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

Things To Do

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

North Wales Christmas Markets 2016

Posted On: Thu 27 Oct 2016 Posted In: Misc Things To Do Posted By:

Did you know that there are only 58 days until Christmas?? That means there's not many shopping days left until all the presents need to be neatly piled under the tree, happily wrapped and waiting to be ripped open. If the thought of Christmas shopping this year fills you with dread then why not try a day out at one of the best North Wales Christmas Markets 2016. Almost guaranteed to bring out the festive spirit, these brilliant winter open-air markets have been popular in Europe for centuries but have recently made the hop across to the UK and are ever growing in popularity. You'll find del ... read the full story

National Trust in Snowdonia

Posted On: Mon 17 Oct 2016 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

The National Trust is one of the UK’s most well loved, and largest, charities. It looks after over 300 historic buildings, one of the largest collections of historic gardens in Europe, over 600,000 acres of countryside, 700 miles of coastline, a million antique and collectible objects and over 45,000 archaeological sites. When Octavia Hill, the nineteenth century social reformer and campaigner for green spaces and urban parks was asked to help save an historic garden in South East London in the mid 1880’s, she probably had no idea that her vision of a preservation society across England a ... read the full story

Snowdonia Autumn Forest Walks

Posted On: Thu 13 Oct 2016 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

There’s something about forests….. the thick shades of green, the quiet wisdom of aged trees, the soft crackle as walking boots meet dewy undergrowth and the eerie stillness that has inspired a hundred fairy stories and ancient tales. And autumn is absolutely the best time to celebrate and appreciate these natural leafy wonders; when the chameleon leaves turn from vivid green to deep red then burst to warm orange and rich gold. This is Mother Nature’s final fling before winter’s dreary cloak creeps across the land. But just why do leaves change their colours so dramatically jus ... read the full story

North Wales Museums

Posted On: Sun 28 Aug 2016 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Of course, we're all hoping for a scorching bank holiday here in Snowdonia which will mean we can spend all weekend on the beach topping up our tan and frolicking in the lovely blue seas of Cardigan Bay........ However, we all know that this is August, in Wales, and so although we're optimistic, we are also realists so we're fully prepared for the usual soggy summer bank holiday. And, always ones for being prepared here's an option for a plan B to the beach..... Here in Snowdonia there's a wealth of history and culture right at our fingertips - from the coastal castles to the Victorian mines. ... read the full story

Snowdonia Bank Holiday Adventure

Posted On: Mon 22 Aug 2016 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

The weather may not have been up to much these past few days in Snowdonia but we have been assured that the sunshine will be back for the long bank holiday weekend! A sunny summer bank holiday, imagine that! But we can certainly dream, and plan for a gloriously hot and sunny weekend. But, just what to do with a lovely hot summer weekend? Here in Snowdonia there are hundreds of options for days out - attractions, museums, heritage sites, beaches, mountains and parks. But, if you fancy adding a little adventure to your weekend, then look no further than the glorious area of Snowdonia and all it ... read the full story

Geocaching for Beginners

Posted On: Fri 19 Aug 2016 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

If you’re looking for a coastal activity that’ll get the whole family involved then why not try your hand at Geocaching this summer?  Did you know that there are tiny secrets hiding all along Snowdonia – on beaches, under rocks, in caves, coves and caverns, in trees, under piers, along pontoons, in beach-huts and under bridges? You may never have seen them, or even heard of them before, but once you get your head around the art of this very modern form of treasure hunting, you might just become hooked! So, just what is geocaching? It’s basically an outdoor sport that is based on an ... read the full story

Snowdonia Cycling

Posted On: Wed 13 Jul 2016 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

If you prefer two wheels to four, then you will love Snowdonia - the options for cycling are enormous. Whether it's road biking, mountain biking, dedicated trails or a bit of everything that takes your fancy, there are lots of brilliant places for Snowdonia cycling. So if the Tour de France is currently inspiring you, then let's get on our bikes and explore what our beautiful region has to offer for cyclists..... Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre - one of the leading MTB centres in Britain, Coed y Brenin near Dolgellau has got something for everyone. There are hardcore tracks to test ... read the full story

Attractions In and Around Snowdonia

Posted On: Fri 01 Jul 2016 Posted In: Things To Do What's On Posted By:

    Here at the Oakeley Arms Hotel near Zip World and other popular North Wales attractions, we are lucky enough to be nestled in the very heart of the stunning Snowdonia. From picturesque walks to exhilarating high rope courses and surfing, Snowdonia has so much to offer – so why not make the most of it? Here is a handy guide all about what attractions and activities the rolling hills and valleys of North Wales have to offer.  If you love an adventure, this is definitely the place for you! Zip World Titan and Zip World Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, LL41 3NB Get your gogg ... read the full story

Happy Snowdonia Days Out

Posted On: Fri 24 Jun 2016 Posted In: Things To Do Posted By:

Unless you've been living on Planet Pluto for the last few weeks you will know that one of the most significant referendums in living memories has taken place this week in Britain, and many of us will have heard of nothing else on the country's television and media channels. The country has voted in it's millions and Britain will now prepare for the long and slow process of leaving the EU. For many across the country this may not be a favourable outcome. So in order to cheer up anyone who's glum about the result, here are some wonderfully happy Snowdonia days out. Forget politics and cheer yo ... read the full story