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How to celebrate World Oceans Day in Bridgend County

2018 is Wales' Year of the Sea. Here in Bridgend County you can experience some truly epic coastal adventures. And with June 8th marking World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration, there's never been a better time to give back to our beautiful beaches. From chilly aquathlons to a giant beach cleans, there are plenty of events to help you celebrate World Oceans Day in Bridgend County…

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Cheer on the big World Ocean Day swimmers (30th May)
This big social swim may already be closed for registration but that doesn't mean you can't come along and help cheer them on! Swimmers will take the plunge for an hour at 7pm at the cosy corner slip, plus you should allow time to enjoy the quirky street performers Kitch & Sync From 6.30pm, behold the bedraggled beauties, swept up on the shore, serenading shipwrecked sailors with their sublime, sultry sounds….. "Hang on a minute now luv, you talkin' about us or sumfink??" These mermaids are not like the ones you've heard about in fairy tales!. Stop for a drink at the newly renovated Jennings Building or, if you're lucky enough to be taking part in the swim, follow up with dinner at one of Porthcawl's top restaurants.
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Family Beach Discovery Day (31st May)

A wonderful family event where you can learn all about what makes the beaches and marine habitats of Bridgend County so special. The surrounding waters are home to a great deal of wildlife including porpoise and common dolphins, as well as moon and barrel jellyfish, starfish, crabs, flat fish and the honeycomb worm, a protected species.

Meet outside the yellow life guard station on Rhych Point Porthcawl. A SeaQuest leader will take you on voyage of discovery to meet our coastal creatures and play beach games. We provide all equipment you need to wear sensible shoes and bring your snacks. £3 per child. Booking is essential - Email claire@porthcawl-harbourside.co.uk
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Give an Ocean Aquathlon a Tri! (3rd June)

This year SeaQuest has teamed up with GoTri to create the ultimate sprint distance aquathlon in the ocean this summer. The event will involve a 400m sea swim followed by a 3km run along the coast. This event is now full but dedicated spectators can grab a breakfast bap from 7am!

For the less dedicated spectator come and join the crowds a little later on for quirky street performers Kitch n Sync doing their Pseudo Synchro act at 9am at cosy corner slip. ATTENTION!!! Up, two, three, four, keep it up, two, three four… The Pseudo Synchro Swim Team are out and busy in training; being drilled by their swim captain with military precision and preparing for the biggest most spectacular synchronized swimming display of their lives (which takes place in a children's paddling pool!).. Enjoy a coffee in the nearby Jennings Building, or why not treat yourselves to a delicious Sunday brunch! Aquathlon start 9am at cosy corner slip.
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Clean up the ocean (8th June)
If you'd like to get more involved with ocean conservation, the World Ocean Day celebratory beach clean is just the place to start. Get your whole family down to the beach and help rid the coast of pesky plastics. Beach cleaners will be encouraged to make a promise to the ocean: a positive life change which will help protect the shores. Event takes place 6pm at Rest Bay Beach.
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Don't worry if you're busy this day - Porthcawl hosts regular beach cleans. Be sure to keep an eye on the Bridgend Bites events calendar for further information: /events.aspx

Hit the beaches of Bridgend County!
We're really lucky to be home to so many wonderful beaches. If you're big into watersports you can take to the golden sands of Rest Bay Beach and Trecco Bay, both great for surfers. For something a little different you can head to Sker, which backs onto the beautiful Kenfig National Nature Reserve, of Newton Bay, which allows year-round access to your four-legged friends.
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Some events referenced form part of the RTEF funded Porthcawl Seascape Project. The Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) is a revenue fund, supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and Welsh Government.

