The goings on in and around Bridgend

Five top events to look forward to in 2017

2017 is shaping up to be quite the year in Bridgend County, with a wealth of high profile family-friendly events planned over the next ten months. From a trail running festival to the mighty Urdd Eisteddfod - here are the big events you need to be booking tickets to...

Cwlwm Celtaidd (9-12 March)
This lively festival celebrating Celtic music, song and dance is sure to keep the family entertained! Cwlwm Celtaidd showcases the rich cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Wales, drawing attendees from all over the UK.  With a programme of concerts, dances and workshops, the streets of Porthcawl will certainly be bustling.

Porthcawl Jazz Fest (7-9 April)
With 5 different venues and 11 artists, the Porthcawl Jazz Fest is the perfect event for those who want to enjoy different genres of jazz and blues while exploring the shores of Porthcawl. Featuring highly praised UK jazz artists, festival goers won't be able to stop tapping their feet!

Urdd Eisteddfod (29 May-3 June)
Bridgend is expected to welcome tens of thousands of visitors during Urdd Eisteddfod, one of Europe's largest youth touring festivals. This annual competitive festival celebrates Welsh language and culture with the help of over 15,000 children and young people. With youth singing, dance and performance competitions, this is definitely a family friendly event that all ages will enjoy.

Wartime Bridgend (10 June)
Be transported back in time this summer at Wartime Bridgend! Taking place in Bridgend Town Centre, this event will feature demonstrations, period games, and activities from the 1940's. Performers, including a Winston Churchill lookalike and a WWII infantry, will make appearances and bring the WWII era town centre to life. This educational event is ideal for both families and history buffs.

Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival (15 July)
The Methyr Mawr sand dunes are one of Bridgend's most popular tourist attractions and will be the terrain for the Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival this July. With two trails to choose from, runners will be able to explore the beautiful scenery around the Merthyr Mawr Estate and the surrounding area. Family and Kids Races are available too, so bring the whole family for an active day out!




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