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Survival of the Fittest

Event - Celts Survival Run
Location - Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Porthcawl
Date - 23 August 2014
For more information visit the website

This is most definitely not a gentle fun run.  It's not even a marathon with a few gentle challenges thrown in along the way.  Oh, no. This is the Celts Survival Run - an International Extreme Endurance Event.

At 50km long the course would be tough enough on its own, but this is not a straight forward race.  As well as running that extreme distance, competitors will be expected to overcome a series of brutal obstacles.

The route takes the competitors through the stunning scenery of the Kenfig National Nature Reserve and along the South Wales coast to the huge Merthyr Mawr sand dunes before finishing at Ogmore Castle, not that the runners will have a chance to appreciate their surroundings.

The race will put competitors in true survival mode and challenges along the route may include carrying, climbing, throwing, digging, building and swimming.  Not many people will finish the course; fewer still will have completed all the obstacles along the way.

Most of the challenges will not be revealed until the day of the race, so competitors will have to be ready for anything.

Are you tough enough to give it a go?

(Please note, this is an extremely tough and dangerous race.  It is only for very fit and very experienced ultra-marathon runners.  If that's not you, then do not enter)

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.

Merry Christmas from Cardiff

Never ones to be content with sending boring old Christmas cards, our friends at have gone one better this year.  They have produced this fantastic video which features the people of Cardiff telling us what Christmas means to them.

As you can see it means different this to different people, but what have they missed out.  What would you add to the list?

So sit back and enjoy the video.  Nadolig Llawen

A Victorian Christmas

Event - A Victorian Christmas
Location - Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend
Date - 15 - 16 December 2012


Join in with the festivities this Christmas in the picturesque surroundings of Bryngarw Country Park.  The Victorian themed event will feature lots of entertainment for all the family.

Have a go and the fairground rides or try your hand at some of the traditional fun and games.    There'll also be a chance to browse stalls full of local crafts and food as well as hot chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, mulled wine and mince pies.

And of course there'll be an appearance from the man himself - Father Christmas.

Walk around Wales

walk around wales picIn May this year, Wales became the only country in the World to have a dedicated footpath running right around its coast.

At over 800 miles long, theWales Coastal Path runs all the way from Chepstow in the South East, through Cardiff and the traditional seaside resort of Porthcawl and onwards to the beautiful Gower and Pembrokeshire coasts. From there it heads North towards Ceredigion and Snowdonia before finally heading along the North Wales coast to Llandudno before coming to an end in the North East Corner.

In the seven months since the path opened many writers and bloggers have ventured out and have given their opinion on the path or certain sections of it.

One of the most comprehensive I've found is Charles Hawes' blog, who seems to have covered most of the South Wales section of the path.

Also worth reading is the Bald Hiker's (Paul Steele) account of his walk along the path from Merthyr Mawr through Porthcawl and to Kenfig National Nature Reserve. Look out too for some fantastic images.

He describes the pretty hamlet of Merthyr Mawr as "a beautiful small quiet place with historic church and thatched cottages" and Kenfig National Nature Reserve as "a calm, surreal beautiful remnant of what was a huge sand dune system"

Have you walked part of the path? What did you think? Let me know which was your favourite part and any tips you have for other walkers setting out.

Wales v New Zealand

The big game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this Saturday is Wales v New Zealand.

Now, I don't really want to draw attention to the game as it is likely that Wales will loose (and quite possible loose heavily). The reason I'm writing about it is that it gives me a perfect opportunity to play this video - a spine tingling moment from 2008 and Wales refusing to be intimated by New Zealand's Haka.

Christmas at St Fagans

Christmas as St Fagans PicThe National History Museum is one of Wales most popular visitor attractions. Located in the village of St Fagans, just a couple of miles from Cardiff City Centre, the outdoor museum is home to dozens of buildings brought to the site from every corner of Wales before being re-built brick by brick. Each building tells the story of Wales from a different era and perspective. Buildings include a row of ironworkers cottages, a school and even a church.

St Fagans is a wonderful place to visit the whole year round, but is especially atmospheric in the run up to Christmas. Its Christmas nights events are especially popular. This year's event runs from 5-7 December and sees the whole site lit up to get you in the festive spirit.

Father Christmas sets up his grotto in front of the roaring log fire in one of the old farmhouses, there's carol singing, brass bands and a chance to experience the ancient Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd. There are also traditional fairground rides, craft stalls and plenty of festive food and drink.

Don't forget to wrap up warm and bring your torch! Nadolig Llawen.

