get your adrenalin shot here….

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We’ve an Extreme Adventure Competition running on our Facebook Page….

Tickets for the Go Below Xtreme Trip are like gold dust at the moment and we’ve got two you can get your hands on!
It’s really simple to enter;

Recommend a Friend who you think will “Like” us as much as you do for your chance to win two free tickets for Zip Below Xtreme.
What you need to do…
1. “Like” our page on Facebook (if you don’t already!)
2. Comment & Tag your friend to “Like”us too.

Enter Here

T’s & C’s:
Competiton is available throughout May.
Entrants must be aged 18 & over.
Prizes are Valid on weekdays only, and not during school & bank holidays.
Tickets are valid for 6 months.
Go Below must be contacted directly on 01690 710108 to redeem.

1815 – 2015

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1815 – 2015
Bicentenial celebration of the building of the Waterloo Bridge
on the 20th and 21st June 2015 the village will be awash with celebrations as the team at the Waterloo Hotel bring you an extravaganza of festivities!

There’s going to be Zip Wiring, Food Fayres, Local Market Stalls, Local Ale Tents, Military Marching Bands and the thing we’re most excited about –
A Daytime Firework Display!
If you’ve never seen one then now is the time to book your weekend away and enjoy a whole host of Colour here in Betws-y-Coed.

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daytime fireworks

Friday 24th October – a band not to be missed!

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All the way from Tuscon Arizona - Ronstadt Generations Trio. 24 Oct 2014. Y Stablau

Santa’s all wrapped up…..

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Murder Mystery Dinner

if your looking for the ultimate Christmas celebration join us on 29th November 2014 for a who-dunnit Oak style…

book your table, get glammed up and spend a night in North Wales quite unlike another….. mystery, intrigue, laughter and suspense guaranteed as a

Murder Occurs on 34th Street

Christmas at Bloominecks Department Store, supposedly a time of peace and goodwill to all men.

Is Santa about to get the sack?

Does his assistant Elf Orleather have a ruthless amibition?

Why is shop assistant Toya Zarrus putting in so many hours?

What is store owner Mr Macy’s secret?

And why does the mysterious Mrs Goodbody spend more time in the grotto than anyone else…….

will Santa be held up or will someone receive the most unwanted present….

a little warning if youre attending tho …. it may be hazardous to your ‘elf!

murder & dinner £39.50 per person

special accommodation rates for those of you overcome with the suspense or about to die of laughter…

happy new year!

Oakfest 2013!

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                                                                                           Oakfest 2013 is looming, and with even more acts confirmed, this year is all set to be a blinder! With only another two weeks to go, the Stables bar is relentlessly preparing for a busy day of music, madness and mischief! From 1pm on Saturday September the 7th the Stables courtyard will begin with an array of folk, indie, blues and rock music. This will continue throughout the day and into early evening – finally finishing at 10:30pm. With FREE ENTRY Oakfest will excite, enthuse and electrify you – It’s all about the love of music!

Established last year by the locally renowned Lighted Stage Events, Oakfest proved to be a huge success with both locals and tourists alike. With over 300 music lovers attending last year, The Stables Bar predicts this number to exceed with this year’s exceptional musical shenanigans.

With bands coming from all over North Wales and the surrounding areas, there is sure to be something to suit all tastes. If it’s a bit of ‘Swamp Blues with attitude’ you’re after then don’t miss the Chester Burnettes! Or if you more inclined to a touch of Rock & Roll then it’s the SilverBack Band that’ll get you going! Other acts include Jack Davies, GeorgeLive, Andy Fogg, Two Suns, Tony Williams, Betsan Williams and Kevin Wardman.

Oakfest is unlike anything experienced in Betws before. It is the opportunity to truly appreciate the remarkable talents of the area while also sitting in what is one of the most remarkable and magnificent national parks in world. With a fine selection of local ale and exquisite locally sourced food at hand – Oakfest is truly a celebration of all things Snowdonia!
(The Chester Burnettes performing at Oakfest 2012)                                  


rain didn’t stop play

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Betws-y-Coed held it’s first Outdoor Festival hosted by Discover Snowdonia on Bank Holiday Monday and wouldnt you know it the heavens opened and the downpour continued all day!

