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


Tips for Camping with Children

Posted On: Mon 24 Apr 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

So, Spring is just around the corner.... we promise! And if the appearance of sunshine prompts thoughts of idyllic summer camping holidays then you wouldn't be alone. Camping is one of the fastest growing holiday types in the UK, with more and more families choosing to stay in Britain and dust off the old camping gear. But, if the thought of taking the small ones camping terrifies you, then here's our handy guide to camping with little people in tow (and yes, it involves wine!!)....... Top tips for camping with children: While planning your trip, consider the time of year, especially i ... read the full story

Surfers Against Sewage

Posted On: Fri 21 Apr 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

Here in beautiful Snowdonia we are lucky to live in one of the most stunning regions of the UK, with dramatic landscapes and glorious coastlines. Sadly though, our beaches and coastlines aren't always treated with the care and attention that they deserve, and the issues of waste, litter, sewage and rubbish is one that affects beaches and coasts across the country. Surfers Against Sewage is a nationwide charity that works to conserve and protect Britain's coastlines from threats such as rubbish, global warming and toxic chemicals, in order that the seas and coasts are preserved and protected ... read the full story

Walk to Fitness

Posted On: Tue 11 Apr 2017 Posted In: Misc Walks Posted By:

So, the sun is out and summer is fast approaching, and you've realised you need to get fit fast if you've got any hope of getting into last year's shorts (or is that just us, ooops!). But, don't panic! We don't think there's any need for hideous fitness regimes or expensive gym memberships to get you into shape. All you need is a walk (or two) to get your heart pumping and those calories burning. We show you how you can work your walk and walk to fitness because it’s perfectly possible to turn your regular walks into fitness boosting sessions without too much effort at all. In seven easy ste ... read the full story

Birdwatching in Snowdonia

Posted On: Fri 07 Apr 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

We all know that the Welsh coast is a wonderful place for a holiday at any time of year, but so apparently, do thousands upon thousands of migratory birds that come here each year to escape the bad weather of home and to wade, wallow, feast and frolic in the lush and fertile mud plains of our lovely shores. There are lush estuaries all around the Welsh Coast that provide the perfect habitat and are just packed full of delicious food that these migratory birds need on their journeys south. At least 4,000 species of birds are migratory birds – a whopping 40% of the world’s total! Some of th ... read the full story

New £1 Coin 2017

Posted On: Thu 30 Mar 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

Did you know that the original £1 coin was first introduced into British purses more than 34 years ago? The trusty £1 coin has been one of the longest running coins produced by the Royal Mint, but it's time for a refresh! This week, a brand new £1 coin was launched - and not only does it look very different to the old, round, gold coins, but there are lots of very clever security features that stop it being illegally copied so easily - one of the flaws of the old £1 coins. The new £1 coin for 2017 is 12 sided, rather than round and like the current £2 coins, is bi-metallic - made of two ... 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

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

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

How to Stay Safe in a Storm

Posted On: Thu 02 Feb 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

As Storm Doris (read our previous blog post for the reasons behind the UK's interesting storm names!) is hitting the UK towards the end of this week, coastal regions being particularly at risk - we take a closer look at how to stay safe in a storm (apart from not going out and hiding under the table!).... Actually, you should avoid going out if at all possible. Indoors is the safest place to be when the wind is howling and the rain is hammering down. If you do need to venture out, then only do so if it is absolutely necessary. Avoid bridges (many will be closed anyway) and anywhere w ... read the full story

The Legend of Cardigan Bay

Posted On: Mon 02 Jan 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

Happy New Year to all our lovely blog readers! We hope you had a wonderful festive time. To celebrate the beginning of 2017, which is the Year of Legends in our lovely little country, today we'll explore one of the most wonderful legends in Wales - the tale of Cantre'r Gwaelod (which literally translates as Lower City), a once legendary city that spanned the length of Cardigan Bay - from the tip of Bardsey Island in the north, to the tip of Ramsey Island in the south.  This is the ancient lost land of Wales..... Legend has it that many many centuries ago, a ruler called Gwyddno Garanhir rul ... read the full story