The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Garw Valley Family Bike Ride...



bicycle race, originally uploaded by beta karel.

The Garw Valley on 2 Wheels, Saturday 12th June 2010 at 10am
Starting at Bryngarw Country Park take the family for a gentle bike ride along the Garw Valley cycle path. Use our new ID guide to learn how to identify some common plant and animals, and use the map to spot different habitats along the route or just enjoy the stunning landscape you encounter.
The route starts at Bryngarw Country Park (£2 parking). Part of Wales Biodiversity Week, this is an outdoor event, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Own Bicycle needed. Leaflet produced with map and information available on the day from the park (subject to availability). Also available from www.Bridgend.gov.uk and http://www.healthchallengebridgend.org.uk/. Contact: 01656 643196 for more information.


Wales' Alternative Food Festival, Bridgend



Trying to come up with a name for a new event we're planning in Bridgend in South Wales. It's a kind of a Food Festival with a twist. Not for the purist, but one that focuses on uniqueness, participation and above all, fun I suppose. Anyway, the following titles have already been recommended, so what do you think?......
The Feastival
The Hungry Moose Food Festival
Roasted!
Really Wild Food Festival
The Upside Down food Festival
Very Welsh food fest
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Anyone else got any ideas / preferences?


Where's this then?




, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.


Anyone know which venue in Wales this concert was staged at? and who was playing? Clue: it's off the beaten track!


The largest cycling event in Wales




Ogmore Valley, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.


The Dragon Ride is the largest cycling event in Wales and the largest of its kind in the UK. The event is based on a format that has become very popular in France and Italy during the nineties, essentially a road cycling marathon held over a mountainous route. The first Dragon Ride was held in 2004 and was based at the Recreation Centre in Bridgend. One of only three events of its kind in the UK, the inaugural ride had an entry of 280 riders. A challenging route of just over 100 miles took the hardy entrants over the most challenging climbs in South Wales, The Bwlch, Rhigos and Brecon Beacons. The ride has grown in popularity dramatically each year with the 2010 event sold 3000 places in just ten days and a further 300 entries were filled within seven minutes of their release, unprecedented within UK cycling. Entries to the event are now closed with 3500 riders entered.


Coasteering in Wales




Coasteering in Wales, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.


A group of us from the office went coasteering with Preseliventre down West Wales near St Davids. If you don’t know what coasteering is, don’t worry I didn’t either but after a quick look at their website I soon did!
It’s an adrenalin packed adventure sport, with the emphasis on cliff jumping, climbing, rock gully swimming, cave exploration, rock scrambling, and wave riding varying depending on tide, weather, swell and location - no two coasteers are ever the same.
The day was unforgettable, weather superb, sea as blue as the med and the location was inspirational. I don’t class myself as an adrenalin junky but I can see why people soon get hooked.
The next weekend I went Kayaking in Newton Bay, Porthcawl so perhaps these coastal activities are addictive after all.