Sut i ddathlu Diwrnod Byd-eang y Moroedd yn Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

2018 yw Blwyddyn y Môr yng Nghymru. Yma yn Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr gallwch chi brofi anturiaethau arfordir gwirioneddol epig. A gan fod Mehefin 8fed yn Ddiwrnod Byd-eang y Moroedd, sef diwrnod rhyngwladol i ddathlu'r cefnfor ac i gydweithio, does dim amser gwell i roi rhywbeth yn ôl i'n traethau hardd. O aquathlons i ddiwrnodau glanhau traethau, mae digonedd o bethau ymlaen i'ch helpu chi i ddathlu Diwrnod Byd-eang y Moroedd yn Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr...

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Rhowch gymeradwyaeth o nofwyr Diwrnod Byd-eang y Moroedd (30 Mai)
Er nad oes modd cofrestru i'r digwyddiad nofio cymdeithasol mwyach, fe allwch chi ddod draw i gymeradwyo a rhoi hwb i'r nofwyr!  Byddan nhw'n mynd i'r dŵr am awr am 7pm wrth 'cosy corner slip'. A bydd digon o amser i fwynhau'r perfformwyr stryd Kitch n Sync yn perfformio Bedraggled - caniatewch ddigon o amser i fwynhau'r perfformwyr stryd, Kitch & Sync, o 6.30pm ymlaen, edrychwch ar y morwynion gwlyb ar y lan yn canu cân i forwyr ….. "Arhoswch funud, ydych chi'n siarad amdanon ni??" Dyw'r môr-forynion ddim fel y rhai mewn storïau tylwyth teg!. Ewch am rywbeth i'w yfed yn yr Adeilad Jennings ar ei newydd wedd, neu os ydych chi'n ddigon ffodus i fod yn un o'r rhai sy'n nofio, beth am swper wedyn yn un o fwytai gorau Porthcawl.
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Diwrnod i'r Teulu i Ddarganfod y Traeth (31ain Mai)
Digwyddiad teuluol bendigedig pryd gallwch chi ddysgu popeth sy'n gwneud traethau a chynefinoedd morol Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr mor arbennig. Mae'r dyfroedd yn y cyffiniau yn gartref i lawer o fywyd gwyllt, gan gynnwys y llamhidydd a'r dolffin cyffredin, yn ogystal â slefren y lleuad a slefren gasgen, seren fôr, cranc, lleden a llynghyren ddiliau, sef rhywogaeth sy'n cael ei gwarchod.
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Tri chynnig ar Aquathlon y Cefnfor (3ydd Mehefin)
Eleni mae SeaQuest wedi ymuno â GoTri i greu'r aquathlon pellter sbrint gorau posibl yn y môr yr haf yma. Bydd y digwyddiad yn cynnwys nofio 400m yn y môr, yna rhedeg 3km ar hyd yr arfordir. Mae'r digwyddiad yn llawn erbyn hyn ond gall pobl sy'n gwylio gael brechdan frecwast o 7 y bore ymlaen. 

I rai nad ydynt mor ymroddedig, ymunwch â'r dorf yn nes ymlaen i weld perfformwyr stryd Kitch n Sync yn perfformio Pseudo Synchro. GOFAL!!! Lan, dau, tri, pedwar, aros lan, dau, tri, pedwar… Mae Tîm Nofio Pseudo Synchro mas yn brysur yn hyfforddi; yn cael eu goruchwylio'n fanwl gan eu capten nofio, ac yn paratoi ar gyfer arddangosfa nofio cydamserol bwysicaf eu bywydau (sy'n digwydd mewn pwll padlo i blant!). Mwynhewch goffi yn Adeilad Jennings gerllaw, neu beth am frecwast hwyr a blasus! Mae'r aquathlon yn dechrau am 9 y bore yn 'cosy corner slip'.
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Glanhau'r cefnfor (8fed Mehefin)
Os hoffech chi gyfrannu mwy at gadwraeth cefnforoedd, beth am ddechrau gyda sesiwn lanhau'r traeth fel rhan o Ddiwrnod Byd-eang y Moroedd. Ewch â'r teulu i gyd i'r traeth i helpu i gael gwared ar hen blastig. Bydd pawb sy'n glanhau'r traeth yn cael eu hannog i wneud addewid i'r môr: sef gwneud newid cadarnhaol yn eu bywydau i helpu i amddiffyn yr arfordir. Mae'r digwyddiad yn cael ei gynnal ar Draeth Rest Bay am 6pm.
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Peidiwch â phoeni os ydych chi'n brysur ar y diwrnod - mae Porthcawl yn cynnal diwrnodau glanhau'r traeth yn rheolaidd. Cadwch lygad ar galendr digwyddiadau Pigion Penybont i gael rhagor o wybodaeth: /events.aspx

