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Celebrate in Bridgend

It's time to have some fun in Bridgend


Bridgend County is not only famous for it's beautiful stretch of coastline and beaches, it's also well known for hosting great events month on month.  
Each month visitors and locals alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for weekend activities to do.  Whether you want to participate in some outdoor activities, spectate some World-class sporting events or want to enjoy a good old sing along at a music festival Bridgend can offer it all. 
This August and September sees one of Wales' biggest cycling events taking place in Porthcawl Town, there's also a very foodie "Feastival" taking place at the end of September and the Elvis Festival, possibly one of the UK's quirkiest festivals of the year!
So here's our quick round-up of some of the best events takings place over the next two months.
August  two standout events is the Garw Carnival and Dunetreka.
Saturday, 17th August -  Garw Carnival & Rural Fair
This year's carnival theme is "a walk down memory lane".  So we'd recommend a scrummage in the attic before heading off to another fun summer carnival in Blaengarw.  A grand procession through the streets of Blaengarw, rural stalls, live bands and a talent show.  Lee Jukes has announced that he will be hosting the 2013 Garw Carnival.
Sunday 18th August, 11am - 4pm - Dunetreka
The nature reserves in Bridgend are some of the uniquest in Europe for flora and sand dunes.  Explore the world of nature conservation and engage with the natural environment in the Kenfig National Nature Reserve.  Dunetreka is free entry.
Activities include:  Seeing some mysterious water beasts, bird watching, treasure hunt, moth tracking, reserve safari tours, meet the critters, storytelling, guided walks, build and paint your own bird box, local crafts stalls and conservation groups, dog agility challenge.
September is all about cycling and music...
The fun doesn't stop in September either with one of the UK's largest cycling tournaments coming to Bridgend County, plus there's a whole load of music taking place with the World's biggest Elvis festival and the Porthcawl Rock Festival.   
15 September, 2013 - Porthcawl CRIT Cycle Race
cyclingExpect to see hundreds of cyclists turn out along Porthcawl seafront for one of the major Welsh cycling events of the year. The event is expected to attract hundreds of visitors.
The Porthcawl Seafront Criterium will feature a series of exciting races through the town centre on a classic closed-road 1.2km street circuit, culminating in the Senior Welsh Circuit Race Championships.
It's the first time that cycle racing has been brought to Porthcawl in more than 10 years, offering riders fully closed, fun and fast-paced street racing along one of south Wales' most famous seafront settings in front of the crowds, and a chance to finish the road circuit season in style.
The event is ideal for families and spectators interested in watching the thrills of top quality, adrenalin-fuelled cycle racing whilst soaking up the excitement of a classic seafront town before the summer ends.
Starting at 3pm for the younger races the grand finale to the day will be at 7pm when the Welsh Senior Circuit Race Championships sets off; an elite race scheduled to attract some of the World's top cyclists.
rock festSunday 15th September, 2013 - Porthcawl Rock Festival

Pull out those leather trousers and get yourself down to the Hi Tide Inn to enjoy a day of great music by the sea.  Visitors will get to see an wide variety of bands, with food and drinks being served throughout the day.  The event is free entry, starts at 12:00pm until 7:00pm. 

 
Friday 27th September- Sunday 29th September
 

Elvis Festival Porthcawl by Visit Wales ©

Elvis Festival Porthcawl by Visit Wales ©


Porthcawl Elvis Festival- 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.
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.
 
 28th September -  Bridgend Feastival 
FeastivalA visit to FEASTIVAL must be in your families' diary for the Autumn.
While some food festivals provide plenty of opportunities to sample different foods, Feastival does this and lots more.
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. 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.
Celebrity chefs display their skills in the demonstration areas and this year is no exception. 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. 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 and sign up for regular updates on all that is happening.
And make sure it is in your diary….
 


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!


Wiggle Dragon Ride Wales

Wiggle Dragon Ride Wales

Wiggle Dragon Ride Wales


Sunday, 10th June, 2012
A challenging bike ride through the valleys of South Wales.
For 2012 the routes avoid the coastal section used last year and once again concentrate on the superb climbs South Wales has to offer. The Medio Fondo Ride will include the Cimla, Rhigos and Bwlch climbs as well other ascents. The Gran Fondo Route, will in addition to the above have one new major signature climb, The Black Mountain and the return of the "Hill With No Name" in the Brecon Beacons, an old favourite not included on the Dragon since 2007. The Corto Route is in effect a circuit of Margam Mountain.
The event is intended for experienced cyclists, unlike shorter rides this is not a leisure ride and should only be attempted by reasonably fit and competent riders. The event takes place 3-4 weeks before the Tour of France Etape participation ride; the Dragon Ride offers the only compatible climbs in the southern UK, ideal as training for the Etape.
For further information Tel: (01656) 654906
http://www.wiggledragonride.com/


Wiggle Dragon Ride



Wiggle Dragon Ride, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

Starting at Pencoed, 5 June The Wiggle Dragon Ride cyclosportive is a circular, 45, 120 or 200km non competitive road cycle challenge ride over the beautiful hills and valleys of South Wales and this year also includes areas of thespectacular Glamorgan Heritage Coast.   http://tinyurl.com/3xxbuvp


The Taff Trail and Merthyr Viaduct


merthyr tydfil, originally uploaded by Synwell.

The Taff Trail is a 58 mile long cycle path that links both Cardiff and Brecon in South Wales. A great way to explore the best of the south Wales countryside with its varied rural and suburban landscapes, and still enjoy what our capital city and arguably one of our most famous market towns has to offer. Cycling or walking the Taff Trail even takes you through Merthyr Tydfil and one of the finest examples of a viaduct in Wales. The Cefn Coed Viaduct is 115 feet high in places and at 725ft long is the third longest viaduct in Wales.