Tickets must be purchased in advance from here and further information can be found here

Christmas in Southern Wales

What a great video from last year's Winter Wonderland in Cardiff. It was taken from the top of the Star Ride. The amazing 60m ride towers above the ice rink and other fairground riders below and gives an amazing view of Cardiff - just as long as you don't mind heights.

For details of other Christmas events happening in Southern Wales then please click here.

A Frightfully Good Time

Halloween pic31 October is known the world over has Halloween, when ghosts and ghouls come out to play. But did you know this date was celebrated in Wales as Calan Gaeaf, the first day of winter.

Take a look to see what's coming up to celebrate this date.

Half-term Halloween Fun!

Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran

27 October - 4 November 2012

Halloween fun throughout half-term as well as our hugely popular Halloween Spooktakular (Wednesday 31st October) ...can we make it scarier than last year??? We'll do our best, prepare for the scare!


Halloween Mask Making

Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil

30 - 31 October 2012

Create your own Haolloween mask at this FREE drop-in family workshop. No booking required just drop-in between 11.00am - 1.00pm or 2.00pm - 4.00pm.


Halloween Nights

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff

30 October - 1 November 2012

Dare you visit St Fagans for a fun, otherworldly night of tales and terror? Join a wicked walk around St Fagans after dark, some real welsh ghosts and spooky storytelling. Ever since the St Fagans opened its doors in 1948, staff, visitors and local villagers have experienced the unexplainable at several of the re-erected buildings! So come along in your creepiest costume for a walk around the grounds after dark, and experience a night of light, dark and illusion. You might meet an apparition of the White Lady or come face-to-face with a ghost locked in a magic mirror! Listen out for the haunting howls of the Hounds of Annwn - the mythical dogs of the otherworld. If you visit the Museum's tannery you might see the Tanner's ghost!

Tickets +44(0)29 2087 8440 or visit


Horrible History at the Winding House

Winding House, New Tredegar

30 October - 2 November 2012

Delve into the past this October Half-Term and discover creepy creatures, spooky stories and ghastly goings-on in this week of family activities and crafts! Admission: FREE. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Witch Trails in Llancaiach Fawr & Childrens Halloween ActivitiesLlancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson

30 October - 2 November 2012

Childrens' activity 11am to 4pm. Manor house open 10am - 5pm. Normal Manor House entry free includes access to the activities. Craft activities and games for children. Suitable for children up to 11yrs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities only ticket £4.25 per child, accompanying adults free.


Halloween Ghost Tour

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson

31 October 2012

Take a tour around the Manor house on the spookiest night of the year. Go around by candlelight to hear true stories of the uncanny things that have happened to staff and visitors over the years. Please note that Llancaiach Fawr do not fix anything and we cannot guarantee that the house will be active on the evening of your visit. If it is active it could be subtle or not subtle at all.



National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

31 October 2012

Games, stories and a prize fancy dress competition on the spookiest night of the year! Dare you face the Soothsayer in our scary room? Challenge your nose in the horrid hag's game and watch out for the dead Roman soldier haunting the garden!



Halloween ConcertRoyal Welsh Collage of Music and Drama, Cardiff

31 October 2012

Ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night…it may be lunchtime but there's something wicked afoot as the RWCMD Wind Orchestra performs music to set your hair on end. Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain has been scaring the pants off audiences since 1886, and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice still casts a dazzling spell. Ear-tickling showpieces by Holst and Chance set the cauldron bubbling. There are 2 performances : 1:15pm and 3:30pm.


Evening of Mediumship - All Souls Night

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson

1 November 2012

Simone Johnson is an international award winning paranormal medium, psychic artist and holistic healer. Simone has been nominated for 5 awards in the West Wales Spiritual Connections Awards. Simone covers all areas of spiritual work, healing, psychic art spiritua; development teachings, psychic clairvoyant mediumship. Simone has featured in various magazines including Fate anad Fortune, It's Fate and Chat. Simone has run Spiritual Development courses for 5 years in South Wales and has been doing her Psychic art and healing internationally for 9 years.


Feel the Sŵn

swn picEvent - Sŵn Festival
Location - Cardiff
Date - 18 - 21 October 2012

Cardiff's Sŵn Festical returns this year. Growing in stature each year, the festival is spread over 17 of Cardiff's premier pubs, clubs and live music venues, each one offering something a little bit different.

Sŵn means noise in Welsh and the festival is all about promoting new, up and coming music from Wales and giving them the chance to shine.

Visit for more details on the line up, venues and tickets.