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Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Porthcawl Elvis Festival


Visitors to Bridgend, South Wales will have the opportunity to Shake, Ramble and Roll, as the county plays host to three iconic festivals later this month Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September. For the first time ever, Porthcawl Elvis Festival, Feastival: Wales' alternative food festival and Love2Walk Festival are all taking place over the one weekend, bringing a mix of live music, quirky walks and unusual food experiences to the streets of Bridgend county.
Every September, thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King at Porthcawl Elvis Festival. This year it's taking place from Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September. 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, making Porthcawl the largest Elvis event in Europe.
Feastival: Wales' alternative food festival, which takes place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th in Bridgend town, isn't your usual food festival. A must for the diary, visitors to Feastival can expect a variety of unusual foodie experiences and entertainment throughout the weekend. Each year Feastival entertains visitors with 'artwork with a difference' and this year is no exception. Bridgend town centre will house the first ever CauliflowerForest and if visitors look carefully enough they'll see 6ft Orange-utans hanging from the trees. Visitors can also expect food tasting, celebrity chef demonstrations, street music and entertainment suitable for all the family, including leak lobbing, spaghetti bridge building, egg drops and a giant tea party.
Love2Walk Festival is back for a third year, and kicks off on Saturday 29th September   with a World Record attempt for the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators tying in with Porthcawl Elvis Festival. There are over 40 walks planned for the Festival which runs until 7th October. Participants can explore the stunning scenery of the BridgendValleys to parts of the Wales Coast Path, as well as embark on some slightly more quirky expeditions including ghost walks, geocaching treasure hunts, speed dating walks and a wild food forage.


New Lawrence of Arabia Trailer

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David Lean's 1962 masterpiece Lawrence Of Arabia needs no introduction from us, so we thought we'd just show you its new trailer instead. The promo has been put together for the restored, remastered, 227-minute director's cut that's back on the big screen to celebrate the film's 50th anniversary.


What's an Orange-Utan?

Bridgend Feastival
A visit to FEASTIVAL on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th September 10am to 5pm must be in your families' diary, if only to see the Orange-utan and the Cauliflower Forest.
While some food festivals provide plenty of opportunities to sample different foods, Feastival does this and lots more.
Feastival this year celebrates 60 years of food and gives 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. See Simon Wright compere a cookery demonstration for BBC Radio Wales live show on Saturday.
Celebrity chefs display their skills in the demonstration areas and this year is no exception with chefs from Loch Fynne showcasing fish preparation and Chef Anand George, Purple Poppadam his Nouvelle Indian cuisine. 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. A Cauliflower forest will grow with your help in Bridgend town centre - is this true? Yes come and visit FEASTIVAL on this weekend and help to create Bridgend's very first cauliflower forest, we are calling all young and old to participate! Make history and help create Bridgend's' 1st ever Cauliflower forest! 
Come and see our Orange - utan, what's an Orange-utan I hear you ask.....well come and visit FEASTIVAL to see a 6ft orang-utan hanging from the trees! Be part of the fun and help us make this orang-utan family bigger by creating more orang -utans yourself. Hope you like oranges!!!
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 www.bridgendfeastival.com and sign up for regular updates on all that is happening. And make sure it is in your diary….


Wiggleys Fun Farm Now Open

Wiggleys Fun Farm

Wiggleys Fun Farm


"Sun, rain, whatever the weather you can still visit"
Wiggleys Fun Farm is situated in the middle of the lovely countryside, yet easily accessible just 5 mins from Junction 36 of M4. Wiggleys Fun Farm is an all weathered attraction, it has themed indoor and outdoor play areas, farm animals, pets corner, woodland walks and duck ponds. There's a cafe where you can sit back and relax indoors or outside on our patio area.
Indoors - Wiggleys Adventure Play, Wigglets Play for Toddlers, Babies Barnyard, Race Track, Party Rooms, Wiggleys Farm Coffee Shop, Dining Area, Toilets.
Outdoors - Adventure Play, Toddlers Area, Swings, Ball Game Activities, Animal Paddocks, Pets Corner, Sun Terrace, Woodland Walk, Duck Ponds, Picnic Areas for visitors who bring their own food, Hand Washing Facilities
Opening Times
Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm, School Holidays 10am - 5pm
Open All Year Round www.wiggleysfunfarm.co.uk


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/