The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: March 2018

How to have an eggstra special Easter in Bridgend County

On the hunt for fun things to do this Easter? With plenty of options in Bridgend to eggsplore you'd be hoppers not to spend it in the county! From the ultimate Sunday roast to Bridgend's most eggstreme egg trail, here are some of the best ways to spend a cracking Easter in Bridgend.

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Welsh language family easter workshop
Easter sounds better in Welsh - that's why the Grand Pavillion are hosting a Welsh language family Easter workshop to celebrate the big day! Hunt for eggs, grab your egg and spoon for the Easter Bunny's big race, decorate your own Easter biscuits and make your own Easter mask - all in the true sound and spirit of Wales.
3rd Apr, 2pm, Ages 0-6, tickets from £2.50

Hunt for furry friends at Parc Slip Nature Reserve
Discover a world of nature at Parc Slip Nature Reserve with a self guided Easter trail for kids. Supervise your little ones as they take the nature quiz guiding them around the reserve. Who knows what furry little surprises you might find along the way!
30th Mar - 2nd Apr, 11am - 3pm, £4 per child

Easter Sunday Lunch at Harbour Bar and Kitchen
Enjoy a traditional Welsh menu this Easter overlooking Porthcawl harbour at the Harbour Bar and Kitchen. Indulge in warming leek and potato soups, succulent roast legs of lamb and bread and butter puddings for the ultimate Easter feast.
Available Easter Sunday from 12pm and 4pm 2 courses £17.50 3 courses £22.50

An eggstravaganza with Bryngarw Country Park
Come along and find over 7,000 chocolate eggs hidden around Bryngarw Country Park this Easter - in Bridgend's biggest Easter eggstravaganza. Start your hunt with a creative craft activity in the visitor centre before taking on the epic hunt. For the ultimate family day out stay tuned for lively performances from Lalala land productions too!
31 Mar - 3rd Apr, Tickets £8.50, Accompanying adults and babes in arms are free of charge and no ticket is required

SeaQuest Coastal discovery trail
Explore the fascinating secrets of the sea with a coastal discovery trail this Easter. Get to know local coastal creatures, find the lost mermaid purses and enjoy a plankton party to celebrate Easter in the true spirit of the sea!
12pm-2pm Tues 10th Apr, The Grand Pavillion
Contact to book.

Sut i gael Pasg gWYch yn Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr

Ydych chi'n chwilio am bethau llawn hwyl i'w gwneud dros y Pasg? Mae digon o bethau i'w gwneud yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr - peidiwch â cholli allan! O'r cinio dydd Sul gorau i helfa wyau WYch ym Mhen-y-bont ar Ogwr, dyma rai o'r ffyrdd gorau o dreulio'r Pasg yn sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr.

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Gweithdy'r Pasg Cymraeg ei iaith i'r teulu cyfan
Mae'r Pasg yn swnio'n well yn Gymraeg - dyna pam mae'r Grand Pavillion yn cynnal gweithdy'r Pasg Cymraeg ei iaith. Cyfle i'r teulu cyfan ddathlu'r diwrnod mawr! Helfa wyau, ras wy ar lwy fawr gyda Bwni'r Pasg, addurno eich bisgedi Pasg a gwneud eich mwgwd Pasg eich hun - a'r cyfan drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
3 Ebrill, 2pm, 0-6 oed, tocynnau o £2.50

Chwilio am ffrindiau ffwr yng Ngwarchodfa Natur Parc Slip
Beth am ddarganfod byd natur yng Ngwarchodfa Natur Parc Slip gyda llwybr Pasg hunan-dywys i blant. Goruchwyliwch eich plant tra byddant yn cymryd rhan yn y cwis natur fydd yn eu tywys o amgylch y warchodfa. Pwy a ŵyr pa ffrindiau ffwr y byddwch chi'n eu gweld ar y ffordd!
30 Mawrth - 2 Ebrill, 11am - 3pm, £4 y plentyn

Cinio Sul y Pasg yn Harbour Bar and Kitchen
Mae bwydlen draddodiadol Gymreig ar gael i chi dros y Pasg eleni yn Harbour Bar and Kitchen, sy'n edrych allan dros harbwr Porthcawl. Mwynhewch wledd o gawl cennin a thatws i'ch cynhesu, coes cig oen blasus a phwdin bara menyn heb ei ail.
Ar gael ar Sul y Pasg rhwng 12pm a 4pm, 2 gwrs £17.50 3 chwrs £22.50

