The goings on in and around Bridgend

Bridgend's spookiest locations...

Halloween is the time of year to celebrate all the things that go bump in the night. Take a wander through Bridgend County and you'll discover medieval castles, ancient villages and even a lost city or two. Here are just some of the spookiest places to uncover…

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Sker House, Porthcawl
This 12th century, 800-year old mansion is known as one of the most haunted places in Wales and was immortalised in the Victorian novel The Maid of Sker. The house is known for its vivid and violent past, included 16th century carnage against Catholics, upon whose faith the house was founded. Witnesses have heard wailing cries and high screams, as well as a general feeling of dread and unease...

The village of Llangynwyr 
Of the many legends surrounding this village there is a unique Welsh tradition called Mari Lwyd which is undoubtedly the creepiest. The ancient Celtic ritual involves a mare's skull being fixed to a long wooden pole and paraded around the town. Be sure to visit around New Year to experience this unusual event!

Ogmore Castle
These picturesque ruins were once home to a court of justice and prison. Unsurprising, then, that it is home to a number of chilling ghost stories the Ghost y Ladi Wen (the white lady) which reportedly guarded the castle's treasure and Lady Wen's revenge was said to fall on the person who died before being able to disclose the location of the treasure.

Candleston Castle
The 14th century manor house is located on the edge of the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. Old stones and crosses have been found near the castle where ghosts are said to wander. The spookily-named 'Goblin stone' is believed to be haunted by a ghost who encourages people to touch the stone, which then traps them by their hands and feet. Legend has it the only way to escape is to pray!

The Prince, Kenfig
Overlooking the buried city of Kenfig, which was covered by coastal sand dunes in the 13th century, there is now a a wonderful pool for families to explore. Thus the Prince was built to act as a town hall after the first one was buried. Stretching right the way back to the 15th century, this was even once a courthouse that sentenced criminals to death.

Halloween happenings 2017!

Halloween, the time of year when you get dust off your pumpkin carvers and pick out your very best creepy costume. This can be a fantastic time of year for some family-friendly fun and Bridgend County is no exception…

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Bryngarw Spooktacular, 28th October
Are you brave enough to take a walk through the park after dark and listen to a spooky story? Then join the team at Bryngarw for a spooooooktacular event…if you dare! The first walk starts at 5pm and the last departs at 10pm - walks guaranteed to get darker and scarier as the night progresses! The grounds around the Park are uneven and lighting will be limited (to add to the scare-factor!) so bring appropriate footwear.
Tickets cost £6 per person and booking ahead is essential.

The Welsh Language Halloween Workshop, 28th October
Do you know your pwmpen from your ysbryd? The come and join this spooky party fun through the medium of Welsh at Porthcawl Pavilion! There's much family-fun to be had from 2pm on Saturday, including a competition for the best costume - so make sure you dress up well! All youngsters must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
For further information visit

Spooky Halloween Disco, 31st October
On Tuesday the 31st of October the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl will also be hosting a Spooktacular disco with dancing, party games and yet another competition for the best fancy dress costume. All youngsters must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
For further information visit

Images from Porthcawl Elvis Festival 2017!

And just like that it has come and gone for another year. Elvis has left the building and the lights have gone down on what is being regarded as the most successful Porthcawl Elvis Festival to date.

There have been some absolutely fantastic pieces of coverage in the media this year:

- Read this fantastic piece on the transformation of the Elvis Festival and how it transformed Porthcawl

- Or check out this gallery of Elvises in the Daily Telegraph courtesy of photographer Gareth Cattermole

- Or this great article on BBC News

Alternatively, enjoy the following selection of images taken by the wonderful photojournalism students at the University of South Wales...







Route confirmed for Elvis-themed walk

We're now less than two weeks out until one of the world's biggest gatherings of Elvis afficionados will take place in Porthcawl.

With 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the death of The King, thie year's festival includes many new and noteworthy additions, including 'Walk a Mile in My Shoes', a six-day Elvis-themed walk along the Welsh Coastal Path in collaboration with mental health charity MIND Cymru.

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The route will stretch from Chepstow to Bridgend, arriving in Porthcawl on the day of the festival. Local people are invited to join for as little or as long as they like, and there will be plenty of Elvis pop-up gigs (as well as daily parties) along the way.

Here's where they will be ending up each day.

Tuesday 19 September - Newport Transporter Bridge
Wednesday 20 September - The Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay
Thursday 21 September - Fontygary Leisure Park, Rhoose
Friday 22 September - Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Porthcawl
Saturday 23 September - Porthcawl Elvis Festival Family Zone

The routes has now been officially confirmed and you can find out more (with help from an interactive map) here:

10th annual Open of Surf 2017

On the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September, Rest Bay in Porthcawl will once again host some of the UK's finest surfers as part of the 10th annual Open of Surf.

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Rest Bay, now recognised as one of the finest surf beaches in Wales, will play host to an Open Mens, Open Womens and Open under-18s competition. Entry costs £15 and you can find out more about how to enter by visiting

And even if you're not signing up for the surfing itself, you can take part in the Elusive 10th anniversary party, which will be held at the Jennings Building's new Coffi Co Lounge on Saturday the 16th 7:30pm-11:30pm.

The event will include live music, cocktails, giveaways and a pre-launch preview of the new Earth and Seas Organic collection.