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Beaumaris

Beaumaris is well known for its castle and the beautiful views across the Menai Strait, but for family outings the pier is the best draw. There are two reasons for this. The first is the crabbing, something that even in the drizzle that spoils other activities will keep kids amused for hours. The shop at the pier sells all the kit needed – a line with some meat of unknown origin held in a net, and a bucket to fill with seawater and keep the catch in before returning it to the sea. There are common crabs and green shore crabs, and probably others besides. The sport is in landing the crabs which are drawn to the meat and cling on to it when they are raised pierwards. Most jump for it as they are pulled up, but a few are so enamoured of the feast that they can be dropped in the waiting bucket and observed with wonder by the kids. It’s a competition too, as rival parties proudly proclaim their haul. The second joy may take some pre-planning, but you can hit lucky too. There are sea-fishing trips that run from the pier. The straits offer some pretty sheltered marks, and it is lovely to sail around Puffin Island just for the sights. There is still very good fishing here, and the skippers know their stuff, starting with some “mackerel bashing” to ensure everyone has had a plentiful catch. They provide rods if needed, and in my experience are very helpful with the uninitiated and with kids. The mackerel attack the feathers put out for them with a frenzy, and reeling them in is amazing. There are plenty of wrecks and other places for bass and pollock fishing here too, plus dogfish and tope. And for the more daring and experienced there may be congers to be had.

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Holyhead

The Britannia Inn (known locally as the Branch) is a friendly pub with customer age from early 20's upwards. Good standard of friendly pool played every night Karaoke every Friday evening - Alan

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