02 . 04 . 2018

Snowdonia Orchid

Here in Snowdonia we are lucky to have a whole range of wonderful flora and fauna, including some very rare wild orchids. But did you know that there’s more to the beautiful orchids than meets the eye? Mysterious, beautiful orchids are one of the world’s most adored flowers. There are over 35,000 different species and…

28 . 03 . 2018

March Hares in Snowdonia

Spring is definitely on the way when you see a pair of boxing brown hares in beautiful Snowdonia.  There are many signs that spring is just around the corner – the daffodils tentatively pushing through the cold soil, thousands of frogspawn hatching in ponds and lovely longer (and hopefully warmer) days. But perhaps the ultimate…

26 . 03 . 2018

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

During turbulent medieval times Edward I built an array of impressive castles along the Welsh Coast, not to keep enemies out, but to keep the Welsh in, and quiet! The year is 1272. After decades of civil war and unrest, England is in turmoil. The aristocracy are battling over land rights and the working classes…

22 . 03 . 2018

Help Bumblebees this Spring

Happy little bumblebees were once a common summertime sight but thanks to enormous losses of habitats the bumblebees are fighting for survival. Find out how you can help the bumblebees this Spring. The humble bumblebee is arguably one of Britain’s favourite insects; its fluffy, plump body, bright colours and contented buzz make these little creatures unusually…

21 . 03 . 2018

Snowdonia Easter Events 2018

So, the happy Easter holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re planning a visit to Snowdonia this Easter, then here’s a round up of some of the best Snowdonia Easter Events 2018. Fun for all the family 🙂 Knights and Easter Egg Hunt, Harlech Castle – 1st and 2nd April (11am-4pm) Admission prices apply. More information Spring…

15 . 03 . 2018

A visit to St Davids City, Wales

Although Cardiff may well be the official capital city of our little country, today we’re exploring the history of a little city in West Wales with a big claim; that it was once the capital of our beautiful nation. Indeed, it was the birthplace of our patron Saint, Dewi (or St David) and is named…

12 . 03 . 2018

Festivals in Wales 2018

After a very long, cold and dreary winter, hands up who is looking forward to summer time?! Yes, yes, yes! We’re dreaming of beer garden afternoons, warm beach days and of course a music festival or two. Wales is quickly becoming the hottest destination for festival go-ers, offering a huge variety of summer festivals –…

08 . 03 . 2018

Mother’s Day Walk

Did we all remember that it’s Mother’s Day this weekend? Of course you didn’t forget! If you fancy doing something a little different for mum this year then why not try this stunning Ffestiniog Valley Mother’s Day Walk, that leaves straight from the Oakeley Arms? After the walk you could treat mum (and yourself!) to…

05 . 03 . 2018

Mother’s Day Flowers

“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible” said Marion Garretty in the bestselling book Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul and we can’t disagree! Here at the Oakeley Arms we’re excited be celebrating Mother’s Day this coming weekend. Mother’s Day has long been a tradition in…

01 . 03 . 2018

March Flowers

Welcome to spring! March is the month when the frosts thaw, the sun hopes to shine and flowers shyly start to reveal their beautiful colours to a long awaited audience. The signs of the first snow drops lift tired winter spirits and cheery daffodils make the whole of Wales smile. If you were born in…