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Autumn Adventures in Bridgend!

We love Autumn down in Bridgend and here the fun never ends! There's plenty to see and do, and loads to get involved in. So with Autumn upon us, here's our quick guide to the best things to do in Bridgend this season:



Friday 27th - Sunday 29th September
Now in its 10th year, the Elvis Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world and invites visitors to enjoy a weekend of rock 'n' roll in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl.
Head out to some of the many events taking place this weekend, such as The Three Kings Show, The Elvies and Red Alert, the best Elvis showband in the world.

FeastivalFriday 27th - Saturday 28th September
A visit to FEASTIVAL must be in your families' diary for the Autumn.
Feastival this year celebrates loads of foodie stuff activities for children to interact with, they can eat it, make it, love it, laugh at it.
There's leek-lobbing, spaghetti bridge building, chef's demonstrations, tasting sessions, food stalls and much, much more!


If your looking for adventure activities, then there's no better place to
come!  Get outside this Autumn and enjoy a wide range of activities including: Surfing Lessons, Quad Biking, Paintballing, Kayaking, Gorge Scrambling, Raft Building and many more.


Enjoy the fresh Autumnal air and changing scenery whilst playing a relaxing round of golf!
The friendliest golf club in South Wales, the 18-holes have many unique features including a 19th century walled garden and mature horse chestnuts across the course.
Pop in to the clubhouse after you've enjoyed the course for a warm welcome and well deserved drink!

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October
The 2013 'SplashUp' is going to be one of the most exciting FREE water sports and musical events in South Wales.
There will be water activities for you to enjoy, such as a Lifeguard Iron Man and a spectacular night surf with activities for beginners to sample, such as the brush board and tarp surfing, and live music in the evenings.

hallowSunday 27th October
Bring the kids along in fancy dress for ghoulishly fun evening including a spooky walk, Halloween arts and crafts, storytelling and if you dare a creepy house to explore!

The sea around Bridgend is the warmest during the Autumn months, so IMG_9483 copynow would be the perfect time to learn to surf! Couple that with the wide-spread opinion that Bridgend provides some of the best surfing in the UK, and there's no excuse not to take to the waves! Hire a wetsuit, grab a board and get out on the ocean!
 

fireTuesday 5th November
A fabulous display of fireworks and a big bonfire at the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl to celebrate Bonfire Night. With the weather creeping towards Winter, warm up with one last Autumnal festivity in Bridgend before the cold really sets in!!


Bridgend Feastival

Are you a lover of Welsh food and drink?
Why not head on down to this year's Bridgend Feastival, where some fantastic local foodie entertainment and experiences combine with a whole host of other activities to make sure that there's something for every member of the family to enjoy.

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Taking place on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of September (the same dates as our amazingly unique Elvis festival), Feastival will transform Bridgend centre into a hub of award-winning Welsh food and drink and top class entertainment.
The main reason for the festival is that we really wanted to showcase the true deliciousness of the food and drink on offer from local Welsh producers. Throughout the weekend some seriously good Welsh suppliers will be out and about showing off all the mouth watering food and drink they've got to offer. You might even be lucky to pick up a sample from the likes of The Chocolate Brownie Company, Nervous Nigel's Relishes, Riley's Toffees, the Delicious Cake Bakery and Welsh Perry and Cider, alongside a whole host of others.
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And while we might be serious about local food, that doesn't mean we aren't planning loads of fun to go along with it. Wander the streets during the festival and you could encounter anything from 'leek lobbing' (get it in the basket to win a prize) to spaghetti bridge building!
All of this with perhaps the biggest single attraction right at the centre. Back in 2010 it was a 10ft Cauliflower sheep, 2011 witnessed the amazing leaning tower of Pizza, last year was a 6ft Orangutan swinging through the trees - you just wait until you see what we've got lined up for you this year! One small clue; it'll be made out of Welsh food packaging…
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And with 'Make it' being a big theme this year, you can expect a load of recipes, cookery demos and even food art. If you can't wait for September, be sure to keep up to date with our blog, where we'll  post videos of our favourite cookery demonstrations as well as recipes from across Wales.
For more information on this year's Feastival, visit www.bridgendfeastival.com


