Nothing beats family time.

Who doesn’t love a Bank Holiday in the UK. A long weekend, making plans with family or friends and enjoying that extra day off work to relax. I tend to make the most of every weekend, especially Bank Holiday weekends so I decided to join the family on a camping trip down to Anglesey, Wales. For the past 14 years my parents have kept a static caravan on a site in Benllech, Anglesey so it’s a huge part of my life and somewhere I love to go to relax, walk along the beach and go for a few afternoon drinks at one of the local pubs. As our family has grown, there has become less room in the caravan so Jake and I decided to take the tent and pitch up on the camp site linked to our caravan site. My sister, brother in law and niece joined us camping with the dogs so we had our own section for the weekend.

There are so many things to do in Anglesey, which is why I’ve always loved travelling there and have been doing so with my parents since I was 10. I’ve gained so many memories from making friends on our caravan site, exploring the island and just spending time with family and friends. As we drove down on Friday morning we had the full day to set up camp, get settled and enjoy our first day. We decided to stay on the campsite on Friday as we had a decent set up, we listened to music, had drinks and just talked all night. I always find when I’m camping that I don’t tend to sleep in, as soon as it starts getting light in the morning I just want to get up and start my day so Saturday we had an early breakfast, got ourselves ready and headed out for the day. Our morning was spent at the car boot sale which is just down the road and even though I’m not the biggest fan of car boot sale’s I found myself a gorgeous dress for £5 and couldn’t resist (with the influence of my older sister!). Jake had decided to take himself and my nephews sea fishing that morning so after the car boot sale, we all went for a walk to meet up with our fishermen and spent some time sat by the sea. Even though it was cloudy that day some of us still managed to get slightly burnt (me included). With all that sea air we opted for a barbecue that evening and with the wind picking up we got ourselves cosy in my sisters trailer tent, playing cards and daft games.

I’m usually fine with sleeping in a tent, however on Saturday night it felt like we were trapped in a hurricane! We had some pretty rubbish weather overnight with strong winds and rain which meant neither me nor Jake had the best night’s sleep but luckily for us all the rain stopped by late morning on the Sunday so we were able to get up and about and enjoy our final full day. My family has a tendency, when going on walks, to incorporate pub stops along the way and we all have our favourite pubs in Benllech. So we decided on Sunday to take a walk along the beach over to The Ship Inn on Red Wharf Bay, a popular seaside pub (especially when the sun is shining) and on our way back home we had a quick pit stop at The Tavern, another favourite of ours. We were so lucky as the sun shone all afternoon into the evening.

Monday morning came, the dreaded time to pack up and come home. It’s always sad to leave somewhere when you’ve spent a few days with family and had such a good time but it’s even harder for us to leave Anglesey. We knew it would be a long drive home what with bank holiday traffic so we said our goodbyes to Golden Sunset and set off early afternoon. I think sometimes you can take family time for granted and this is something I’ve learnt over the past two years with living abroad. You miss the smallest of things; eating Sunday lunch around the dining table, walking along the beach on a weekend at the caravan, playing fun games with nieces and nephews. Now that I’m living back in the UK I’m taking every opportunity to spend time with family and friends and make memories to remember for a lifetime because that’s the most important thing in life. We’ve had such a good Bank Holiday weekend, one to remember!