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Monday 20th March marked the official opening of a new
Porthcawl cycle path that will make it much easier to walk and
cycle the beautiful Bridgend County coastline.
Over recent months, improvement work has been completed along the
Porthcawl seafront, making it easier to cycle between two of the
resort's most popular beaches - Sandy Bay and Rest Bay. The path
also forms part of the National
Cycle Network Route 88, which connects Cardiff and
The launch coincides with the opening day of the Sustrans Big Pedal
2017 - the UK's largest inter-school cycling and scooting
challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two
wheels for their journey to school. Pupils from both West Park and
Newton primary school attended the launch of the route, which will
also make it more practical to cycle to school and work.
Footways have been widened, new paving and bike racks installed as
well as a number of signage and drainage improvements. Those using
the trails will also likely spot six new Porthcawl Bikes branded
bicycles helping promote the new route while also calling attention
to the new facilities on offer.
Also in the works is a new cycle benefits scheme - a credit
card-sized map will show the route and highlight where to find
shops, refreshments, visitor centres etc. The map will also double
up as a discount card that can be shown in participating
Whether your Mum loves adventure or is partial to a
sweet treat, Mothering Sunday is the perfect opportunity to plan a
special day. If you looking for something a little different try
wild food foraging or for an active day out with Mum in tow hit the
waves at Porthcawl. To help arrange a memorable day here is a round
up of the best Mother's Day activities in and around
For a foodie treat… Afternoon tea at Court Colman Manor
Located just outside of Bridgend, the Court Colman Manor Hotel
creates a unique atmosphere with classic comfort and Georgian
charm, perfect for Mother's Day. Enjoy
afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches in cakes in the
Garden Room or Crystal Ballroom. Served with a glass of Prosecco
for each adult and a spring flower for every mother.
For adventure seekers… Explore the coastline on a
For a Mother's Day at the beach with a difference, try exploring
the coastline with fat biking. If your Mum loves a bit of adventure
try fatbikingfor a new, exciting way to experience the coastand
access the beaches and sand dunes that would otherwise take hours
of trudging. Porthcawl
Bike Hire,the family run business in the heart of
Porthcawl,offer fat bike tours out across the Merthyr Mawr sand
dunes, allowing riders to ride along the sea edge to take in the
beauty of the Welsh coastline.
For epic waves… Surfing with Porthcawl Surf
If you are looking for a fun day out with your mum, head to
Porthcawl for a spot of surfing. Porthcawl offers some of the best
waves for beginners and experienced surfers. Those in need of
lessons can book a session with the Porthcawl Surf School,named the
UK's Best Surf Schoolat the UK Surf Awards. So grab a board and
enjoy the best of British surfing this Mother's Day!
For nature lovers… Wild food foraging with Wild Spirit
If you want to organise analternative Mother's Day activityhead to
the Glamorgan Coast for some wild food foraging. Spend the
afternoon exploring your surroundings whilst hunting for edible
treats, then cook up a tasty lunch on the beach. Whether your mum
is eco conscious or just loves spending time in the great outdoors
this is a perfect Mother's Day activity and offers a chance to
explore the beautiful South Wales coastline.
For a taste of Spain… Spanish tapas and cocktails at 19 Mary
For a relaxing evening treat your Mum to an authentic Spanish
feast, washed down with a glass of Prosecco or freshly made Mojito.
The menu features traditional favourites such as Patata Bravas
along with modern takes on tapas such as sherry and apple glazed
pork belly - perfect for sharing a special evening this Mother's
For a memorable meal… Dinner at The Pickled Radish,
Located on the outskirts of Bridgend in the pretty village of
Laleston, the Picked
Radish as quickly become a favourite amongst foodies since
opening. The restaurant has a roaring open fire for a cosy feel and
the modern dishes add a touch of elegance for a memorable meal. The
menu features local ingredients including garlic and rosemary
roasted leg of Rosedew farm lamb and loin of Glamorgan pork, to
finish off indulge in a triple chocolate brownie with salted
caramel ice cream - heaven!
The Porthcawl Jazz Festival is now only a month away!
With fifteen bands, duos and solo performers at five venues, this
year's festival is looking bigger and better than
Among the festival's many talented artists are the James Taylor Quartet and Li Harding performing
with the Gary Phillips Trio.
For more than 30 years, the James Taylor Quartet has graced
countless stages with their dynamic live performances. Their acid
jazz sound bring funk and groove, while their action and detective
film covers inspire a sense of whimsy.
