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The Mash Up

Event - Bridgend Mash Up 2014
Location - Bridgend Town Centre

Date - 17 May 2014
Further Details - www.thebridgendmash.com

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
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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 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.

Cwlwm Celtaidd - Porthcawl Interceltic Festival

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

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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.

Pedal Power

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 Britain.

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 twice.

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 König.

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?

Discover Merthyr Tydfil

Take a look at this video of Merthyr Tydfil.  It might not be the obvious choice when thinking of a holiday in Wales, but as the video proves there's so much to do and some stunning scenery.  Enjoy!

The Hidden Gardens of Dewstow

Whilst we've already mentioned some of Wales best attractions that are well known about, we also have a lot of hidden gems.

Dewstow Gardens, near Chepstow is quite literary one of Southern Wales' hidden gems. The gardens were originally built around the turn of the 20th century and included all the things you'd expect in gardens - rockeries, ponds, water features and loads of plants and shrubs etc.  But the highlight was a subterranean world of tunnels and grottoes housing many tropical and unusual plants.

Over the years the gardens fell into disrepair and the tunnels and grottoes were filled in and forgotten about.  That is until the start of the 20th century when the land's new owners started clearing the land.  Curiosity got the better of them so they started digging and were amazed to discover the network of tunnels that had laid undiscovered for over 50 years.

A massive restoration project was undertaken and today the gardens have been restored to their former glory so that we can enjoy what was hidden away for decades.

To find out more about Dewstow Gardens click here

Millennium Magic

It's that time of year again.

The eyes of Wales will this weekend be focused on Cardiff as the Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off.

Wales will be looking to repeat their heroics of last year when they won all five of their games to secure their 3rd Grand Slam in seven years.  

There'll be a tremendous atmosphere up and down Wales as the country comes to a stop to watch the game and the streets of Cardiff will be full of rugby fans enjoying the city's legendary match day atmosphere.  There is nowhere in the world better to be than Cardiff on the day of a big match. 

Wales' fixtures in this year's championship are below:

Saturday 2 February - Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Saturday 9 February - France v Wales, Stade de France, Paris
Saturday 23 February - Italy v Wales, Stadio Olympico, Rome
Saturday 9 March - Scotland v Wales, Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Saturday 16 March - Wales v England, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Celtic Fun

Event - Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 1 - 3 March 2013

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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.  The highlight being the Parade of the Celts - a colourful procession through the town's streets by the festival's participants, many in their National Dress.  The parade heralds the start of the proceedings which then continue all weekend.