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Gwent Gems

GuardianBlaenau 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 pursuits.

Click the links to take a look at what else Blaenau Gwent and the surrounding Valleys can offer.

Panto Time

AladdinChristmas 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.

Christmas Shopping in Southern Wales

christmas marketWith 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 choice.

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 year round.

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 mulled wine.

Festival Park Shopping Village

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 sanctuary.

And it is also home to the UK's longest super tubing track.  Super what????  Take a look at these: