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How to hit your New Year goals in Bridgend County

It's that time of year again! Time to finish the mince pies and polish off the port, before tying up your laces and setting some goals for the New Year ahead. Whether you're looking to shed a few pounds, take up a new hobby, or set yourself a challenge, there are plenty of ways to go about it in Bridgend County this year.

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Keep yourself fit: Set fun fitness goals
It's no secret that getting fit in the New Year can be pretty dull. Why not give yourself a workout to look forward to in the 2018 and head to Jump Jam Trampoline Park, Wales' biggest trampoline park here in Bridgend. From trampoline classes, to fun Zumba sessions, you'll be jumping fit in no time. Best of all, there's no excuses even if it's raining! www.jumpjam.co.uk

Challenge yourself: Enter one of Wales' biggest cycling events
Wales' answer to the Tour de France, the L'Etape cycling race will celebrate its 15th year in June 2018, with a long stretch of its route taking place between Neath Port Talbort and Bridgend. With routes from 100km to 300 km, this New Year challenge certainly isn't for the faint hearted… maybe we'll just go along to support.
www.letapeuk.co.uk/wales/letape-wales/event-info/ 

Learn a new skill: Riding the Welsh waves
Ride in the New Year at Rest Bay with one of Wales' best surf schools, Porthcawl Surf School. Let the fresh sea air clear your mind for 2018 and help you achieve your New Year goals. From sessions for kids to courses for adults, Porthcawl Surf School is open all year round. www.porthcawlsurf.co.uk 

Try something different: Bike the Merthyr Mawr dunes
Ever think you could ride a bike across the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes? Do something completely different in 2018 and take a fatbike ride with Porthcawl Bike Hire across one of the best coastal landscapes this area has to offer. The custom-made bikes make it easy to cross the sand so this is a great option for families. www.porthcawlbikehire.co.uk

See your friends more often: Visit the new Jennings Building
We all do it - promise ourselves that, this year, we'll spend more time in the company of our nearest and dearest. Luckily, the newly opened Jennings Building is home to a coffee shop, pizza restaurant and Harbour bar so you can choose to catch up over coffee, crostini or cocktail. Each one also offers fantastic views out across the ocean.

Spend more time with the family: Walk the Wales Coast Path
You don't need to spend masses of money to spend quality time as a family. In fact, one of the best ways to reconnect is to spend time together walking the beautiful Wales Coast Path. Race across the golden sands of Rest Bay, hunt rare plants and insects in the Merthyr Mawr dunes and wander the ruins of Ogmore Castle.
www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/?lang=en

Give a little something back: Bridgend's Nature Reserves
Giving back to the community doesn't have to be a chore. In fact it can be huge fun. For example, you can take part in one of the great events taking place throughout the year at natural spaces such as Kenfig and Parc Slip nature reserves. From 'wildlife watch' sessions to lapwing conservation days - keep an eye on our events calendar for opportunities in 2018. 


 

 

 

Cyflawni eich addunedau Blwyddyn Newydd yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

Mae'r adeg honno o'r flwyddyn wedi cyrraedd unwaith eto! Ar ôl bwyta gweddill y mins peis a llyncu'r diferyn olaf o win, mae'n bryd gwisgo'ch esgidiau rhedeg a gosod ambell nod ar gyfer y Flwyddyn Newydd sydd i ddod. Os ydych chi'n awyddus i golli ychydig o bwysau, i roi cynnig ar hobi newydd neu i osod her i chi'ch hun, mae digonedd o gyfleoedd i chi wneud hynny yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr eleni. 

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Cadw'n ffit: Gosodwch dargedau ffitrwydd gwych a gwefreiddiol i chi'ch hun
Mae pawb yn gwybod bod cadw'n heini yn y Flwyddyn Newydd yn gallu bod yn bur ddiflas.  Beth am drefnu gweithgaredd i edrych ymlaen ato yn 2018, a mynd draw i Barc Trampolinio Jump Jam - parc trampolinio mwyaf Cymru yma ym Mhen-y-bont ar Ogwr. O ddosbarthiadau trampolinio i sesiynau Swmba sy'n siŵr o wneud i chi symud, bydd eich ffitrwydd a'ch egni yn gwella mewn dim o dro! Ac yn well na dim - does dim esgusodion, hyd yn oed os bydd hi'n bwrw glaw!  www.jumpjam.co.uk

