The goings on in and around Bridgend

Five top events to look forward to in 2017

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...

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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 July)
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 out! http://merthyrmawrtrailrunningfestival.com

 

 

 

Spring is in the air!

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...

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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 Keepers 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 Reserve
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!

 

Event: Kaya World Music Festival

We're delighted to announe that the mighty Kaya Festival of World Music and Arts will be coming to Bridgend County this summer!

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Between the 4th and 7th of August this year, thousands of people will converge on Bridgend College's Pencoed Campus field to celebrate world cultures at Kaya Festival. Unlike a typical music festival, Kaya Festival not only features musical performances, but also an eclectic range of art, entertainment, activities, and workshops that are ideal for the entire family.

Kaya Festival's diverse line up includes African, Caribbean, Latin and European music performed by artists from across the globe, along with local Welsh bands. When attendees wish to take a break from dancing, they have the option of visiting the healing area for some relaxation, learning a new skill at a workshop, or buying a gift from one of the market stalls.

This festival not only celebrates the arts, but they also support international and local charities, such as Youth Cymru, a national youth work charity in Wales, and HOPE Malawi UK, which is dedicated to helping the people of Nkhata Bay, Malawi.

Kaya Festival has remained in touch with its Welsh roots while bringing different cultures of the world closer together. Attendees can choose to camp for the full duration of the festival or simply spend a day dancing to the thumping beats; either way, everyone is invited to celebrate diversity and community, and join the Kaya Family!

For further information and to book your tickets visit kayafestival.com

Event: Cwlwm Celtaidd 2017

Celebrate Celtic culture with music, song, and dance at the Cwlwm Celtaidd festival 2017! Taking place in Bridgend County between the 9th and 12th of March, this festival brings together dynamic performances from Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man, and Wales.

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Cwlwm Celtaidd is sure to be a fun experience for the entire family, with concerts, dances, and workshops in the Town Centre and on the Esplanade on Saturday, as well as sessions in the bar and Beach Ceilidh on Sunday.

Taking place at Porthcawl's iconic Grand Pavilion, this event allows easy access to the numerous attractions along the Welsh coast. Play a round of golf, explore the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, or learn to surf; it's up to you!

Friday Evening Concert Tickets:

Standard balcony: £5
Standard table: £8
Tables of 10: £70

Saturday Evening Concert Tickets: £16
Sunday Schools/Young Musician Competition Tickets: £5
Weekend Tickets(which include all of the above): £25

 Learn more about the event at http://www.cwlwmceltaidd.org/en/

Or click here for a video of last year's performance

 

Keep The Romance Alive in Bridgend County

On January 25th, Wales celebrates its very own version of Valentine's Day - St. Dwynwen's Day. St. Dwynwen was a Welsh princess who was unlucky in love, so God granted her three wishes, one of them being that God help all true lovers. To show her appreciation, Dwynwen became a nun and established a convent on Llanddwyn, an island off the coast of Anglesey. Now, the Welsh celebrate a day of love and romance every year on January 25th in her honour.

Bridgend County is the perfect place to celebrate St. Dwynwen's Day with a romantic getaway. Here is our list of the top 5 things to do in Bridgend to keep the romance alive…

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1. Stay at the Great House Laleston
Believed to have originally been a gift from HRH Queen Elizabeth I to the Earl of Leicester, this building is now a beautiful hotel that provides a charming getaway for couples to unwind. Great House Laleston can provide the perfect accommodations this St. Dwynwen's Day, whether you wish to wine and dine in the award-winning Leicester's Restaurant or pamper yourself with a spa day.

2. Go horse riding on the beach
For a romantic journey along the coast of Wales, try horse riding. The trek winds through rivers and vast sand dunes, before reaching the peaceful waters of Newton Beach. Boasting stunning views of different natural environments, this unforgettable experience is truly a unique way to appreciate the natural beauty of Bridgend.

3. Explore Ogmore Castle and the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr
Built in the early 1100's, Ogmore Castle once guarded a strategic fording point but now stands in ruins, offering a magical glimpse into Bridgend's history. Stepping stones from the castle allow one to walk in the footsteps of those who lived centuries ago and lead towards the nearby Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, where the stunning natural views are sure to be unforgettable.

4. Commission something special at Ewenny Pottery
For those who appreciate arts and crafts, Ewenny Pottery is the perfect place to commission a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved one to show them how special they are. As the oldest established pottery in Wales, Ewenny Pottery hand-makes each piece of earthenware pottery, ensuring it is high quality and that no two pieces are exactly alike.

5. Take a romantic stroll through Parc Calon Lan, Blaengarw
This small park located at the top of Garw Valley was established on land previously tarnished by the local coal industry, but now exists as a pretty setting for you and your loved one to take a stroll. Parc Calon Lan is home to interesting sculptures and provides scenic lakeside paths and bike trails, along with forest and mountain walks. After exploring, warm up with a cup of tea or coffee at the Visitors Centre.