03 . 07 . 2017

48 Hours in Porthmadog

Welcome to our new series of travel blogs here on the Oakeley blog. This is where we’ll discover the very best places to visit in Snowdonia and North Wales – with just a weekend to explore, we’ll give you the lowdown on where, when and how to visit! So if you had just 48 little…

03 . 07 . 2017

The Life of Harry Houdini

The room was deathly quiet. Tension clung to the hot, sticky air that swirled under chairs and over the audience; taking the breath from their throats as they stared at the black curtain on the stage. A crash, a smash and a scuffle came from behind it and eyes widened almost to breaking point in…

26 . 06 . 2017

Best Snowdonia Picnic Spots

As the longer (and with any luck warmer) days of summer roll out lazily before us, one of the nation’s favourite pastimes is to pack a picnic and head to the great outdoors to enjoy a feast. And packing for a picnic is a truly personal affair – some won’t mind the usual cheese and…

26 . 06 . 2017

Best Snowdonia Picnic Spots

As the longer (and with any luck warmer) days of summer roll out lazily before us, one of the nation’s favourite pastimes is to pack a picnic and head to the great outdoors to enjoy a feast. And packing for a picnic is a truly personal affair – some won’t mind the usual cheese and…

25 . 06 . 2017

Snowdonia Slate Mines

A quiet corner of north Wales holds deep buried secrets to the area’s bustling industrial past From a distance, the mountains that surround the little town of Blaenau Ffestiniog are breathtaking in their quiet beauty, but dig a little deeper and there is a treasure trove of secrets to unlock; a glimpse of a noisy…

19 . 06 . 2017

Abersoch Walk

Wow! Are we having a heat-wave or what?! The whole of Britain (pretty much!) is enjoying temperatures into the 20s this week. It would almost be criminal not to head to the coast in this gorgeous weather so we thought we’d dig out one of our favourite coast walks – just along the Llyn Peninsula…

18 . 06 . 2017

Gardens of Snowdonia

Spectacular gardens are often revered as much as the grand houses that they belong to, and for centuries stunning gardens have inspired daydreamers, artists and writers. “Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart” declared the twentieth century landscape architect and gardener, Russell Page. His clients included Prince Edward, the Duke and duchess of…

14 . 06 . 2017

World’s Greatest Lies

Today on the blog, just for a bit of fun, we’re looking at some of the greatest lies told in history and their far reaching consequences………. Robert Louis Stevenson once said that “the cruellest lies are often told in silence”, but there are some lies that have become so famous that the figures who told them…

11 . 06 . 2017

Tips to Stop you Snacking

Hands up who among our lovely blog readers is a snacking demon?? Ok, you got us – hands straight up there!! There is no better thought than a mid-morning cup of tea (or panad as we would say here in Wales) with a delicious dunked cookie. And sometimes, the only thing that gets us through the…

08 . 06 . 2017

British and Irish Lions Tour 2017

Here in Wales we’re never far from a rugby game, and this summer is no different. 2017 is time for the British and Irish Lions Tour – and this year, the team are heading to New Zealand to compete in a series of test matches against the mighty Southern Hemisphere teams. The British and Irish…