The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: October 2017

Bonfire Night in Bridgend County!

Remember, remember the 5th of November, gun powder, treason and… toffee apples? Whatever the rhyme, Bonfire night is one for the whole family to enjoy! With celebrations just around the corner, it's time to wrap up warm, get out the sparklers and admire the best firework display near you.

Here are some you'd be crackers to miss:

Brackla Firework Sound and Light Show, 3rd November
Prepare your senses for Brackla's annual sound and light show at Archbishop McGrath Comprehensive School this month. Starts at 5.30pm. Admission is £1 for adults and children go free.
For more information visit

Coity Bonfire and fireworks display, 4th November
Head to the picturesque Coity Castle where the village will be lighting its annual bonfire and firework display. Starts at 5.30pm, bonfire at 6pm and fireworks at 6.30pm. £5 for adults. Children under 12 go free. For more information visit:

Heol Y Cyw fireworks, 4th November
Coychurch Higher Community Council and Heol Y Cyw RFC will be hosting another cracking display this year with fireworks starting at 6.30pm. Head to Heol Y Cyw RFC playing fields to catch the show. Admission is free.

Laleston Firework and laser display, 4th November
Prepare to be amazed at Bryntirion and Laleston Community Centre playing fields, with an incredible laser light and firework display. Starts at 6.30pm. Admission is free. For more information visit:

Coney Beach Charity Fund bonfire, 4th November
Help raise money for the Coney Beach charity fund! Exploding with entertainment from 6pm, this Porthcawl bonfire is one for the whole family. Bonfire will be lit at 7pm, Salt Lake Car Park. Admission is free.

Seafront Display, 4th November
The Hi Tide Inn is set to make Porthcawl seafront sparkle this November, hosting a night of fireworks starting at 7pm. Admission is free. For more information visit:

Pencoed Firework display, 5th November

Head to Felindre Road playing fields for an evening of fire cracking, family fun. Starts at 6.15pm. Admission is free. For more information visit:

Bridgend Festival of Light and Lantern Parade, 11th November
See Bridgend in a whole new light with its illuminating light and lantern parade. Join circus group Organised Kaos with your own lantern or simply come along to marvel this fun, family event. Head to Carnegie House at 4pm, Admission is free.

Remember to stay safe this bonfire night and follow the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents' safety code:

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.

Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.


October Half Term Fun!

Parents beware: October Half Term is just around the corner, which means an army of children demanding entertainment! Lucky for you that there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained in Bridgend County this Half Term - read on and enjoy…

Firstly, given that it is spooky season once again, there will be plenty of things going bump in the night! These include:

- A Family Fun Halloween Party at Tondu House Farm (Friday 27th October)
- Bryngarw Spooktacular (Saturday 28th October)
- Porthcawl Halloween Ball (Saturday 28th October)
- A Halloween event with Porthcawl Harbourside
- A Hi Tide Halloween kids disco (Tuesday 31st October)

Other options:

Oskar's Amazing Adventure at Carnegie House

Desperate for some fun, Oskar leaves his snowbound little house on top of the mountain to try to find a friendly animal to play with. But where are all the animals? And why does Oskar have to wait till spring to play his favourite game again?
An original, heart-warming play for young children and their families. Full of good humour, adventure, music and song, this is the perfect treat for your little ones. Ages 2-7 years old.
Tickets cost £6

Walk the Wales Coast Path
We're home to a beautiful stretch of the Wales Coast Path along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Porthcawl has seven beautiful beaches to choose from, ranging from the surfing territory of Sandy Bay to the Merthy Mawr sand dunes at Newton Beach, which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

On Your Bike!
If you explore to spend a crisp autumn day exploring on two wheels, you're in luck! Choose some adrenaline fuelled mountain biking in the Garw Valley, or alternatively opt to follow the cycling tracks at Ogmore Valley or Llynfi Valley.

Bridgend's spookiest locations...

Halloween is the time of year to celebrate all the things that go bump in the night. Take a wander through Bridgend County and you'll discover medieval castles, ancient villages and even a lost city or two. Here are just some of the spookiest places to uncover…

Sker House, Porthcawl
This 12th century, 800-year old mansion is known as one of the most haunted places in Wales and was immortalised in the Victorian novel The Maid of Sker. The house is known for its vivid and violent past, included 16th century carnage against Catholics, upon whose faith the house was founded. Witnesses have heard wailing cries and high screams, as well as a general feeling of dread and unease...

The village of Llangynwyd
Of the many legends surrounding this village there is a unique Welsh tradition called Mari Lwyd which is undoubtedly the creepiest. The ancient Celtic ritual involves a mare's skull being fixed to a long wooden pole and paraded around the town. Be sure to visit around New Year to experience this unusual event!

Ogmore Castle
These picturesque ruins were once home to a court of justice and prison. Unsurprising, then, that it is home to a number of chilling ghost stories the Ghost y Ladi Wen (the white lady) which reportedly guarded the castle's treasure and Lady Wen's revenge was said to fall on the person who died before being able to disclose the location of the treasure.

Candleston Castle
The 14th century manor house is located on the edge of the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. Old stones and crosses have been found near the castle where ghosts are said to wander. The spookily-named 'Goblin stone' is believed to be haunted by a ghost who encourages people to touch the stone, which then traps them by their hands and feet. Legend has it the only way to escape is to pray!

The Prince, Kenfig
Overlooking the buried city of Kenfig, which was covered by coastal sand dunes in the 13th century, there is now a a wonderful pool for families to explore. Thus the Prince was built to act as a town hall after the first one was buried. Stretching right the way back to the 15th century, this was even once a courthouse that sentenced criminals to death.

Halloween happenings 2017!

Halloween, the time of year when you get dust off your pumpkin carvers and pick out your very best creepy costume. This can be a fantastic time of year for some family-friendly fun and Bridgend County is no exception…

Bryngarw Spooktacular, 28th October
Are you brave enough to take a walk through the park after dark and listen to a spooky story? Then join the team at Bryngarw for a spooooooktacular event…if you dare! The first walk starts at 5pm and the last departs at 10pm - walks guaranteed to get darker and scarier as the night progresses! The grounds around the Park are uneven and lighting will be limited (to add to the scare-factor!) so bring appropriate footwear.
Tickets cost £6 per person and booking ahead is essential.

The Welsh Language Halloween Workshop, 28th October
Do you know your pwmpen from your ysbryd? The come and join this spooky party fun through the medium of Welsh at Porthcawl Pavilion! There's much family-fun to be had from 2pm on Saturday, including a competition for the best costume - so make sure you dress up well! All youngsters must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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Spooky Halloween Disco, 31st October
On Tuesday the 31st of October the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl will also be hosting a Spooktacular disco with dancing, party games and yet another competition for the best fancy dress costume. All youngsters must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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