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Five Favourite Family Places to Eat in Bridgend County

We're spoilt for choice when it comes to family things to do in Bridgend.  There are plenty of activity providers that offer a fun family day out, along with some top quality bike rides or walks on the coast and up in the valleys.  So after a busy day out with the children you'll probably want to end it with a family meal at one of Bridgend's quality restaurants.  Here are just five of some our favourite places to eat in and around Bridgend.

A famous face visits The Prince in Kenfig

A famous face visits The Prince in Kenfig

1.  The Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig offers all the family plenty of fun with it's exciting history and interior.  Whilst the children will love the knights and medievil decor, the adults can enjoy the fine selection of local ales on offer.  There's also a great menu that showcases the best of Welsh cooking and locally sauced Bridgend foods.  Situated next to the beautiful Kenfig Nature Reserve and not far from the beach, this magnificent 16th century family run pub is steeped in history, character and charm.

 © Copyright Nick Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

© Copyright Nick Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

2.   The Old House inn, is possibly the oldest pub in Wales, if not on the British Isles.  When you arrive this pub has a fairytale like appearance, and walking through the door is like going back in time.  The interior is charming and historic, and has lots of interesting items all around.  The area surrounding the Old House is picturesque and a great spot for children to play in.  There's a hearty menu on offer that also includes an excellent family menu.

Wiggleys Fun Farm

Wiggleys Fun Farm

3.  Wiggleys Fun Farm offers a menu of freshly prepared food made every day, a fine selection of drinks and refreshments. This is a great place for parents to relax with a cake and coffee, while their children go off to have some fun.  There's a large indoor play area which consists of climbing frames, rope courses and other adventure areas.  Outside there's a large area where families can visit friendly farm animals.

The Atlantic Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel

4. The Atlantic Hotel & Restaurant , is conveniently situated right upon the golden sands of Rest Bay beach within a few minutes walk of the town centre and the picturesque harbour, on the unspoilt coast of Porthcawl.  Enjoy a day out on the beach before stopping for a tasty meal in the Atlantic Hotel's restaurant.  There's a quality children's menu and plenty of quality choices for the adults.
5.  The Angel Inn, Maudlam.  This is a great family-friendly restaurant & pub with a rural character and cosy, relaxed atmosphere situated in the village of Maudlam. Food is served all day. The menu ranges from traditional pub favourites, a selection of chargrilled meats, prime steak burgers, and desserts. Visitors can soak up the sun in the Angel's beer garden.  The Angel Inn is very welcoming to all nursing mums with babies/toddlers and have installed a baby changer and have five new high chairs. Nearby is the Kenfig National Nature Reserve, one of the finest Wildlife habitats in Wales.  Not only can visitors enjoy the nature but nearby there are some excellent walks you can enjoy with your family and dogs. Glamorgan's largest freshwater lake, Kenfig Pool, lies at the heart of the reserve and is a stopping off point for migrating birds. The Angel Inn is also a dog friendly pub.

5 Reasons Why Kids LOVE Bridgend

If you're the kind of person who goes on holiday because the children won't stop needling you to go to an amusement park, we have got a treat for you. There are some places (surprisingly), where kids can have a blast, and you don't have to sway sickeningly on a roller-coaster!
Children love to visit Bridgend, and for good reason - it can be a fun, relaxing or crazy day - and no matter where they go, parents can be guaranteed a great day!

Bryngarw Country Park © Bridgend Bites

Bryngarw Country Park © Bridgend Bites

5. Reconnect with nature at Bryngarw Country Park
Spend some good old-fashioned time outside at The Bryngarw Park doing anything from playing hide-and-go-seek or climbing around the adventure playground. It's even perfect for families with several BBQ sites spaced around the outdoors!
4. Dive into the Trecco Bay Holiday Park  or Trecco Bay in Porthcawl!
Fun indoor swimming complex, Splashland, is a great place for kids to slide all around in the pool and for adults to relax on pool-side chairs. It's open the public and perfect for those days where all the kids want to do is swim around playing Marco Polo! P.S. There's a waterslide. If you're feeling daring - Go out to Trecco Bay to catch a wave!

Wiggleys Fun Farm

Wiggleys Fun Farm

3. Run around and play at Wiggley's Fun Farm
Relive your childhood with your kids at Wiggley's Fun Farm at a great indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. Everything from Babies Barnyard to a Mini Racetrack, your kids will be busy for hours. There's even a coffee shop to recharge your batteries!
2. Take a family trip to Cwm Tawel for yurt camping! 
Ever thought you'd like to spend some time outside... but couldn't think of what you'd do? Solution: Cwm Tawel. Learn traditional crafting, and eat local food that tastes just like Wales while you enjoy the countryside. There's no better way to have a great weekend.

