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Top 10 Snowdonia Summer Must-Do’s

Posted On: Thu 20 Jul 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Hands up who's counting the days until the start of the school holidays? They are pretty close now - only one or two sleeps until school is officially OUT for summer, wahooooooo! And hands up who is planning a trip to Snowdonia this summer holidays? If you are, then you must be doubly excited because Snowdonia has some of the finest and best attractions and family days out in the country. If you're visiting this summer and are in need of some ideas, then read on for our Top 10 Snowdonia Summer Must-Do's.... you can't visit Snowdonia without seeing these amazing attractions and things-to-do.. ... read the full story

Snowdonia Sandcastles

Posted On: Thu 13 Jul 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Sandcastle building is one of the greatest pleasures of a day at the beach, for old and young alike. The coastline of Snowdonia has plenty of gorgeous beaches for building practice too..... It’s a common scene on beaches along the Welsh coast - the careful planning, the furious digging, the patting and shaping, and lastly the decoration with driftwood, shells and other beach debris. Sandcastle building is one of the most popular family pastimes during a day on the beach and it’s one that never ages. Children today enjoy it as much as they did generations ago – and there’s not a wi-fi ... read the full story

The History of Tea

Posted On: Mon 10 Jul 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

"A cup of tea is a cup of life" goes the ancient saying, and who are we to disagree? Tea has been so ingrained into every part of our society that most people (me included) would be pretty lost without it. Crisis or shindig; commiseration or relaxation, or simply because we could murder one; we love a good cup of tea. But, the humble cuppa has recently dragged itself from its sleepy position as the nation’s favourite drink and has begun to start trends all of it’s very own. A chef friend of mine recently let me into a little secret – he cooks with the stuff. My confused face was ... read the full story

Cycling in Snowdonia

Posted On: Thu 06 Jul 2017 Posted In: Uncategorized Posted By:

The Welsh coast’s stunning scenery and beautiful landscape is the perfect place to explore on two wheels; so dust off the bike, pump up the tyres and join us on a cycling adventure fit for the whole family. It’s true that there is a lot to see all along the Welsh Coast. And it’s not just coastline and beaches, but historic towns, medieval castles, industrial landscapes, spectacular bridges, ancient monuments and lively resorts to name a few of the treasures just waiting to be explored. And all too often, the best of the Welsh coast is missed when you’re whizzing past in a car, so why ... read the full story

48 Hours in Porthmadog

Posted On: Mon 03 Jul 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

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 hours in the lovely seaside town of Porthmadog, what would you do? Could you get to know this town in just a weekend? Well, let's give it a go! The Lowdown Porthmadog is a historic seaside town, it's fortunes built on the lucrative slate mines of the mid 19th century. Slate from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog w ... read the full story

The Life of Harry Houdini

Posted On: Mon 03 Jul 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

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 the audience. A second later, the curtain was ripped from its hooks and Houdini, hero of the show, stood triumphant and unconstrained; free of the iron shackles that had bound him from head to toe just minutes before. The audience roared, and frantic whispers spread like flames with murmurs of e ... read the full story