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The Senior Open 2014

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The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex will become the first Major Championship to be held in Wales when it is hosted by Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, South Wales, from July 24th - 27th, 2014.

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club was founded in 1891 and has since developed a reputation as one of Britain's best links courses. It hosted the Coral Welsh Classic three times between 1980 - 1982 and the Wales Senior Open in 2009 and 2010 as well as the 1995 Walker Cup.

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!