Rhoi her i chi'ch hun: Cymerwch ran yn un o ddigwyddiadau beicio mwyaf Cymru
Bydd ras feicio L'Etape - fersiwn Cymru o'r Tour de France - yn dathlu ei 15fed flwyddyn ym mis Mehefin 2018, a bydd darn hir o'r ras yn cael ei gynnal rhwng Castell-nedd Port Talbot a Phen-y-bont ar Ogwr. Gyda'r llwybrau'n amrywio o 100km i 300km, rhaid i chi fod yn bur ddewr i gymryd rhan yn yr her hon ar gyfer y Flwyddyn Newydd...fe awn ni am dro i gefnogi falle! www.letapeuk.co.uk/wales/letape-wales/event-info/

Dysgu sgil newydd: Ymunwch â'r don o frwdfrydedd
Dewch i ddathlu'r Flwyddyn Newydd yn Ysgol Syrffio Porthcawl - un o ysgolion syrffio gorau Cymru draw yn Rest Bay. Gadewch i aer ffres y môr glirio'ch meddwl ar gyfer 2018, a'ch helpu i gyflawni'ch addunedau Blwyddyn Newydd. Mae pob math o weithgareddau ar gael yn Ysgol Syrffio Porthcawl - o sesiynau i blant, i gyrsiau i oedolion - ac mae ar agor drwy gydol y flwyddyn. www.porthcawlsurf.co.uk 

Rhoi cynnig ar rywbeth gwahanol: Beiciwch dros dwyni Merthyr Mawr
Ydych chi erioed wedi ystyried beicio dros dwyni tywod Merthyr Mawr? Gwnewch rywbeth hollol wahanol yn 2018, a llogi beic teiars tew gan Porthcawl Bike Hire i deithio ar hyd un o'r tirweddau arfordirol gorau sydd gan yr ardal hon i'w gynnig. Mae'n hawdd croesi'r twyni ar y beiciau pwrpasol, felly mae hwn yn opsiwn gwych i deuluoedd. www.porthcawlbikehire.co.uk

Gweld eich ffrindiau'n amlach: Ewch draw i'r Adeilad Jennings newydd
Mae pawb yr un fath - rydym yn addo y byddwn ni'n treulio mwy o amser yng nghwmni ein hanwyliaid eleni. Yn ffodus iawn, mae'r Adeilad Jennings sydd newydd agor yn gartref i siop goffi, bwyty pizza a bar Harbwr, felly gallwch ddewis cael sgwrs dros goffi neu grostini neu goctel!  Mae pob un yn cynnig golygfeydd gwych dros y môr hefyd. 

Treulio mwy o amser gyda'r teulu: Dewch i grwydro ar hyd Llwybr Arfordir Cymru
Does dim angen i chi wario ffortiwn i gael amser gyda'ch gilydd fel teulu. Yn wir, un o'r ffyrdd gorau o ailgysylltu â'ch gilydd yw treulio amser yn cerdded ar hyd Llwybr Arfordir Cymru, sy'n ddigon o ryfeddod. Gallwch rasio ar draws traethau euraid Rest Bay, chwilio am blanhigion a thrychfilod prin yn nhwyni Merthyr Mawr, a chrwydro o amgylch adfeilion Castell Ogwr. www.walescoastpath.gov.uk/?lang=en 

Rhoi rhywbeth bach yn ôl: Gwarchodfeydd Natur Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr
Fe allwch chi roi rhywbeth yn ôl i'r gymuned heb i hynny fod yn faich. Yn wir, mae'n gallu bod yn llawer o hwyl. Er enghraifft, fe allwch chi gymryd rhan yn un o'r digwyddiadau gwych a gynhelir drwy gydol y flwyddyn mewn lleoliadau natur, fel gwarchodfeydd natur Cynffig a Pharc Slip. O sesiynau gwylio bywyd gwyllt i ddiwrnodau cadwraeth cornchwiglod - cadwch lygad ar agor am ein calendr digwyddiadau i weld y cyfleoedd a fydd ar gael yn 2018. 

 

 

 

 

Blwyddyn y Môr: Blas ar Anturiaethau Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

Mae hi'n Flwyddyn y Môr yng Nghymru. Yn 2018, dewch i gael blas ar brofiadau arfordirol anhygoel yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr. Croeso i Rest Bay, man syrffio sydd gyda'r gorau yn Ewrop (ac mae Lonely Planet yn cytuno), ac un o'r traethau syrffio agosaf i Gaerdydd, Bryste a Llundain hyd yn oed.

