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10 things to do in Bridgend in the school holiday

Half term is officially here so why not start thinking about how to enjoy every bit of it. We have prepared our own top 10 list of ideas for a perfect half term in Bridgend!

10. Trekking and tea - Enjoy the sun, the nature and the fresh Welsh air while treating yourself with a nice cup of tea in one of Bridgend's finest restaurants
9. Clubs, clothes & coffee - Fancy 18 holes of golf or shopping all day long? Why not combine both and finish with a cup of coffee Olive Tree Cafe

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8. Adventure Centre How about spending an adrenaline-fuelled day out with your friends at Adventures Wales? Hop on a quad bike and race to the finish, grab a paintball gun and capture the flag or don a harness and scale the climbing wall in the quickest time possible.

7. Bridgend Indoor Market - Located in the Rhiw Shopping Centre, the market is in the centre of town. Experience the local food and lots of other goods in the 30 stalls

6. Mud and mountains  - Spend a day racing around Bridgend's MTB trails at Darren Fawr. You might be surprised how much the Bridgend bike trails have to offer.

5. Odeon Bridgend - The Odeon Bridgend is a 9 screen cinema complex showing all the latest productions as well as hosting special event presentations.

4. Ella Riley's traditional sweets and toffees - The toffees are handmade in the Ella Riley kitchens, and guests are welcome to come and watch as the toffees are made on a daily basis.

Dune trekking

3. Kenfig National Nature Reserve - Kenfig pool is Glamorgan's largest lake and features a spectacular view across Swansea Bay to the Gower.

2. Parc Tondu Victorian Ironworks - Learn about iron making and explore the natural woodland, landscaped parkland and attend a variety of event at the ancient monument.
1. Coney Beach Pleasure Park - Spend a day at the fun fair right next to the sea. Enjoy rides, slot machines, fish and chips, and everything else needed for a fun day out.

Romantic Gestures in Bridgend

There are plenty of places to visit this Valentine's Day in Bridgend. Here are five ideas on how to be romantic in the area... 

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites

Methyr Mawr Sand Dunes © Bridgend Bites

A stroll along a beach and coastal path...Great value for money amongst a wealth of sights. Bridgend’s beaches are stunning, so how about matching your beautiful partner with another lovely view?
An intimate, historic gypsy caravan...
Snuggle up in a Romany Gypsy caravan, for a slightly different romantic break in Bridgend. Ty Gwyneth Romany Caravan is a traditional gypsy wagon that formerly travelling along the lanes of West Wales. Couples can snuggle in the caravan, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the countryside, yet know you’re not too far from all the amenities. Plus there's even internet access!
The perfect place for the golfing couple: Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel...
This hotel near Bridgend in South Wales is a beautiful privately-owned 4 star country house hotel. Perched on a Welsh hillside and surrounded by over 17 acres of woodland, this Victorian mansion provides a cosy and secluded hideaway in Bridgend.
On offer at the hotel is a special Valentine’s Day package costing £160 based on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast when two people sharing a standard double room. Next to the hotel is Coed-Y-Mwstwr golf club, which is easily accessible from the hotel.
Attend the Brass Band Championship on the 15th February. Head to the Welsh Open Brass Band Entertainment Championship at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl to see some of the top brass bands in the world compete against each other playing their own 20 minute own choice entertainment mini-concert programmes. Did you know Wales has two of the World’s highest ranked brass bands? This is bound to be a pleasant surprise for your partner...

Surf lessons
 - you’ll want to cuddle up afterwards when you're freezing cold having achieved learning the ultimate seaside activity with Porthcawl Surf or Cressey 's Surf Academy 

Bridgend County: One of the liveliest places for events in the UK...

Celebrate in Bridgend

It's time to have some fun in Bridgend

Bridgend County is not only famous for it's beautiful stretch of coastline and beaches, it's also well known for hosting great events month on month.  
Each month visitors and locals alike are spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for weekend activities to do.  Whether you want to participate in some outdoor activities, spectate some World-class sporting events or want to enjoy a good old sing along at a music festival Bridgend can offer it all. 
This August and September sees one of Wales' biggest cycling events taking place in Porthcawl Town, there's also a very foodie "Feastival" taking place at the end of September and the Elvis Festival, possibly one of the UK's quirkiest festivals of the year!
So here's our quick round-up of some of the best events takings place over the next two months.
August  two standout events is the Garw Carnival and Dunetreka.
Saturday, 17th August -  Garw Carnival & Rural Fair
This year's carnival theme is "a walk down memory lane".  So we'd recommend a scrummage in the attic before heading off to another fun summer carnival in Blaengarw.  A grand procession through the streets of Blaengarw, rural stalls, live bands and a talent show.  Lee Jukes has announced that he will be hosting the 2013 Garw Carnival.
Sunday 18th August, 11am - 4pm - Dunetreka
The nature reserves in Bridgend are some of the uniquest in Europe for flora and sand dunes.  Explore the world of nature conservation and engage with the natural environment in the Kenfig National Nature Reserve.  Dunetreka is free entry.
Activities include:  Seeing some mysterious water beasts, bird watching, treasure hunt, moth tracking, reserve safari tours, meet the critters, storytelling, guided walks, build and paint your own bird box, local crafts stalls and conservation groups, dog agility challenge.
September is all about cycling and music...
The fun doesn't stop in September either with one of the UK's largest cycling tournaments coming to Bridgend County, plus there's a whole load of music taking place with the World's biggest Elvis festival and the Porthcawl Rock Festival.   
15 September, 2013 - Porthcawl CRIT Cycle Race
cyclingExpect to see hundreds of cyclists turn out along Porthcawl seafront for one of the major Welsh cycling events of the year. The event is expected to attract hundreds of visitors.
The Porthcawl Seafront Criterium will feature a series of exciting races through the town centre on a classic closed-road 1.2km street circuit, culminating in the Senior Welsh Circuit Race Championships.
It's the first time that cycle racing has been brought to Porthcawl in more than 10 years, offering riders fully closed, fun and fast-paced street racing along one of south Wales' most famous seafront settings in front of the crowds, and a chance to finish the road circuit season in style.
The event is ideal for families and spectators interested in watching the thrills of top quality, adrenalin-fuelled cycle racing whilst soaking up the excitement of a classic seafront town before the summer ends.
Starting at 3pm for the younger races the grand finale to the day will be at 7pm when the Welsh Senior Circuit Race Championships sets off; an elite race scheduled to attract some of the World's top cyclists.
rock festSunday 15th September, 2013 - Porthcawl Rock Festival

