Event - Cwlwm Celtaidd, Wales' Interceltic
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 27 February - 1 March 2015
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
Cwlwm Celtaidd, Wales' Interceltic Festival.
Singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall,
Brittany, the Isle of Man and of course Wales descend on the
seaside resort of Porthcawl and its 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.
To find out more, including which artisits are appearing and the
programme for the weekend, please
visit the website.
As well as its spectacular scenery, dramatic coastline,
sandy beaches and world class golf, Bridgend is home to many events
throughout the year - some quirkier than others.
And 2015 promises to be no different, with plenty on offer to keep
Here's a taste of what's coming up:
A family festival of music, song & dance of the Celtic
countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany
& Wales, with a packed programme of concerts, dances,
workshops, street dance displays in the Town Centre and on the
Esplanade on Saturday, our legendary sessions in the bar and Beach
Ceilidh on Sunday.
April - Porthcawl Jazz Festival
One of the biggest Jazz Festivals in Wales returns to
Porthcawl this spring. The Porthcawl Jazz Festival
always attracts some star names and previous performers include
Buddy Greco, Jacqui Dankworth and Digby Fairweather. Numerous
events will take place at a variety of locations throughout the
weekend as well as the headline acts at the town's Grand Pavilion
- Feastival, Wales' Alternative Food Festival
For two days Bridgend town centre will be alive with the
sights, sounds, scents - and of course tastes - of some of the very
best Welsh and local food and drink. More than 40 exhibitors
will be taking part offering a wide range of mouthwatering treats
to try and buy, while the entertainment promises to amuse and
Porthcawl Elvis Festival
Every September thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Welsh
seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King.The
feature events take place in the magnificent Grand Pavilion, whilst
the nearby Hi Tide Inn hosts over 100 shows during the weekend,
many with free admission. There are also over 20 venues
around the town hosting events as part of the fringe
Elf World Record Attempt
Bridgend's famous annual Elf-steddfod, taking place each December!
Hundreds of Santa's little helpers gather in the town centre in an
attempt to break the World Record for most elves gathered in one
For a full list of events happening in
Southern Wales please visit our website
The Bridgend Elfsteddfod is back.
Back in 2010, the town of Bridgend took on
mighty New York in the battle of the Elves. The Big
Apple held the record for the most elves gathered together in one
place. Bridgend decided to take on the challenge and ended up
smashing the world record with 794 elves gathering in the town
Every year since then,
Bridgend has successfully topped their record with more and more
elves coming to the town to be part of history and the current record, set last year, stands at
Not one to rest on their laurels, the town is looking yet again to
break its own record.
This Saturday, 13th December, people are being invited to gather
in the town for a day of festivities which will culminate in the Elf World Record attempt. To
take part, just turn up in a red or green jumper and collect one of
the official elf hats that will be provided.
Who knows, you might end the day as a World Record Holder.
This is the village of Merthyr Mawr near Bridgend. It's an
idyllic little settlement, as picturesque as they come, with an
outstanding collection of thatched cottages positioned around an
old village green.
Despite being a relatively small village, there's plenty of
interesting places to visit. The 'Dipping Bridge' was built
in the 15th century, the holes in the sides allowed farmers to push
their sheep into the River Ogmore for a seasonal dip!
Just down the lane lie the remains of Candleston Castle, once a 15th
century fortified mansion house, whilst nearby Ogmore Castle is
probably the most picturesque castle in Wales.
Just beyond the castle is one of the biggest sand dune systems in Europe. It
once stretched for miles, right around Swansea Bay and some of the
dunes are as big as small mountains. The dunes are an
important wildlife habitat and site of scientific interest, which
shelters a rich variety of plants. Parts of the Hollywood
blockbuster 'Lawrence of Arabia' were filmed here.
Every year, just before Christmas, hundreds of amateur athletes
descend on the village for the annual Christmas Pudding Run.
The race is a challenging multi-terrain, six mile run that winds
its way through the sand dune system. The route starts with
an ascent of the highest single sand dune in Europe - the fearsome
But it doesn't end there, the race then continues with even more
climbs, over rough moorland and through several streams before
eventually the runners get to the finish line.
And the prize for completing this gruelling course……a Christmas pudding of
In the tranquil surroundings of the
Bridgend's Garw Valley, lies
the beautiful Bryngarw Country Park.
113 acres stunning parkland to explore, including native
woodlands, formal gardens and secluded glades.
And lurking amongst the flora and fauna are the Ancient Keepers of
Bryngarw - four mythical guardians of the park's woodlands,
meadows, gardens and river. Awaken the keepers with your
special 'talisman' (available from the visitor centre) and hear the
stories, myths and legends of this mysterious area.
For more information on Bryngarw Park visit the website
A busy weekend is in
store for us as welcome the Group Travel Organisers Association
Western Branch to the region for a familiarisation visit.
The group, who are in Cardiff for their AGM, will also take time
to visit some of the area's best attractions and sample some
legendary Welsh hospitality.
The tour will kick off with a visit to Llancaiach Fawr, a
17th century manor house near Caerphilly, which takes you
back in time to see how the servants worked and lived during the
Back in the present day, and the group will then head for Wales'
only distillery at Penderyn in at the top of the
From there they head to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet
near Bridgend, to browse (and
spend) in some of the centre's 90 designer and big name
Dinner at Llanerch Vineyard will round off the day in a relaxing
The following day, the group will head for the St Fagans National
History Museum and enjoy a trip aboard the Cardiff Bay Road
Train. Whilst in the Bay, they'll also visit the Norwegian
Church and the Senedd.
The weekend will then be rounded off in unforgettable style with a
sumptuous feast at Cardiff Castle's famous Welsh Banquets.
The group will be guided by Steve Griffin from Griffin
We hope the GTO's have a great time and that they will be inspired
to return with their groups in the not too distant future.
This weekend sees Wales' biggest and best food festival
come to Abergavenny.
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.
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.
Don't worry if you can't make it to Abergavenny, there are two
more great food festivals coming up over the next few
Look our for the Bridgend
Food Feastival (26-27 September) and the Newport Food Festival (4 October)
Event - Porthcawl Elvis Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 26 - 28 September
On the face of it Porthcawl seems to be a typical British
seaside resort. Just 30 minutes from Cardiff, the town has
everything you would expect - sandy beaches, a fairground, seafront
Grand Pavilion and of course fish and chip shops.
Every September, the otherwise tranquil town comes alive as the
unlikely venue for one of the world's biggest and best Elvis
The Porthcawl Elvis Festival sees the town swamped with fans,
lookalikes and tribute acts all enjoying the atmosphere and the
various concerts and events throughout the area.
The festival is centred on the historic Grand Pavilion, a
traditional sea front theatre which is host to the main concerts
but the whole town gets in on the act with various events happening
throughout the resort all weekend.
The highlight of the weekend is the big Elvies award ceremony
where the best Elvis impersonators are rewarded for their work.
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
Event - Seniors Open Golf
Location - Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Date - 24-27 July 2014
For more information visit the
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
For more information on the tournament, including how to secure
tickets, please visit the website.