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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"

A Perfect Day

Take a look at this great video from our friends at www.bridgendbites.com

As part of their Perfect Day campaign, they've put together a little compilation of all the things you can get up to in Bridgend, Porthcawl and the surrounding area.

Whether it's playing a round on the famous fairways of Royal Porthcawl, catching a wave or two at Rest Bay, a genteel afternoon tea , a walk through some of the biggest sand dunes in Europe or a bit of retail therapy, there's plenty of options.

Take a look at the rest of the Perfect Day videos here

Let us know what makes your Perfect Day.

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.

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.

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

Dare to Discover

Take a look at this great video.  It features Gorge Walking, Horse Riding, Golf, Foraging, Surfing and Shopping.

Fantastic that you can all do these things in an area of Wales not usually renowned for outdoor activities - Bridgend.

Have a look and then click Discover to find out more

Just 12 reasons?

According to a recent tweet, Visit Britain said there are 12 great reasons to visit Wales.  Great news of course, but I'm sure there are many more. 

Here are 12 of my own suggestions but please feel free to add some of your own below.

Reasons to visit Wales
1. Spectacular Scenery
2. Rugged coastline ( a new 850 mile round Wales coastal path will be opening soon, allowing you to enjoy every inch of it)
3. Friendly people
4. Caerphilly Castle - one of the biggest in Europe
5. St Fagans National History Musueum - a fantastic open air museum
6. The highest mountain in England and Wales (and a train to take you to the top of it)
7. Visit the locations used to film Doctor Who (which as it happens was the subject of a different Visit Britain blog)
8. Three World Heritage Sites
9. Three National Parks
10. Penderyn Distillery, making fantastic Welsh whisky
11. Great surfing beaches including Rest Bay, Porthcawl
12. The magnificent Millennium Stadium, home to our equally magnificent rugby team

Porthcawl – Sand, Sea and Elvis???

Porthcawl Elvis FestivalOn the face of it Porthcawl seems to be a typical seaside resort.  Just 30 minutes from Cardiff, the town has everything you would expect - sandy beaches (7 in total), one of the biggest holiday parks in Europe, a fairground, seafront Grand Pavilion, fish and chip shops, ice cream parlours and, of course, donkey rides.

But while the traditional bucket and spade holidays are still popular, there are plenty of alternatives for those wanting something a little different.

The coastline is fast gaining a reputation for its watersports.  The surfing at the town's Rest Bay is said by experts to be some of the best in the country whilst the nearby Adventures Activity Centre is ideal for those wanting to try their hand at some other outdoor activities such as kayaking and coasteering.

At a slightly more sedate pace and at the western end of the town is Kenfig National Nature Reserve.  Part of a huge sand dune system and an internationally renowned wetland, the reserve is home to many rare birds and plants and visitors are welcome to explore at their leisure.

Porthcawl is also the unlikely home of the of one of the largest Elvis festivals in the world.  Held each September the town is awash with Elvis impersonators and fans with the town's bars, restaurants and hotels all paying tribute to The King in their own way.  The festival then culminates at the Grand Pavilion with the annual Elvies awards and the crowning of the festival's best Elvis tribute act.