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites

1. Visit the Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes for a great day!
Take a day away from all the attractions and walk along the best sand dunes in the UK. Simply walk along the dunes to visit fantastic Ogmore Castle. If you're feeling particularly daring, go "sledging" down some dunes to get your adrenaline rush.

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

Rare Opportunity to see German Prisoner of War Compound

Island Farm POW Camp, Bridgend

Island Farm POW Camp, Bridgend


Hut 9, Island Farm POW Camp, CF31 3LG
Between 10.00 -12.00 and 14.00-16.00 hours
Sunday 25th September 2011

A rare opportunity to enter the compound at Hut 9, walk around the site and learn about its history.   Due to the isolated location this is not suitable for disabled access and there are no public facilities. Parking is not available directly adjacent to the site.  Booking is essential, please contact 01656 815214  to book.
Please see below for answers to the most commonly asked questions.
What do I get out of the event?

  • The chance to access the compound, though not inside Hut 9 itself (due to the presence of a bat roost).

  • Display boards, with history of the site & Hut 9.

  • Talk to experts on the history of Island Farm Prisoner of War Camp, Hut 9, and current and future issues.

Why no disabled access?

  • The only access at the moment is via a very rough footpath which is often very muddy and is surrounded by overhanging brambles.  This can be very difficult even for the able bodied, especially after rain.

Why no public facilities, and why no toilets?

  • The site is remote with difficult access.

  • There is no electricity at site and no running water.

Note: that there are no public toilets in the immediate area.  Local supermarkets have the nearest toilets facilities. 
Where do I park?

  • We would encourage as many as possible to park in town centre car parks and walk to the site (approx 25 mins)

  • Parking is possible in the Science Park, Technology Drive (approx 10 mins walk)

  • Please do not park on the main road (A48), it is a very busy and dangerous road.

  • Please do not park in Island Farm Road, or Island Farm Close, this is a small cul-de-sac and we do not want to upset local residents.

What should I wear?

  • Sturdy shoes are essential, as the footpath can get very muddy.

  • Please do not wear your best clothes as the footpath goes through bramble bushes.

Why can't I go inside Hut 9?

  • Access inside Hut 9 is not possible at the moment due to the presence of a bat roost.

Why do I have to book?

  • The facilities on site at the moment are not adequate to cope with large numbers of people.

  • We don't want to encourage hundreds of people due to the lack of car parking.

Where is Hut 9?

  • The footpath to Hut 9 can be accessed from the A48 (between Ewenny and Broadlands roundabouts, on the left side of the road as you are heading towards Laleston) and will be signposted on the day.  As mentioned previously the footpath is often very muddy and is surrounded by overhanging brambles.  Parts of the footpath is also used by riders on horseback so please be aware that there may be others using the path.


  • If you are travelling by car from M4 (westbound) - Exit the M4 at Junction 35, stay in the left hand filter lane straight on to the dual carriageway - A473. Continue across the first two roundabouts along the dual carriageway to the third roundabout. Take the 3rd exit off this roundabout.  At the mini-roundabout (near McDonalds and KFC) go straight across to the next roundabout (Ewenny Roundabout).  For parking, take the first exit - B4265.  After approx. 150m, turn right into the Science Park, where you can park either side of the access road.  To get to Hut 9 from here, walk back to Ewenny Roundabout and turn left.  The footpath is approximately 100m from Island Farm Road.


  • If you are travelling by car from M4 (eastbound) - Exit the M4 at Junction 37, go left on to the A4229, take 3rd exit on roundabout onto A48.  Straight over the next roundabout, get in right hand lane and take 2nd exit at the next roundabout, continue along the A48, take 2nd exit on next roundabout.  For parking - at the 3rd roundabout with traffic lights, get in right hand lane and take 3rd exit - B4265. After approx. 150m, turn right into the Science Park, where you can park either side of the access road.  To get to Hut 9 from here, walk back to Ewenny Roundabout and turn left.  The footpath is approximately 100m from Island Farm Road.

Ty Tanglwyst Farm

Ty Tanglwyst Farm, originally uploaded by Tourism Bridgend.

We are family friendly with the added attraction of being a working family dairy farm, where visitor are invited to watch the cows being milked and help with feeding the young calves. We also have 25 acres of ancient woodland for walks.
We are situated 10 minutes drive away from the beaches at Porthcawl and within easy reach of the Glamorgan Heritage Coastline.
We have 4 cottages of varying size all converted from old farm buildings. A price for a cottage for a family of 4 in the summer would be from £410 for a small cottage to £680 for a more spacious one.