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Picnic Week: Top Five Picnic Spots in Bridgend

With blue sunny skies over Bridgend it's been a perfect week to celebrate national picnic week! 
Here at Bridgend Tourism we might be a bit biased, but we can't think of many better places to pull out a blanket and basket for a picnic.  There are plenty of ideal settings in the area to soak up the scenery  and munch away on some picnic treats.  Locations vary from golden sandy beaches along the Bridgend coastline, nature reserves scattered with a variety of flora and up in the valleys there's remote countryside that overlooks streams and lush green fields
So here our some favourite picnic sites in Bridgend and Porthcawl.
On a clear day on the beaches and along the Wales Coast Path visitors can expect to see great views across the Bristol Channel to North Devon and Somerset.
1. A wonder along Wales' Coastal path, a picnic and a bit of a rest…
Porthcawl Rest Bay, is famous for watersports and a blue flag beach.  Visitors can enjoy some traditional seaside fun in Porthcawl before heading out to enjoy your picnic on the sandy beaches of Rest Bay and Newton Bay. Rest Bay is particularly known for its surf so you can enjoy your lunch watching the surfers try to catch waves.

Pink Bay on the Welsh Coastal Path, near Rest Bay in Porthcawl. ©

Pink Bay on the Welsh Coastal Path, near Rest Bay in Porthcawl, by BridgendBites.com ©


2. For the Family.
Porthcawl Coney Beach is the perfect place for keeping energetic kids entertained.  It has it's own fun fair, candy floss and donkeys.  The kids will be entertained for hours, while parents can sit back, enjoy the golden sands and soak up a bit of sun.
3.  A peaceful place, where nature & beauty collide…

Scer Beach Porthcawl by BridgendBites.com

Scer Beach Porthcawl by BridgendBites.com



Porthcawl Newton Bay
overlooks the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Merthyr Mawr Warren and Ogmore by Sea.  It's an aea pf scientific interest near where Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes are near by.  It's a peaceful setting where sounds of the sea and the flowing river Ogmore come together to create a very therapeutic spot.
4.  Surround yourself by nature, history & the sea…

Rest Bay by BridgendBites.com

Rest Bay by BridgendBites.com


Sker Beach, Porthcawl located at Kenfig National Nature Reserve is a natural gem on the coast of South Wales.  Europe's second largest sand dunes are near by as well as the highest percentage of Welsh flora in one area.
5.  Green grass & water…
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, on the edge of the Ogmore River.  Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, so it will certainly capture the imagine of the children when they're running around!
A bonus spot with some wonderful trails...

Bryngarw Country Park by BridgendBites.com

Bryngarw Country Park by BridgendBites.com


Bryngarw Country Park, is a picnic stop must situated in 120 acres of country park. There a plenty of walking trails to choose from.  Visitors can enjoy a woodland walk or a river ramble before strolling onto Bryngarw's large lawns and sitting down for a picnic.


Porthcawl Beaches win Awards for Summer 2013!

Rest Bay, Porthcawl By Brent Davies

Rest Bay, Porthcawl By Brent Davies


As spring comes to an end, our lovely beaches are slowly beginning to look like holiday destinations again. The sand at Porthcawl is gleaming with the sunny weather we've been having, with Trecco Bay and Sker Beach offering ideal conditions for relaxation, while Coney Beach and Rest Bay are the best bet for full-on seaside entertainment.
This week both Rest and Trecco Bay won the Seaside Award for wonderfully clean and green seasides, plus we've also managed to keep our Blue Flag awards for both beaches, making it the 13th year in a row! We are so lucky to have these lovely beaches and every visitor, local or not, should take the opportunity to surf, swim or just relax here.
We're making an album of your best Bridgend County beach pictures and your favourite one will be posted on our header for the month of July. Send your photos to BridgendBites@gmail.com. We can't wait to see which ones you've been to!


Enjoying holidays in South Wales

Surfing at Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Surfing at Rest Bay, Porthcawl


Horse-riding on picturesque, mountainous terrain; surfing on golden, sandy beaches and golfing on velvet, lush greens.
It might sound like a famous video advert for California that starred David Beckham but this montage is advertising the South Wales borough of Bridgend.
Tourism officials for the borough have launched a viral advertising campaign they hope will showcase the area's little known charms to a wider audience.
The video, produced by local authority run BridgendBites, more than slightly resembles an advert by Visit California which hit TV screens last year, albeit without the all-star Hollywood cast including former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It does however use a little artistic licence, and feature some clips of activities in neighbouring areas including the Neath Valley.
A spokesman for Bridgend council said: "This particular video was produced as part of a tourism competition held last year in conjunction with the Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre near Porthcawl where participants were asked to nominate what sort of activities they wanted to try.
"The winners were then invited to come to Bridgend County Borough and sample the activities as part of their prize.
"Whether it's surfing at Rest Bay, pony trekking in Merthyr Mawr, the competition was designed to promote Bridgend County Borough as an ideal base for enjoying holidays and outdoor activities throughout South Wales."
Like the Visit California video, which boasts cameo's from Major golf champion Phil Mickelson, actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and former LA Galaxy footballer David Beckham, Bridgend's effort focuses on the area's natural beauty, its water sport activities, good food and premium golf courses.
However there are no glittering testimonies from the area's famous faces, who might have included Bridgend born actor Ruth Jones, Porthcawl schooled Rob Brydon or local assembly member and First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
Instead, the BridgendBites campaign invites visitors to: "Sleep under the stars in a Mongolian Yurt.
"Connect with nature on coastal and valley walks."Party with a thousand Elvises.
"Play a round of golf with a view."Surf a wave at beautiful beaches.
"Dare to Discover Bridgend, South Wales."
Bridgend's new foray into the tourism industry follows efforts made by neighbouring Port Talbot last month.
The industrial heartland was subject of an advertising campaign offering lucky competition winners the chance to holiday in Port Talbot, or as they labelled it "the home of Richard Burton."
Tourist organisation Visit Wales, which is behind that campaign, hopes to highlight Wales as a visitor destination by tempting Americans with the story of Burton's rise from working class Welshman to one of the best known, richest actors on the planet.
In their advertising, Visit Wales promises Americans: "an exclusive glimpse into the places, the passion and the people that shaped the iconic actor."
Despite pre-conceptions many have about the area, Bridgend council say their borough is a perfect holiday destination.
A spokesman added: "The county borough is situated just twenty minutes from both Cardiff and Swansea and enjoys a prominent position along the M4 corridor.
"The area also features a rich cultural and historical heritage throughout its three valleys, four town centres and popular coastal resort, so it should come as no surprise that we are marketing Bridgend county borough not only as a tourist destination, but also as an ideal base for exploring further afield."
Councillor David Sage, Bridgend's deputy leader, said: "Bridgend County has so much to offer visitors, but isn't the first place that springs to mind as a holiday destination.
"We wanted to showcase the variety of unique experiences that are available here - from overnight stays in Mongolian Yurts, surfing to spas and golf to gorge-walking - and to do something really innovative that would challenge current perceptions of the area.