Gallwch fentro i'r pen dwfn go iawn drwy fynd i'r ysgol syrffio orau yng Nghymru, neu gadw'n sych wrth gerdded ar hyd glannau dramatig y sir. Gyda digonedd o brofiadau epig i'w mwynhau ar ein glannau arfordirol, does unlle gwell i ddathlu Blwyddyn y Môr eleni - blwyddyn llawn anturiaethau.

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Mentro i'r môr ar y traeth syrffio agosaf i Gaerdydd
Yma yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr y mae rhai o'r cyfleoedd gorau yng Nghymru i gymryd rhan mewn chwaraeon dŵr. Ewch draw i draeth anhygoel Rest Bay, y traeth syrffio agosaf i Gaerdydd, lle gallwch ddysgu syrffio gydag Ysgol Syrffio Porthcawl. Dyma'r ysgol syrffio orau yng Nghymru ym marn llawer. Gallwch logi caiac, neu geisio padl-fyrddio ar eich traed! Mae Academi Syrffio Cressey's ac Adventures Wales hefyd yn cynnig gweithgareddau. /SearchItemDetails.aspx?Id=265080

Mwynhau Arfordir Treftadaeth trawiadol Morgannwg
Mae Arfordir Treftadaeth Morgannwg yn ymestyn am 14 milltir o Aberddawan i Borthcawl. Mae'n cynnwys trefi diddorol, pentrefi bach a milltiroedd o lwybrau troed a lonydd gwledig sy'n ddelfrydol i'r rheini sy'n mwynhau diwylliant a golygfeydd. Gallwch gerdded ar hyd yr arfordir o Borthcawl i Rest Bay i weld y clogwyni calchfaen, a chael cyfle i weld y pyllau creigiau difyr. Ewch draw i Ogwr i weld y twyni tywod enfawr ac adfeilion y castell hynafol, neu i ddarganfod bywyd gwyllt lleol yng Ngwarchodfa Natur Cynffig. /wales-coast-path.aspx

Trechu twyni Merthyr Mawr
Mae hyn yn siŵr o'ch synnu - yma y mae'r ail dwyni tywod uchaf yn Ewrop, gan gynnwys yr anferthol 'Big Dipper'. Mae'n rhyfeddod naturiol sy'n dipyn o her i'w ddringo, ond bydd y golygfeydd anhygoel o'r arfordir yn werth yr ymdrech! Ac i gael profiad gwirioneddol anhygoel, mae Porthcawl Bike Hire yn cynnig cyfle i deuluoedd fentro ar draws y twyni ar gefn beic teiars tew - ffordd i'r rhai mwyaf mentrus weld y golygfeydd o'r arfordir! http://porthcawlbikehire.co.uk

Crwydro ar hyd adfeilion a cherrig camu Castell Ogwr
Mae twyni Merthyr Mawr hefyd yn cuddio'r adfeilion a'r cerrig camu eiconig yng Nghastell Ogwr. Bydd teuluoedd egnïol wrth eu boddau'n crwydro o amgylch castell trawiadol Ogwr, a bydd cyfle i'r plant hopian ar draws y cerrig camu eiconig cyn gwneud y daith fer i draeth Ogwr i gerdded yn hamddenol ar hyd y bae tywodlyd. Mae'r castell hefyd yn edrych dros y dafarn Pelican in her Piety - tafarn gyfeillgar sy'n siŵr o gynnig croeso Cymreig ac awyrgylch braf. http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/ogmorecastle/?lang=en

Traethau'r Faner Las a llawer mwy
Mae gan Gymru fwy o draethau'r Faner Las fesul milltir nag unrhyw le arall ym Mhrydain, ac yn sicr mae gennym ni ddigonedd o draethau ysblennydd. Os mai'r ehanger euraid tawel yn Rest Bay sy'n mynd â'ch bryd, neu'r cerrig marmor pinc trawiadol yn Pink Bay - mae tirwedd sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr yn wirioneddol brydferth a thrawiadol.  Gallwch gerdded yn rhwydd i Sandy Bay o ganol tref Porthcawl, ac mae gan Fae Trecco gyfleusterau gwych i'r teulu. Os oes gennych chi gyfaill pedair coes, ewch draw i Fae Newton sydd ar agor i gŵn drwy gydol y flwyddyn. /2016/6/29/bridgend-county%27s-best-beaches.aspx