Not put off by the lovely wild Welsh climate some hardy hill folk and a whole heap of little ones came and enjoyed what discovering the outdoors was all about! They braved the slippery slope of the mountain bike track, braved the sky high climbing wall, skidded down rivers on the giant slide and zipped through the air with the greatest of ease on the mobile zip-line!

Also the event bought together local outdoor companies – Go-Below who deliver caving and mine experiences deep underground- Outdoor Adventure Wales, North Wales Active and Seren Ventures who have some of the worlds best instructors were there to encourage kayaking trips, climbing, guided walks, gorge walking, coasteering and cannyoning- also on hand to help with bike skills were Beics Betws who hire out mountain bikes in the village!

More Discover Snowdonia events are now being planned throughout the year and the team hope to encourage more of you to learn new skills and revel in mini adventures ….

to find out more and Discover Snowdonia for yourself

zip line funtastic

New Outdoor Festival

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Discover Snowdonia

Confirmed today as the latest event to Wow visitors and adventurers in Betws-y-Coed – ‘Discover Snowdonia’ is hosting an outdoor taster adventure event on Monday 27th May 2013.

Running all day on Cae Llan in Betws-y-Coed and Glasdir in LLanrwst also various other venues in Snowdonia, local activity providers have merged to showcase their wares and divulge what secret Snowdonia has to offer. From a conversation held between two friends talking about kayaking in France an idea grew to hold our very own adventure festival right here in the heart of Snowdonia.

That conversation has stemmed a partnership being formed by a group of local outdoor activity providers to promote the fact that Snowdonia has a such diverse range of outdoor opportunities with world-class instructors providing a host of activities at the highest level, making it a world-leader in adventure activities.

From abseiling to cave exploration to kayaking and wild swimming, some of the mini taster experiences will be available for all to try on the day. Enter the Grand Draw and you could win a half day adventure for two!

Alongside the action will be gentler ventures – opening up a new world, discover what to eat for free with foraging and bushcraft skill demonstrations, low level guided walks with panoramic photo opportunities, a dusk time meander through tree lined avenues to spot bats sweeping in across the twighlight sky.

For those who fancy testing their navigational skills there’s a geocache treasure hunt being played on the day or for the competitive mind try your skills at tent assembly all against the clock – with great prizes available and a whole heap of laughter!

Ogwen Mountain Valley Rescue team will be also be on hand to demonstrate their incredible skills and inform and educate the uninitiated to mountain-lore.

On Cae Llan itself watch rip roaring tricks on the Mountain Bike Skills Track and when you’ve watched enough get on your bike and have a go!

Dare devil in you? Then climb the pole and launch yourself down the zip-line to fly through the air with the greatest of ease!

From Glasdir in Llanrwst there’s a guided walk leaving at 10.30am for a spectacular ramble through the historic town up to the beautiful hidden countryside site of Coed-y-Felin and when you return you can sample some fantastic local produce from the Food & Drink Festival that’s being held there all day!

With day turning into evening wind down by listening to one of the special adventurer guest speakers….. and be inspired to create your own adventure!  walking snowdonia





Guaranteed to be a fun exhilarating day out for all ages Discover Snowdonia hopes to educate, thrill, energise and showcase Snowdonia’s many hidden gems . Opening up a whole new world of exploration within the glorious scenery of our beautiful national park, with world class outdoor instructors on hand, exciting activities to try and new skills to be learnt……….. come along and Discover Snowdonia for yourself!


Nocturne at the Stables – 22nd of March

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On Friday the 22nd of March, Nocturne returned to the Stables Bar in Betws-Y-Coed to serenade guests with the classical Spanish guitar playing of Anthony and the versatile vocal tones of Donna.

