Anglesey- A beautiful Welsh gem

 

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Last weekend I went to Anglesey, which is an island in the North of Wales. I went for three days, and it was lovely. I always had it in my head that Anglesey was a much smaller place than it actually is. I don’t think a lot of people realise that it’s kinda big. Rich’s family own a cottage in Treaddur Bay, right near the beach, and it’s so beautiful. The above picture is a sunset taken on the beach there. We drove down from Manchester on Thursday night after work. We were expecting it to take around two and a half hours, but it actually only took about one and a half, which was pretty good going.

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On our first day, we went up to Chemlyn bay which is on the north of the island. It’s absolutely breathtaking. There’s pebbled beaches, blue sea, and it feels like there’s nothing for miles around. We spent hours just wandering on the beach, taking pictures of the views, and just enjoying being somewhere so relaxing.

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On the second day, we went to Beaumaris, which on the east of the island, right near the Menai bridge. It was such a lovely little town. We spent a few hours going round the little independent shops. Rich bought me a gorgeous handbag for Christmas (I know it’s a while off but you can never start too early), and we also visited lots of galleries, a Chilli shop, and shops full of trinkets. After a few hours of shopping, we went to an amazing fish and chip shop and had a walk down the pier, and walked along the sea front which had views of the Snowdonia national park.

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On the last day we were there, we went to Newborough which is on the south of the island. If you’ve ever been to Formby Beach in Merseyside, it’s quite similar to that. There’s a massive pine forest which borders the beach, and there’s also an island called Llanddwyn Island which is stunning. It has a little lighthouse, a ruined church and lots of little coves. I wish it had been slightly sunnier on the day we went as it would have been perfect for a picnic. It’s quite a walk so you need to take your walking shoes, but it’s definitely worth it.

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It was a fabulous weekend, and I can’t wait to visit again. If you need somewhere relaxing to charge your batteries, then definitely check out Anglesey, as it’s full of hidden gems! How many of you have been to Anglesey before?

 

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Rockprest Festival 03/07/16

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Last Sunday, me and Rich took my brother Gabe up to Preston for the Rockprest music festival. It’s rare that we get to see my brother on his own, and so it was great to do that for a change.

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We had a bit a of a nightmare getting up to Preston due to terrible traffic, but when we eventually got there, we were glad we made the journey. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Rockprest is the UK’s largest free music festival and all of its acts are rock tribute bands. Entry to the festival itself was free but we paid a £2.50 booking fee which was extremely reasonable.

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It was held over two days but we just went for the Sunday, and I’m glad we did as the weather was awful on Saturday but lovely and warm on Sunday. We had a really lovely chilled out day, we sat on the grass listened to the music, had an icecream, and just enjoyed the day.We watched a Fall Out Boy act, a Led Zeppelin act, a Stereophonics act and a Kings of Leon act. There were loads of other bands on including tributes to Queen, the Foo Fighters, and Depeche Mode, but seeing as we had work the next day, we left before these came on at about five. It was a nice change to go to a small festival as I went to Leeds festival a few years ago camping, and although I had a fab time whilst I was there, I’m not really in a hurry to repeat that experience anytime soon, whilst I would definitely go to Rockpress again!

Have any of you guys been to any festivals? What was your experience like?

Day trip to Chester zoo

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I didn’t realise that this was a red panda, for some reason I was convinced it would look more like the typical Giant Panda, but it looked more like a raccoon crossed with a fox
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Looking extremely happy to be at the zoo!

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Last weekend, me and my boyfriend, Rich, met up with some friends at Chester zoo. I’d been before when I was younger, and remember my last visit being ruined by the rain, so it was lovely to be able to wander around in the sunshine. It was slightly colder than anticipated, but still nice and bright. From Manchester, the drive down to the zoo is supposed to take about forty minutes, but due to bad navigation on my part, and a load of traffic, it took us probably around an hour which meant, of course, that we were late!

We had a great afternoon, managing to get round the entire zoo, including visiting the new ‘Islands’ which made you feel as if you were holidaying in Asia, not wandering around a zoo in England.

I was really excited to see the baby elephants and penguins, and they were completely adorable as expected. What I really liked about Chester zoo was how big the exhibits were, as there was loads of space, and it was so nice to visit somewhere that obviously took care of their animals, and kept them in a happy and authentic environment.

If you live in the North West, then Chester zoo is well worth a visit! In fact it’s probably worth a visit even if you live a few hours away, as it has a strong reputation for being one of the best zoological gardens in the UK.

Let me know if you’ve ever been and what you thought, or if you have any other recommendations for days out in the North West!