The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: August 2017

August Bank Holiday happenings

August Bank Holiday weekend is just around the corner and that means the time has come to head out and celebrate the last of the summer sun before autumn's inevitable arrival. Here are just a few ways to enjoy the long weekend…

Ddraig Valley Farm Park
Geraint Robson and Caitlyn Corless, both from Cardiff, founded Ddraig Valley Farm Park in Pencoed, an animal centre designed to allow the public to get close to and learn more about both traditional and exotic species. Ddraig Valley Farm is home to traditional farm animals such as goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, donkeys and geese, as well as more unusual species such as tortoises, iguanas, terrapins, quails and alpacas. Tickets cost just £4 and all proceeds go back to the animals themselves.

McArthur Glen Bridgend
Yes, you're guaranteed a bargain whenever you visit Bridgend favourite outlet store, but this summer there's a lot more on offer than just retail therapy. The centre has been transformed into a destination of family fun, where visitors can enjoy an open-air social lounge, games, art and craft workshops and immerse themselves in an abundance of musical activity. Every Saturday there will also be busker style performers as well as the unique 'sound maze' art installation giving kids of all ages the opportunity to explore and experiment with music

Friends of Parc Slip Nature Reserve
On Saturday the 26th of August, join friends of Parc Slip weekend conservation work party and help Parc Slip look after the nature reserve, with activities ranging from wildlife surveys to bug hotel building! Everyone is welcome for a morning of hands-on conservation and good company (10:30am-12:30pm). It is essential that you let them know if you are planning on coming. The tasks they do will vary and will be weather dependent, so if you would like to come along please contact Lorna on 01656 724100 or email.

Porthcawl Summer Festival
Taking place on Tuesday the 29th of August, Porthcawl will be overrun with Pirates at the Summer Festival Event. It promises to be an exciting family fun day for everyone to enjoy. Pirate themed fancy dress is welcomed and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed pirates! Free entrance, 10am-5pm.

New shops at renovated Jennings Building

A coffee shop, a pizzeria and a harbourside restaurant are among the first businesses to have opened at the newly renovated, historic Jennings Building on Porthcawl seafront.

The prominent Grade II listed building, which had lain derelict for several years, will be home to a variety of businesses following a significant renovation. In June, the Coffi Co Lounge opened for business on the ground floor of the Jennings Building.

Also now open for business are Double Zero pizzeria and Harbour Bar and Kitchen, both of which will offer expansive views of the Bristol channel and English coast.

The Jennings Building is widely considered to be one of the few remaining early dockside warehouse buildings from its era in South Wales.

Built in 1832, it was originally constructed as the southern terminus of the Dyffryn Llynfi Porthcawl horse-drawn tram road, which was used to transport iron and coal from the Llynfi Valley, and was more recently used as an indoor skatepark. 

More businesses will be coming to the Jennings Building and will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Elvis Fest announces fourth 'Welsh language' day

The Porthcawl Elvis Festival has announced that a fourth day of Welsh Language programming will be added to this years' event.
Thursday 21 September will be called 'Diwrnod I'r Brenin.' Staged in the Grand Pavilion the daytime programme will involve a number of community group performances and workshops, all with an Elvis related theme. Admission to these events will be free to the public. The ticketed evening show - Noson I'r Brenin - will feature leading Welsh language artists performing their own tributes to Elvis. Acts include Bronwen Lewis, Dan Lloyd, Wynne Roberts and The Voices and John ac Alun.

Porthcawl Elvis Festival Organiser Peter Phillips says 'In 2015, to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, we staged a one-off show called Elvis Cymraeg. It was such a success we decided to work on adding an extra day to the Festival that would be totally Welsh language but firmly Elvis. After all, it has been proven that the Presley family original came from Wales! We are all excited about how the programme has come together. It will showcase some amazing Welsh talent and I'm sure it will be equally enjoyed by non-Welsh speakers.' 

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