Gwent…or head of the Gwent valleys if you want to know what it
means. Being at the top of these valleys, it comes as no
surprise that the area has a number of lofty claims to fame.
It has the highest town in Wales - Brynmawr, standing at 380
metres above sea level. It is also home to the highest golf
course in Wales, with the West Mon course standing at
457 metres. It also has one of the tallest sculptures in
Wales - Six Bell's Guardian memorial
towering 20 metres over the village below.
As well as all these giant geographical landmarks, it also an area
that celebrates political giants. Tredegar was the home town
to Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS. In fact, the place
where he first cut his teeth in politics, Bedwellty House is now open to
the public. Together with the surrounding parkland, it is now
one of the most popular attractions in the area.
Other attractions in the area include the Festival Park shopping village
and Parc Bryn Bach, a acres of
green space, morrland and lake - ideal for all sort of outdoor
Click the links to take a look at what else Blaenau Gwent and the
surrounding Valleys can offer.
Christmas is coming and so that means it's Panto
season here in Southern Wales (oh yes it is!!!)
Aladdin's magic carpet ride into Newport's Riverfront
Theatre. Jam-packed full with a talented cast, stunning set,
catchy songs, toe-tapping dance routines and giggles a-plenty;
Aladdin runs from now until Wednesday 3 January 2010 and prices
range from £5 - £16. For more information and to book your
tickets, please visit www.newport.gov.uk/theriverfront or
call Box Office on +44 (0) 1633 656757.
Over at Cardiff's New Theatre, the classic Cinderella is
entertaining the crowds. Comedian Brian Conley makes his
Cardiff panto debut as he takes on the role of Buttons.
Brian leads a talented cast in this fairytale adventure, full of
transforming pumpkins, glass slippers and a very special
godmother. The pantomime runs from 11 December until 23
January and more information is available from www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
Elsewhere in the area Jack and his Beanstalk put in an
appearance at Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion, Little Red Riding Hood at
the Beaufort Theatre in Ebbw Vale and Beauty and the Beast at the
Borough Theatre, Abergavenny.
With only a month to go until Christmas it's time
to hit the shops and get all those presents for family and
friends. And in Southern Wales there's plenty of
There are two out of town designer outlets. In the heart of
the valleys is Festival Park near Ebbw Vale. There are over
40 shops for you to explore as well as a café and restaurant for
you to relax and recharge your batteries.
Just north of Bridgend, on junction 36 of the M4 motorway is the
Bridgend Designer Outlet. There are over 90 high-street and
designer brands with up to 60% off and unbeatable discounts all
Cardiff meanwhile is a magnet for shopaholics. It's brand
new shopping centre and pedestrianised city centre makes shopping a
pleasure while the city is criss crossed by a number of Victorian
arcades which are home to local, independent shops. Don't
miss the Christmas market either. Situated in the city's
castle quarter, beautifully decked in exquisite decorations,
banners and festive lights. The area is filled with
alpine-style wooden chalets and stalls laden with festive foods,
hand-crafted, unique Christmas gifts and fortifying glasses of
Festival Park Shopping Village in Ebbw Vale is one of two
branded designer outlets in Southern Wales. It is home to
over 40 high street shops all under one roof. Amongst others
you will find Nike, M&S and Gap all selling some of their
latest goods at discounted prices.
There's plenty to keep you occupied if shopping is not your
thing. It is situated in a 70 acre parkland setting in the
heart of the Southern Wales Valleys. There are cafes and
restaurants to keep you fed and watered and even an owl
And it is also home to the UK's longest super tubing track.
Super what???? Take a look at these: