14 . 09 . 2012

Helfa Gelf 2012

On your Art; get set; GO! It turns out that September is a pretty special month here in North Wales, and today’s blog post is a celebration of the fabulous Helfa Gelf (Art Trail) that is taking place in artist’s studios and galleries across North Wales. Every weekend this month, Welsh artists give you the chance…

10 . 09 . 2012

Spin the Yarn

A Woolly Lesson! Here at the Oakeley Arms Hotel we’re surrounded by the lush fields, sweeping countryside and beautiful valleys of Snowdonia, and there’s quite a few residents of this landscape that love to chomp, bounce, graze and bleat their way through the seasons. They are one of our little country’s most famous features. Of course, we’re talking about…

05 . 09 . 2012

Beachwatch Big Weekend

We do like to be beside the seeeeeaside. On the coastline of Snowdonia, just a few miles from us here at the Oakeley Arms Hotel, are some of the most stunning beaches in the country. We think we’re pretty lucky to live so close to this magnificent coastline, so when it comes to looking after it, we’ll…

03 . 09 . 2012

Maentwrog’s Poet

Love Maentwrog Just a short hop and a skip from the Oakeley Arms Hotel in Snowdonia is the pretty village of Maentwrog; a place steeped in history and legend (you can find out more at some of our previous blog posts about Maentwrog and it’s beautiful church). One thing we didn’t know about our lovely village of Maentwrog is…

30 . 08 . 2012

Rain Power

Rain, rain, rain….. So, this summer hasn’t exactly been scorching! There have been the occasional rays of sunshine flooding through the Vale of Ffestiniog and just about reaching the Oakeley Arms Hotel, but we’ve mostly been wearing our wellies! The weather may not be so great for us, but there’s a little place just down the…

28 . 08 . 2012

Welsh Castles

Castle Crazy The Oakeley Arms Hotel is set in a very special part of Wales; on the edge of Snowdonia and only a mile or two from the beautiful Welsh coast. The hills and coastline of this part of Wales are rich in history and legend, and one of our favourites, is the story of…

22 . 08 . 2012

Mining Life

Hi-Ho Hi-Ho…..it’s off to work we go….. Here at the Oakeley Arms, we’re surrounded by history, industry and unique local legends, but one of the most important is industrial heritage that lies deep under the rolling hills and fields of the Ffestiniog Valley. It’s important to us today because it is thanks to the slate mining…

13 . 08 . 2012

50 Things….

Great days out from the National Trust So far, the school holidays have been a bit of a rainy wash out, so if you’re desperately trying to think of summer holiday things to do with your little angels this summer, don’t despair! The National Trust have launched a brilliant new campaign to get kids out and about and…

08 . 08 . 2012

The North Wales Pilgrim’s Way

Follow the Pilgrim Here at the Oakeley, you know by now that we love a good walk, but this week we’re wondering about an extra special challenge? We’ve heard a few of our guests and customers mention the Pilgrims Way, which is a fabulous long distance footpath that spans the northern coastline of Wales. This stunning…

06 . 08 . 2012

National Eisteddfod of Wales

For Art’s Sake… This week is a very special week for Wales. Never mind all the brilliant successes of Team GB at the Olympics, it’s time for the National Eisteddfod of Wales – the most celebrated, and, some consider the most important, of all the annual Eisteddfodau  that are held each year in Wales. The Eisteddfod is a cultural festival,…

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