The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ogmore by Sea

Ogmore by Sea, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

With amazing views along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and across the estuary to Merthyr Mawr and Porthcawl, Ogmore is a great place for a day out. Explore the caves and rock pools, but take care as the tides change suddenly, and this is no place for sea bathing or taking risks. En route to Ogmore by Sea is Ogmore Castle situated by the river and the Stepping Stones over to Merthyr Mawr. Take tea in the Tea-Rooms by the river, or spend some time at the ancient Pelican Inn overlooking the castle.


Cressey's Surf Academy, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
Love2Surf? Why not try one of the surf academy schools at Porthcawl. Just 20 minutes from Cardiff and Swansea, Porthcawl offers great surfing, blue flag sandy beaches and easy access from the M4, junction 37.
The academy offers coaching for individuals, small or large groups of all ages and abilities and will provide a highly professional and personable experience.

Ewenny Pottery, Bridgend

Ewenny Pottery, Bridgend, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

Ewenny Pottery is situated on the outskirts of Bridgend on the road leading to the spectacular Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The pottery (which is 400 years old) contains the oldest established, working pottery in Wales which is run by the Jenkins family for the past eight generations.

My view by Zoe Livermore

Name:  Zoe Livermore
Where are you from: Llanharry
 What do you do: Sustainable Development Officer
Favourite local place and why:  Sitting on my horse on Ogmore beach, why? - It speaks for itself it's really lovely down there, especially in the Winter when you almost have it to yourself.
Where do you like to eat locally: Pelican
If you like, tell us 1 thing about yourself / or tell us something interesting: I would like to get more involved with conservation and the countryside.

The Red Dragon

The Red Dragon, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.
The origin of the Welsh Dragon is uncertain but its earliest mention dates to around 800 AD when it was linked with Wales in the writings of Nennius. In Welsh mediaeval poetry the dragon became the symbol of Wales.
It was used as a crest by the early Welsh Kings, Arthur, Cadwallon and Cadwalder and at The Battle of Bosworth. Henry Tudor unfurled his standard bearing a red dragon on a green and white background.
In 1901 The Red Dragon was recognised as the Badge of Wales and was added to the Arms of The Prince of Wales.
In 1953 the Dragon was made the official Royal Badge of Wales and after this it became the authorised Welsh National flag.