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Celtic Festival of Wales

Event - Cwlwm Celtaidd, Wales' Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 27 February - 1 March 2015

Website

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.

Elvis Comes to Porthcawl

Event - Porthcawl Elvis Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 26 - 28 September 2014
Website


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 Presley festivals.

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.

What's Your Perfect Day?

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 Day"

Seniors Get in the Swing

Event - Seniors Open Golf
Location - Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Date - 24-27 July 2014
For more information visit the website

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 action.

For more information on the tournament, including how to secure tickets, please visit the website.

Survival of the Fittest

Event - Celts Survival Run
Location - Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Porthcawl
Date - 23 August 2014
For more information visit the website

This is most definitely not a gentle fun run.  It's not even a marathon with a few gentle challenges thrown in along the way.  Oh, no. This is the Celts Survival Run - an International Extreme Endurance Event.

At 50km long the course would be tough enough on its own, but this is not a straight forward race.  As well as running that extreme distance, competitors will be expected to overcome a series of brutal obstacles.

The route takes the competitors through the stunning scenery of the Kenfig National Nature Reserve and along the South Wales coast to the huge Merthyr Mawr sand dunes before finishing at Ogmore Castle, not that the runners will have a chance to appreciate their surroundings.

The race will put competitors in true survival mode and challenges along the route may include carrying, climbing, throwing, digging, building and swimming.  Not many people will finish the course; fewer still will have completed all the obstacles along the way.

Most of the challenges will not be revealed until the day of the race, so competitors will have to be ready for anything.

Are you tough enough to give it a go?

(Please note, this is an extremely tough and dangerous race.  It is only for very fit and very experienced ultra-marathon runners.  If that's not you, then do not enter)

Seniors Open Comes to Porthcawl

Event - Seniors Open Golf
Location - Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
Date - 24-27 July 2014
For more information visit the website

The biggest sporting event of the year in South East Wales is rapidly approaching.  Golf's senior British Open is coming to the Royal Porthcawl golf course, meaning that Wales is set to host a major championship for the first time.

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 action.

For more information on the tournament, including how to secure tickets, please visit the website.

Jazz on the Sands

jazz_poster_s3Event: Jazz on the Sands
Location: Porthcawl
Date: 11-13 April 2014
Website

Brecon Jazz Festival is probably the best known Jazz Festival in Wales but did you know that the seaside town of Porthcawl has a festival of it's own, and it's coming up next month.

The Porthcawl Jazz Festival takes place from 11-13 April and features some well known names from the world of jazz including the Big Chris Barber Band, Davide Logiri and digby Fairweather

It all kicks off on the Friday night with a performance from the Rhondda Symphony Pops Orchestra at the town's Grand Pavilion.  Numerous events will take place at a variety of locations throughout the weekend as well as the headline acts at the Pavilion every evening.

Where better to be than by the seaside relaxing and enjoying some top quality Jazz.

Cwlwm Celtaidd - Porthcawl Interceltic Festival

Event - Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 7 - 9 March 2014

Website

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 Porthcawl Interceltic Festival.

Singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and of course Wales descend on the town's 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.

No Rest at this Bay

At the western edge of the seaside town of Porthcawl lies Rest Bay.  A huge expanse of sand, (at least it is when the tide is out) the bay has been a popular draw for visitors for generations.

As well as people eager to relax on the golden sands, it is also something of a centre for sporting excellence.

Overlooking Rest Bay is the Royal Porthcawl Club.  Generally regarded as one of best (and toughest!) links courses in the country.  Even the best pros can struggle hear as the wind blows in off the Atlantic Ocean.  It has held some prestigious competitions in the past and in 2014 it is due to host the Seniors British Open.

The same Atlantic winds which make Royal Porthcawl so tough for golfers are welcomed by Rest Bay's other sportspeople - the surfers.  The waves here are considered some of the best in the country and different parts of the beach are suitable for both novices and more experienced surfers.  If you are new to the sport, then look out for the several local surf schools who can give you a few lessons.  They'll have you standing up in no time.

This weekend will see hundreds of people descend on the bay and the nearby town of Porthcawl, as it holds the annual water sports and music festival, Splashup

For more information on Porthcawl and the surrounding area visit www.bridgendbites.com (@bridgendbites)

Splash up is back

Porthcawl gets set for action with the return of the Splashup.  From 25-27 October the town celebrates its status as Wales' premier watersports town with a series of events, demonstrations and live music.

There'll be all sorts of activities taking place including a Beach Flag cotest, free watersports taster sessions and the fantastic night surfing competition.

Check out the video to see what happened last year and to give you a taste for what you can expect this time around.

For more information on the event go to the website or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.