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Party Season News

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with Autumn now fully upon us and the Betws landscape looking like a riot of orange and yellow hues we thought we’d get a season ahead and bring you a bit of news to make your Christmas sparkle ….

the alpine Hut is back in November at Y Stablau and they’re letting us book it out for your Christmas parties… so if you want an exclusive venue for your seasonal shindig give us a call on the usual number….. #hutparty

 

 

 

Year of the Legend 2017

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Following Visit Wales’ The Year of Adventure in 2016 and the success of all those great adrenalin giving activites North Wales is becoming renowned for, 2017 is designated to be ‘The Year of Legends’ so we thought we’d write our very own favourite legend list all within a half hour of Betws-y-Coed…

Our Local Legends List…

Llewelyn the Great 
You might know the 12th and 13th century lands of North Wales from their immortalisation in the much-loved Princes of Gwynedd stories. Following in their footsteps is easy and evocative, the ruined castle of Dolwyddelan was once the fortification of Llywelyn the Great, this isolated sentinel is only a short walk uphill from the car park on the A470 and the views encompass Siabod, the Moelwyns, the Lledr Valley and the Gwydir Forest.

 

Caernarfon Castle 

A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. The site of this great castle wasn’t chosen by accident. It had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The lure of water and easy access to the sea made the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Edward’s monster in masonry….. now a designated World Heritage site this is one monster legend that stands the test of time

 

 

Beddgelert 

A short walk south of the village, following the footpath down towards the Aberglaslyn Pass leads to ‘Gelert’s Grave’. According to legend, the stone monument in the field marks the resting place of ‘Gelert’, the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great. The story, as written on the tombstone reads:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry. Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here”.

Legend or local tall tale… whichever it is the walk down the Aberglaslyn Pass will have you spellbound with it’s beauty!

 

King Arthur

The lakes of Llydaw, Dinas and Ogwen, are those that claim to contain the magical Excalibur of King Arthur and on a rock near Betws y Coed there is claimed to be a hoof print of Arthur’s horse Llamrai. Legend has it the mark was made when Arthur and his horse dragged a monster from the lake’s deep waters. To back this up a waterdragon legend exists of the Gwibernant. A ‘gwiber’ in todays Welsh means viper or adder. But a long time ago a ‘gwiber’ was something quite different – a huge snake that could fly. The local gwiber was unique in that it was the only one in Wales that could live on land and under water. This monster was therefore especially dangerous and would devour the local livestock and killed those who tried to get rid of it. Beware when walking around those lakes and only the brave (or foolhardy) will take off their shoes for a paddle….

 

 

Snowdonia Giving/ Rhodd Eryri

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With the glorious Snowdonia Park right on our doorstep we are very aware of the draw of such a stunning environment that we are lucky enough to work and play in! The region is really showing itself off, with increasing numbers of visitors every year, which means in order to maintain the wonderous nature of the National Park it’s going to need a helping hand.

It is important to be aware of just how much Snowdonia gives to us, and to be given the opportunity to support we jumped at the chance! We have joined the Snowdonia Giving Scheme which means that we can help in raising funds towards projects that protect Snowdonia’s heart.

If you would like to donate, come and see us at Reception, for further reading about the scheme and to donate online you can do so here: www.snowdoniagiving.wales

 

make a date with Mr Claus…

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Christmas Festival

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Once again Betws-y-Coed will be hosting it’s annual festive celebration weekend ‘Nadolig Llawen yn Betws-y-Coed’ on the 3rd & 4th of December 2016

It all starts with Santa arriving by train at 11am on Saturday the 3rd and ends with seasonal carols by a local choir in St Marys Church on the evening of the 4th….

