The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: August 2010

Jolly Sailor, Newton, Porthcawl


Jolly Sailor, Newton, Porthcawl, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
In 1818, the Jolly Sailor became Newton’s first licensed premises as a brew house. The establishment instantly became the smugglers headquarters and as the Lords of the Manors had dealings with them by exacting dues on cargos brought from Newton Weir this illegal trade was ignored.
The smugglers are thought to have dug a tunnel from Newton Port which travelled under the local Church and directly into the Jolly Sailor’s cellar. When the pub underwent renovations, in more recent times, the entrance to the tunnel was discovered, although never opened. It now lies hidden behind a brick wall, longing to be explored. The second part to the lounge area was once a cottage, which was purchased in later years and added to the public house creating the pub that we know today.


David & Gaina's new adventure



Just been to see a great new place near Tondu, Bridgend. A romany caravan which has been lovingly restored and will be availble for overnight stays in the near future, I'll keep you posted.


Candleston Castle, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend



Surrounded by the huge dune system of Merthyr Mawr warren, you can still visit the remains of Candleston Castle - once a 14th century fortified manor house inhabited until the last century by the powerful de Cantelupe family.


Pip, Porthcawl Harbour


Pip, Porthcawl Harbour, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

Take your dog on holiday! Pip just recently stayed at Y Bwthyn Gwyn holiday cottage which is a new self catering property in Porthcawl, South Wales. The cottage is positioned in beautiful countryside and close to Merthyr Mawr sand dunes and Newton beach. Idealy located for outdoor activites such as walking, cycling, surfing as well as golf and horse riding


Y Bwthyn Gwyn