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The Big One

Big CheeseEvent - The Big Cheese
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 25th to 27th July 2014
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Now, if there's two things that Caerphilly is famous for, it's cheese and the castle.  It is fitting then that their Big Cheese Festival takes place in the fields surrounding the giant fort.

An extravaganza of family entertainment, the Big Cheese is one of Wales' must see attractions which attracts up to 80,000 people from all over the country.

Where else can you hear the whack of sword on shield, see birds of prey soar majestically in the sky and smell and taste the finest local produce?  There's also a packed entertainment programme including musical entertainment, craft stalls, activity marquee and a traditional funfair.

And the best's free

Speedway Comes to Town

SpeedwayEvent - FIM British Speedway GP 2014
Location - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date -12th July 2014
Millennium Stadium Website
Speedway Grand Prix Website

For the 14th year in succession, the Millennium Stadium will come alive to the roar of motorbike engines as the FIM British Speedway GP races into the capital city.

The world's top riders will fight it out to be number one in this exciting, adrenaline fuelled event for the whole family.

For those that have never been to speedway the rules are simple. Four riders keep turning left over four laps of an oval track with each race lasting less than a minute.

Seems simple enough. Except that the riders race 500cc, single geared machines with no breaks!

Hold on tight

Pedal Power

Event - Cycling, National Road Race Championships
Location - Abergavenny

Date - 26 - 29 June 2014

Website for further details

This week saw British Cycling unveil the race routes of the 2014 National Road Race and Time Trial Championships.  The event will be based in Abergavenny but the routes of the various races will take in most of the Monmouthshire countryside.

The elite Men's Road Race will see household names battle it out over a tough 183km course.  Sprinter Mark Cavendish will be the defending champion, but the route might be a bit too hilly for him.  Amongst the favourites will be Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Cardiff's Geraint Thomas.

The women's road race will be held over shorter 71km course, but promises to be just as tough.  Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will be the clear favourite.

The time trial course, based at Newport's Celtic Manor, is 40km long and is sure to feature 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins as he goes head to head with the winner of one of the 2013 Giro d'Italia time trial stages, Alex Dowsett. 

The 20km long women's time trial coast will see defending champion Joanna Rowsell attempt to defend her title against the likes of Elinor Barker and Joanna Trott.

The Mash Up

Event - Bridgend Mash Up 2014
Location - Bridgend Town Centre

Date - 17 May 2014
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The Mash Up essentially mixes (or "mashes") traditional athletics in the streets with contemporary urban street culture.  There are some things that you would expect in a town centre (such as skateboarding, parkour, street dance and even BMX) and there are other things that you would not - pole vaulting, high jump competitions, street sprinting.

'The Mash' is a collision between the contemporary and the traditional, between watching and doing. It's urban, it's sporty and different.

Take a look at what happened in previous a Mash Up

Jazz on the Sands

jazz_poster_s3Event: Jazz on the Sands
Location: Porthcawl
Date: 11-13 April 2014

Brecon Jazz Festival is probably the best known Jazz Festival in Wales but did you know that the seaside town of Porthcawl has a festival of it's own, and it's coming up next month.

The Porthcawl Jazz Festival takes place from 11-13 April and features some well known names from the world of jazz including the Big Chris Barber Band, Davide Logiri and digby Fairweather

It all kicks off on the Friday night with a performance from the Rhondda Symphony Pops Orchestra at the town's Grand Pavilion.  Numerous events will take place at a variety of locations throughout the weekend as well as the headline acts at the Pavilion every evening.

Where better to be than by the seaside relaxing and enjoying some top quality Jazz.

Have you Packed for Wales

Here it is.  The new Visit Wales TV advert. 

Asking "Have you Packed for Wales", the advert features Caernarfon Castle, the new Mountain Biking centre near Merthyr Tydfil and the Wales Coast Path amongst other places.

The full advert and campaign will be launched this Saturday - St David's Day. 

In the meantime, take a look at the advert and let us know what you think.

A Perfect Day

Take a look at this great video from our friends at

As part of their Perfect Day campaign, they've put together a little compilation of all the things you can get up to in Bridgend, Porthcawl and the surrounding area.

Whether it's playing a round on the famous fairways of Royal Porthcawl, catching a wave or two at Rest Bay, a genteel afternoon tea , a walk through some of the biggest sand dunes in Europe or a bit of retail therapy, there's plenty of options.

Take a look at the rest of the Perfect Day videos here

Let us know what makes your Perfect Day.

Cwlwm Celtaidd - Porthcawl Interceltic Festival

Event - Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 7 - 9 March 2014


It's almost that time of year again when the seaside resort of Porthcawl reverberates to the sound of some great Celtic music.  It's time for the annual Porthcawl Interceltic Festival.

Singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and of course Wales descend on the town's Grand Pavilion for three days of concerts, performances and sessions. 

Although the pavilion is the base for the weekend's festivities, the whole town gets into the Celtic spirit with events happening throughout the resort.

Christmas in Caerphilly

Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre
7 - 8 December 2013

Caerphilly ChristmasCaerphilly's Medieval Christmas Fayre returns once again this year on Saturday 7th & 8th December.

Once a traditional market town, Caerphilly returns to its days of old with an eclectic mix of medieval entertainment, food and drink, and an abundance of stalls selling unusual Christmas gifts such as medieval replica, traditional crafts, jewellery and Christmas decorations.

Caerphilly Castle is at the heart of the fayre, which is open to visitors all weekend; entry fee with even more market stalls, medieval entertainment and re-enactments within its walls
Visit the website for more details or see what other events are on in the area this Christmas by clicking here

Christmas Countdown

With Christmas fast approaching we continue our look ahead to some of the festive delights that are coming up over the next couple of weeks.  This week, it's Bridgend's Elfsteddfod.

What started as an attempt to break New York's World Record World Record for the number of elves gathered in one place in 2010, has grown every year since.  So much so that it continually breaks its own World Record every year.

The record, if you don't know, is for the largest gathering of elves in one place.  That place is Bridgend.  They currently hold the record with 1216 of Santa's little helpers cramming in to the town centre last year.  This year, the organisers are hoping to go (at least) one better and break the record for the 4th consecutive year.

And you can take part too.  Simply turn up in Bridgend Town Centre on Saturday 14 December and collect your official elf hat from the organisers and you'll become part of the record attempt.

For more information visit the website