21 . 03 . 2019

Wales in Bloom

Villages and towns across the country are getting ready for the annual festival of all things floral – in a bid to impress the judges of this year’s Wales in Bloom contests. The judges of the Wales in Bloom competition are set to have a very busy summer. They will travel to the corners of the country…

18 . 03 . 2019

International Day of Happiness

This week, on March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness. Now, if you’re wondering what on earth that is, it was created by a former UN special advisor in 2013 to celebrate, inspire and advance the global happiness movement. The date of March 20th is significant because it is the Spring Equinox, a natural…

15 . 03 . 2019

Beautiful Barmouth Walk

Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we featured a news story about the fabulous new all-weather lifeboat at Barmouth. So, if you’re heading there soon to have a look at the new vessel, then why not try this fabulous Barmouth Walk whilst you’re there? It takes you over the iconic Barmouth Bridge and into…

13 . 03 . 2019

New Lifeboat for Barmouth

Last Sunday morning, crowds turned out in nearby Barmouth, to welcome a new state of the art £2.2 million lifeboat, delivered by the RNLI. The boat, named the Ella Larsen, was escorted by lifeboats from Aberdyfi, Criccieth and Pwllheli. The new Shannon Class boat replaced the previous Mersey Class one at Barmouth (Moira Barrie) which…

06 . 03 . 2019

Pwllheli Town Walk

Today on the Oakeley blog we’re taking a walk to explore a lovely market town and community on the Llyn Peninsula, Pwllheli. The town originally grew up around the fishing and ship building industries but these days, as most of the towns along the coast, it relies heavily on tourism and now boasts many holiday…

05 . 03 . 2019

Pancake Day 2019

Gosh, do you know, that Pancake Day feels so late this year we’d nearly forgotten about it! We were zooming from the chocolate frenzy of Christmas, to the chocolate frenzy that is Easter, almost forgetting the fact that pancake day was deliciously in the middle! And the other thing pancake day has in common with…

03 . 03 . 2019

The Offa’s Dyke Path

When the days are long and balmy and the sunlight scatters across the hills and valleys of our beautiful region, turning dreary winter vistas into stunning summer landscapes, it’s the perfect time to be inspired to get out into the countryside and exploring everything the area has to offer. And while there are literally thousands…

21 . 02 . 2019

Delightful Daffodils

The day the nation has been eagerly waiting is nearly here; no, not the Wales/England game in the Six Nations… but the annual celebration of all things Welsh – St David’s Day, or Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant. The delicate yellow petals of the daffodil flower have long held a close association with Welsh culture and…

18 . 02 . 2019

Strike a Coin at the Royal Mint in Wales

There are lots of things we’re proud of here in Wales, and one of them (and something that many people don’t realise) is that we’re home to the exclusive Royal Mint, situated in South Wales, near Cardiff. The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the…

14 . 02 . 2019

Beauty and the Bridge

Bridges have been linking our islands and coasts for centuries, and Britain once led the world with its bridge-building prowess. We have a look at some of North Wales and Snowdonia’s finest bridges. If only the coastline of Wales had been considerate enough to cut its craggy outline in smooth sweeps then much head scratching,…