The Oakeley Arms Hotel and Self Catering Cottages
in the Heart of Snowdonia


Snowdonia Easter Events

Posted On: Thu 23 Mar 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

With the Easter holidays just around the corner and with two whole weeks with which to entertain your little monkeys, here's our pick of the bunch of local Snowdonia Easter Events. Whether you live in Snowdonia or North Wales, or you're here visiting during the holidays, these Snowdonia Easter Events are guaranteed to entertain the whole family - at least for an hour or two! Ultra Weekend, Coed-y-Brenin (7 - 9th April) - a weekend of running, seminars, training and networking for fans of Ultra Running. The Snowdoni ... read the full story

International Day of Happiness 2017

Posted On: Mon 20 Mar 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

March 20th is the annual International Day of Happiness. Since 2012 this day has been celebrated across the world to remind people to be happy, spread happiness and share happiness, in order to create a happier world! Experts have long known that personal happiness contributes to greater well-being, life satisfaction and even life expectancy. But surprisingly, happiness doesn't always come from a highly paid job, a big house and a flash car. Happiness goes much deeper than that. Perhaps there's some truth to the saying that happiness comes from the smaller things in life. So, here's the O ... read the full story

David Lloyd George in North Wales

Posted On: Sun 19 Mar 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

“He was the greatest Welshman which that unconquerable race has produced since the age of the Tudors….. and those that come after us will find the pillars of his life’s toil upstanding, massive and indestructible”. Winston Churchill’s parliamentary tribute to David Lloyd George just after his death in 1945 paid homage to the Liberal politician who had come to be considered as one of the greatest social reformers of the twentieth century. When Lloyd George’s father, a schoolmaster working in Manchester, passed away soon after his birth his mother took her young family back t ... read the full story

North Wales Stately Homes

Posted On: Wed 15 Mar 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

Here in Wales, we boast a history and heritage that dates back thousands of years, so it's no surprise that dotted all around North Wales are some of the most beautiful and historic stately homes and manor houses in the country. Built for a huge number of reasons, these elegant and often enormous houses were quite literally a showcase of affluence and titles. Some were built as residences for the landed gentry, some were raised from the profits of successful businesses during the industrial revolution, and some were built as shows of defiance after victorious wins in battles for land. But wh ... read the full story

How to Eat Your 10 a Day

Posted On: Fri 10 Mar 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

So, there we were, happily munching our way through our "5-a-day", and secretly enjoying an excuse to chomp on something - albeit an apple or pear, or if we're feeling really exciting, some red grapes. And not even the kids have spotted the hidden veggies in their favourite pasta sauce. And then they change the rules...... The news hit last week that actually we should be aiming for 10 portions of fruit and veg a day. 10! Wow. And they tell us that wine doesn't count....ok, time for a re-think then! According to a recent study, eating between 7 and 10 portions of fruit and veg a day ca ... read the full story

Exploring Wales’ Legends

Posted On: Wed 08 Mar 2017 Posted In: Local History Posted By:

As we've already discovered as we've delved into some of Wales' most famous tales and legends - almost every little corner, nook and cranny of our wonderful country has an ancient story or legend attached to it. It's one of the things we love about Wales - the culture and landscape that dates back thousands and thousands of years. And now, Natural Resources Wales - the government body responsible for looking after Wales' natural assets - have made it easier than ever to explore some of the most famous myths and legends of Wales with the launch of two new apps. The PlacesToGo app shows you w ... read the full story

Welsh Whisky

Posted On: Sun 26 Feb 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

The Penderyn Whisky Distillery, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales is finally putting Welsh whisky back on the map. It is the only distillery in Wales, and the unique taste of the whisky that is produced there is certainly holding its own against its better known Scottish and Irish cousins. Just over ten years ago, a group of friends gathered together for drinks at a pub near Aberdare. Conversation flowed, but the friends all lamented the lack of a real Welsh whisky, when the other Celtic nations so clearly had their own spirit identity. And so it was that out of this evening e ... read the full story

Free Things to do in Snowdonia

Posted On: Tue 21 Feb 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

So, the happy half term holidays are here already (it only seems like two minutes ago that the kids were going back to school after Christmas!), and we know that entertaining your little darlings for a week can soon add up to a budget blowing week of fun and games. So, if you're visiting Snowdonia this half term, or indeed if you live here, and are looking for some penny saving ideas that will keep the whole family happy and occupied this week, then look no further. Here are our top ideas for free things to do in Snowdonia...... The National Slate Museum, Llanberis - the Slate Museum is ... read the full story

A Full Welsh Breakfast at the Oakeley Arms

Posted On: Thu 16 Feb 2017 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

We absolutely love good food here at the Oakeley Arms, and breakfast is no exception. We pride ourselves on fresh ingredients, and local ones wherever we can. We think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you're staying with us, so a Full Welsh Breakfast at the Oakeley Arms is one of our favourite dishes! But just where did the idea of eating an array of items all together at breakfast time come from? And how long have we been doing it? According to research, the Full English breakfast is a tradition that dates back to the 14th century. The gentry of the time were ... read the full story

Bracing Beach Walks in Snowdonia

Posted On: Mon 13 Feb 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Walks Posted By:

Along our stunning Welsh coast are hundreds of beautiful beaches – some are wide and long, stretching as far as the eye can see, and others are hidden among the crags and coves of the shoreline. Some are easy to reach, while others take a little more determination to find. Some beaches are scattered with rocks and pebbles, and some are lined with golden sand. We think that every one of our lovely beaches is worth celebrating, so today's blog is a celebration of some of the best bracing beach walks in Snowdonia. The fresh coastal breezes can leave you feeling refreshed and energised, ... read the full story