After GCSE results, Leeds Festival and a week in Anglesey, I’m finally back online. Trust me, it’s not without good reason that I haven’t posted in a while. Despite the lack of internet signal regardless, taking an iPhone to Leeds would have been like willing it to break, and Anglesey hardly has good coverage, meaning that I have a fair bit of catching up to do…
You really have to admire the people at Festival Republic for their determination to bring Britain a northern festival. After all, the weather here can be unpredictable at the best of times, so a wash-out is always on the cards. Whilst this year didn’t quite come to that, it wasn’t glorious sunshine either. Between the candy-coloured sea of ponchos and the mud thick enough to take wellies hostage, I think it’s safe to say I got the whole festival experience.
For anyone thinking about attending next year, here are a few pointers:
- Invest in a decent tent. Surely the whole point of a tent is to be waterproof? If, like me this year, you end up with a shower in the middle of your make-shift home, something’s not right, so make like a pro and find the right tent.
- Lock up your daughters. Ok, maybe that’s not a good idea, but do lock up your valuables. There’s nothing worse than losing something you can’t do without (money, phone, passport etc…) and the festival offers lockers for £15 each. Beware though, they are quite small; but when putting a padlock on your tent just invites petty theft, it’s worth it.
- Relax! Everything you need is available onsite, so if something does suffer at the hands of the mud, you can easily replace it. From wellies and sunglasses to food, drink and vintage clothing (fill a bag for £15!), you won’t need to worry- just enjoy the festival.
As for Anglesey, there’s a lot to say, but I’ll try and tell you the best bits. As a small island, Anglesey has the unique offering of short car journeys: you can reach most parts of it within half an hour. And with nothing further than a stone’s throw away, you have the ability to visit the many bays and villages it provides. Here are a few reccomendations:
- The White Eagle Pub: pub grub with a gastro twist and a cute story to go with it! Timpsons’ owner, Mr Timpson (you never would’ve guessed that one) bought his local pub to save it and gave it a 21st century spin. From the lush lawn adored with deckchairs and space hoppers, to the fine food (I recommend the spicy lamb burger, but you really can’t leave without trying the chips), it’s definitely worth popping in for some lunch.
- Trearddur Bay: my favourite bay on Anglesey and one I remember visiting when I was younger. You have to go round the bay to find the best beach, but once you get there, be sure to soak up some rays alongside the watersports fanatics that regularly flock there.
- Newborough Warren Nature Reserve: it may not sound like the most fascinating beach of the bunch, but nestled between the red squirrel reserve and the forest fumbles lies a pretty lovely beach. And not to worry, whilst you wouldn’t be short of bushes, there are proper toilet facilities, making the Warren somewhere you could happily spend your days. Plus, you may even spot Kate and Wills taking Prince George for a seaside stroll.