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How to spend February Half Term in Bridgend County

Parents fear not! The February Half Term may be fast approaching, but with plenty of happenings taking place in Bridgend, you won't be stuck for things to do. Discover beasts with Parc Slip Nature Reserve before getting creative at Carnegie House. With activities starting at just £2 per child, you needn't break the bank to enjoy a fun-filled Half Term in Bridgend County.

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Family surfing with Porthcawl Surf School
Family surfing doesn't have to be costly in South Wales. Porthcawl Surf School, voted one of the best in Britain, offer a two-day family surf break that includes one learn to surf lesson, two surf hire sessions and one night's accommodation right near the beach in Rest Bay. All for jut £65 per person.

Join the circus with Organised Kaos
Join the circus for a day in an all jumping, all juggling circus extravaganza! Learn a wide variety of ground-based circus skills including acrobatics, tight wire, walking globe, juggling, diablo, poi and hula hoops at the Maesteg Town Hall this Half Term with Organised Kaos. 22nd Feb, 10am, 6-12 year olds, £6.50 /event.aspx?e=265921

Jump for Joy in Wales' biggest indoor trampoline park
Get the whole family jumping for joy at Wales' biggest indoor trampoline park. Join Jump Jam in its Family Jam, special trampoline bookings for the whole family to enjoy. Family Jam Saturdays and Sundays 10am, £25 for a family of 4.

Build your own bird box with Parc Slip
It's nearly National Nest Box week and what better way to celebrate than by building your very own bird box in the Half Term! Join Parc Slip for a creative nature activity and make a home for you own birds in your garden. All materials are provided and adult supervision is required. Slots available every 10 minutes from 10am to 3pm. One nest box per time slot - siblings should book consecutive time slots.

Fatbike over the biggest dunes in Europe
Fatbike over the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, some of the biggest dunes in Europe, for an unforgettable experience the whole family can enjoy. Simply hire a fatbike of your own or take a guided tour through the dunes. Fatbike hire from just £10 per hour.
See a monster-ously good show
Enjoy a monster-ously good show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants this February. Brimming with thrills, spills, magic and mayhem, Monsterous is a show the whole family can enjoy. With original music and plenty of audience participation, this is the ultimate Half Term activity.

Enjoy a feast of colourful theatre
Don't miss the incredibly visual tale of Pixie's Soap Scarf Soup performance this half term at Carnegie House. With colourful puppetry, charming characters and magical music, The Pixie's Soap Scarf is set to be a theatrical feast for all ages over 3 to appreciate! Saturday 24th Feb, 11am, £6

Y canllaw mawr i ramant ym Mhen-y-bont ar Ogwr

Ar lan y môr mae rhosys cochion, ar lan y môr mae lilis gwynion, i gael syniadau lu am ramant, dyma'r blog i godi calon. Dyma gyfnod mwyaf rhamantus y flwyddyn, ond yn aml mae'n gallu bod yn anodd dod o hyd i ffyrdd newydd o ddangos eich cariad. I'r rheini sy'n ei chael yn anodd meddwl am syniadau newydd rhamantus wrth iddi nesáu at y diwrnod mawr, dyma rai ffyrdd i ysgogi rhamant yn Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr.

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Marchogaeth ar fachlud haul - Beth am farchogaeth at y machlud, gyda thraethau euraid ac awel y môr yn rhoi'r profiad hyfrytaf i chi ar geffyl. Ymunwch â Chanolfan Farchogaeth Ogmore Farm am gyfle i farchogaeth ar hyd y traeth ar fachlud haul. Y cyfle gorau un i ofyn i rywun eich priodi.O £25 am un awr neu £40 am ddwy awr.

Beth am ddianc i Coed-Y-Mwstwr - blasty o oes Fictoria yng nghanol parcdir ac mae'n un o emau cudd Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr. Arhoswch dros nos mewn ystafell foethus a mwynhau potel o Champagnea bocs o siocledi moethus. Byddwch hefyd yn cael tusw o flodau i'w roi i'r person arbennig hwnnw wrth i chi gyrraedd, cyn mwynhau pryd nos tri chwrs i ddau. Nefoedd. Ystafelloedd o £130.