Helfa WYch ym Mharc Gwledig Bryngarw
Dewch draw i chwilio am dros 7,000 o wyau siocled sydd wedi'u cuddio o amgylch Parc Gwledig Bryngarw dros y Pasg - yn helfa wyau WYch Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr y Pasg hwn.  Byddwch yn dechrau eich gweithgaredd celf a chrefft creadigol yn y ganolfan ymwelwyr cyn cychwyn ar yr helfa fawr. Byddwch yn siŵr o gael diwrnod llawn hwyl i'r teulu gyda pherfformiadau bywiog gan y cwmni La La La Productions hefyd!
31 Mawrth - 3 Ebrill, Tocynnau £8.50, Caiff oedolion a babanod sy'n cael eu cario fynediad am ddim ac nid oes angen tocynnau arnynt

Llwybr darganfod yr Arfordir
Archwiliwch gyfrinachau rhyfeddol y môr drwy ddilyn llwybr darganfod yr arfordir dros y Pasg. Cyfle i chi ddod i adnabod creaduriaid arfordirol lleol, canfod pwrs y fôr-forwyn a mwynhau parti plancton i ddathlu'r Pasg a theimlo'n un â'r môr!
12pm-2pm dydd Mawrth 10 Ebrill, The Grand Pavillion
Cysylltwch â i drefnu.

Coastal Heroes: An interview with Claire Godfrey

For the third in our series of Bridgend County's Coastal Heroes we speak to Claire Godfrey from SeaQuest about the surprising wealth of wildlife to be found along Bridgend County's coastline.

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What is the role of SeaQuest?
At SeaQuest Coastal Science and Discovery we are primarily marine educators, Science Discovery for everyone! Our aim is to educate local people about marine habitats and get them engaged with the local coastline. We want to take people who may not out marine habitats and get them engaged with the local coastline. We want to take people who may not think that science is a subject for them and help make it much more interesting. We believe that by getting people to love and appreciate the local coastline, they will want to help us preserve it.

Over the past three years we have been organising events and delivering outreach in schools across Bridgend County. During the summer months we spend a lot of time down at the beach, running themed beach days such as 'coastal ecology', which teaches people about coastal animals and life cycles, and 'coastal crusaders' which includes litter picking and an insight into how rubbish gets onto the beach.
SeaQuest has a varied events programme accessible for all, please take a look at or
We're planning another bay swim for World Ocean Day in June and there are plans for a new 'Aquathon' that'll combine an ocean swim with a coastal run. We also run events alongside the Marine Conservation Society, RNLI and National Museum Wales.

We're also looking for volunteers to help us run our events. If you're interested in meeting likeminded people and learning about our coastal habitats email
How did you get involved in the company?
I moved to Porthcawl from Shropshire, where I was a teacher. I've always loved the sea and Porthcawl struck me as having such a huge variety of natural resources. I was originally thinking about opening an aquarium but I saw a picture of the planned maritime centre in seaside news and contacted the team at Porthcawl Harbourside. I joined the other directors on a voluntary basis until 2013 when SeaQuest became operational thanks to the Coastal Community Fund.

What plans does SeaQuest have for the future?
The continued development of Porthcawl's Harbour Quarter will see a new SeaQuest Coastal Science and Discovery Centre hopefully opening around 2020. Until then we're looking to start running events from two temporary buildings on the harbour. We also have plans for a SeaQuest bus that will help us take kids to and from the coast.

Why is Bridgend such a great family-friendly accommodation?
As I mentioned, Porthcawl has some fantastic natural resources - there are seven beautiful beaches with the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes at one end and Kenfig National Nature Reserve at the other. On a sunny day you'll see surfers, swimmers and paddle boarders all making the most of the beautiful coastline.

There's also a great deal of wildlife including porpoise and common dolphins (who are the real show offs) - we'd eventually like to be able to offer boat trips out to see these in the wild. We're also home to moon and barrel jellyfish, starfish, crabs, flat fish and the honeycomb worm, a protected species.

What are your favourite coastal activities?
When I first moved here I did a lot of surfing, but now I focus on coastal running and swimming off sandy bay. I also like to spend time exploring the beaches and rock pools with my children.

