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British and Irish Lions Tour 2017

Posted On: Thu 08 Jun 2017 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

Here in Wales we're never far from a rugby game, and this summer is no different. 2017 is time for the British and Irish Lions Tour - and this year, the team are heading to New Zealand to compete in a series of test matches against the mighty Southern Hemisphere teams. The British and Irish Lions is a rugby team made up of players who are eligible to play for any of the home nation teams - that is Wales, England, Ireland and Scotland. The team tours every four years - and always to a Southern Hemisphere team to play them. The British and Irish Lions Tour 2017 takes place in New Zealand, whe ... read the full story

Cardiff Champions League Final

Posted On: Fri 02 Jun 2017 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

Unless you've been living in a cave this week, you will have heard that one of the world's largest sporting events is coming to Wales this weekend...... Wales' capital city Cardiff is proud to host the Champions League Final 2017. And it's not just the football game either, there's a four day festival happening across the city to celebrate this most extraordinary sporting event. The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world. It takes places annually across Europe - with the best teams from Europe competing for the coveted trophy. It was establi ... read the full story

Snowdonia Giving

Posted On: Tue 23 May 2017 Posted In: Local News Oakeley Arms Posted By:

Here at the Oakeley Arms we are proud to live and work in the majestic Snowdonia National Park. The region’s breath-taking beauty attracts visitors from all over the world – annually, some 6 million people come and visit us here every year, with over half a million of those aiming high and reaching the top of Wales’ tallest mountain – Snowdon. Whilst all these visitors are very welcome (we love to share!) and indeed are crucial to the local economy, high visitor numbers do have an impact on the natural environment. Footpaths are worn, car parks are busy, facilities like public toilets ... read the full story

National Coast Watch

Posted On: Mon 15 May 2017 Posted In: Local News Misc Posted By:

The National Coastwatch Institution run look-out stations dotted all along the Welsh coastline, and their volunteer work is essential in helping to keep sea and coast users safe. Join us as we find out more. For the thousands of people who enjoy the beautiful waters of the Welsh coast every year – whether sailing, swimming, surfing, boating or simply enjoying an amble along the coast path, there’s an organisation that they may not even have heard of, that is silently keeping a close look-out and watching for their well-being. In old coastguard look-out stations dotted along the coastline ... read the full story

Live in an Anglesey Lighthouse

Posted On: Tue 29 Nov 2016 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

The tall and elegant custodians of Britain’s shores that dot the coastline are unmistakable traditional coastal icons. The lighthouse holds a classic air of maritime magic to the many who admire them from a distance; the romantic notion of a remote and unyielding tower lighting dark, stormy seas for passing ships is one that hasn’t diminished, despite the fact that all of Britain’s lighthouses are now run automatically and remotely. Although there are some examples of lighthouses that date back to Roman times, the classical shape and design that we have come to know and love first appea ... read the full story

Welsh Sailor in Vendee Globe Race

Posted On: Mon 07 Nov 2016 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

A sailor from Bangor in North Wales, just a stone's throw from us here at the Oakeley Arms yesterday set sail to compete in one of the toughest sporting events in the world. Bangor born Alex Thomson aims to be the first British yachtsman to win the prestigious sailing title of the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race. He will be sailing single handedly and non-stop, leaving from, and returning to the town of Les Sable-d'Olonne in Western France. He, along with 28 other sailors will first sail south down the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape of Good Hope, then clockwise around Antartica, then ret ... read the full story

North Wales Remembers

Posted On: Thu 03 Nov 2016 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

November is the month of remembrance, when the western world unites to remember those who gave up their lives, and whose lives changed forever, during the conflicts of the First World War. November the 11th is officially Remembrance Day, when the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is commemorated as the day that the peace armistice was signed by the warring countries in 1918. 2016 is a special year for remembrance services because it marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The 1st July 2016 marked 100 years since the beginning of the battle - said to be the bloodiest ... read the full story

A Visit to Anglesey

Posted On: Wed 28 Sep 2016 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

Wales’ largest island is bursting with rich history, ancient culture and some of Britain’s most beautiful coastline. Join us as we discover Anglesey. There’s a certain magic about island life; one that has captivated the imaginations of main-landers for centuries. Often seen as remote, inspiring, stoic and independent, islands seem to have an air of mystery that cloaks the exposed shores and quilts the fabric of far-away community life. Perhaps “wild and remote” is these days an extreme description for Anglesey (there are less than 300 yards separating Anglesey from the mainland), ... read the full story

Roald Dahl 100th Birthday

Posted On: Tue 13 Sep 2016 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

Well kiddles, did you know that an incredibly special person was born 100 years ago today? On this day in 1916, Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff near Cardiff to Norwegian parents who had recently emigrated to Wales. Today is a celebration of the famous author's life and works - he has sold over 200 million copies of books and they've been printed in 58 different languages. And not only that, but he was responsible for some of the best made-up words. He almost invented his own language! Words like kiddles (children), bootbogglers (military men), jiggered (no hope), whoopsy-splunkers (fa ... read the full story

National Eisteddfod of Wales 2016

Posted On: Fri 29 Jul 2016 Posted In: Local News Posted By:

If there's one essential date in the cultural and social calendar of the people of Wales, then the National Eisteddfod of Wales is it! The National Eisteddfod is, arguably the most important of many of the eisteddfodau or "festivals" that take place up and down the country each year. An Eisteddfod is a true celebration of all things Welsh, and all the things we love about Wales. It's a celebration of our history and culture, and at it's heart is the competitions for poetry, song, dance, literature, verse and art. The origins of the Eisteddfod can be traced back to medieval times, but the fes ... read the full story