Cymryd saib, a mwynhau'r golygfeydd
Ac ar ôl i chi orffen crwydro ar hyd ein traethau trawiadol a'n llwybrau hyfryd ar yr arfordir, cofiwch gymryd saib i gael mwynhau'r cyfan. Mae gennym dafarndai a bariau gwych ar hyd yr arfordir - fel The Prince of Wales sy'n dyddio'n ôl i'r 16eg ganrif ac sydd ar ymylon Gwarchodfa Natur Cynffig, a'r Jolly Sailor yn y Drenewydd yn Notais. Mae'r Adeilad Jennings newydd yn gartref i Coffi Co Lounge, Double Zero Pizza a The Harbour Bar and Kitchen, ac mae'r rhain i gyd yn cynnig golygfeydd godidog dros y môr. /2017/8/21/new-shops-at-renovated-jennings-building.aspx

This is the Year of the Sea: A guide to Bridgend County

This is the Year of the Sea in Wales. In 2018 discover new epic coastal experiences in Bridgend County. Welcome to Rest Bay, a surf spot which rivals any in Europe (Lonely Planet agrees), and which is one of the closest surf beaches to Cardiff, Bristol and even London.

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Make a splash with Wales' number one surf school or keep dry by exploring its dramatic coastline by foot. With plenty of epic experiences to be enjoyed on our coastal shores, there is no better place to celebrate this action-packed Year of the Sea.

Make a splash with the closest surf beach to Cardiff
Some of the best watersports opportunities in Wales can be found right here in Bridgend County. Head to the epic shores of Rest Bay beach, the closest surf beach to Cardiff, where you can learn to surf with Porthcawl Surf School - considered by many to be the best surf school in Wales - hire your own kayak, or have a go at stand up paddle boarding. Other activity providers include Cressey's Surf Academy and Adventures Wales. /SearchItemDetails.aspx?Id=265080

Explore the beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast
This is the mighty Glamorgan Heritage Coast, which stretches for 14 miles between Aberthaw and Porthcawl, and is fringed with delightful towns, small villages and miles of footpaths and country lanes that are ideal for scenic and cultural explorers. Walk from Porthcawl along the coast to Rest Bay to take in the limestone cliffs whilst discovering the tempting rock pools, head to Ogmore to explore mighty sand dunes and ancient castle ruins, or discover local wildlife at Kenfig Nature Reserve. /wales-coast-path.aspx

Climb the mighty Merthyr Mawr dunes
You might not think it, but we are home to the second highest dunes in Europe, including the towering 'Big Dipper', a natural marvel that may be a tough climb but the resulting epic coastal views are more than worth it! And for a truly epic experience Porthcawl Bike Hire now offer the opportunity to take families on a unique fatbiking adventure across the dunes - a dare devil's way to take in views of the coast! http://porthcawlbikehire.co.uk/

Explore Ogmore Castle's ruins and stepping-stones
The Merthyr Mawr dunes also hide the iconic ruins and stepping-stones of Ogmore Castle. Active family explorers will love wandering the ruins of the stunning Ogmore Castle while the kids hop across the iconic stepping-stones, all before making the short walk to Ogmore beach for a relaxing stroll along the sandy bay. The castle ruins also overlook the Pelican in her Piety, a friendly pub that guarantees a warm Welsh welcome and relaxing atmosphere. http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/ogmorecastle/?lang=en

Blue Flag beaches and beyond
Wales is home to more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain and we're definitely not short of epic shores. Whether you're after the calm golden expanses of Rest Bay or the eye-catching pink marble pebbles of Pink Bay - Bridgend County is a truly bold and beautiful landscape. Sandy Bay is just a short walk from Porthcawl town centre while Trecco Bay has great facilities for family adventurers. If you've got a four-legged friend head to Newton Bay, which is open for dogs all year-round. /2016/6/29/bridgend-county%27s-best-beaches.aspx

Stop and savour the views
And once you're done exploring our epic beaches and coastal routes, be sure to take the time to stop and take it all in. We've got some truly beautiful coastal pubs and bars, from the historic 16th century Prince of Wales that is set on the edge of the Kenfig Nature Reserve, to the Jolly Sailor in Newton. Our new Jennings Building is home to the Coffi Co Lounge, Double Zero Pizza and The Harbour Bar and Kitchen, all of which offer epic views out over the ocean. /2017/8/21/new-shops-at-renovated-jennings-building.aspx

 

Make your 12 days of Christmas count this year!

The short time between Christmas and New Year (plus early Jan) is a time that you'll likely be spending with loved ones, which means it is a time to truly cherish and really make the most of.

