The Oakeley Arms Hotel and Self Catering Cottages
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Welsh Legends of Stage and Screen

Posted On: Thu 17 Aug 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

2017 is the Visit Wales Year of Legends, and so far on the Oakeley blog we have discovered some of the legends of Wales - from the tale of the mighty dragon to the tale of King Arthur, right here in Snowdonia. Today, we thought we'd explore some legends of a different kind. These legends have helped to make Wales the wonderful and proud nation that it is today. These legends have put Wales on the international map, and helped to make the world understand what a wonderful place Wales is. These are the Welsh legends of stage and screen..... see how many you recognise....... Keith Allen - ... 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

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

World’s Greatest Lies

Posted On: Wed 14 Jun 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

Today on the blog, just for a bit of fun, we're looking at some of the greatest lies told in history and their far reaching consequences.......... Robert Louis Stevenson once said that “the cruellest lies are often told in silence”, but there are some lies that have become so famous that the figures who told them wished that they too had kept to silence! Perhaps the most famous political lies of this century have emerged from across the Atlantic. The Watergate scandal of the 1970’s was the biggest string of political lies, deceit and fraud that the American public had ever seen, and r ... read the full story

Tips to Stop you Snacking

Posted On: Sun 11 Jun 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

Hands up who among our lovely blog readers is a snacking demon?? Ok, you got us - hands straight up there!! There is no better thought than a mid-morning cup of tea (or panad as we would say here in Wales) with a delicious dunked cookie. And sometimes, the only thing that gets us through the afternoon is sitting down at 4pm with a big drink and a naughty pastry. And of course, there has to be something to nibble on with a glass of wine later.... ooops! If you're looking to improve your diet and lose weight, then tackling your snacking could be a good place to start. Whilst some experts belie ... 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

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