As I mentioned in Fridays post, we went to Anglesey for our main holiday this year. We are very lucky that my in-laws have a fantastic static caravan there and we usually manage to visit a couple of times a year. For the last few years we have been incredibly lucky and had fantastic weather whilst we have been there. This year was not the best but far from the worst, we’ve had. We only had one real day of rain but a lot of days it was really quiet breezy, stopping us from being able to sit on the beach for too long. We did have a great time though and managed to visit a lot of our favourite places. This is going to be an overview of our holiday but I am thinking of writing a series of posts on all the amazing family days out in Anglesey and North Wales.
We spent the first weekend with my in-laws on the beach. The ladybird loved dipping her toes in the sea, knocking down sand castles we’d built her and collecting “treasure”. One day she made a little friend, a little girl who was 4 (F is 2). She loved playing with this little girl after being a bit shy at first, she soon started giggling, following her around and generally showing off!
We made the most of having the grandparents around and sneaked off one evening for a meal just the two of us at our favourite pub (The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn). The food was fantastic as always. I had a delicious seafood paella and my husband had a bowl of mussels and chips. It was so good I forgot to take a photo until the desserts arrived. I had sticky toffee pudding and my husband had an Eton mess. It was a lovely, rare evening out, just the two of us.
On Monday my in-laws returned home for the week and the weather was very wet. We decided to use this as an opportunity to take F to her first aquarium – The sea zoo. It’s quite a small aquarium really but F didn’t seem to mind. Once we had been round the aquarium, several times (mostly as F kept turning back and repeating bits, the rain had stopped. This meant we could spend some time in the fantastic play area.
On Tuesday we spent the day in Beaumaris. This has to be one of my favourite towns on the island. I love looking around the little gift shops and galleries and taking a walk on the pier. We stopped for the best ice cream on the island at Red boat ice cream parlour. They make the most delicious gelato the traditional, Italian way. Between us, we tried peanut butter, bara brith, dark chocolate and cherry ripple and mint chocolate truffle. They are all delicious. We also let F play on both play parks. There is one on the pier with a paddling pool which it was not warm enough to let F in and one at the other end of the town, just behind the castle.
We took a trip to The Welsh mountain zoo on Wednesday. This is not on Anglesey but in Conwy, North Wales. We knew it would be worth the drive as F loves animals. We enjoyed watching the penguin parade and sea lion training as well as seeing all the other animals. F loved seeing the tigers sleeping in the sunshine.
We spent Thursday on the beach as it was a lovely day. We chose Abberfraw which was lovely and well worth dragging all the beach gear and a toddler, half a mile down the river bank! The ladybird refused to nap on the beach (and she still needs at least an hour) so mid afternoon we trekked back to the car and drove down to Newborough where she slept in the car whilst we sat and read our books for an hour. After that, we went to Rhosneigr for pancakes at Mojo’s creperie. Mojo’s specialises in pancakes and we have had both their sweet and savoury in the past (and I would recommend any of them). This visit we decided to go for sweet. Needless to say, the toddler loved her pancake with strawberries and ice cream as much as we enjoyed ours.
The last three days were much windier. We spent one day in Llangefni, walking around the Dingle (a buggy friendly, nature reserve) and exploring Oriel Ynys Mon (a gallery). The gallery had an interactive, room on the history of Anglesey where F had fun playing with some toys and colouring. She was also kept entertained in one room by rearranging the leaflets!Finally, we visited Cemaes Bay, in the north of the island. This is another lovely little village with a harbour and beach. Unfortunately, it was too windy to sit on the beach but we had a lovely walk around.
As always, our holiday was over far too quickly. We’ve got a few long weekends over the summer to look forward to though. We are taking the F camping for the first time (also in North Wales) one weekend, attending the Just so festival (I’m more excited than F about this one!) and we are also going to Legoland (again I think myself and my husband will enjoy this more than the F!).