Pull out those leather trousers and get yourself down to the Hi Tide Inn to enjoy a day of great music by the sea.  Visitors will get to see an wide variety of bands, with food and drinks being served throughout the day.  The event is free entry, starts at 12:00pm until 7:00pm. 

Friday 27th September- Sunday 29th September

Elvis Festival Porthcawl by Visit Wales ©

Elvis Festival Porthcawl by Visit Wales ©

Porthcawl Elvis Festival- Now in its 10th year, the Elvis Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world and invites visitors to enjoy a weekend of rock 'n' roll in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl.
There are a number of Elvis events taking place as part of the Festival at Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion including The Three Kings Show, The Elvies, and Red Alert, the best Elvis Showband in the world. In addition, the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl will host over 100 shows over the weekend, and over twenty other venues in and around the town will host events as part of the Fringe Festival.
 28th September -  Bridgend Feastival 
FeastivalA visit to FEASTIVAL must be in your families' diary for the Autumn.
While some food festivals provide plenty of opportunities to sample different foods, Feastival does this and lots more.
Feastival this year celebrates loads of foodie stuff activities for children to interact with, they can eat it, make it, love it, laugh at it. Activities include leak lobbing, Spaghetti Bridge building and wrapping an egg in protective packaging for a 10 metre drop; the egg that survives wins a prize for its packager, Food of course.
When you visit Bridgend town centre this autumn you can meet with over 60 food traders on the streets, many providing tasters and produce for you to buy at the Feastival.  Get here early as we would not want you to miss out on some great tasting food.
Celebrity chefs display their skills in the demonstration areas and this year is no exception. Check out the website for up to date news on who else will be demonstrating their talents this year. Local restaurants will be offering food for you to try from different eras.
Each year Feastival entertains the visitor with art work with a difference and this year is no exception. The streets of the town come alive from Punch and Judy shows for the younger children, "whose got my sausages" to seeing a bunch of grapes on stilts, perhaps if you are lucky you will get to taste some as well, you also need to watch out for the hula hooping carrot around the next corner and animals performing acrobatics up high, try this out for yourself if you dare.
Music will be everywhere to suit all ages so come along and bring all the family for a fun day out with food.
So what are you waiting for if you like food and a great day out, go to our website and sign up for regular updates on all that is happening.
And make sure it is in your diary….

Out & About For Father's Day in Bridgend

This Sunday is Father's Day, which means only one thing; that the time has come, once again, to show your dad just how much he means to you. Luckily, Bridgend is crammed full with adventures and activities to suit all budgets, so we thought we'd list our top five ideas for making this year's Father's Day a special one...

First hole Royal Porthcawl Golf Club South Golf Activities & Sports by Visit Wales ©

5.  A spot of golf... head to the Wales' Golf Senior Open
Undoubtedly home to some of the best golfing in Britain, Bridgend is even hosting the Wales Senior Open this month. He may not be able to compete with the professionals, but dad can still head down to the likes of Pyle & Kenfig and Royal Porthcawl to get a lesson from a couple of the resident pro's. At P&K, pro Dylan Williams will set up a programme just for dad, based specifically on his abilities and will look at how he can improve his game - he might even start winning at crazy golf!
4. Hanging ten...
Nothing says 'I love you, Dad' like riding the same wave together, and Bridgend offers up some of the very best surfing in the UK. Don't just take our word for it; some of the best surfers around carve waves off our beaches, including Welsh champ Ingemar Cressey. Get a lesson with Ingemar by booking with Cressey's Surf Academy, or try surfing at Rest Bay with Porthcawl Surf and take part in a beginner lesson on the sand before hitting the water - even if Dad is convinced he's a pro!
3. Get on your bike...
Is your Dad something of a thrill seeker? Look no further than the brand new Darren Fawr mountain biking trails! The two new trails opened in January, with 'Glengarw' aimed at intermediate riders and 'Gellideg' offering up a challenge even for pros. Combine them both for an adrenaline-pumping 6km ride that'll give dad a father's day he's sure to remember.

Enjoy a fulfilling coastal walk with dad. Image from Visit Wales ©

For a present that doesn't cost anything but which offers up plenty of bonding time opportunity, why not take dad for a long wander across a stretch of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The path itself goes on for some 14 miles, along which you'll encounter sandy dunes, cliffs, coves and beaches, all of which are rich with their own wildlife and history. You can tackle it all either on foot or by bike, and we'd suggest stopping off somewhere like Porthcawl to refuel and grab a pint of local ale or some local fish and chips.
1. Outdoor DIY...
If he's a dab hand with a screwdriver, why not enrol him in a two-day green woodwork course with Cwm Tawel Yurts in the Llynfi Valley. On the first day he'll learn how to identify the different types of tree species, as well as coppicing and various other techniques to make a simple stool. On the second day he'll collect materials and go about building his stool. Of course, the whole family can come along and enjoy  a few nights in one of the camps luxury yet traditional Mongolian yurts.