24 . 07 . 2012

Precious Bala Photographs Found!

Saving memories! It was revealed last week that an album of precious photographs of welsh town Bala and nearby Llanuwchllyn that were found in an attic in Shropshire, have been purchased by Gwynedd Council, in a bid to save some of the rare pictures. The images depict a way of life long since lost in…

18 . 06 . 2012

Beautiful Borth-y-Gest

A beachy day out Our regular blog readers will know by now that we are slightly biased when it comes to the fabulous area we live in; the Oakeley Arms is in Snowdonia, and we think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. We’re always on the look-out for hidden gems in our area,…

14 . 06 . 2012

Euro 2012

Wales’ link to the European 2012 championship Ok, so Wales’ National Football team didn’t quite qualify for this year’s European Championships, but there’s still a reason for us Cymro to celebrate the sporting events that are taking place in Poland and the Ukraine this summer. One of the host cities of the games is Donetsk, a large city in…

05 . 06 . 2012

Meirioneth Bee Boles Project

Ooooo Bee-haive….. Sorry for the buzzingly bad beehive pun, but we couldn’t resist! We’ve got some exciting news here at the Oakeley. We are proud to have hosted the first meeting of the Meirioneth Bee Boles Project last month. The Bee Boles Project is run by the Meirioneth Historical and Record Society and the Meirioneth Bee Keepers Association,…

16 . 04 . 2012

Barmouth’s Titanic Plaque

Fit for a Hero Who would have thought that the little town of Barmouth would be linked with one of the most famous maritime stories in history? Well, on Sunday 15th April, the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, a plaque was unveiled on Barmouth’s quayside. The simple plaque commemorates Harold Lowe, one of the Titanic’s most heroic officers.…

01 . 03 . 2012

A Day for Wales

Happy St David’s Day At the Oakeley Arms we’re extremely proud of our Welsh heritage and culture, and so what better way to celebrate our fabulous country than to wish all our customers and friends a very happy Dydd Gwyl Dewi today! And for today’s Oakeley Blog post, we thought we’d delve a little deeper…

27 . 02 . 2012

Oakeley Arms History – Part 3

Up in Arms In previous Oakeley Blog posts, we’ve explored the history and secrets of one of the most well known families in the area – the Oakeley’s of Tan-y-Bwlch. And of course, the history of the beautiful Oakeley Arms, is inextricably linked with this influential family…… Today, we’ll look at the history of the Oakeley…

20 . 02 . 2012

History of Wales

History is our story……  If you’ve ever wanted to delve a little deeper into the history of our fascinating nation, then you’re in for a treat! The BBC claims that its new series, The Story of Wales presented by Huw Edwards and broadcast later this month is one of its most ambitious yet. The series promises to uncover…

06 . 02 . 2012

Oakeley Arms History – Part 2

Slate Fortunes  In a recent Oakeley Arms blog post, we delved into the history of one of the area’s most influential families – the Oakeleys of Tan y Bwlch. The Oakeley family’s fortunes were built on the lucrative slate trade in the early nineteenth century. In today’s blog post, we explore the end of the…

11 . 01 . 2012

If you go down to the woods today….

Haw-Haw to History Did you know that the Oakeley Arms’ little patch of Snowdonia is packed full of history, folk-lore and local legends? The Oakeley Arms itself lies at the edge of one of the oldest forests in Wales. The ancient Coed y Bleiddiau (or Forest of the Wolves) is named after the fearsome wolves that made their…

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