The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: October 2013

Get your boots on, it's Love2Walk Festival!

Looks like it's time to lace up those walking boots and get exploring - the Love2Walk Festival is making a triumphant return to Bridgend this half term!

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The Love2Walk Festival is back for its 4th year this autumn, (Thursday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November) and promises to be the perfect solution for keeping the whole family entertained this half term.
Back are the firm favourites: Food Foraging in the Merthyr Mawr dunes, Meet the Dairy Cows and a Nature Walk at Parc Slip; but we're also introducing new walks which are sure to have the little ones enthralled...
Learn to make your own lantern before using it to light your way in a Lantern Parade in the Ogmore Valley, or join us in Evanstown for Stargazing whereby Techniquest will be bringing their mobile planetarium bringing the night sky to life and learn about our Solar System.
And if that's not enough to have you tempted, join Love2Walk for history and heritage, Only Dogs Allowed and a Ghost Walk!
Visit the website for more information, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates!
 


Halloween In Bridgend

Bridgend is soaked in history visitors could stumble across medieval castles, ancient villages and ever a lost city along this famous stretch of Welsh coast. So when it comes to searching for a some spooky spots in the area, it's never too difficult to find a few.
Here's a quick round-up of some spooky places in Bridgend as well as a slightly scare event taking place on the 27th October ... Can you name any?

Zombie Elvis at Cwm Tawel

Zombie Elvis at Cwm Tawel


Top Fives Scary Places in Bridgend

The Prince Kenfig

The Prince Kenfig


5. The Prince, Kenfig - The pub overlooks the buried city of Kenfig, that was engulfed in ever shifting sands in the 13th Century where there is now a magnificent pool situated in the midst of fabulous dunes. The Prince of Wales Inn was built as a Town Hall to replace the one lost beneath the sands.  A magnificent 16th Century family run Pub is steeped in history, character and charm is bound to have a couple of creepy spirits hanging around.
4.  The village of Llangynwyr - There are many legends surrounding this village including the strange Welsh tradition called Mari Lwyd which still takes place today.  The tradition involves a mare's scull being fixed to a wooden pole and paraded around.  This ancient celtic ritual will certainly send shivers up your spine when you attend the event in New Year.

The Old House in, Llangynwyr

The Old House in, Llangynwyr


3. Old House Inn is  thought to be one of the oldest inn's in Wales, be sure to visit this pub on halloween and for a pint with the unexpected.
2.  Island Farm / Camp 198 - Nazi war criminals and German prisoner of war were sent to this cut off part of Bridgend.  Went went on behind these walls is unknown

Ogmore Castle

Ogmore Castle


1. Ogmore Castle - this picturesque castle was once a court of justice and a prison.  A place with so much history is bound to have one or two ghosts hanging around including:
The ghost Y Ladi Wen ("the White Lady") purportedly guarded the castle's treasure and Lady Wen's revenge was said to fall on the person who died prior to disclosing hidden treasure.
AND FOR THE ULTIMATE SPOOK & HALLOWEEN PART EXPERIENCE: Event: Bryngarw Spooktacular Sunday 27th October, 2013 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Come along in fancy dress for ghoulishly fun evening including a spooky walk, Halloween arts and crafts, storytelling and if you dare a creepy house to explore!. Halloween food available to purchase at Cedars Cafe.
Suitable for children aged six - 10 years old. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Spaces are limited so please book your tickets in advance. There will be plenty to entertain to the children and the walk will be taking place in sessions at 6.30pm, 7.15pm and 8pm, so book your tickets for a time to suit you.
Tickets: In advance: tickets can be ordered online at www.grandpavilion.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 01656 815995.
On the day: some tickets may be available on the door but only subject to availability.
Admission: £5 per child
Bryngarw Country Park, Brynmenyn, Bridgend. CF32 8UU

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By Bridgendbites.com


Dive in for Bridgend's Splashup!

Just because it’s autumn doesn’t mean that beautiful Welsh coast has to be neglected! Bridgend are getting ready for the return of their annual Splash Up weekend, which celebrates exhilarating water-sports and live music.
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There’s so much going on but here are the top 5 highlights you’d be crazy to miss:1. Beach Flags (Town Beach, Saturday afternoon)
Beach flags is a sporting event used by surf lifesavers to practice beach sprinting and reflexes for training or competitions. This event will keep the audience on their toes as the participants sprint as fast as they can across the sand, organised by Hugh Murray the champion beach flagger himself from Porthcawl Surf School.


© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales


2. Have-a-Go Water-sports 
If you fancy getting involved there will be a range of activities on offer for beginners. Try surfing with Porthcawl Surf, power kirting with Blast Kiteboarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding or sit-on-top kayaking, go on and have a go!
3. Fantastic live Music (Town Centre, Friday night and Saturday day)
Bridgend will come alive with music in various venues across town such as the Cosy Corner Stage and The Green Room at the Grand Pavilion with loads of great local bands and singers. Why not have a listen to The Side Effects, Jade Bird or Tom Bedlam. After all that the Surfer’s Ball kicks off at 9pm in the Grand Pavilion with a scary movie theme - just in time for Halloween!
4. Night Surf (Town Beach, Friday and Saturday 8pm)
The whole beach will be lit up with digital projections on buildings, as well and light shows and music all coming together to form a spectacular show.
5. Catching the Wave
Working with local artists, film makes, photographers and students the Arts Council of Wales are putting together a creative programme to showcase at the festival. Everyone’s itching with anticipation to see what they’ve come up with!