Mwynhewch y traethau yn Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr!
Rydyn ni'n digon ffodus i fod yn gartref i gynifer o draethau bendigedig. Os ydych chi'n hoffi chwaraeon dŵr gallwch chi fynd i draethau euraid Traeth Rest Bay a Bae Trecco, mae'r ddau draeth yn wych i syrffwyr. I wneud rhywbeth gwahanol, gallwch chi fynd i'r Sger, gyda Gwarchodfa Natur Genedlaethol Cynffig yn y cefndir, neu Newton Bay, sy'n croesawu eich cŵn drwy'r flwyddyn.
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Coastal Heroes: An interview with Nigel Jones

For the next in our Coastal Heroes series we speak with Nigel Jones from Adventures Wales about his time as a champion wave skier and the perfect time of year to get surfing in Bridgend County.

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How did Adventures Wales come into being?
During the miners' strike I was making surfboards to get by - but it wasn't quite as glamorous as it might sound! It was a hand-to-mouth existence and I got fed up of spraying and sand boarding in a small dusty room so decided to go down a route which would let me continue my passion outdoors.
 
What sort of activities can people book with Activities Wales?
We offer all sorts of water based activities at the centre, from coasteering and cannoning to surfing, surf kayaking and body boarding. We've even got these really fun giant stand up paddle boards too which fit around 10 people on top - they're a great laugh.
 
Is there anything new on the horizon for Adventures Wales?
We're always looking to add something new to the business. We've now got things like archery, climbing, paintballing and laser tag and there are a few more ideas in the pipeline - but as it's still in the planning stages for next year so I'll have to keep those a secret for now.
 
You're a former Welsh champion wave skier. Could you tell us a bit about the sport and how you got into it?
As a result of the miners' strike there were very few jobs in Wales when I finished college. I ended up surfing a lot and soon started competing in wave skiing, which I think kept me sane on a personal level. It's a bit like a kayak but you sit on it rather than in it. I won the Welsh National Championships for wave skiing a couple of times. I was never going to be a big rugby player or footballer so it was great to find a fringe sport I could take to a national level.

Do you think surf skiing and surf kayaking are getting bigger in wales or would you like to see more of it?
Surfing is by far the most popular of those in Wales but surf kayaking has also become quite popular in Wales. It's a great alternative to surfing for those wanting to get on the water without having to learn to pop up on a board.

What do you love about Bridgend County?
My favourite thing about where we live its the accessibility of it all.  There are so many surf beaches in the UK which are far from the nearest town, but wherever you live in Porthcawl you can access the town and the beach. It's ideal!

What do you do in your spare time?
As soon as I finish work I'll get out on the surf with my son, who's 12. He's just started competing and it's great to be able to spend some quality time together on the waves. It's finding those snap shots of time when all the elements are in place. We're so lucky when we can grab a couple of hours on the water - it's not really viable for those who live further afield. Having the beach on your doorstep makes it so accessible.

If you could give some inspirational words of wisdom to people in South Wales wanting to get involved in watersports what would they be?
My advice to anyone hoping to get on the water would be to persevere and not get too down hearted when you're not achieving what you thought you should. In my mind water sports are about having fun and getting some sunshine and exercise in the process. Don't worry about what other people might think and give it a go. Always head to a lifeguarded beach and ask the lifeguards for some advice before getting on the water.

