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Best of Bedwellty

Bedwellty HouseTredegar is 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 public.

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 garden.

For more information please visit the website

Get Mashed in Bridgend

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 culture. 

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 great fun)

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