The goings on in and around Bridgend

Monthly Archives: March 2017

Things to do in April

April - the month in which Spring truly has sprung and its warm enough to get out and enjoy the beautiful Bridgend landscape. Here are just a handful of the top music and Easter-related activities to be enjoyed in April.

Porthcawl Jazz Festival (7-9 April)
Stroll on the scenic beaches of Bridgend while enjoying tunes from some of the UK's iconic jazz artists. The Porthcawl Jazz Festival boasts 11 artists and 5 venues, including the James Taylor Quartet and Li Harding. With the sounds of jazz floating through the streets of Porthcawl, attendees won't be able to stop moving to the funky beats!

Spring Inspired Crafts at Carnegie House (11 April)
Bring out your inner artist at Carnegie House! This free event will be led by tutor Claire Hiett and inspire children's creativity to shine. Tuesday will be hat making, while Wednesday is reserved for general crafts.

Porthcawl Easter Egg Hunt (8 April)
Starting from the Town Centre and throughout surrounding streets you can hunt for one of the 500 plastic eggs hidden by the Easter Bunnies. Prizes will be given for every egg found (limited to one egg per child). Free family event for everyone to enjoy. Futher information

Bryngarw Easter Egg Hunt (15-16 April)
This annual event is back by popular demand! The event starts in the morning and includes children's craft activities and egg hunts led by LaLaLa Productions' theatre performers. There will also be plenty of chocolates to enjoy. Make sure you book in advance by calling 01656 815995. Admission is £7.50 per child. Further information

Bridgend Easter Sunday Fun Day (16 April)
Taking place at the Newbridge Playing Fields, Bridgend is hosting a Sunday Fun Day ideal for the whole family! With donkey rides, a petting farm, Easter party games, stalls and refreshments, the children are sure to have a blast. They might even be able to meet their favourite character too! Visit on Easter Sunday for a fun family outing.

Dedicated cycle path unveiled

Monday 20th March marked the official opening of a new Porthcawl cycle path that will make it much easier to walk and cycle the beautiful Bridgend County coastline.

Over recent months, improvement work has been completed along the Porthcawl seafront, making it easier to cycle between two of the resort's most popular beaches - Sandy Bay and Rest Bay. The path also forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 88, which connects Cardiff and Newport.

The launch coincides with the opening day of the Sustrans Big Pedal 2017 - the UK's largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. Pupils from both West Park and Newton primary school attended the launch of the route, which will also make it more practical to cycle to school and work.

Footways have been widened, new paving and bike racks installed as well as a number of signage and drainage improvements. Those using the trails will also likely spot six new Porthcawl Bikes branded bicycles helping promote the new route while also calling attention to the new facilities on offer.

Also in the works is a new cycle benefits scheme - a credit card-sized map will show the route and highlight where to find shops, refreshments, visitor centres etc. The map will also double up as a discount card that can be shown in participating businesses.

Mother's Day in Bridgend County

Whether your Mum loves adventure or is partial to a sweet treat, Mothering Sunday is the perfect opportunity to plan a special day. If you looking for something a little different try wild food foraging or for an active day out with Mum in tow hit the waves at Porthcawl. To help arrange a memorable day here is a round up of the best Mother's Day activities in and around Bridgend.

For a foodie treat… Afternoon tea at Court Colman Manor Hotel
Located just outside of Bridgend, the Court Colman Manor Hotel creates a unique atmosphere with classic comfort and Georgian charm, perfect for Mother's Day. Enjoy afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches in cakes in the Garden Room or Crystal Ballroom. Served with a glass of Prosecco for each adult and a spring flower for every mother.

For adventure seekers… Explore the coastline on a fatbike
For a Mother's Day at the beach with a difference, try exploring the coastline with fat biking. If your Mum loves a bit of adventure try fatbikingfor a new, exciting way to experience the coastand access the beaches and sand dunes that would otherwise take hours of trudging. Porthcawl Bike Hire,the family run business in the heart of Porthcawl,offer fat bike tours out across the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, allowing riders to ride along the sea edge to take in the beauty of the Welsh coastline.

For epic waves… Surfing with Porthcawl Surf School
If you are looking for a fun day out with your mum, head to Porthcawl for a spot of surfing. Porthcawl offers some of the best waves for beginners and experienced surfers. Those in need of lessons can book a session with the Porthcawl Surf School,named the UK's Best Surf Schoolat the UK Surf Awards. So grab a board and enjoy the best of British surfing this Mother's Day!

For nature lovers… Wild food foraging with Wild Spirit Bushcraft
If you want to organise analternative Mother's Day activityhead to the Glamorgan Coast for some wild food foraging. Spend the afternoon exploring your surroundings whilst hunting for edible treats, then cook up a tasty lunch on the beach. Whether your mum is eco conscious or just loves spending time in the great outdoors this is a perfect Mother's Day activity and offers a chance to explore the beautiful South Wales coastline.

For a taste of Spain… Spanish tapas and cocktails at 19 Mary Street
For a relaxing evening treat your Mum to an authentic Spanish feast, washed down with a glass of Prosecco or freshly made Mojito. The menu features traditional favourites such as Patata Bravas along with modern takes on tapas such as sherry and apple glazed pork belly - perfect for sharing a special evening this Mother's Day!

For a memorable meal… Dinner at The Pickled Radish, Laleston
Located on the outskirts of Bridgend in the pretty village of Laleston, the Picked Radish as quickly become a favourite amongst foodies since opening. The restaurant has a roaring open fire for a cosy feel and the modern dishes add a touch of elegance for a memorable meal. The menu features local ingredients including garlic and rosemary roasted leg of Rosedew farm lamb and loin of Glamorgan pork, to finish off indulge in a triple chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream - heaven!



EVENT: Porthcawl Jazz Festival

The Porthcawl Jazz Festival is now only a month away! With fifteen bands, duos and solo performers at five venues, this year's festival is looking bigger and better than ever...

Among the festival's many talented artists are the James Taylor Quartet and Li Harding performing with the Gary Phillips Trio.

For more than 30 years, the James Taylor Quartet has graced countless stages with their dynamic live performances. Their acid jazz sound bring funk and groove, while their action and detective film covers inspire a sense of whimsy.

Widely regarded as Wales' leading jazz and blues singer, Li Harding will be joined by Swansea guitarist Gary Phillips, whose experience touring Europe means that this is one performenace not to be missed!

Too see these acts and more, join us for a weekend of jazz and blues on the scenic Bridgend coast that will keep you moving to the rhythm.

All weekend tickets: £43.20
Saturday tickets: £11
Sunday tickets: £16.50

Tickets for JTQ at the Grand Pavilion: From £19 for adults, £18 for children

Learn more about the event and buy tickets at