a small town with a big history.
At the centre of the town is the beautiful Bedwellty Park. The 26
acre park dates from the 19th century when it was
created for the Master of the local iron works, Samuel Homfray.
The parkland is full of interesting features such as cascades, a
bandstand and an ice house. It also boasts the biggest single
lump of coal ever mined.
The park's centre piece though is Bedwellty House. Once home
to Homfray, the house has a remarkable history. As well as
being a residence, the house also became the headquarters of
Tredegar Town Council.
And it was in this council chamber that a young Aneurin Bevan took
his first steps into politics, before he went on to become the
local MP and founder of the NHS. Visitors can take a look
inside this historic room and watch a short film as well as browse
through a number of other exhibitions.
Bedwelty House and Park is open all year round to the
Visitors to the house and park can relax and unwind in the Orchid
House tearoom where they can sample a range of homemade
specialities, including produce grown in its very own kitchen
For more information please visit the website
They're at it again. Not content with alternative food
festivals (with the amazing
collapsing cauliflower sheep) and taking the
world record for the number of Elves in one
place from New York, the ever imaginative team at
Bridgend have come up with yet another weird and wonderful
event. It's called the Bridgend Mash up.
It will take place in the streets of the town centre on
7th May 2011 and essentially mixes (or "mashes") traditional
athletics in the streets with contemporary urban street
Traditional athletics events are leaving the track and heading for
the streets with long jumping, pole vaulting, sprinting and middle
distance running. Add into the mix more contemporary pursuits
such as BMX, skateboarding and parkour as well as street dancing
and a music stage and you have the Bridgend Mash Up. It will
also feature the Bridgend Bombshells, the area's only Roller Derby
team (no, I'd never heard of this sport before either, but it looks
Plenty of entertainment throughout the day to keep you occupied, so
for more information and to keep up with any new events added to
the programme take a look at their website, facebook page and use #bridgend
#mashup hashtags on Twitter