The goings on in and around Bridgend

Happy St David's Day from Bridgend!

Happy St Davids Day! Of course, we love being Welsh every day of the year but today it just feels extra special! In honour of our patron saint, here are the top five things we love about Bridgend…

The events…
Ever thought you'd see a while town full of Christmas elves, or an Elvis on every street corner. Here in Bridgend we've come up with some of the most interesting and unique events and have even won a couple of World Records in the process! So from the Elvis Festival to the Elfsteddfod, 'Splashup' to 'Mashup', there's always something going on!

The golf…
Bridgend is proud to be the home of the world famous Royal Porthcawl golf course, which will be hosting this year's British Senior Open Championship (the first time Wales has hosted the event). Royal Porthcawl aside, there are many other courses for golfers of all ages and experience, from bunkers beside beaches to scenic greens in the the Welsh Valleys.

The dunes…
You might not have thought it, but we've got some of the tallest sand dunes in Europe. The mighty 'Big Dipper' is surrounded by the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, which is spread out over 323 hectares, and can be spotted in the famous Hollywood classic Lawrence of Arabia. Take a sled with you on your ascent and make getting back to the bottom that much more fun!

The surf…
You can ride some of the top Welsh waves without having to worry about tackling crowded beaches. Rest Bay offers swells equal to those in Swansea and Newquay, and we're also home to Cressey's Surf Academy, run by two-time Wales surf champ and former South African professional surfer Ingemar Cressey! Other providers include Porthcawl Surf and Adventures Wales.

The coast...
We consider ourselves very lucky to be situated along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, right between Cardiff and Swansea. Our visitors are free to walk right along our coastline, enjoying the scenery, or to get a little sandy and explore our various beaches. Sker Beach is our little hidden jewel, while Rest Bay is where every local surfer comes for fun!

Visit Bridgend and make an unforgettable St David's memory or read more inspiring tips to a perfect day in Bridgend.

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