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Romantic Gestures in Bridgend

There are plenty of places to visit this Valentine's Day in Bridgend. Here are five ideas on how to be romantic in the area... 

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites


A stroll along a beach and coastal path...Great value for money amongst a wealth of sights. Bridgend’s beaches are stunning, so how about matching your beautiful partner with another lovely view?
An intimate, historic gypsy caravan...
Snuggle up in a Romany Gypsy caravan, for a slightly different romantic break in Bridgend. Ty Gwyneth Romany Caravan is a traditional gypsy wagon that formerly travelling along the lanes of West Wales. Couples can snuggle in the caravan, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the countryside, yet know you’re not too far from all the amenities. Plus there's even internet access!
The perfect place for the golfing couple: Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel...
This hotel near Bridgend in South Wales is a beautiful privately-owned 4 star country house hotel. Perched on a Welsh hillside and surrounded by over 17 acres of woodland, this Victorian mansion provides a cosy and secluded hideaway in Bridgend.
On offer at the hotel is a special Valentine’s Day package costing £160 based on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast when two people sharing a standard double room. Next to the hotel is Coed-Y-Mwstwr golf club, which is easily accessible from the hotel.
Attend the Brass Band Championship on the 15th February. Head to the Welsh Open Brass Band Entertainment Championship at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl to see some of the top brass bands in the world compete against each other playing their own 20 minute own choice entertainment mini-concert programmes. Did you know Wales has two of the World’s highest ranked brass bands? This is bound to be a pleasant surprise for your partner...

Surf lessons
 - you’ll want to cuddle up afterwards when you're freezing cold having achieved learning the ultimate seaside activity with Porthcawl Surf or Cressey 's Surf Academy 


Get your boots on, it's Love2Walk Festival!

Looks like it's time to lace up those walking boots and get exploring - the Love2Walk Festival is making a triumphant return to Bridgend this half term!

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The Love2Walk Festival is back for its 4th year this autumn, (Thursday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November) and promises to be the perfect solution for keeping the whole family entertained this half term.
Back are the firm favourites: Food Foraging in the Merthyr Mawr dunes, Meet the Dairy Cows and a Nature Walk at Parc Slip; but we're also introducing new walks which are sure to have the little ones enthralled...
Learn to make your own lantern before using it to light your way in a Lantern Parade in the Ogmore Valley, or join us in Evanstown for Stargazing whereby Techniquest will be bringing their mobile planetarium bringing the night sky to life and learn about our Solar System.
And if that's not enough to have you tempted, join Love2Walk for history and heritage, Only Dogs Allowed and a Ghost Walk!
Visit the website for more information, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates!
 


5 Reasons Why Kids LOVE Bridgend

If you're the kind of person who goes on holiday because the children won't stop needling you to go to an amusement park, we have got a treat for you. There are some places (surprisingly), where kids can have a blast, and you don't have to sway sickeningly on a roller-coaster!
Children love to visit Bridgend, and for good reason - it can be a fun, relaxing or crazy day - and no matter where they go, parents can be guaranteed a great day!

Bryngarw Country Park © Bridgend Bites

Bryngarw Country Park © Bridgend Bites


5. Reconnect with nature at Bryngarw Country Park
Spend some good old-fashioned time outside at The Bryngarw Park doing anything from playing hide-and-go-seek or climbing around the adventure playground. It's even perfect for families with several BBQ sites spaced around the outdoors!
4. Dive into the Trecco Bay Holiday Park  or Trecco Bay in Porthcawl!
Fun indoor swimming complex, Splashland, is a great place for kids to slide all around in the pool and for adults to relax on pool-side chairs. It's open the public and perfect for those days where all the kids want to do is swim around playing Marco Polo! P.S. There's a waterslide. If you're feeling daring - Go out to Trecco Bay to catch a wave!

Wiggleys Fun Farm

Wiggleys Fun Farm


3. Run around and play at Wiggley's Fun Farm
Relive your childhood with your kids at Wiggley's Fun Farm at a great indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. Everything from Babies Barnyard to a Mini Racetrack, your kids will be busy for hours. There's even a coffee shop to recharge your batteries!
 
2. Take a family trip to Cwm Tawel for yurt camping! 
Ever thought you'd like to spend some time outside... but couldn't think of what you'd do? Solution: Cwm Tawel. Learn traditional crafting, and eat local food that tastes just like Wales while you enjoy the countryside. There's no better way to have a great weekend.

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites


1. Visit the Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes for a great day!
Take a day away from all the attractions and walk along the best sand dunes in the UK. Simply walk along the dunes to visit fantastic Ogmore Castle. If you're feeling particularly daring, go "sledging" down some dunes to get your adrenaline rush.


Dune Trekking 4 kids this Summer!


Looking for something different for the children to do this summer, then this is it. Dune Trekking is a short summer holiday environmental play scheme in Kenfig National Nature Reserve for children between 8 and 12 years old. Over the four days they can expect to build a Survival Camp, do some Pond Dipping, Mini Beast Hunts, a Beach Treasure Hunt and of course, participate in our renown Eco-Olympics.
Children arrive at 10.30am and leave at 3.30pm, but as this is very popular you will need to book in advance (you can also book on one or more days if you want a real break!) Cost is £15 per child per day and please remember to bring a packed lunch and a drink or two! See you at the Dunes then.


Kenfig Discovery Day



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Well, this is off the beaten track for sure, not that far though, a stones-throw from the M4, near Bridgend you'll find one of the most important ecological sites in Wales at Kenfig National Nature Reserve. As part of Wales Biodiversity Week on Sunday 13th June 2010 (from 12 noon), Kenfig Discovery Day will tell you all about this unique sand dune system. It's a day of wildlife events, family activities a chance to meet the wardens who will be happy to take you on a guided nature ramble through the reserve. Be nice to them and they may even help you build a nest box!
There is a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Contact Kenfig National Nature Reserve on 01656 743386 for more information