Beth am fwynhau picnic dan y sêr -  Am noson i'w chofio, gwisgwch yn gynnes a mwynhau picnic dan y sêr gyda rhywun sy'n annwyl i chi yng Nghastell Ogwr. Ar ôl croesi'r cerrig camau coblog, darganfyddwch adfeilion rhamantus Castell Ogwr. Bydd y golygfeydd anhygoel ar draws Arfordir Treftadaeth Morgannwg a thu hwnt yn siŵr o gyffroi'ch calonnau.

Beicio ar hyd y twyni gyda beiciau teiars trwchus (fatbikes) - Am brofiad gwahanol i ddau, beth am roi syrpréis i'ch partner gydag antur ar feiciau teiars trwchus. Beiciwch dros dwyni tywod Merthyr Mawr, rhai o'r twyni mwyaf yn Ewrop, a mwynhau golygfeydd anhygoel Arfordir Treftadaeth Morgannwg yr un pryd. Llogwch feic a mynd ar daith ramantus ar draws y twyni. O £10 yr awr neu £35 am 4 awr

Cael twll mewn un- Beth am gael gêm o golff fel 'dêt' arbennig i gwpl sy'n mwynhau chwaraeon. Fel y gwyddoch mae'n siŵr, mae Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr yn gartref i bump cwrs golff gwych, o'r Royal Porthcawl ar yr arfordir i Faesteg yn y cymoedd. Mwynhewch ac ymlaciwch ar y cwrs golff a sŵn y tonnau'n taro ar y traeth oddi tanoch.

Rhowch rywbeth neis i'ch anwylyd -  Yn aml, y ffordd i galon eich cariad yw drwy ei stumog, ac os yw'n mwynhau pethau melys, mae lwc o'ch plaid! Gyda siopau fel Ella Riley's, The Crazy Humbug aFruity Bouquets, mae digonedd o ddewis o felysion ar gyfer eich cariad.



The big guide to romance in Bridgend

Roses are red, violets are blue, if you've run out of romantic gestures, this blog is for you. It's the most romantic time of the year but it can often be a struggle to find new ways to show someone you care. For those running out of romantic steam in the build up to the big day, here are some ways to feel the love in Bridgend County.

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Ride into the sunset - Ride into the sunset with silky sands and a sea breeze making this the most elegant horseback experience. Join Ogmore Farm Riding Centre for an exclusive sunset ride along the beach. The ultimate proposal opportunity. From £25 for one hour or £40 for two hours

Take a secret escape to Coed-Y-Mwstwr - Nestled deep under a canopy of woodland, this Victorian mansion is one of Bridgend's hidden gems. Stay overnight in an executive room and enjoy a bottle of Champagne with a box of luxurious chocolates. You'll also receive a bouquet of flowers for that special someone upon your arrival before being wined and dined with a three course evening meal for two. Heaven. Rooms from £130

Enjoy a picnic under the stars -  For a night to remember, wrap up warm and enjoy a picnic under the stars with that special someone at Ogmore Castle. After making your way over the cobbled stepping stones, discover the romantic ruins of Ogmore Castle, whose breathtaking views across the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and beyond are sure to make your hearts flutter.

Fatbike along the dunes - For an alternative dating experience, why not surprise your partner with a fatbike adventure. Fatbike over the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, some of the biggest in Europe, while taking in the breathtaking views of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Hire your own bike and take a romantic tour across the dunes. From £10 per hour or £35 for 4 hours

Make it a hole in one - Make it a hole in one with the ultimate date for a sporty pair. As you probably know, Bridgend County is home to no less than five fantastic courses, from Royal Porthcawl on the coast to Maesteg in the valleys. Enjoy a relaxing round of golf together as the sound of the waves crash on the beach below.

Treat your sweetheart -  The way to your lover's heart is often through their stomach, and if they've got a particularly sweet tooth you're in luck! With boutiques such as Ella Riley's, The Crazy Humbug andFruity Bouquets, there are countless options for picking up sweets for your sweet.



