
The Blue Flag is an internationally-recognised ecolabel which is awarded for cleanliness, safety and high quality facilities on-site – and here on Anglesey we’ve several Blue Flag beaches to enjoy. The International Blue Flag Jury analyses seawater samples regularly and ensures that good facilities are in place like public toilets, drinking water, lifeguards or lifesaving equipment and there must be First Aid equipment available too. In total there are 32 criteria to meet!
So whether you’re into watersports like surfing, sailing or kitesurfing or simply want a family-friendly day out to build sandcastles and enjoy a picnic, there’s something for everyone with Wales’ award-winning beaches.
Here on the Isle of Anglesey our 2014 award-winners are:
Blue flag: Benllech, Church Bay, Llanddona, Porth Dafarch, Llanddwyn, Trearddur Bay
Green Coast Awards: Borth Wen, Cemlyn, Porth Nobla Llanfaelog, Cable Bay, Porth Tyn Tywyn Llanfaelog, Sandy Beach, Rhosneigr, Silver Bay Rhoscolyn, St. Davids Benllech, Traeth Crigyll, Traeth Mawr Aberffraw
Also over the April Bank Holiday weekend 2014 the Wales Coast Path was two years old! It’s the world’s first footpath along a country’s entire coastline and winds through 870 miles of coastal landscape, taking in eleven National Nature Reserves. The whole of the Wales Coast Path is accessible to walkers, and some stretches of it are also great for cyclists, families with young children and pushchairs, people with restricted mobility and horse riders.
The Wales Coast Path runs from the mouth of the River Dee, over the Menai Strait to join us here on the Isle of Anglesey and then sweeps down to Cardigan Bay and Cardiff Bay before ending in Chepstow. The Wales Coast Path is one of the most important coastal developments in recent years, and here in Wales we’re very rightly proud of this incredible achievement!
So whether you fancy a casual family stroll or a more challenging hike, come and make the most of the Welsh coastline and all it has to offer for people of all ages and abilities.
Despite the fact that the UK may now technically be coming out of the recession, more and more Brits are still choosing a ‘staycation’ over the expense of travelling abroad. It was estimated that over the Easter weekend in April some 3.4 million Brits chose to get away from it all with a holiday in the UK, and around 6.5 million also planned day trips over the long weekend.
This is thought to have given a much-needed £800million boost to the UK economy.
Well, here in Silver Bay we’re not surprised! Given what the UK has to offer with its breathtaking mountains and valleys, quaint market towns and spectacular coastlines plus a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities available, why go anywhere else? And where better to go than the splendor of North Wales – a definite favourite staycation destination!
The Voice judge, and International Singing Superstar Tom Jones will be heading back to his Homland this summer as he performs for the Access All Eirias Festival.
The festival takes place in Colwyn Bay on July 25th and will be Tom’s first appearance in Wales for a decade;
“Believe it or not, this will be my first big outdoor show in North Wales,” he said. “Coming back to Wales to perform is always a treat, and in the fantastic location of Eirias Stadium we’re going to put on a hell of a show.”
For tickets you can visit www.accessalleirias.com or call 01492 872000
We all know that there are plenty of great reasons to visit North Wales, not least because of the fantastic climbing opportunities provided by Snowdonia. These days climbers have all the most recent gear to help them climb Wales tallest summits, but years before ‘health and safety’ went mad, climbing in Wales used to be a whole lot more dangerous.
A gallery of 12 amazing pictures showing some of the most exhilarating climbs has been displayed and clearly demonstrates that no safety equipment was used back in the 1900′s apart from a few thick ropes.
Clogwyn Du’r Arddu in Snowdonia recorded the first official ‘rock climb’ back in 1798 and is now considered to be one of Britain’s best climbs. Snowdon was also famously used by Sir Edmund Hillary to prepare for his Everest climb in 1953.
It’s no wonder that Snowdonia is such a popular tourist destination. To see these spectacular images click here.
The North Wales tourist industry has been given a welcome boost through an investment of £250,000 from Tourism Partnership North Wales. The Tourism Partnership is the body that is responsible for the development of the North Wales visitor economy and works with six local authorities to create an ‘Excellent Visitor Experience”.
The aim is to encourage returning visitors to the North Wales towns and cities through a mixture of marketing, research, social media and other PR strategies.
With the British population now favouring the ‘staycation’ over costly foreign holidays, and over 25% of the UK population within a two hour drive of North Wales, it is no wonder that our region is getting such investments.
The regional strategy Director Dewi Davies says;
The most important aspect of what we are doing is to improve the visitor experience so we are spending £250,000 each year with our partners in the six destination management partnerships across North Wales, from Anglesey to Gwynedd to Conwy to Denbighshire to Flintshire to Wrexham,
“We know how important that experience is. It’s what people take home with them and it’s what they tell to their friends and families as how good a time they’ve had.
“Our aim is to attract new and returning customers who spend money and create jobs across the whole of the region, in our coastal communities where most of the accommodation is and also in the rural communities where they have their great outdoor experiences, whether it’s walking or climbing or some of the exotic products that we have in the adventure
The last shopping week before Christmas will hopefully see the crowds flocking to the shops in North Wales. Retailers have reported a slow start to the season, but are hoping that it will pick up significantly in the last few days before Christmas.
North Wales towns have been going all out to make the town centres festive and exciting, with events running all the way up until the big day. Town Manager of Colwyn Bay, Ingrid Lewis said;
“It’s been a slow start and we’ve been slowly building up, but we’re expecting it to be manic from Saturday onwards. Saturday is the big one. We have a Saturday market, festive entertainment and a clock which chimes carols. It’s a competitive market and we’re conscious that we want to make the town as festive as possible. The town is ready for it, and we have extra market days on Monday and Tuesday.”
North Wales is a beautiful place to be at this time of year with so many great towns and attractions. Silver Bay Holiday Park is especially excited about the celebrations and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy new Year!