Arwyr yr Arfordir: Cyfweliad gyda Claire Godfrey

Ar gyfer trydedd ran ein cyfres Arwyr yr Arfordir Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, rydyn ni'n sgwrsio â Claire Godfrey o SeaQuest am y cyfoeth rhyfeddol o fywyd gwyllt sydd i'w weld ar hyd morlin Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr.

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Beth yw rôl SeaQuest?
Yn SeaQuest Coastal Science and Discovery, addysgwyr morol ydyn ni yn bennaf - Darganfyddiadau Gwyddonol i bawb! Ein nod yw addysgu pobl leol am gynefinoedd morol ac ennyn eu diddordeb yn y morlin lleol. Rydyn ni eisiau cynnwys pobl sydd ddim yn gwybod llawer am gynefinoedd morol efallai, a'u hannog nhw i ymwneud â'r morlin lleol. Rydyn ni eisiau cynnwys pobl sydd ddim yn meddwl mai gwyddoniaeth yw'r pwnc iddyn nhw efallai, a helpu i'w wneud yn fwy diddorol o lawer iddyn nhw. Rydyn ni'n credu, os gallwn ni wneud i bobl garu a gwerthfawrogi'r morlin lleol, byddan nhw'n awyddus i'n helpu ni i'w ddiogelu.

Dros y tair blynedd ddiwethaf rydyn ni wedi bod yn trefnu digwyddiadau ac yn darparu gwaith allgymorth mewn ysgolion ar draws Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr. Yn ystod misoedd yr haf rydyn ni'n treulio llawer o amser ar y traeth, yn cynnal diwrnodau ar y traeth gyda gwahanol themâu, fel 'ecoleg arfordirol', sy'n dysgu pobl am anifeiliaid arfordirol a'u cylch bywyd, ac 'arwyr arfordirol', sy'n cynnwys casglu sbwriel a chael cipolwg ar sut mae sbwriel yn cyrraedd y traeth. 

Mae gan SeaQuest raglen ddigwyddiadau amrywiol sy'n addas i bawb, tarwch olwg ar neu 

Rydyn ni'n cynllunio digwyddiad nofio bae arall ar gyfer Diwrnod Byd-eang y Moroedd fis Mehefin, ac mae gennym gynlluniau ar gyfer 'Aquathon' newydd a fydd yn cyfuno nofio yn y môr â rhedeg ar yr arfordir. Rydyn ni hefyd yn cynnal digwyddiadau ar y cyd â Chymdeithas Cadwraeth y Môr, yr RNLI ac Amgueddfa Cymru. 

Rydyn ni bob amser yn chwilio am wirfoddolwyr i'n helpu ni i gynnal ein digwyddiadau. Os oes gennych chi ddiddordeb mewn cwrdd â phobl o'r un bryd ac mewn dysgu mwy am ein cynefinoedd arfordirol, anfonwch e-bost i
Sut daethoch chi'n rhan o'r cwmni?
Symudais i Borthcawl o Swydd Amwythig, lle roeddwn i'n athro. Mae'r môr wedi bod yn agos at fy nghalon erioed, ac roedd Porthcawl yn edrych i mi fel rhywle ag amrywiaeth enfawr o adnoddau naturiol. I ddechrau fe wnes i ystyried agor acwariwm, ond gwelais lun o'r ganolfan forol arfaethedig yn y newyddion glan môr, a chysylltu â'r tîm yn Harbwr Porthcawl. Ymunais â'r cyfarwyddwyr eraill ar sail wirfoddol tan 2013, sef y flwyddyn daeth SeaQuest yn weithredol diolch i Gronfa Cymunedau'r Arfordir. 

Beth yw cynlluniau SeaQuest ar gyfer y dyfodol?
Bydd y gwaith parhaus o ddatblygu Ardal Harbwr Porthcawl yn golygu, gyda gobaith, y bydd Canolfan SeaQuest Coastal Science and Discovery newydd yn agor tua 2020. Tan hynny, ein bwriad yw cynnal digwyddiadau mewn dau adeilad dros dro yn yr harbwr. Mae gennym ni gynlluniau ar gyfer bws SeaQuest hefyd, a fydd yn ein helpu i gludo plant yn ôl ac ymlaen o'r arfordir. 

