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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!

 


How to make Bike Week bike-worthy!

As Bike Week rounds into the weekend, the chance to really give yourself over to a day ride in the beautiful summer weather becomes more and more real. Healthy, cost-efficient, and fun, cycling has always been a popular activity along the coast in Bridgend. As for trails in this beautiful county, there is no shortage. Whether you are looking for something challenging like the Darren Fawr Trails or a little more leisurely - Bridgend has it all!
Trails For Family, Friends, and Adventurers 

Beautiful Biking © By BridgendBites.com

Beautiful Biking © By BridgendBites.com


The Cefn Cribwr Trail, a section of the Celtic Trail from Tondu to Pyle, is an excellent trail for beginner bikers. It's short distance of only 4.5km and traffic-free surroundings make it lovely for those looking for a calm and relaxing ride. The trail itself takes you through the Parc Slip Nature Park, giving you a chance to see the recorded 28 Butterfly species that exist there!
The Ogmor e Valley Trail stretches from Nant-y-Moel to Aberkenfig. It's 11 miles are calm, safe, and fit for those seeking something a bit on the longer side or as a family outing. It passes some well-known landmarks for a tourist as well, such as the Devil's Pulpit and beautiful views like the one from Llangeintor Church.

Bike Routes © By BridgendBites.com

Bike Routes © By BridgendBites.com


The Darren Fawr Mountain Bike Trails opened this past January and beckon with their gorgeous scenery and challenging topography. The two trails, the blue Glengarw trail for intermediate riders and the black Gellideg trail for experienced riders, are approximately 3km each, and combined 6km.
If you're looking for any local contacts - Bridgend has many different kinds of cycling clubs and opportunities to hire bikes. For Local clubs, the Ogmore Valley Wheelers and the Blackmill & District Mountain Bike Club are great for getting you started in meeting the local cycle community and learning about the different trails. Breakaway Cycling Holidays offers great bike hires, a great way to go cycling for a weekend holiday without having to cart your bike along with you.
Common Sense!
As always, use your common sense when you go out cycling! Don't go out on a long day trip without food, water, a mobile phone and a map. Always wear a helmet and keep your bike roadworthy. If you are going to be cycling on a road, remember to take care in riding downhill and watch for junctions and cars that may be dangerous to an unprotected cyclist.
For the off-roader, take care to give way to pedestrians and don't expect to cycle at high speeds. And always, no matter how safe you feel it is, lock your bike up when you leave it unattended! You don't want to loose your favorite transportation, do you?

Summer Bike Week © By BridgendBites.com

Summer Bike Week © By BridgendBites.com

 

Make Bike Week the most bike-worthy week yet!


Porthcawl Interceltic Festival

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon


Friday 1 - Sunday 3 March 2013, the Grand Pavilion once again plays host to this specatacular weekend of traditional dance, song and music from the Celtic countries, now in its 11th year. As one of the largest events of its type in Wales, the festival offers concerts, dances, sessions & workshops featuring some of the finest performers nationally and internationally. With March 1st falling on the Friday, this year, the festival opens with a special St David's Day Concert featuring BBC Wales personality Frank Hennessy with The Hennessys along with Bridgend Male Voice Choir and superb support. Saturday's headliners are the outstanding Welsh band Jamie Smith's Mabon, who have just released a well received CD. Amongst a host of others, Irish Dance will feature with the spectacular dance troupe Absolutely Legless & their musicians.Full details of all artists and programme can be found by visiting
www.cwlwmceltaidd.com or from 01656 766667


Porthcawl Interceltic Festival

Porthcawl Interceltic Festival

Porthcawl Interceltic Festival


Once again musicians, singers and dancers are descending on Porthcawl for another - The Cwlwm Celtaidd Celtic Festival of Wales with Celtic music, song and dance from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
A weekend of non-stop concerts, dances, workshops, legendary sessions and Saturday's colourful "Parade of the Celts" through Porthcawl town centre finishing at the Grand Pavilion.
With our new base in the Grand Pavilion with two indoor stages under one roof on the town seafront, the festival is close to all the amenities associated with Porthcawl, one of Wales' premier seaside resorts, including the town centre, beaches, coastal paths & dunes, golf clubs & outdoor pursuit centres. A great weekend not to be missed with full details at www.cwlwmceltaidd.com
Weekend, Day and Evening tickets are available from the Box Office.
Ticket Office: 01656 815995


Join Derek Smith and friends at Bryngarw

Derek Smith

Derek Smith


Bryngarw has a series of fab free events on Sunday's in August, pay for car parking only. The 'Music in the Garden' event on the 21st August  stars one of Bridgend's most successful guitarists, Derek Smith performing live at Bryngarw Country Park in Brynmenyn, Bridgend from 2.30 - 4.30pm.
Derek will be joined by two of his Mabon musicians, Jasper Salmon on fiddle and Tim Orrell on wooden flute and whistles. Come and enjoy a family day out for an acoustic performance of the interceltic roots fusion music that is the trademark of this internationally successful band.
Join us and enjoy outdoor live music being performed upon the lawn in front of Bryngarw House, with this year's line-up offering sounds to suit everyone's taste:
 Sunday 21 August - Roots fusion with Derek Smith (Mabon) and friends
Sunday 28 August - Light classical with Absolute Zero Viola Quartet
Please note that there is no wet weather cover or seating provided, but you are welcome to bring your own chairs or picnic rugs. Due to this being an outdoor event; it is weather dependant, therefore we advise you to contact Bryngarw House on 01656 729009 prior to starting your journey.
 There will be children's entertainers including balloon modelling and stilt walking. Light snacks available at the park café.
 Admission is free with a car park charge of £2.50 for all events which are set on the beautiful lawns at the award-winning 113 acres of spectacular parkland that boasts Bridgend County Borough Council's largest picturesque landscape.
BryngarwCountryPark is part of the 'OneHistoricGarden' project linking heritage, gardens and opportunities acrossSouth Wales, and is part-funded by the EU's Convergence European Regional Development Fund through Visit Wales and the Welsh Government and supported by The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales campaign.
For more information, contact Corporate Marketing Assistant Kelly Jones on (01656) 642094. Email: kelly.jones2@bridgend.gov.uk Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk