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What's happening in 2014!

Royal Porthcawl will host Wales' first Senior Open Championship in July © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Royal Porthcawl will host Wales' first Senior Open Championship in July © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales


It's officially time to get excited about a brand new year and some brand new adventures in Bridgend. From the international jazz festival in April to the Senior Open Championship golf tournament in July, here's our guide to the top five events to look forward to in the next few months in Bridgend…

5. Porthcawl Interceltic Festival, 7th March

 

Help us celebrate all things Celt with 2014's annual Porthcawl Interceltic Festival. Join musicians, dancers and singers from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man for a weekend of non-stop concerts, workshops and performances. Saturday will then see the colourful 'Parade of the Celts' make its way through the town centre. The year, the festival will be based in the Grand Pavilion, with two indoor stages under one roof.

 

 

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4. Porthcawl International Jazz Festival, 11th April

Porthcawl's annual festival will once again deliver a feast of A-List jazz ranging from traditional New Orleans to state-of-the-art Fusion. This year's headliner will be Chris Barber, who is also celebrating 60 years at the top with the Big Chris Barber Band. Other performances will include Italian pianist Davide Logiri and his quintet plus the Cardiff University Big Band and the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra complete with added rhythm section and star soloists!

 

 

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The Mashup returns in May

The Mashup returns in May


3. Brass Band Championship, 15th February

 

Things get brassy in February as Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion plays host to some of the top brass bands on the planet (just look at the '4barsrest' rankings). These bands will then go head-to-head, each playing their own twenty minute entertainment mini-concert programme to find out who will be crowned the champions.

 

 

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2. Bridgend Mashup, 31st May

 

Urban sports meets the traditional in a street part like no other. This massively unique event takes place in the streets of the town centre and essentially mixes (or "mashes") traditional athletics in the streets with contemporary urban street culture. Just some of the many different events taking place in 2014 are tarp surfing, pole vaulting, skateboarding, free running, kick boxing and street dancing, all to the sound of local DJs and performers.

 

 

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1. Senior Open Championship, 24th July

 

In case you've been living under a rock for the last six months, Royal Porthcawl will be hosting Wales' first ever Senior Open Championship golf tournament in July this year. That means some of the biggest names in golf will be driving, chipping and putting their way around the beautiful links course in search of victory. Don't forget about all the other great golf courses available throughout the county, though!

 


Guide: The Different Types of Bushcraft in Bridgend

Bridgend is the perfect spot when it comes to going out into the wild and getting back to life's basics.  With such diverse terrain that ranges from coastal nature reserves to woodland areas, it's no surprise that there is such a wide range of survival and bushcraft courses on offer in the area.

Bushcraft Elvis in Action

Bushcraft Elvis in Action


Places such as the Kenfig Nature Reserve, beaches along the coast and the rolling woodland valleys in the northern part of the county offer the perfect conditions for food foraging, learning how to make a shelter and surviving off the land.
So along with spotting Elvis being a 'flaming star' of lighting fires from scratch, here are a few more bushcraft activities on offer in Bridgend.
Types of survival and bushcraft course in Bridgend.
There are two main bushcraft activity providers situated in Bridgend Cwm Tawel and Wild Spirit Bushcraft. Both offer a different approaches to the activities and very much complement each other.  So here are our top picks for course... 
DSC_0124 R 5001 - Yes you can eat nettles...     Wild food foraging at Cwm Tawel
Enjoy a day foraging for wild food and medicinal plants, then return to camp with your treasures and cook a simple camp meal. On each course visitors will join Cwm Tawel's instructors on a day's forage around the woodland, meadows and hills to take a look at what we can find. During these forages visitors will get to uncover flora identification techniques and discover some of the useful edible and medicinal plants available to humans. Visitors get to learn how to harvest these resources in a sustainable manner, as well as how to prepare each ingredient. There will be tasting sessions through the day and the opportunity to cook the ingredients.
DSC_0108 R 5002. A spear is more then just a weapon... The Indigenous Bushman at Wild Spirit Bushcraft
This course is suitable for adventurous beginners and people with some bushcraft experience. The course covers a wide range of fascinating skills and techniques that are sure to enthuse and inspire. Participants will get to go all out, by having to sleep in hammocks or shelters, learn how to hunt and learn methods from indigenous bushman techniques.
3.  Tools doesn't just mean hammer and axe...  Making survival tools at Cwm Tawel
This course provides an informal introduction to spoon carving using basic carving tools perfect for having a whittle around the camp fire in the evening. Visitors learn how to select and collect the right wood, split and rough out a blank and then proceed to carve a spoon which you will be able to take home with you or use to eat your dinner!
4. The key survival fundamentals to living are never that clear...   The Woodland Survivor or Explorer Course at Wild Spirit Bushcraft
This is an ideal weekend for people looking to discover the hidden secrets of the woodland. This course covers the basic and essential skills of Woodland Survival:
Safety and Hygiene, Locating Water, Safe use of Cutting Tools, Friction Fire Lighting (native fiddle), Autumn Shelter Building, Backwoods Cookery, Hammock and Tarp Set Up, Camp Craft (wood carving), Food Foraging, Cordage (nettle)
DSC_08655. The normal ways of survival do not mean a sofa and TV....  Nomandic Bushman at Wild Spirit Bushcraft
Discover the effectiveness of trap making in the wild and utilising the resources that surround you in the wild. This course covers the basic and essential skills of Woodland Survival:
Friction Fire Lighting with (Fungus, Flint & steel, Strike Lighting, Native Bow, Hand Drill), Water purification and location, Breads, Stews, Pies, Natural Cordage (Willow, Bramble, Nettle, Elm), Star - Craft, Fungi, Plant And Tree Identification, Arrows and Fletching, Wood Carving, Game Preparation (Gutting And Skinning), Hot Rock Cooking,Trapping, Hammock And Tarp Set Up, Four Seasons Shelter Building, Wild Food Foraging,Resin extraction for glue and tar making.
 
THE BONUS.... One of the best bushcraft day's out Wales has to offer: Bryngarw Bushwaka
29 March, 2014, Saturday 29th March. 10am - 5pm
Go native and explore the world of bushcraft and experience traditional wilderness living skills at this family event. Bushcraft demonstrations and workshops will be on going throughout the day. Activities to include Friction Fire Lighting, Willow Weaving, Foraging Walks, Campfire Cooking, Shelter Building, Falconry Display, Chainsaw Carving, Story Telling in a giant Tipi and many more. There will also be bushcraft related stalls and if you are interested in the natural environment and traditional skills there will also be an opportunity to meet local craft and conservation groups.