Pam mae Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr yn gystal lle i deuluoedd?
Fel dywedais i, mae gan Borthcawl adnoddau naturiol ardderchog - mae saith traeth hardd yma, gyda thwyni tywod Merthyr Mawr yn un pen a Gwarchodfa Natur Genedlaethol Cynffig yn y pen arall. Ar ddiwrnod braf fe welwch chi bobl yn syrffio, yn nofio ac ar eu byrddau padlo, i gyd yn manteisio ar y morlin hardd. 

Mae llond gwlad o fywyd gwyllt yma hefyd, gan gynnwys llamhidyddion a dolffiniaid cyffredin (sydd wrth eu bodd yn dangos eu hunain) - ein nod yn y pen draw yw cynnig teithiau cwch i'w gweld nhw yn eu cynefin. Gallwch chi hefyd weld slefrod cylchog a chasgen, sêr môr, crancod, lledod, a llyngyr diliau, sy'n rhywogaeth a warchodir. 

Beth yw eich hoff weithgareddau arfordirol?
Pan symudais yma roeddwn i'n syrffio'n aml, ond erbyn hyn rydw i'n canolbwyntio ar redeg a nofio arfordirol oddi ar Sandy Bay. Rydw i hefyd yn mwynhau treulio amser yn archwilio'r traethau a phyllau creigiog gyda fy mhlant. 

Coastal heroes: An interview with Hugh Murray

For the next interview in our 'Coastal Heroes' series we talk to Hugh Murray, owner of Porthcawl Surf School about how he established his award-winning business and what makes Bridgend County such a unique surf destination.

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- Can you tell us about your job and how you got started
I'm the owner of Porthcawl Surf School and started surfing when I was just 13. I grew up fairly close to Kenfig nature reserve and used to surf at Sker Beach with friends. While I've been lucky enough to surf all over the world, I've had some of my best experiences right here in Wales.

I ended up spending so much time going back and forth to the beach that, in 1994, I started a surf report. I went down every day to take pictures and put them up on the internet - the Porthcawl Surf report became really popular with around 7,000 hits a week at its peak.

While I've always been passionate about surfing, I was also a financial advisor for 25 years. When the financial crisis hit in 1998 my wife and I decided to focus our efforts elsewhere and in 2000 we opened Porthcawl Surf School. Thanks to the popularity of the Porthcawl Surf report we were already offering surf lessons on a small scale and things grew pretty quickly from there.  I'm also a Technical Director of Surf Lifesaving Wales - the largest volunteer organisation for ocean safety and rescue work in Wales. I've been involved with training lifeguards for over twenty years.

- What sets Porthcawl Surf School apart?
We pride ourselves on our progressive lesson structure and have gained a reputation as a quality surf school. Our philosophy is that we'll concentrate on teaching you everything you need to know in one lesson but you'll need to come back and put that knowledge into practice. We also hire out wetsuits, paddle boards and kayaks.

We have some fantastic professional instructors on the team. For example local Elliot Dudley is a former professional surfer who was sponsored by Animal and crowned European Longboard Champion in 2005 and 2007. It is thanks to our structured lesson plans and professional staff that we've never had a single incident.

We were delighted to win Best UK Surf School in 2016 as the result of a public vote. It was great to be supported by the local surf community and that our customers were so keen to get behind us. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

- What makes Rest Bay an ideal surf beach?
The way that the beach is facing means it picks up the swells created by storms in the Atlantic ocean.  The further away the storm, the longer the swell travels and the larger it gets - we're lucky as Ireland doesn't stop those larger swells from reaching us. These are the same swells that reach establish surf destinations like Cornwall and Devon, but being just two and a half hours from London means you'll be in the ocean a lot sooner.

This also means the best time of year to surf here tends to be during hurricane season (October - February) when greater storms in the Atlantic are creating consistent swells.

- What does a typical day look like for you?
Every day I get up at 6am, make a flask of coffee and drive down to the beach to do the surf report. We'll then unpack all of the equipment out of the trailer (over 100 surf boards during the summer months) and do a radio check with the RNLI.

Lessons will typically start around 10-11am, although our days are dependant on the tide times. If we're lucky we'll be able to fit in another class in the afternoon and run occasional evening classes for those wanting to surf after work. During the summer I may not leave the beach until around 9pm.

- What are your favourite coastal activities in your spare time?
As I say, my background is in lifesaving and I really enjoy going out on an ocean kayak to explore the coast that way. I also find stand up paddle boarding very relaxing and can paddle as much as a mile out into the ocean (although I wouldn't advise anyone else to go out that far!)