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We're spoilt for choice when it comes to family things to do in Bridgend. There are plenty of activity providers that offer a fun family day out, along with some top quality bike rides or walks on the coast and up in the valleys. So after a busy day out with the children you'll probably want to end it with a family meal at one of Bridgend's quality restaurants. Here are just five of some our favourite places to eat in and around Bridgend.
A famous face visits The Prince in Kenfig
1. The Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig offers all the family plenty of fun with it's exciting history and interior. Whilst the children will love the knights and medievil decor, the adults can enjoy the fine selection of local ales on offer. There's also a great menu that showcases the best of Welsh cooking and locally sauced Bridgend foods. Situated next to the beautiful Kenfig Nature Reserve and not far from the beach, this magnificent 16th century family run pub is steeped in history, character and charm.
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2. The Old House inn, is possibly the oldest pub in Wales, if not on the British Isles. When you arrive this pub has a fairytale like appearance, and walking through the door is like going back in time. The interior is charming and historic, and has lots of interesting items all around. The area surrounding the Old House is picturesque and a great spot for children to play in. There's a hearty menu on offer that also includes an excellent family menu.
Wiggleys Fun Farm
3. Wiggleys Fun Farm offers a menu of freshly prepared food made every day, a fine selection of drinks and refreshments. This is a great place for parents to relax with a cake and coffee, while their children go off to have some fun. There's a large indoor play area which consists of climbing frames, rope courses and other adventure areas. Outside there's a large area where families can visit friendly farm animals.
The Atlantic Hotel
4. The Atlantic Hotel & Restaurant , is conveniently situated right upon the golden sands of Rest Bay beach within a few minutes walk of the town centre and the picturesque harbour, on the unspoilt coast of Porthcawl. Enjoy a day out on the beach before stopping for a tasty meal in the Atlantic Hotel's restaurant. There's a quality children's menu and plenty of quality choices for the adults.
5. The Angel Inn, Maudlam. This is a great family-friendly restaurant & pub with a rural character and cosy, relaxed atmosphere situated in the village of Maudlam. Food is served all day. The menu ranges from traditional pub favourites, a selection of chargrilled meats, prime steak burgers, and desserts. Visitors can soak up the sun in the Angel's beer garden. The Angel Inn is very welcoming to all nursing mums with babies/toddlers and have installed a baby changer and have five new high chairs. Nearby is the Kenfig National Nature Reserve, one of the finest Wildlife habitats in Wales. Not only can visitors enjoy the nature but nearby there are some excellent walks you can enjoy with your family and dogs. Glamorgan's largest freshwater lake, Kenfig Pool, lies at the heart of the reserve and is a stopping off point for migrating birds. The Angel Inn is also a dog friendly pub.
With blue sunny skies over Bridgend it's been a perfect week to celebrate national picnic week!
Here at Bridgend Tourism we might be a bit biased, but we can't think of many better places to pull out a blanket and basket for a picnic. There are plenty of ideal settings in the area to soak up the scenery and munch away on some picnic treats. Locations vary from golden sandy beaches along the Bridgend coastline, nature reserves scattered with a variety of flora and up in the valleys there's remote countryside that overlooks streams and lush green fields
So here our some favourite picnic sites in Bridgend and Porthcawl.
On a clear day on the beaches and along the Wales Coast Path visitors can expect to see great views across the Bristol Channel to North Devon and Somerset.
1. A wonder along Wales' Coastal path, a picnic and a bit of a rest…
Porthcawl Rest Bay, is famous for watersports and a blue flag beach. Visitors can enjoy some traditional seaside fun in Porthcawl before heading out to enjoy your picnic on the sandy beaches of Rest Bay and Newton Bay. Rest Bay is particularly known for its surf so you can enjoy your lunch watching the surfers try to catch waves.
Pink Bay on the Welsh Coastal Path, near Rest Bay in Porthcawl, by BridgendBites.com ©
2. For the Family.
Porthcawl Coney Beach is the perfect place for keeping energetic kids entertained. It has it's own fun fair, candy floss and donkeys. The kids will be entertained for hours, while parents can sit back, enjoy the golden sands and soak up a bit of sun.
3. A peaceful place, where nature & beauty collide…
Scer Beach Porthcawl by BridgendBites.com
Porthcawl Newton Bay overlooks the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Merthyr Mawr Warren and Ogmore by Sea. It's an aea pf scientific interest near where Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes are near by. It's a peaceful setting where sounds of the sea and the flowing river Ogmore come together to create a very therapeutic spot.
4. Surround yourself by nature, history & the sea…
Rest Bay by BridgendBites.com
Sker Beach, Porthcawl located at Kenfig National Nature Reserve is a natural gem on the coast of South Wales. Europe's second largest sand dunes are near by as well as the highest percentage of Welsh flora in one area.
5. Green grass & water…
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, on the edge of the Ogmore River. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, so it will certainly capture the imagine of the children when they're running around!
A bonus spot with some wonderful trails...
Bryngarw Country Park by BridgendBites.com
Bryngarw Country Park, is a picnic stop must situated in 120 acres of country park. There a plenty of walking trails to choose from. Visitors can enjoy a woodland walk or a river ramble before strolling onto Bryngarw's large lawns and sitting down for a picnic.