Inbetween there’s a heap of traditional fun to be had from visiting Santa’s Grotto here at the Oak to the stunning winter lantern parade through the village , watching the sky light up with a firework display over the River Llugwy on Sunday evening alongside a host of festive theatre, workshops, a special Clogau Gold event at Anna Davies and music sessions all over the village throughought the weekend…

For the village itenary please follow the link;

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to book a lunch with Santa or for visiting the grotto call us on 01690 710219

Happy Festivities and a big  Ho Ho Ho from the man in red…

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Snowdonia Walking Festival 2016

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There’s no better place to experience the colours of Autumn than in and around Betws-y-Coed – not sure where to start? Then take advantage of some local knowledge and book a guided walk on one of the Snowdonia Walking Festival’s fabulous walking adventures on the 5th & 6th November 2016…

http://www.snowdoniawalkingfestival.co.uk

With walks ranging from a half day mini mountain experience to a full day on an old drovers route or a long day mountain challenge on Snowdon itself there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Plas y Brenin – the National Mountain Centre will be providing all the walk leaders so you can be sure of the highest quality leadership, be well looked after and entertainingly informed about the places you are walking.

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OakFest 2016

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Sunday 25th September 2016 @ Y Stablau

Our annual music festival returns with a new line up which embraces an ecletic mix of tradition and new funky sounds

with our music for all policy there’s bound to be something for everyone so come along and enjoy some great music from some very fine musicians in an incredibly beautiful setting!

Oh and did we mention its free entry…..

See you there!

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August Upate; the line up is announced…..

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If acid jazz funk fusion is your thing then here’s a snippet of one of the bands playing at this years OakFest

 

Walk4Nepal

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Walk4Nepal is a local event held by Alex Staniforth on 24th April 2016, Alex (a local self titled “Adversity Adventurer”) has taken his time to support PHASE WORLDWIDE, a charity that is supporting victims of the Nepal earthquake which tragically took thousands of lives last year.

They successfully managed to raise a huge £15,000 for this deserving cause, with over 120 walkers taking to the hills to reach the Snowdon summit; this money is intended towards supporting two health posts for victims of the natural disaster.

Alex’s blog makes for very interesting reading, and is a cause we have been happy to support,we would like to wish him many congratulations for his work and all the best with his fundraising in the future.

If you would like to help you can follow the link to make a donation www.virginmoneygiving.com/walk4nepal12months

You can read Alex’s blog here: Walk4Nepal-12 Months On

Year of Artistic Adventure…

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Following on from Visit Wales’ designation as 2016 being the Year of Adventure – they’ve comissioned artist Anthony Garratt – a highly renowned contemporary landscape painter, to develop four installations accross Snowdonia from April until November 2106.

The paintings will appear at four locations and follow on from the artist’s other ‘Four’ series – last year he painted four massive canavses in-situ on various beaches accross Anglesey – which were then hoisted on to large metal frames to house them in their natural environment and left on display for six months. The reaction was extrodinary and propelled Garratt’s work into the mainstream.

“Britain provides us with weather which makes us feel vulnerable. For me that is what makes it such an exciting place to paint. The sky changes continuously – one can visit a place a hundred times and each time have a different experience.” Anthony Garratt.

No doubt he’ll experience the diverse and dramatic weather systems Snowdonia is renowned for all within one day – whatever the outcome it’ll be an adventure for artist and viwer alike.

To see more of Anthony’s work visit his website ;

anthonygarratt.com

 

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2016 The Year of Adventure

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Well we knew we couldnt keep it a secret for much longer and would have to share our incredible land – but this time we’ve gone global…..

Sitting alongside Nepal, Kenya, Cuba and Sri Lanka to name a few – Wales comes in at no 8 of the top countires to visit in 2016 by the Rough Guides Crew  http://m.roughguides.com/best-places/2016/top-10-countries/#

 

We cant blame them – this year Wales celebrates it’s year of Adventure – from Europe’s longest Zip Line in Bethesda to an underground extreme adventure with G0Below, a multitude of World class mountain and downhill biking venues and not forgetting the new Surf Snowdonia in Dolgarrog – North Wales is becoming a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for a new way to spend their holidays.

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Check out Visit Wales website for sorts of different adventures…

Of course it’s not all extreme – Wales is still perfect for gentler pursits and inspires many an artist or poet with it’s majestic vistas and mountains that roll down to the sea…..

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We look forwards to adventuring with you again this year 🙂