18 . 10 . 2011

A Halloween Hoot

Support the campaign to save Porthmadog’s cinema If walls could whisper their secrets, then Porthmadog’s Coliseum Cinema would have a lot to share. Standing proud since 1931, the distinctive cinema building has been the centre of social occasions, town events, childhood memories, teenage dreams and even film premiers for eight happy decades, and now it…

14 . 10 . 2011

Chocolate Heaven!

Chocolate Week! Did you know that this week is National Chocolate Week? No, we didn’t either, but now that we do know, we’ll be celebrating in the best way – by trying out lots and lots of lovely CHOCOLATE! Mmmm chocolate heaven! We like to think that we know a thing or two about chocolate here…

11 . 10 . 2011

Come on Wales!

We’ll be cheering for Wales this weekend in their semi-final World Cup Clash with France! Of course, we couldn’t let this momentous occasion slip past without a shout out on the blog! After an outstanding performance last Saturday against Ireland, the Welsh Internationals are all set to face their European rivals, France, at the Eden Stadium in…

10 . 10 . 2011

Back to your Roots!

It was reggae-a-g0-go at the Oakeley last weekend as we welcomed members of one of Britain’s best loved Reggae bands, Misty In Roots. The band, who have been playing together since 1975, were in the area to head up a new festival held at nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog. The DrumHouse Ffest filled the area with a sunny Carribbean vibe last weekend, all…

06 . 10 . 2011

Oakeley Dokeley

There’s a new regular at the Oakeley Bar!  Are you a real beer lover? Do you go ape for a new real ale? Are you always on the hunt for a fab real ale in Wales? Then pop down to the Oakeley Arms to sample our very own new brew! Oakeley Dokeley is a fabulous new ale, made especially…

30 . 09 . 2011

Bag It!

5p bag charge begins tomorrow in Wales! Have you got your bags at the ready?! So, The Carrier Bag Charge Wales Project will be introduced tomorrow. This means a new law that requires all retailers in Wales to charge customers 5p to purchase a carrier bag, which includes all bags made from plastic, paper and even bio-degradable materials.  Wales…

29 . 09 . 2011

Llyn Mair Walk

Why not make the most of this fabulous Indian Summer we’re having here in Wales this week, and enjoy a walk straight from the Oakeley Arms Hotel? You could combine it with a trip on the Ffestiniog Railway or enjoy a refreshing drink and a well-deserved meal back at the hotel when you’ve finished! It’s a fabulous Llyn…

28 . 09 . 2011

Go Vintage

Don’t miss the 2011 Ffestiniog Railway Vintage Weekend The 15th and 16th of October is the date for this year’s annual Vintage Weekend at the Ffestiniog Railway. There are loads of fabulous events planned to celebrate one of the world’s most famous, and historic, narrow gauge railways. Organisers hope that Porthmadog will be transported back to…

28 . 09 . 2011

Team Findlay

The Oakeley Arms were delighted to be part of one group’s charity challenge back in May this year. 5 members of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Investigation Team  attempted the ‘Three Peaks’ Challenge to raise funds for the Daniel Findlay Appeal. The ‘Three Peaks’ is one of the toughest physical challenges for mountain hikers…

22 . 09 . 2011

The Sleeping Giant Wakes Up!

The Oakeley Arms Hotel has been reborn, redeveloped and totally transformed! This much loved local landmark was nicknamed the “Sleeping Giant” by its owners and patrons due to its rundown appearance, and because the rambling historic building seemed to have a stubborn mindset of its own!  But finally, this beautiful hotel has finally been shaken…