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Wales Open Golf

Continuing to build on the success of hosting the 2010 Ryder Cup, the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport will find itself back in the golfing spotlight this week as it hosts the 2014 Wales Open.

First held in 2000 the tournament is now firmly established on the European Tour and attracts some of the biggest names in golf.  This year's competitors include Lee Westwood, Jamie Donaldson and Thomas Bjorn.

More information is available on the website

Historic Newport

Don't be fooled by the name.  Whilst it has plenty of modern features, NEWport has an abundance of historic attractions.

In fact, you can trace the area's history all the way back to Roman times.  Just to the north of Newport City Centre lies Caerleon.  A pretty, quiet town today, but 2000 years ago it was one of the furthest outposts of the might Roman Empire. 

And you don't have to look far to find traces of its past.  The remains of the amphitheatre, once the site of blood thirsty "entertainment" and the barracks, once home to 5000 soldiers are prominent, whilst the baths and National Roman Legion Museum are also well worth a visit.

Elsewhere, the area's history encompasses a medieval ship discovered beneath the mud of the River Usk, a 17th century mansion, once home to some rather eccentric aristocrats, and one of only eight Transporter Bridges still operating anywhere in the world.

It's not all about the history though.  The area does contemporary too.  It boasts some of the best and most luxurious hotels and resorts in the Southern Wales region. 

For instance, the Celtic Manor can be found here - you can stay in one of their five star bedrooms, enjoy a sumptuous meal in one of the restaurants, relax and unwind in the spa or enjoy a round of golf on one of their three courses - just like some of the world's best golfers did when the Ryder Cup was hosted here in 2010.

To find out more about visiting Newport, click on the link

What's Your Perfect Day?

It's all very well me writing this blog and telling you about all about the wonderful things you can do in and around Bridgend and Porthcawl.  After all that's my job.  But what do locals love about their area?

Well, our friends at BridgendBites have invited people to film their "Perfect Day" videos.

And what a range of videos they've come up with - golf, shopping, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, surfing.  Even fashion designer David Emanuel has got in on the act, reminiscing about how he spent his "Perfect Day" growing up in the area.

So take a look at all the videos by clicking here and let us know what would make your "Perfect Day"

Seniors Get in the Swing

Event - Seniors Open Golf
Location - Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Date - 24-27 July 2014
For more information visit the website

The biggest sporting event of the year in South East Wales is almost upon us.  Golf's senior British Open gets underway at the Royal Porthcawl golf course next Thursday.  It will be the first time that Wales hosts a major championship.

Some of the sport's legendary figures are due to take part including Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie.  They'll all be competing to follow in the footsteps of 2013 champion, Mark Wiebe, and claim first prize in what promises to be an exciting weekend of top golf action.

For more information on the tournament, including how to secure tickets, please visit the website.

Seniors Open Comes to Porthcawl

Event - Seniors Open Golf
Location - Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Date - 24-27 July 2014
For more information visit the website

The biggest sporting event of the year in South East Wales is rapidly approaching.  Golf's senior British Open is coming to the Royal Porthcawl golf course, meaning that Wales is set to host a major championship for the first time.

Some of the sport's legendary figures are due to take part including Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie.  They'll all be competing to follow in the footsteps of 2013 champion, Mark Wiebe, and claim first prize in what promises to be an exciting weekend of top golf action.

For more information on the tournament, including how to secure tickets, please visit the website.

Newport 360

Roman CaerleonStanding on the banks of the River Usk, the city of Newport and the surrounding area is packed with things to see and do.

And now to help you find your way about, a new tourism guide has been launched.  Called Newport 360, the guide hears from local people about what visitors can expect to find on a visit to the city and the wider region.

Amongst the highlights you can expect to find on a visit is the iconic Transporter Bridge.  It is one of only eight such bridges remaining in the world.  Built in 1906, the elaborate design was needed in order to allow tall ships to pass up the river to Newport Docks.  Today visitors can cross the river on the suspended gondola or the brave can climb the stairs and cross the high level walkway, a mere 177 feet above the ground.  Enjoy the view.

From the top of the Transporter Bridge, you should be able to spot Tredegar House on the outskirts of the city.  Standing in 90 acres of glorious parkland, the estate was once the home of the aristocratic and somewhat eccentric Morgan family.  Visitors can explore this National Trust property and discover how both the masters and their servants lived and worked.

Newport's history goes back even further.  All the way back to Roman times in fact.  The small town of Caerleon to the north of the city was once the furthest outpost of the Roman Empire and home to hundreds of soldiers.  Today, visitors can explore the remains of the legion's amphitheatre, barracks and baths whilst the National Roman Legion Museum tells the town's story.

Head from Roman times up to the 21st century, and 2010 in particular.  The  eyes of the sporting world focused on Newport when Golf's Ryder Cup was staged at the Celtic Manor Resort.  The tournament put this world class resort firmly in the spotlight and it now boasts 3 world class golf courses including the famous 2010 course which saw Europe triumph in dramatic circumstances.

It's not only the golf that makes a visit to the Celtic Manor worthwhile.  The resort boasts a luxurious 400 room hotel together with fine dining restaurants and spa facilities. 

There's plenty of other accommodation available in the area with high quality accommodation available from the like of Hilton and Holiday Inn whilst for something a little bit different you can stay in a lighthouse overlooking the Severn Estuary.

To download your copy of the Newport 360 visitor guide, please click here

A Perfect Day

Take a look at this great video from our friends at www.bridgendbites.com

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.

No Rest at this Bay

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 generations.

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.

This weekend will see hundreds of people descend on the bay and the nearby town of Porthcawl, as it holds the annual water sports and music festival, Splashup

For more information on Porthcawl and the surrounding area visit www.bridgendbites.com (@bridgendbites)

No Rest at this Bay

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 generations.

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 www.bridgendbites.com (@bridgendbites)

Great Golf Coming Up this Summer

Wales Open Tournament, Celtic Manor ResortEvent - ISPS Handa Wales Open
Location - Celtic Manor

Date - August 29th - 1st September 2013
Website

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 2014.

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 in 2012.