Lastly, if people want to join Adventures Wales whens the best time to do so/ season wise/can they get on the water now?
The season will be in full swing between now and October. The water's already warming up so it's a perfect time to get involved.

Arwyr yr Arfordir: Cyfweliad gyda Nigel Jones

Ar gyfer y nesaf yn ein cyfres Arwyr Arfordirol, rydyn ni'n sgwrsio gyda Nigel Jones o Adventures Wales ynglŷn â'i amser fel pencampwr sgio tonnau a phryd yw'r adeg orau i syrffio yn Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr. 

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Sut daeth Adventures Wales i fodolaeth?
Yn ystod streic y glowyr roeddwn i'n creu byrddau syrffio i geisio dal dau ben llinyn ynghyd - ond doedd hynny ddim mor braf ag y mae'n swnio! Crafu byw oeddwn i ac fe ges i lond bola ar chwistrellu a sandio mewn ystafell fach llawn llwch felly penderfynais ddilyn llwybr a fyddai'n ffordd i mi barhau â fy niddordebau yn yr awyr agored.

Pa fath o weithgareddau all pobl eu trefnu gydag Adventures Wales?
Rydyn ni'n cynnig pob math o weithgareddau dŵr yn y ganolfan, o arforgampau a cheunanta i syrffio, caiacio tonnau a chorff-fyrddio. Mae gennym ni rai o padl-fyrddau enfawr i sefyll arnynt hefyd, sydd â digon o le i ryw 10 o bobl - maen nhw'n hwyl.

Oes rhywbeth newydd ar y gorwel i Adventures Wales? 
Rydyn ni'n wastad yn ceisio ychwanegu rhywbeth newydd at y busnes. Erbyn hyn, mae gennym ni bethau fel saethyddiaeth, dringo, pledu paent, a gêm laser, ac mae mwy o syniadau ar y gweill - ond gan mai paratoi ar gyfer y flwyddyn nesaf ydyn ni, bydd rhaid i hynny aros yn gyfrinach am y tro.

Rwyt ti'n gyn-bencampwr sgio tonnau Cymru. Dywed ychydig am y gamp a sut wnest ti ddechrau arni?
O ganlyniad i streic y glowyr doedd dim llawer o swyddi ar gael yng Nghymru pan oeddwn i'n gadael y coleg. Roeddwn i'n syrffio llawer a chyn bo hir roeddwn i'n cystadlu ar sgio tonnau. Mi gadwodd hynny fi'n brysur ar lefel bersonol. Mae'n debyg i gaiac ond rydych chi'n eistedd arno yn hytrach nag ynddo. Enillais i Bencampwriaeth Genedlaethol Cymru cwpl o weithiau am sgio tonnau. Doeddwn i byth am fod yn chwaraewr rygbi neu'n chwaraewr pêl-droed mawr felly roedd yn dda cael camp ymylol y gallwn i gystadlu ynddi ar lefel genedlaethol.

Ydych chi'n meddwl fod sgio tonnau a caiacio tonnau yn cynyddu yng Nghymru, neu hoffech chi weld mwy ohonyn nhw?
Syrffio sydd fwyaf poblogaidd yng Nghymru, ond mae caiacio tonnau hefyd yn dod yn eithaf poblogaidd yng Nghymru. Mae'n ddewis arall yn lle syrffio i bobl sydd eisiau mynd ar y dŵr heb orfod dysgu sut i godi ar eu traed ar y bwrdd. 

Beth ydych chi'n ei fwynhau am Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr?
Fy hoff beth am yr ardal yw pa mor agos yw popeth.  Mae cynifer o draethau syrffio yn y DU sy'n bell o'r dref agosaf, ond does dim bwys ble rydych chi'n byw ym Mhorthcawl gallwch chi gyrraedd y dref a'r traeth. Mae'n berffaith!