How to hit your New Year goals in Bridgend County

It's that time of year again! Time to finish the mince pies and polish off the port, before tying up your laces and setting some goals for the New Year ahead. Whether you're looking to shed a few pounds, take up a new hobby, or set yourself a challenge, there are plenty of ways to go about it in Bridgend County this year.

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Keep yourself fit: Set fun fitness goals
It's no secret that getting fit in the New Year can be pretty dull. Why not give yourself a workout to look forward to in the 2018 and head to Jump Jam Trampoline Park, Wales' biggest trampoline park here in Bridgend. From trampoline classes, to fun Zumba sessions, you'll be jumping fit in no time. Best of all, there's no excuses even if it's raining!

Challenge yourself: Enter one of Wales' biggest cycling events
Wales' answer to the Tour de France, the L'Etape cycling race will celebrate its 15th year in June 2018, with a long stretch of its route taking place between Neath Port Talbort and Bridgend. With routes from 100km to 300 km, this New Year challenge certainly isn't for the faint hearted… maybe we'll just go along to support. 

Learn a new skill: Riding the Welsh waves
Ride in the New Year at Rest Bay with one of Wales' best surf schools, Porthcawl Surf School. Let the fresh sea air clear your mind for 2018 and help you achieve your New Year goals. From sessions for kids to courses for adults, Porthcawl Surf School is open all year round. 

Try something different: Bike the Merthyr Mawr dunes
Ever think you could ride a bike across the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes? Do something completely different in 2018 and take a fatbike ride with Porthcawl Bike Hire across one of the best coastal landscapes this area has to offer. The custom-made bikes make it easy to cross the sand so this is a great option for families.

See your friends more often: Visit the new Jennings Building
We all do it - promise ourselves that, this year, we'll spend more time in the company of our nearest and dearest. Luckily, the newly opened Jennings Building is home to a coffee shop, pizza restaurant and Harbour bar so you can choose to catch up over coffee, crostini or cocktail. Each one also offers fantastic views out across the ocean.

Spend more time with the family: Walk the Wales Coast Path
You don't need to spend masses of money to spend quality time as a family. In fact, one of the best ways to reconnect is to spend time together walking the beautiful Wales Coast Path. Race across the golden sands of Rest Bay, hunt rare plants and insects in the Merthyr Mawr dunes and wander the ruins of Ogmore Castle.

Give a little something back: Bridgend's Nature Reserves
Giving back to the community doesn't have to be a chore. In fact it can be huge fun. For example, you can take part in one of the great events taking place throughout the year at natural spaces such as Kenfig and Parc Slip nature reserves. From 'wildlife watch' sessions to lapwing conservation days - keep an eye on our events calendar for opportunities in 2018. 




Cyflawni eich addunedau Blwyddyn Newydd yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

Mae'r adeg honno o'r flwyddyn wedi cyrraedd unwaith eto! Ar ôl bwyta gweddill y mins peis a llyncu'r diferyn olaf o win, mae'n bryd gwisgo'ch esgidiau rhedeg a gosod ambell nod ar gyfer y Flwyddyn Newydd sydd i ddod. Os ydych chi'n awyddus i golli ychydig o bwysau, i roi cynnig ar hobi newydd neu i osod her i chi'ch hun, mae digonedd o gyfleoedd i chi wneud hynny yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr eleni. 

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Cadw'n ffit: Gosodwch dargedau ffitrwydd gwych a gwefreiddiol i chi'ch hun
Mae pawb yn gwybod bod cadw'n heini yn y Flwyddyn Newydd yn gallu bod yn bur ddiflas.  Beth am drefnu gweithgaredd i edrych ymlaen ato yn 2018, a mynd draw i Barc Trampolinio Jump Jam - parc trampolinio mwyaf Cymru yma ym Mhen-y-bont ar Ogwr. O ddosbarthiadau trampolinio i sesiynau Swmba sy'n siŵr o wneud i chi symud, bydd eich ffitrwydd a'ch egni yn gwella mewn dim o dro! Ac yn well na dim - does dim esgusodion, hyd yn oed os bydd hi'n bwrw glaw!

