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. - rhys
Beaumaris is a well known historic town on the Menai Strait with its medieval castle dating back to the reign of Edward I and its Victorian pier, goal & courthouse. It is also a major centre for yachting and also boasts two golf courses within one mile of the town. There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and public houses in the town and all local amenities are within easy walking distance of the premises. plans have been approved for the building of a marina just out side the town, this will provide berths for approximately 400 boats, work is planned to commence in the near future. - Shona 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. In the extremely unlikely event of someone blanking on a trip, there is always the consolation of the beautiful countryside and the wildlife.