Playing covers of a number of tracks including Adele’s ‘To Make You Feel My Love’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint it Black’, vocalist Donna adjusts her voice to suit a variety of contrasting songs. She demonstrates her power during parts of ‘Paint it Black’, and in a style not dissimilar to Alanis Morisette, she delivers this Classic in a new and fresh light. The power demonstrated in this song contrasted with her eased, more relaxed tones in her rendition of the Everly brothers’ ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. She uses dynamics very much to her favor, and they, synchronized with her fluctuating vocal styles and tones, add texture and emotion to her performances.

Anthony is also an extremely skilled musician, certainly being amongst some of the most accomplished guitarists I have seen. His love for the sounds created were obvious from the very beginning, and this made Anthony just as enjoyable to watch as he was to listen. Anthony plays the guitar with elegance and ease, and if anyone can make classical Spanish guitar playing appear effortless, Anthony is certainly the man! Having found his love of the guitar through rock music, it was not until the summer of 96 when Anthony travelled around Spain that he began to discover his self acclaimed ’obsession’ for classical Spanish style guitar playing.

The duo have been performing together on and off for a year and a half. Anthony has recently spent 6 months working on cruise ships, and the pair are now looking forward to settling in North Wales and promoting their music across the area. Having met through mutual friends, the pair soon realized that they shared similar musical tastes and began performing at open mic nights. Nocturne now have regular slots at the Gresham in Llandudno as well as elsewhere. When describing their musical techniques, Anthony explained that ‘Donna deliberately doesn’t introduce the songs. We like our audience to wonder for a bit’. Nocturne are exceptional at taking an established song, adapting it, and making it their own. So many times during their performance I would listen to the introductions and then suddenly find myself saying “Ohh, that’s what this song is!”. Nocturne certainly create a musical experience for their audiences – and we are not just sitting and watching – we are listening, feeling, guessing and more…







Nocturne will be performing at The Gresham in Llandudno on Friday 12th April

Keep up to date with Nocturne and find more dates at Facebook:

Brandistock at the Stables Bar – 15th March

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Describing themselves as ‘Broadly Celtic with American, Canadian and English influences’, Brandistock have been satisfying the ears of folk lovers for ten years. After their fourth member left the band to work in Sierra Leone, Dennis Bennet (banjo, bodhran and vocals), Rick Harding (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Gaffer (Concertina and wind synth) have continued as a three piece and are now entering their second year.

Playing at the Stables bar in Betws Y Coed on Friday the 15th of March, Brandistock kicked off the Saint Patrick’s celebrations with a flying start. Brandistock’s fresh and lively approach towards Celtic folk is traditional while also being distinctive. The banjo and the guitar were fitting for an evening of Irish celebration. However, replacing a fiddle for an English concertina made me feel that I was listening to something a little different. But different is often refreshing, and I wasn’t in an Irish bar after all, so who said it needed to be 100% Irish!

Brandistock play their instruments in a variety of different combinations and add vocal harmonies to a great deal of their numbers. Again this produces a traditional sound, which contrasts impeccably with the English concertina. I felt that his gave their Celtic folk all the more texture.

The music feels spontaneous and impulsive in tone. It is light, cheerful and bounces between the ears. You could almost use the exact same description to describe the band members themselves. When asking Brandistock about their plan for the future, I was answered with “The plan is to remind Dennis to find the diary!”. Brandistock ooze charisma and charm, and I felt that these traits were picked up, expressed, and transferred perfectly upon the audience throughout. These guys were not just telling a story, they were part of one – and one I would certainly like to have a role in!

The atmosphere at the Stables was lively and energetic and it was a perfect venue for an evening of jigs, reels, and polkas!

For more information and upcoming dates, take a look at the Brandistock facebook page:

Also, to see, Brandistock in action, find them on YouTube

To contact the Stables Bar about performance slots phone 01690 710 219







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March the 1st

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Celebrating our Patron Saint this Friday

with lots of lovely local ingredients ….

Gwyl Dewi Sant


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