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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

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

10 Reasons to Visit the Oakeley Arms in 2017

Posted On: Fri 20 Jan 2017 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

So, Christmas is over, New Year has been and gone, and there's nothing but a glum January and February, filled with dark, dreary and cold winter days...... sounds pretty grim doesn't it?! Well, we have the perfect way to cheer up your January Friday morning this week. Now is no time for moping, it's a time for dreaming of your next break away! Why not book a trip now - either as something to look forward to in the spring, or as a last minute break to cheer up those glum days ahead. And here are just 10 of our favourite reasons (although we can think of dozens more....) why you should visit t ... read the full story

Happy Christmas

Posted On: Fri 23 Dec 2016 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

Just two little sleeps now!! Hands up who's excited? From all of us at the Oakeley Arms, we'd like to wish our friends, customers and of course our blog readers a very very Happy Christmas. Thanks for reading and keeping in touch this past year, we look forward to sharing lots more fun, walks, history and news with you next year. Have fun! xx read the full story

Happy Christmas!

Posted On: Thu 24 Dec 2015 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

Well, it's that time of year again.... Christmas is here!!!!! For all of us that love the festive period, it's a jolly time of year, with plenty to look forward to. We hope you've had a happy and productive 2015 so far, and of course, we're wishing you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year, filled with friends, family and good times. Do pop over and see us over the festive period, and especially for our New Year's Eve party night - it's going to be a smasher. Call us (01766 590277) or e-mail ( for more information. And all that's left to say is..... read the full story

Rainy Day in Snowdonia

Posted On: Sun 06 Sep 2015 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Things To Do Posted By:

Although the sun shines down on us here MOST of the time in Snowdonia, we'll admit that there are one or two (haha) rainy days. But, as we've written about before on this blog, rain doesn't have to stop play. We've sent our friend Owain Llyr out on another family adventure - you can see how he gets on by watching the video below. He and his adorable co-stars are headed for an action packed day at the rather fabulous Harlech Castle, which is just a short drive from us here at the Oakeley Arms. read the full story

The Welsh Rainforest

Posted On: Wed 19 Aug 2015 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Things To Do Posted By:

Lush green leaves, deep vegetation, a staggering variety of plants, wildlife and birds, spectacular waterfalls, sunlight dappling the forest floor and views to die for...... are we talking about the Amazon rainforest? No we're not! Did you know that here in Maentwrog we have our very own rainforest? The areas of Ceunant Llennyrch (literally translated as Llennyrch Gorge) and Llyn Mair (Mary's Lake) are just a stone's throw from the Oakeley Arms and are known locally as the "Welsh Rainforest". Part of the wonderful Vale of Ffestiniog, and just one of several woodland nature reserves nearby, so ... read the full story

Essential Welsh

Posted On: Thu 02 Jul 2015 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

Regular Oakeley Arms blog readers will know just how proud we are to live and work in beautiful Wales, and to be in the heart of gorgeous Snowdonia is extra special. And one unique thing about Wales is the fabulous language that we can call our own - Welsh. Around 1 million people in Wales speak Welsh, so it's a language that's very much alive and flourishing. Welsh is an ancient language, deriving from the Celtic language British, which was spoken by the Breton Celts in the 6th century. Snowdonia and North West Wales is an area that is rich in Welsh culture and language heritage, so if yo ... read the full story

6 Reasons to Visit the Oakeley Arms this Summer

Posted On: Mon 29 Jun 2015 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

Have you seen the weather forecast for this week? Our lovely weatherman has promised wall-to-wall sunshine and a mini-heatwave across most of Wales. What a brilliant start to the summer month of July. We can only hope that it continues into the weekend, and even beyond that into the summer holidays. Wouldn't it be great if every day of July and August was blazing sunshine and lovely and warm..... now that's what we'd call a summer holiday! But, if the gorgeous weather isn't enough of a reason to drag you over to beautiful Snowdonia then there are loads of other reasons why you should come and ... read the full story

Keith Lemon at the Oakeley Arms

Posted On: Mon 22 Jun 2015 Posted In: Oakeley Arms Posted By:

Fans of the Oakeley Arms Facebook page will know that we had a very special visitor here with us last week. None other than charismatic funny-man Leigh Francis, who is more commonly known as his comedy persona Keith Lemon. Keith Lemon, who presents the famous ITV show Through the Keyhole stayed with us here while filming for the show at the nearby house of Russell Grant, celebrity astrologer, Strictly star and friend of the Oakeley Arms. Fans popped in to meet Keith, and he happily greeted them, posed for pictures and signed autographs. We kept him pretty busy but we think he enjoyed ou ... read the full story