Rhoi her i chi'ch hun: Cymerwch ran yn un o ddigwyddiadau beicio mwyaf Cymru
Bydd ras feicio L'Etape - fersiwn Cymru o'r Tour de France - yn dathlu ei 15fed flwyddyn ym mis Mehefin 2018, a bydd darn hir o'r ras yn cael ei gynnal rhwng Castell-nedd Port Talbot a Phen-y-bont ar Ogwr. Gyda'r llwybrau'n amrywio o 100km i 300km, rhaid i chi fod yn bur ddewr i gymryd rhan yn yr her hon ar gyfer y Flwyddyn Newydd...fe awn ni am dro i gefnogi falle!

Dysgu sgil newydd: Ymunwch â'r don o frwdfrydedd
Dewch i ddathlu'r Flwyddyn Newydd yn Ysgol Syrffio Porthcawl - un o ysgolion syrffio gorau Cymru draw yn Rest Bay. Gadewch i aer ffres y môr glirio'ch meddwl ar gyfer 2018, a'ch helpu i gyflawni'ch addunedau Blwyddyn Newydd. Mae pob math o weithgareddau ar gael yn Ysgol Syrffio Porthcawl - o sesiynau i blant, i gyrsiau i oedolion - ac mae ar agor drwy gydol y flwyddyn. 

Rhoi cynnig ar rywbeth gwahanol: Beiciwch dros dwyni Merthyr Mawr
Ydych chi erioed wedi ystyried beicio dros dwyni tywod Merthyr Mawr? Gwnewch rywbeth hollol wahanol yn 2018, a llogi beic teiars tew gan Porthcawl Bike Hire i deithio ar hyd un o'r tirweddau arfordirol gorau sydd gan yr ardal hon i'w gynnig. Mae'n hawdd croesi'r twyni ar y beiciau pwrpasol, felly mae hwn yn opsiwn gwych i deuluoedd.

Gweld eich ffrindiau'n amlach: Ewch draw i'r Adeilad Jennings newydd
Mae pawb yr un fath - rydym yn addo y byddwn ni'n treulio mwy o amser yng nghwmni ein hanwyliaid eleni. Yn ffodus iawn, mae'r Adeilad Jennings sydd newydd agor yn gartref i siop goffi, bwyty pizza a bar Harbwr, felly gallwch ddewis cael sgwrs dros goffi neu grostini neu goctel!  Mae pob un yn cynnig golygfeydd gwych dros y môr hefyd. 

Treulio mwy o amser gyda'r teulu: Dewch i grwydro ar hyd Llwybr Arfordir Cymru
Does dim angen i chi wario ffortiwn i gael amser gyda'ch gilydd fel teulu. Yn wir, un o'r ffyrdd gorau o ailgysylltu â'ch gilydd yw treulio amser yn cerdded ar hyd Llwybr Arfordir Cymru, sy'n ddigon o ryfeddod. Gallwch rasio ar draws traethau euraid Rest Bay, chwilio am blanhigion a thrychfilod prin yn nhwyni Merthyr Mawr, a chrwydro o amgylch adfeilion Castell Ogwr. 

Rhoi rhywbeth bach yn ôl: Gwarchodfeydd Natur Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr
Fe allwch chi roi rhywbeth yn ôl i'r gymuned heb i hynny fod yn faich. Yn wir, mae'n gallu bod yn llawer o hwyl. Er enghraifft, fe allwch chi gymryd rhan yn un o'r digwyddiadau gwych a gynhelir drwy gydol y flwyddyn mewn lleoliadau natur, fel gwarchodfeydd natur Cynffig a Pharc Slip. O sesiynau gwylio bywyd gwyllt i ddiwrnodau cadwraeth cornchwiglod - cadwch lygad ar agor am ein calendr digwyddiadau i weld y cyfleoedd a fydd ar gael yn 2018.