Month: August 2020

Family Holiday in Cottage in Anglesey, North Wales

We had a great time in Anglesey this Summer. We spent a week staying in a cottage near Pentre Berw. When I was searching for accommodation I liked the remote location of the cottage whilst being close to lots of beaches and local attractions. Normally I would prioritise being close to other families so that our kids could make friends, however this has been no ordinary year and being in a quiet location with lots of space and just one family nearby seemed ideal. Our cottage was smart with everything we needed. We had plenty of safe outdoor space allowing the kids to play out and play on their scooters.

Anglesey Beaches

Broad Beach near RhosneigrWe were blessed with some amazing weather which meant we spent most of our days exploring the beautiful beaches nearby. Many people had recommended Newborough Beach, so we headed there on our first day. When we got close, we were advised by men in high vis jackets that it was full. We headed West and we found ourselves on a beautiful quiet beach called Traeth LLydan (also known as Broad Beach). This stunning beach is near Rhosneigr and was perfect for us. We brought our own food most days as there are no shops or facilities on the beach, however there were shops and restaurants in Rhosneigr. There is an RAF airfield near to Rhosneigr and we saw the most amazing display whilst on the beach one day.

We also visited Benllech beach one day, but this was too busy for me. There were lots of people setting up camp with little regard to social distancing. I decided it was time to leave when a family arrived and practically prodded me and my daughter with their windbreaker poles. We parked in the town and there is a very steep hill down to the beach, which meant a long trudge back to the car. The beach itself was pretty and there were rockpools to explore, but I preferred the quieter beaches on the South coast of Anglesey.

Eating Out in Anglesey

We did not eat out as much as we would normally do on a holiday due to Covid restrictions and concerns. We did get out one afternoon to an amazing restaurant called the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr. It is located close to our favourite beach (Traeth Llydan) and the food is amazing and the views are spectacular. There are various seafood dishes, as well as family favourites. I had a great big dish of mussels which was gorgeous and the kids enjoyed their freshly cooked nuggets and sausages. We all loved it and the staff were doing all they could to maintain social distance and help customers enjoy their meals safely. If you can only have one meal out in Anglesey then this may be the best place to go. Check out the website for the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr.

I had a list of restaurants that I wanted to try so I am hoping we can get back there in the near future. The Sea Shanty Cafe in Trearddur Bay looks amazing with a great big selection of ice creams.    Also Catch 22 in Valley looks like a lovely restaurant with good quality food and a nice setting.

Days Out in Anglesey

There are lots of visitor attractions on Anglesey including the Anglesey Sea Zoo, the Pili Palas Nature World, Baumaris Castle, Beaumaris Gaol, South Stack RSPB Cliffs and various nature reserves. Some of the nature reserves were closed due to Covid and Beaumaris Castle offered limited restricted access to visitors.

Our kids loved the Anglesey Sea Zoo and we even returned (with free entry within 7 days of first visit). The cafe was a bit of a disaster for us as we waited about an hour for basic lunch and the coffee was poor, so I couldn’t recommend eating there, although Covid restrictions may have played a part. Pili Palas is a fun day out for the kids and my girls loved the talks about the animals.

Beaumaris Gaol Anglesey day out

Beaumaris Gaol is an unusual family outing, but I had read lots of positive reports on Tripadvisor so we decided to visit. We wore masks in line with Cold requirements and numbers were limited as the cells and corridors are quite small. We quite enjoyed the short tour. It is a Victorian prison with a dark history, but there are some interesting tales and our kids liked it.

South Stack is worth a visit as it is beautiful. We couldn’t get right inside the lighthouse due to Covid restrictions, but it was worth the drive for a pretty view and there are lots of puffins to spot in Spring.

Anglesey or Cornwall?

We have enjoyed family holidays in Cornwall and there are more larger family attractions in the area, but I thought Anglesey was more beautiful, a lot less busy and for us, it is much closer to home. The main attractions and beaches are easily within an hour’s drive, while everything felt like a long journey in Cornwall. Overall I kept feeling that Anglesey was a better location for a family holiday than Cornwall. We were blessed with lots of beautiful weather and we haven’t always been so lucky in Cornwall so maybe this affects my preference.

Alpaca Trekking in West Yorkshire

During the Summer we spent a day trekking with alpacas in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire.

Alpaca trekking West YorkshireMy husband heard about Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm from a colleague at work and we thought this sounded like a great activity for our family.

On a cold wet morning we travelled to Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm for our guided walk. The farm is in Oxenhope near Haworth and is well signposted once you get near. We arrived along with a handful of other people and we were greeted by the owner Lucy Thornton. She was lovely and clearly loves her alpaca adventures. Lucy introduced us to our guide Meg. She talked about the alpacas and answered any questions people had.

We were there with our two young daughters and the lady selected the alpacas that she felt were most suited to each person (or pair).

Alpaca Walking in Oxenhope

We walked with Kai and Theo who were both very cute and a bit cheeky. They were friendly and calm as we connected their harnesses and they were clearly used to walking with children.

Walking alpacas in the Yorkshire countrysideThe alpacas like to be together so they don’t run away, but they can get a bit preoccupied then suddenly rush to get back to their group, as my daughter discovered.

We walked around the fields and gave our alpacas carrots and snacks at various intervals. They tend to move at a steady pace unless they decide to have a little sprint to catch up with their buddies.

It was a lovely walk in the Bronte countryside. The weather was disappointing, but it did not stop us having a lovely time. We would have loved to enjoy a nice warm drink after the walk, but there was no cafe open nearby. I think there is normally a tea rooms open, but this was closed during our visit due to Covid.

This is a lovely not for profit organisation and the money raised funds various educational and well being projects. I would certainly recommend Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm if you fancy a scenic walk in the countryside with a cute and cheeky alpaca.