At the western edge of the seaside town of Porthcawl lies
Rest Bay. A huge expanse of sand, (at least it is when the
tide is out) the bay has been a popular draw for visitors for
As well as people eager to relax on the golden sands, it is also
something of a centre for sporting excellence.
Overlooking Rest Bay is the Royal
Porthcawl Club. Generally regarded as one of
best (and toughest!) links courses in the country. Even the
best pros can struggle hear as the wind blows in off the Atlantic
Ocean. It has held some prestigious competitions in the past
and in 2014 it is due to host the Seniors British Open.
The same Atlantic winds which make Royal Porthcawl so tough for
golfers are welcomed by Rest Bay's other sportspeople - the surfers. The waves here are
considered some of the best in the country and different parts of
the beach are suitable for both novices and more experienced
surfers. If you are new to the sport, then look out for the
several local surf schools who can give you a
few lessons. They'll have you standing up in no time.
For more information on Porthcawl and the surrounding area visit
It's a big weekend in Caerphilly this weekend with the
annual Big Cheese Festival. It all starts tonight with the
Great Cheese Race and the festivities continue throughout the
At the centre of the celebrations is of course the town's
fantastic castle, one of the biggest in the country.
To find out more about it take a look at this video where the King
of the Castle, (or Head Custodian to give him his proper title)
Tony Payne tells us all about this magnificent fort.
Event - Abergavenny Food Festival
Location - Abergavenny
Date - 21 - 22 September 2013
This is Wales' biggest and best food festival
The historic market town, which has a great reputation amongst
foodies will be full of stands, stalls and exhibitors giving
visitors, quite literally a taste, of Wales. The various
venues are situated close together and include the Market Hall, the
Cheese and Wine Show, and Grillstock.
Complementing the stalls are a variety of masterclasses, tastings
and talks whilst there is plenty to keep the kids happy with
workshops, story telling and live music.
I hope you're feeling hungry!!!
Event - Tour of Britain
Location - Caerphilly
Date - 19 September 2013
With the Tour de France underway it seems that now is the perfect
time to look ahead to the Tour of Britain.
The cycle race, which was re-launched in 2004, sees some of the
top teams from around the globe battle it out on the roads around
And for the first time this year, Wales is home to two
stages. The first day in Wales sees the riders tackle the
stunning scenery of Snowdonia with the gruelling climb up to Pen y
Pass before the decent to the finish in Llanberis.
The second Welsh stage on 19 September is now one of the most
popular stages of the race.
Starting in Machynlleth, the riders race through the heart of
Wales and over the Brecon Beacons and on to the now legendary climb
of Caerphilly Mountain, which the riders have to tackle
The finish line is in the shadows of the magnificent Caerphilly Castle and this
year's riders will try and emulate then World Champion, Thor
Hushovd of Norway who won here in 2011 and 2012's winner Leopold
Who will follow in the footsteps of last year's Tour of Britain
winner, Jonathan Tiernan Locke, and stake their claim for the
leader's Gold jersey?
Event - Feastival, Wales' Alternative Food Festival
Location - Bridgend
Date - 27 - 28 September 2013
First came the Giant Collapsing Cauliflower Sheep, that was
followed by the Leaning Tower of Pizza and then last year came the
Orangeutan - you never quite know what to expect at Feastival,
Wales' Alternative Food Festival.
Held each year in Bridgend, the festival has gained something of a
reputation for allways coming up with something a little bit quirky
Of course, you'll find the usual stalls selling some delicious
food and drink and there'll also be some fantastic cookery
demonstrations, but look out too for fun family activities such as
Spaghetti Bridge Building, Leek Lobbing or the Big Egg Drop.
The Feastival takes place this year on the 27 & 28
Event - ISPS Handa Wales
Location - Celtic Manor
Date - August 29th - 1st September
With the Speedy Services
Welsh Senior Open now only a week away, it's worth
remembering that that isn't the only top class golf tournament
taking place in Southern Wales this summer.
In August, The Celtic Manor Resort at Newport will once again play
host to the ISPS Handa Wales Open. The tournament, which has
switched to a new late summer date this year, will be the first to
count towards qualification to the European Ryder Cup team
The ISPS Handa Wales Open has grown into one of the premier events
on The European Tour since its inception in 2000. With Ryder Cup
stars Graeme McDowell, Robert Karlsson, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Ian
Poulter, Paul Lawrie and Paul McGinley among the past champions and
of course Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee who claimed the first prize
Event - The Big
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 26th to 28th July
Where 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? At the Big Cheese in Caerphilly, that's where.
Set in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle, the Big Cheese festival
could not have a finer backdrop. Plus during the festival entrance
to the castle is free.
Now in its sixteenth year the Big Cheese is bigger and even
better than ever with over 80,000 people expected to take in the
medieval atmosphere in 2013.
With living history re-enactment camps, displays, live music,
traditional funfair, folk-dancing, falconry, food tents and so much
more the Big Cheese is a fantastic day out for all the family.
For more information go to the
Event - FIM British Speedway GP
Location - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date -1st June 2013
Millennium Stadium Website
Grand Prix Website
The Millennium Stadium will once again come alive to the roar of
motorbike engines as the FIM British Speedway GP races into the
The world's top riders including the UK's own Tai Woffinden 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
Event - ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup
Location - Cardiff International White Water,
Date - 17 - 20 June 2013 (Practice
21 - 23 June 2013 (Competition)
Following on from the success of last year's competition, the Canoe
Slalom World Cup returns to the Cardiff
International White Water Centre again this
This top class competition sees the world's best canoeists go head
to head over the ferocious rapids and will test the very best as
they tackle a testing course of obstacles and gates.
Organised by International Canoe Federation, the Cardiff event is one of
several rounds as part of the World Cup Series with other events
taking part in Germany, Spain and Slovenia.
Tickets for the event are available from the
official website and if you find yourself inspired to give it a go you
can find out more about the venue at the Cardiff International
White Water website.
And just to whet you're appetite take a look at the 2012 promo
video - 2013 promises to be just as exciting.
sounds, the tension mounts, the sensational Knights of Royal
England are back at Cardiff Castle this summer (22 & 23 June)
for the annual Joust extravaganza!
Pomp, pagentry, amazing horseback stunts and bruising falls await
the crowds as the Knights go head to head in the noble art of
As well as the main jousting arena, there will be a medieval
encampment to explore, minstrels to meet, storytelling sessions and
you can even learn a few jousting skills of your own.
A packed programme of medieval action throughout the day makes
this a great value family day out, topped off by a mass battle with
everyone invited to join in.
For more information visit the Cardiff Castle website