For more information, visit www.splashup.co.uk
Alternatively, visit the BridgendBites website



Elvis trying his hand at watersports earlier this summer

Elvis trying his hand at watersports earlier this summer with porthcawlsurf.co.uk



Guide: The Different Types of Bushcraft in Bridgend

Bridgend is the perfect spot when it comes to going out into the wild and getting back to life's basics.  With such diverse terrain that ranges from coastal nature reserves to woodland areas, it's no surprise that there is such a wide range of survival and bushcraft courses on offer in the area.

Bushcraft Elvis in Action

Bushcraft Elvis in Action


Places such as the Kenfig Nature Reserve, beaches along the coast and the rolling woodland valleys in the northern part of the county offer the perfect conditions for food foraging, learning how to make a shelter and surviving off the land.
So along with spotting Elvis being a 'flaming star' of lighting fires from scratch, here are a few more bushcraft activities on offer in Bridgend.
Types of survival and bushcraft course in Bridgend.
There are two main bushcraft activity providers situated in Bridgend Cwm Tawel and Wild Spirit Bushcraft. Both offer a different approaches to the activities and very much complement each other.  So here are our top picks for course... 
DSC_0124 R 5001 - Yes you can eat nettles...     Wild food foraging at Cwm Tawel
Enjoy a day foraging for wild food and medicinal plants, then return to camp with your treasures and cook a simple camp meal. On each course visitors will join Cwm Tawel's instructors on a day's forage around the woodland, meadows and hills to take a look at what we can find. During these forages visitors will get to uncover flora identification techniques and discover some of the useful edible and medicinal plants available to humans. Visitors get to learn how to harvest these resources in a sustainable manner, as well as how to prepare each ingredient. There will be tasting sessions through the day and the opportunity to cook the ingredients.
DSC_0108 R 5002. A spear is more then just a weapon... The Indigenous Bushman at Wild Spirit Bushcraft
This course is suitable for adventurous beginners and people with some bushcraft experience. The course covers a wide range of fascinating skills and techniques that are sure to enthuse and inspire. Participants will get to go all out, by having to sleep in hammocks or shelters, learn how to hunt and learn methods from indigenous bushman techniques.
3.  Tools doesn't just mean hammer and axe...  Making survival tools at Cwm Tawel
This course provides an informal introduction to spoon carving using basic carving tools perfect for having a whittle around the camp fire in the evening. Visitors learn how to select and collect the right wood, split and rough out a blank and then proceed to carve a spoon which you will be able to take home with you or use to eat your dinner!
4. The key survival fundamentals to living are never that clear...   The Woodland Survivor or Explorer Course at Wild Spirit Bushcraft
This is an ideal weekend for people looking to discover the hidden secrets of the woodland. This course covers the basic and essential skills of Woodland Survival:
Safety and Hygiene, Locating Water, Safe use of Cutting Tools, Friction Fire Lighting (native fiddle), Autumn Shelter Building, Backwoods Cookery, Hammock and Tarp Set Up, Camp Craft (wood carving), Food Foraging, Cordage (nettle)
DSC_08655. The normal ways of survival do not mean a sofa and TV....  Nomandic Bushman at Wild Spirit Bushcraft
Discover the effectiveness of trap making in the wild and utilising the resources that surround you in the wild. This course covers the basic and essential skills of Woodland Survival:
Friction Fire Lighting with (Fungus, Flint & steel, Strike Lighting, Native Bow, Hand Drill), Water purification and location, Breads, Stews, Pies, Natural Cordage (Willow, Bramble, Nettle, Elm), Star - Craft, Fungi, Plant And Tree Identification, Arrows and Fletching, Wood Carving, Game Preparation (Gutting And Skinning), Hot Rock Cooking,Trapping, Hammock And Tarp Set Up, Four Seasons Shelter Building, Wild Food Foraging,Resin extraction for glue and tar making.
 
THE BONUS.... One of the best bushcraft day's out Wales has to offer: Bryngarw Bushwaka
29 March, 2014, Saturday 29th March. 10am - 5pm
Go native and explore the world of bushcraft and experience traditional wilderness living skills at this family event. Bushcraft demonstrations and workshops will be on going throughout the day. Activities to include Friction Fire Lighting, Willow Weaving, Foraging Walks, Campfire Cooking, Shelter Building, Falconry Display, Chainsaw Carving, Story Telling in a giant Tipi and many more. There will also be bushcraft related stalls and if you are interested in the natural environment and traditional skills there will also be an opportunity to meet local craft and conservation groups.