So this year we've planned our very own special '12 days of Christmas' itinerary packed with fun events and family-friendly attractions that will get you sofa the sofa and help you make the most of this wonderful time of year with the people most special to you.

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The 1st day of Christmas - The Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim
Granted, this might not be everyone's cup of tea but the event still attracts thousands of brave participants while also raising money for some very important causes. Fancy dress is optional but we guarantee you'll have a brilliant time - this is now to biggest event of its kind in the UK! https://christmasswim.org

The 2nd day of Christmas - The Porthcawl Lions Boxing Day Fun Run
Yes, you probably ate far too much yesterday and yes you'll be feeling it today. Lucky for you there's a 7k fun run starting at 11am at Hi Tide. Again, you'll be raising money for charity and there's a prize for best fancy dress. Sign up online here: http://porthcawllions.org.uk

The 3rd day of Christmas - Cinderella at Porthcawl Pavilion
You love panto, don't you? Oh, yes you do! Last year's Jack & the Beanstalk was a huge success and this year Cinderella is set to raise the bar even higher. Expect song, dance, laughs and the most gruesome twosome in pantoland - the Ugly Sisters!
Book tickets here: http://www.grandpavilion.co.uk/pantomime/

The 4th day of Christmas - The Keepers of Bryngarw Country Park
The Keepers of Bryngarw are the mythical guardians of the park's woodlands, meadows, gardens and river. A wonderful excuse to get out and explore the natural world, the Keepers uses sculpture, music and themes from Welsh mythology to bring the story of Bryngarw's wildlife and landscape to life.
http://www.bryngarwcountrypark.co.uk/keepers-of-bryngarw/

The 5th day of Christmas - explore our epic castles
Wales is one of the best countries on the planet for castles and we're lucky to have three beauties - Ogmore, Newcastle and Coity. Kids will love hopping across the skipping stones of Ogmore while Coity has a fascinating history and dates back to the 11th century.

The 6th day of Christmas - All-weather activities for the family
Swap the geese a-laying for children playing at Bridgend's indoor play areas. Kids can try trampolining at JumpJam UK, indoor climbing at Bridgend Life Centre and take to the mighty indoor maze at Wiggley's Fun Farm.
https://www.jumpjam.co.uk
http://haloleisure.org.uk/activities/bridgend/indoor-climbing
http://www.wiggleysfunfarm.co.uk


The 7th day of Christmas - The UK's quirkiest New Year custom
Did you know this part of Wales is home to a very unique New Year's Eve called Mari Lwyd?  It involves a group of people - led by someone carrying a horse's skull and disguised by a white sheet - calling at houses and pubs and wishing them good luck. The Mari Lwyd will be also be revisiting The Corner House in Llangynwyd on Saturday the 13th of January. http://www.cornerhousellan.co.uk

The 8th day of Christmas - Celebrate the Year of the Sea
Throughout 2018 we'll be joining Visit Wales as we celebrate our epic shores and coastal adventures for the Year of the Sea. From fantastic surf beaches to scenic coastal pubs - get stuck in to one of our epic coastal activities: Be sure to keep an eye on our blog page on New Year's Day for all the top activities. /blog

The 9th day of Christmas - New Year, New You
The time has come to settle on your New Year resolutions. Are you going to take up a new hobby? Get in shape? Spend more time doing something you love? Check our blog come the 2nd of January for some tips on how to stick to those resolutions.

The 10th Day of Christmas - Cycling and biking our peaks and beaches
Today is the day for exploring on two wheels, from the Darren Fawr mountain biking trails to the family-friendly coastal route that stretches from Rest Bay and Sandy Bay. For a real challenge team up with Porthcawl Bike Hire and take a fatbike out across the Merthyr Mawr dunes.
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http://porthcawlbikehire.co.uk

The 11th day of Christmas - Ride the Welsh waves
We're home to award-winning surf instructors - Porthcawl Surf operate at Rest Bay and are open almost year round so there's no excuse not to don your wetsuit and hit the waves. Beginner lessons (including wetsuit, board and tuition) start at £30.
http://www.porthcawlsurf.co.uk

The 12th day of Christmas - Look ahead to Spring
The festive period is over and the time has come to look ahead to Spring and nature's rebirth. Where better to pre-empt this than our stunning natural spaces - particularly Parc Slip and Kenfig Nature Reserve, which is home to the rare Fen Orchid.
https://www.welshwildlife.org/visitor-centres/parc-slip-visitor-centre/