The goings on in and around Bridgend

Behind the scenes with Fangirl Quest

How we turned their visit to Bridgend County into a Hollywood film set

Earlier this month, the Bridgend County Tourism Team were delighted to welcome Fangirl Quest - two movie-mad bloggers who love nothing more than scouring the globe in search of exciting film and television locations.

In the past, they've stalked Sherlock along London's Baker Street and walked in the footsteps of Forest Gump. Next up, they'll be embarking upon a Game of Thrones-themed tour of Iceland. So we were excited to give them a VIP welcome to our little part of Wales.

Film Crew

Find out what happened when Fangirl Quest explored Bridgend County, which has been used as a location for Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lawrence of Arabia and Lady Chatterley's Lover (hint: they found a new TV location not even they knew existed!)

Our lovely bloggers-in-residence stayed at Cwm Tawel Yurts but, as they discovered when they arrived, this was going to be anything but a cosy night in…

We'd transformed their traditional Mongolian yurt into a Hollywood dressing room of their very own - kitted out with personalised director chairs, a dressing room fit for a film star, and even an Oscar!

Yurt theming

And once they were done preparing, Fangirl Quest headed out to explore the mystical sand dune landscape at Merthyr Mawr that has long since been a draw for TV and film crews. With some of the tallest sand dunes in Europe, this national nature reserve is understandably one of Bridgend County's top attractions. Watch as they discover and 'scene frame' a location from Torchwood amidst the dunes.


They rounded their day off by heading to Ella Riley's sweet shop for a chocolate-making party, but little did they know they were also going to stumble upon a piece of Harry Potter memorabilia! Ella Riley's traditional-style sweet shop features regularly on television, recently on shows including Sunday Kitchen, Market Kitchen Big Adventure and Incredible Spicemen.

With a lunch stop at The Pelican In Her Piety - a country pub that's popular with film crews - and dinner at Leicester's restaurant, Fangirl Quest savoured local cuisine during their whistle-stop tour.

Check out our video of their visit and their fabulous blog post on glamping, sand dunes and chocolate-molding in Bridgend County. We hope to welcome you to Bridgend County in the footsteps of the stars very soon.

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