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Things To Do

Games to Play on the Beach

Posted On: Mon 31 Jul 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Just what exactly is the weather doing in North Wales at the moment? One minute we're getting a suntan on the beach and the next second we're reaching for the brolly. Changeable is one way of putting it. But, in between the grey clouds and showers, there are patches of glorious sunshine, so why not take a chance and head out to one of Snowdonia's beautiful beaches. You can find our suggestions for beaches to visit here but once you've got there, how about some ideas for games to keep the whole family entertained? Here's our favourite Games to Play on the Beach..... Digging Cont ... read the full story

Top 10 Snowdonia Summer Must-Do’s

Posted On: Thu 20 Jul 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Hands up who's counting the days until the start of the school holidays? They are pretty close now - only one or two sleeps until school is officially OUT for summer, wahooooooo! And hands up who is planning a trip to Snowdonia this summer holidays? If you are, then you must be doubly excited because Snowdonia has some of the finest and best attractions and family days out in the country. If you're visiting this summer and are in need of some ideas, then read on for our Top 10 Snowdonia Summer Must-Do's.... you can't visit Snowdonia without seeing these amazing attractions and things-to-do.. ... read the full story

Snowdonia Sandcastles

Posted On: Thu 13 Jul 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Sandcastle building is one of the greatest pleasures of a day at the beach, for old and young alike. The coastline of Snowdonia has plenty of gorgeous beaches for building practice too..... It’s a common scene on beaches along the Welsh coast - the careful planning, the furious digging, the patting and shaping, and lastly the decoration with driftwood, shells and other beach debris. Sandcastle building is one of the most popular family pastimes during a day on the beach and it’s one that never ages. Children today enjoy it as much as they did generations ago – and there’s not a wi-fi ... read the full story

48 Hours in Porthmadog

Posted On: Mon 03 Jul 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Welcome to our new series of travel blogs here on the Oakeley blog. This is where we'll discover the very best places to visit in Snowdonia and North Wales - with just a weekend to explore, we'll give you the lowdown on where, when and how to visit! So if you had just 48 little hours in the lovely seaside town of Porthmadog, what would you do? Could you get to know this town in just a weekend? Well, let's give it a go! The Lowdown Porthmadog is a historic seaside town, it's fortunes built on the lucrative slate mines of the mid 19th century. Slate from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog w ... read the full story

Best Snowdonia Picnic Spots

Posted On: Mon 26 Jun 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

As the longer (and with any luck warmer) days of summer roll out lazily before us, one of the nation’s favourite pastimes is to pack a picnic and head to the great outdoors to enjoy a feast. And packing for a picnic is a truly personal affair – some won’t mind the usual cheese and tomato sandwich wrapped in foil while others expect a more lavish spread of cold meats, salads, olives, pates, breads and cheeses. Picnicing is often regarded as a quintessentially British pastime, and luckily most of us don’t let a little thing like the weather put us off a planned picnic. The history of pi ... read the full story

Gardens of Snowdonia

Posted On: Sun 18 Jun 2017 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Spectacular gardens are often revered as much as the grand houses that they belong to, and for centuries stunning gardens have inspired daydreamers, artists and writers. “Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart” declared the twentieth century landscape architect and gardener, Russell Page. His clients included Prince Edward, the Duke and duchess of Windsor, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta and the National Gardens at Washington; so it could be said that he knew a thing or two about the power of gardens and the blessing of green fingers. But, worry not if you aren't green fing ... read the full story

Snowdonia’s Amazing Sand Dunes

Posted On: Wed 26 Apr 2017 Posted In: Local History Things To Do Posted By:

The sand dune is one of the Welsh coast’s most prominent contradictions. These vast areas that dominate the coastline of Wales are home to sprawling and enormous walls of shifting sand; at once both huge and impenetrable but also incredibly delicate and fragile. A grain of sand on its own is tiny and insignificant, but when nature clusters hundreds of billions of them together the effect is maze-like. The sand unites to create towering dunes that stand tall above the human footprints that tread softly across them or the plants and animals that make them their home. Sand dunes are some of t ... read the full story

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. http://www.runcoedybrenin.com/events-at-coed-y-brenin/ultra-weekend/ The Snowdoni ... 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

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