Widely regarded as Wales' leading jazz and blues singer, Li
Harding will be joined by Swansea guitarist Gary Phillips, whose
experience touring Europe means that this is one performenace not
to be missed!
Too see these acts and more, join us for a weekend of jazz and
blues on the scenic Bridgend coast that will keep you moving to the
All weekend tickets: £43.20
Saturday tickets: £11
Sunday tickets: £16.50
Tickets for JTQ at the Grand Pavilion: From £19 for adults, £18
Learn more about the event and buy tickets at http://www.porthcawl-jazz-festival.com/
2017 is shaping up to be quite the year in Bridgend
County, with a wealth of high profile family-friendly events
planned over the next ten months. From a trail running festival to
the mighty Urdd Eisteddfod - here are the big events you need to be
booking tickets to...
Cwlwm Celtaidd (9-12 March)
This lively festival celebrating Celtic music, song and dance is
sure to keep the family entertained! Cwlwm Celtaidd showcases the
rich cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany
and Wales, drawing attendees from all over the UK. With a
programme of concerts, dances and workshops, the streets of
Porthcawl will certainly be bustling. http://www.cwlwmceltaidd.org/en/
Porthcawl Jazz Fest (7-9 April)
With 5 different venues and 11 artists, the Porthcawl Jazz Fest is
the perfect event for those who want to enjoy different genres of
jazz and blues while exploring the shores of Porthcawl. Featuring
highly praised UK jazz artists, festival goers won't be able to
stop tapping their feet! http://www.porthcawl-jazz-festival.com
Urdd Eisteddfod (29 May-3 June)
Bridgend is expected to welcome tens of thousands of visitors
during Urdd Eisteddfod, one of Europe's largest youth touring
festivals. This annual competitive festival celebrates Welsh
language and culture with the help of over 15,000 children and
young people. With youth singing, dance and performance
competitions, this is definitely a family friendly event that all
ages will enjoy. http://www.urdd.cymru/en/eisteddfod/
Wartime Bridgend (10 June)
Be transported back in time this summer at Wartime Bridgend!
Taking place in Bridgend Town Centre, this event will feature
demonstrations, period games, and activities from the 1940's.
Performers, including a Winston Churchill lookalike and a WWII
infantry, will make appearances and bring the WWII era town centre
to life. This educational event is ideal for both families and
history buffs. http://www.carnegiehouse.co.uk/events/wartime-bridgend/
Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival (15
The Methyr Mawr sand dunes are one of Bridgend's most popular
tourist attractions and will be the terrain for the Merthyr Mawr
Trail Running Festival this July. With two trails to choose from,
runners will be able to explore the beautiful scenery around the
Merthyr Mawr Estate and the surrounding area. Family and Kids Races
are available too, so bring the whole family for an active day
If you believe the news, Wales is lucky enough to look
forward to unseasonably warm weather this half term holiday. Take
advantage of the comfortable climate and visit Bridgend for an
outdoors adventure. Here are a few suggestions that the whole
family will enjoy...
Awaken the Keepers of Bryngarw
This year is Wales' Year of Legends, so what better way to
celebrate than to walk among the legends residing in Bryngarw. The
of Bryngarw are mythical guardians who protect the park. Take
an interactive quest with a magical Star Talisman to bring the
Keepers to life and listen to their tales. If you awaken all of
them, you can become a Keeper of the Story yourself!
Explore the coast on horseback
Take in the picturesque coastline from a different point of view -
on horseback! Tour the natural landscapes of Bridgend with Ogmore Farm and ride
through towering sand dunes before reaching the seaside. Suitable
for even young children, the family will certainly be delighted by
the coastal views and their riding partner.
Meet the wildlife at Parc Slip Nature
Bring the family to discover the creatures that inhabit
Parc Slip Nature Reserve. With 300 acres of diverse habitats,
you are sure to find something that crawls, flies, swims or prowls.
There are plenty of trails on the reserve, giving you a number of
options for areas to explore. Stop by the coffee shop for some
refreshments after your outdoor expedition.
Hang loose with Porthcawl Surf School
Porthcawl's beautiful beaches are the ideal place to catch some
waves. No matter what your experience, Porthcawl Surf School
can help you make the best of your beach day. Named the 'Best Surf
School in Britain', they offer surf hire along with a number of
different courses. Make the best of the warm weather and hit
the waves this half term!