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Bridgend: 5 things to do this spring!

There's plenty to be joyful for during the spring months in Wales, the blossoming of snowdrops and the bleating of lambs but Bridgend has much more to offer in the way of activities for all the family. Here are our top 5 things to do this Spring in Bridgend:

5. The Bryngarw Keepers Quest
This interactive project is a great excuse to get out of the house and excited about a new outdoor adventure. Fully open to the public from the height of Spring (April 2014), this quest will have you roaming the countryside to unlock stories from 'The Five Keepers'. Your challenge is to resolve clues so that you can awaken all of the Keepers hidden within the area and in turn, become a Keeper yourself…

4. Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
It's getting warmer and the Senior Open Championship is getting closer - it's time to get your golfing gear on, get out and head down to the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Why not get some gentle exercise at what has been described as one of the World's finest 12 golf courses and book yourself tickets to see the professionals at work from July 24th-27th.

3. Italian Food Market
Fancy experiencing some culture but can't stretch to an Easter getaway? Transport yourself to Italy and experience an authentic Italian food market from 1st-5th May. Bring home some of the warm and rich aromas the World's most popular cuisine such as fresh olives, calzone and salami meats alongside a whole lot more. The markets will be from 10am- 5pm and move from Maesteg Town Centre, Thursday 1st May - Bridgend Town Centre, Friday - Saturday 2nd - 3rd May - Porthcawl Town Centre, Sunday - Monday 4th - 5th May.

2. Porthcawl Jazz on the Sands
What better way to start enjoying the warmth of the seaside again than with a music to wet your appetite for the upcoming festival season. Get yourself down to Porthcawl over the weekend of 11-13th April and treat your ears to three days of pure Jazz from 18 different bands across 9 venues. With performances from the likes of The Big Chris Barber Band, one of Europe's most successful jazz groups and Cardiff University Big Band, tickets start at a mere £5 with under 12s going for free!

1. Girls Surfing Days
With Bridgend playing host to a number of great surfing spots, get the females of the family inspired by taking part in the Girls surfing days at Porthcawl Surf School. Mentored by pro surfer Corinne Evans at Rest Bay, all levels of ability will be accommodated and all ages welcomed. Why not turn the experience into an overnight visit with accommodation from only £20 per night and breakfast at £4! Kicking off from 10th May call 07583348813 to book.

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