Sut wyt ti'n treulio dy amser hamdden?
Cyn gynted ag rydw i'n gorffen y gwaith byddaf yn mynd at y tonnau gyda fy mab sy'n 12 oed. Mae e newydd ddechrau cystadlu felly mae'n wych treulio amser da gyda'n gilydd ar y tonnau. Mae'n golygu manteisio ar yr adegau pryd mae'r holl elfennau yn eu lle. Rydyn ni mor lwcus ein bod ni'n gallu cael cwpl o oriau ar y dŵr - dyw hynny ddim mor bosibl i bobl sy'n byw ymhellach i ffwrdd. Gan fod y traeth ar garreg y drws, mae popeth o fewn cyrraedd.

Petaech chi'n gallu dweud rhywbeth i ysbrydoli pobl yn ne Cymru sydd eisiau cymryd rhan mewn chwaraeon dŵr, beth fyddech chi'n ei ddweud? 
Fy nghyngor i unrhyw un sydd eisiau mynd ar y dŵr fyddai dyfalbarhau a pheidio â thorri'ch calon os nad ydych chi'n llwyddo i wneud beth oeddech chi wedi obeithio ei wneud. Yn fy marn i, mae chwaraeon dŵr yn golygu cael hwyl a mwynhau'r haul ac ymarfer corff ar yr un pryd. Peidiwch â phoeni beth mae pobl eraill yn ei feddwl, rhowch gynnig arni. Ewch i draeth lle mae achubwyr bywyd ar gael, a gofynnwch iddyn nhw am gyngor cyn mynd ar y dŵr. 

Yn olaf, os yw pobl eisiau ymuno ag Adventures Wales pryd fyddai'r adeg gorau o ran y tymhorau. Fydden nhw'n gallu mynd ar y dŵr nawr? 
Bydd y tymor ar ei anterth rhwng nawr a mis Hydref. Mae'r dŵr yn twymo lan yn barod felly mae'n amser perffaith i gymryd rhan.

 

How to spend your May Bank Holiday Weekend in Bridgend

In need of fun things to do over the May bank holiday weekend? From enjoying the dawn chorus to hitting the beach, Bridgend has plenty of fun fillers to make this weekend one to remember. Sit back, relax and enjoy your bank holiday in Bridgend.

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Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day with Parc Slip Nature Reserve
Celebrate the sound of nature with a guided walk around Parc Slip Nature Reserve. Learn about the different sounds which make up the chorus before enjoying a hearty breakfast back at the coffee shop. Don't forget your binoculars and a flask of tea to keep you going through this incredible international celebration!
Saturday 5th May, 5am-7am, Ticket prices vary depending on breakfast option

Hit the beach in Porthcawl
Get ready for golden sands, surf and sun tans with a trip Porthcawl this weekend. Ok, maybe we are being optimistic but Wales Online have just listed Porthcawl beach as one of the top 12 beaches in Wales to visit over the bank holiday weekend. Why not hit the surf with Porthcawl Surf School or FatBike over the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes for some epic bank holiday adventure? Surf lessons surf lessons from £30, wetsuit and board hire included. Fatbike hire from £10 an hour.

Take your tea with Oscar Wilde at Porthcawl Pavilion
Enjoy some light entertainment with this unique chat show style theatre performance. Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews leading celebrities of the Victorian era in a show packed with gossip, songs, humour and of course a few surprises! Tickets: £4.50 from Pencoed Library

Learn to kayak in the surf with Adventures Wales
Get the whole family on the water this weekend with a unique surfing adventure. Join adventures Wales and learn to kayak or ski through the Porthcawl's pumping surf. With expert guidance, all ages and abilities are welcome - perfect for families hoping to try something new! Call 01656 782 300 for more info

Explore ancient castle ruins
Take a family walk along the Glamorgan heritage coastline to discover Bridgend's ancient castle ruins. Take the stepping stones leading up to Ogmore castle before taking a peek inside. Or why not marvel at the impressive Coity Castle ruins, the enchanting ruin built by one of the legendary twelve knights of Glamorgan. Ogmore Castle admission Free, open daily 10am-4pm. Coity Castle admission Free, open daily 10am - 6pm