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What's happening in 2014!

Royal Porthcawl will host Wales' first Senior Open Championship in July © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

Royal Porthcawl will host Wales' first Senior Open Championship in July © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

It's officially time to get excited about a brand new year and some brand new adventures in Bridgend. From the international jazz festival in April to the Senior Open Championship golf tournament in July, here's our guide to the top five events to look forward to in the next few months in Bridgend…

5. Porthcawl Interceltic Festival, 7th March


Help us celebrate all things Celt with 2014's annual Porthcawl Interceltic Festival. Join musicians, dancers and singers from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man for a weekend of non-stop concerts, workshops and performances. Saturday will then see the colourful 'Parade of the Celts' make its way through the town centre. The year, the festival will be based in the Grand Pavilion, with two indoor stages under one roof.





4. Porthcawl International Jazz Festival, 11th April

Porthcawl's annual festival will once again deliver a feast of A-List jazz ranging from traditional New Orleans to state-of-the-art Fusion. This year's headliner will be Chris Barber, who is also celebrating 60 years at the top with the Big Chris Barber Band. Other performances will include Italian pianist Davide Logiri and his quintet plus the Cardiff University Big Band and the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra complete with added rhythm section and star soloists!





The Mashup returns in May

The Mashup returns in May

3. Brass Band Championship, 15th February


Things get brassy in February as Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion plays host to some of the top brass bands on the planet (just look at the '4barsrest' rankings). These bands will then go head-to-head, each playing their own twenty minute entertainment mini-concert programme to find out who will be crowned the champions.





2. Bridgend Mashup, 31st May


Urban sports meets the traditional in a street part like no other. This massively unique event takes place in the streets of the town centre and essentially mixes (or "mashes") traditional athletics in the streets with contemporary urban street culture. Just some of the many different events taking place in 2014 are tarp surfing, pole vaulting, skateboarding, free running, kick boxing and street dancing, all to the sound of local DJs and performers.





1. Senior Open Championship, 24th July


In case you've been living under a rock for the last six months, Royal Porthcawl will be hosting Wales' first ever Senior Open Championship golf tournament in July this year. That means some of the biggest names in golf will be driving, chipping and putting their way around the beautiful links course in search of victory. Don't forget about all the other great golf courses available throughout the county, though!


'Elvis ADVENTure' day 12: Quad biking!

Elvis and his buddy couldn't decide who won yesterday's paintballing so they decided to conclude the competition with a bit of a race. They've headed to Adventure's Wales again for a fun day out on the quad bike. Do you think Elvis won? Was he first in line?
Did you spot the hidden Elvis song title? Click here to enter our competition and win one night's stay & afternoon tea at Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel AND £100 of shopping vouchers at Bridgend Designer Outlet!

The Big Bang Firework Display

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 10.31.29Remember, remember the fifth of November... Celebrate the day that nearly marked the end of the Houses of Parliament as we know them with a fantastic firework display at the Hi Tide Inn, Porthcawl.

The weather may be on the turn, but nothing brings people out of their houses and into the cold autumn air like the colourful explosions of Bonfire Night. 

Tonight is no different, if you head down to the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl tonight at around 7/7.30pm, you'll be rewarded with a fantastic fireworks display, not to mention some fantastic views out over Coney Beach and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. 

The firework display will start at about 7pm - 7.30pm and is free to enter.

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Get your boots on, it's Love2Walk Festival!

Looks like it's time to lace up those walking boots and get exploring - the Love2Walk Festival is making a triumphant return to Bridgend this half term!

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The Love2Walk Festival is back for its 4th year this autumn, (Thursday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November) and promises to be the perfect solution for keeping the whole family entertained this half term.
Back are the firm favourites: Food Foraging in the Merthyr Mawr dunes, Meet the Dairy Cows and a Nature Walk at Parc Slip; but we're also introducing new walks which are sure to have the little ones enthralled...
Learn to make your own lantern before using it to light your way in a Lantern Parade in the Ogmore Valley, or join us in Evanstown for Stargazing whereby Techniquest will be bringing their mobile planetarium bringing the night sky to life and learn about our Solar System.
And if that's not enough to have you tempted, join Love2Walk for history and heritage, Only Dogs Allowed and a Ghost Walk!
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Dive in for Bridgend's Splashup!

Just because it’s autumn doesn’t mean that beautiful Welsh coast has to be neglected! Bridgend are getting ready for the return of their annual Splash Up weekend, which celebrates exhilarating water-sports and live music.

There’s so much going on but here are the top 5 highlights you’d be crazy to miss:1. Beach Flags (Town Beach, Saturday afternoon)
Beach flags is a sporting event used by surf lifesavers to practice beach sprinting and reflexes for training or competitions. This event will keep the audience on their toes as the participants sprint as fast as they can across the sand, organised by Hugh Murray the champion beach flagger himself from Porthcawl Surf School.

© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales

2. Have-a-Go Water-sports 
If you fancy getting involved there will be a range of activities on offer for beginners. Try surfing with Porthcawl Surf, power kirting with Blast Kiteboarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding or sit-on-top kayaking, go on and have a go!
3. Fantastic live Music (Town Centre, Friday night and Saturday day)
Bridgend will come alive with music in various venues across town such as the Cosy Corner Stage and The Green Room at the Grand Pavilion with loads of great local bands and singers. Why not have a listen to The Side Effects, Jade Bird or Tom Bedlam. After all that the Surfer’s Ball kicks off at 9pm in the Grand Pavilion with a scary movie theme - just in time for Halloween!
4. Night Surf (Town Beach, Friday and Saturday 8pm)
The whole beach will be lit up with digital projections on buildings, as well and light shows and music all coming together to form a spectacular show.
5. Catching the Wave
Working with local artists, film makes, photographers and students the Arts Council of Wales are putting together a creative programme to showcase at the festival. Everyone’s itching with anticipation to see what they’ve come up with!

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Elvis trying his hand at watersports earlier this summer

Elvis trying his hand at watersports earlier this summer with