Shake, Ramble and Roll

Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Porthcawl Elvis Festival


Visitors to Bridgend, South Wales will have the opportunity to Shake, Ramble and Roll, as the county plays host to three iconic festivals later this month Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September. For the first time ever, Porthcawl Elvis Festival, Feastival: Wales' alternative food festival and Love2Walk Festival are all taking place over the one weekend, bringing a mix of live music, quirky walks and unusual food experiences to the streets of Bridgend county.
Every September, thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King at Porthcawl Elvis Festival. This year it's taking place from Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September. There are a number of Elvis events taking place as part of the Festival at Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion including The Three Kings Show, The Elvies, and Red Alert, the best Elvis Showband in the world. In addition, the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl will host over 100 shows over the weekend, and over twenty other venues in and around the town will host events as part of the Fringe Festival, making Porthcawl the largest Elvis event in Europe.
Feastival: Wales' alternative food festival, which takes place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th in Bridgend town, isn't your usual food festival. A must for the diary, visitors to Feastival can expect a variety of unusual foodie experiences and entertainment throughout the weekend. Each year Feastival entertains visitors with 'artwork with a difference' and this year is no exception. Bridgend town centre will house the first ever CauliflowerForest and if visitors look carefully enough they'll see 6ft Orange-utans hanging from the trees. Visitors can also expect food tasting, celebrity chef demonstrations, street music and entertainment suitable for all the family, including leak lobbing, spaghetti bridge building, egg drops and a giant tea party.
Love2Walk Festival is back for a third year, and kicks off on Saturday 29th September   with a World Record attempt for the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators tying in with Porthcawl Elvis Festival. There are over 40 walks planned for the Festival which runs until 7th October. Participants can explore the stunning scenery of the BridgendValleys to parts of the Wales Coast Path, as well as embark on some slightly more quirky expeditions including ghost walks, geocaching treasure hunts, speed dating walks and a wild food forage.


What's an Orange-Utan?

Bridgend Feastival
A visit to FEASTIVAL on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th September 10am to 5pm must be in your families' diary, if only to see the Orange-utan and the Cauliflower Forest.
While some food festivals provide plenty of opportunities to sample different foods, Feastival does this and lots more.
Feastival this year celebrates 60 years of food and gives loads of foodie stuff activities for children to interact with, they can eat it, make it, love it, laugh at it. Activities include leak lobbing, Spaghetti Bridge building and wrapping an egg in protective packaging for a 10 metre drop; the egg that survives wins a prize for its packager, Food of course.
When you visit Bridgend town centre this autumn you can meet with over 60 food traders on the streets, many providing tasters and produce for you to buy at the Feastival.  Get here early as we would not want you to miss out on some great tasting food. See Simon Wright compere a cookery demonstration for BBC Radio Wales live show on Saturday.
Celebrity chefs display their skills in the demonstration areas and this year is no exception with chefs from Loch Fynne showcasing fish preparation and Chef Anand George, Purple Poppadam his Nouvelle Indian cuisine. Check out the website for up to date news on who else will be demonstrating their talents this year. Local restaurants will be offering food for you to try from different eras.
Each year Feastival entertains the visitor with art work with a difference and this year is no exception. A Cauliflower forest will grow with your help in Bridgend town centre - is this true? Yes come and visit FEASTIVAL on this weekend and help to create Bridgend's very first cauliflower forest, we are calling all young and old to participate! Make history and help create Bridgend's' 1st ever Cauliflower forest! 
Come and see our Orange - utan, what's an Orange-utan I hear you ask.....well come and visit FEASTIVAL to see a 6ft orang-utan hanging from the trees! Be part of the fun and help us make this orang-utan family bigger by creating more orang -utans yourself. Hope you like oranges!!!
The streets of the town come alive from Punch and Judy shows for the younger children, "whose got my sausages" to seeing a bunch of grapes on stilts, perhaps if you are lucky you will get to taste some as well, you also need to watch out for the hula hooping carrot around the next corner and animals performing acrobatics up high, try this out for yourself if you dare.
Music will be everywhere to suit all ages so come along and bring all the family for a fun day out with food.
So what are you waiting for if you like food and a great day out, go to our website www.bridgendfeastival.com and sign up for regular updates on all that is happening. And make sure it is in your diary….


A very Sloe Walk.....just add Gin.

Sloe Gin

Sloe Gin


A very Sloe Walk.....just add Gin..
With the Wales Alternative Food Festival kicking off for two days on Friday 30th September and the Bridgend Love2Walk Festival starting on Saturday 1st October, we thought we'd do something in the lead up to combine the two themes. So here's a food related walk that you may be interested in later this week.
This Thursday (22nd September 2011), from Bedford Park near Bridgend at 6pm, one of our colleagues Robert Jones (not the former Wales and British Lion scrum half!) will be leading a stroll through the park showing us some of the food on offer in our own natural environment. We'll be looking for sloes in particular and at the end of the walk about 7.30pm, Rob will be showing us how to make sloe gin, all in good time for Christmas.

We will be meeting at the Bedford Park car park and mainly walking on surfaced paths, but please wear stout footwear and bring a waterproof, just in case!

 

Any queries at all, please ring Rob on 01656 643160 or email him at robert.jones@bridgend.gov.uk. See you there.