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Six Reasons to Visit Europe’s Largest Elvis Festival

The King is back and he is ready to party in Porthcawl! Join thousands of Elvis lookalikes around the seaside town of Porthcawl from 28th-30th September, for a truly rock 'n' roll weekend. With a brand new stage, 100s of Elvis inspired events and award winning acts, this year's Elvis Festival is set to be a show stopping weekend you won't want to miss.



Join the single largest Elvis event in Europe!

Did you know Porthcawl Elvis Fest is the single largest Elvis gathering in Europe (arguably the world)? Visitors can expect loads of free events including over 100 shows from the Elvis Fringe Festival taking place around Porthcawl. The bonkers event has even broken numerous world records, including the record for 814 Elvises singing 'Hound Dog' together in 2012!


Find out who will be crowned this year's Best Elvis

Throughout the weekend Elvises from all over will be battling it out to become the Festival's Best King. You can watch the first heat onFriday 28th at 2.30pm,followed by the second heat and grand finale onSaturday 29th from noon.For more live music head to the iconic Grand Pavilion on Friday at 7.30pm to dance the night away with The Three Kings. Find out which Elvis will become the King on Saturday evening with the grand Elvies awards - the Oscars of the Elvis World!  

Best Festival Elvis Heat 1: Friday 28th at 2.30pm, Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

Heat 2 and Grand Finale: Saturday 29th from noon, Porthcawl Grand Pavilion


Join the Usherettes in Hawaiian Paradise 

Join Porthcawl's fabulous Usherettes for a unique screening of Elvis' no.1 hit film, Blue Hawaii. Hosted by Kitsch n Sync comedy trio, The Usherettes, guests can expect plenty of entertaining surprises along the way! Take in the beauty of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu and Kauai while marvelling at the King, all ahead of Porthcawl's very own Elvis fest to begin the following day.

Thursday 27th September at 5.30pm 


Put on your blue suede shoes for the win

Dogs, children and adults will all be invited to dress up like the King, with plenty of prizes for the best dressed to be won. Take on the Ty Hafan Fancy Dress Contest or join the Priscilla, Queen of The Promenade Parade in your best vintage dress. At Midday on the Saturday Elvies can also try their luck for the legendary Best Dressed Hound Dog event, where pooches will be judged on categories like Best Dressed Priscilla, Waggiest Tail and of course, the Best Dressed Hound Dog.


Run like the King

If you're up for a challenge, take on The Elvis Park Run - a 5km run, jog or crawl up to Rest Bay and back. Make sure you come fully clad in your royal attire, as the best dressed 'King' will receive an award. This run is free to enter but all Elvies should pre-register on the Porthcawl Park Run website.

Porthcawl Esplanade, Saturday 29th September, 9am


Look up to the heavens with rooftop performances

Watch your favourite Elvis acts on this year's new rooftop stage. Performers will be gracing the roof of the Porthcawl Grand Pavilion, overlooking the family zone hosting loads of Elvis inspired events. Listen to finalists from Rhonnda Cynon Taff Does Elvis, contestants from this years' Best Festival Elvis, Darren 'Graceland' Jones, Reggae Elvis and even the best Tom Jones Tribute act in Wales!

Porthcawl Grand Pavilion, 28th-30th September 

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Chwe Rheswm i Ymweld â Gŵyl Elvis Fwyaf Ewrop

Mae'r Brenin yn ei ôl ac mae'n barod am hwyl a sbri ym Mhorthcawl! Ymunwch â miloedd fydd yn edrych yr un ffunud ag Elvis o gwmpas tref glan môr Porthcawl o 28 i 30  Medi, i gael penwythnos o roc a rôl. Gyda llwyfan newydd sbon, cannoedd o ddigwyddiadau wedi'u hysbrydoli gan Elvis a sioeau sydd wedi ennill gwobrau, mae Gŵyl Elvis eleni yn argoeli'n benwythnos a hanner. Peidiwch â'i golli.

Ymunwch â'r Wŷl Elvis Fwyaf yn Ewrop!

Wyddech chi mai Gŵyl Elvis Porthcawl yw'r digwyddiad mwyaf o'i fath yn Ewrop (gellid dadlau yn y byd). Gall ymwelwyr ddisgwyl llwythi o ddigwyddiadau am ddim yn cynnwys dros 100 o sioeau o Wŷl yr Ymylon Elvis sy'n cael ei chynnal o gwmpas Porthcawl. Mae'r dathliad arbennig hwn wedi torri sawl record byd, yn cynnwys y record ar gyfer 818 o Elvisiaid yn canu 'Hound Dog' gyda'i gilydd yn 2012!


Mynnwch wybod pwy fydd yn cael ei goroni fel Elvis Gorau'r ŵyl eleni

Trwy gydol y penwythnos bydd Elvisiaid o bob rhan o'r wlad yn cystadlu ar gyfer Brenin Gorau'r Wŷl. Gallwch wylio'r rownd gyntafddydd Gwener 28 am2.30pm,yna ar ôl yr ail rownd cynhelir y rownd derfynolddydd Sadwrn 29 o hanner dydd.I glywed mwy o gerddoriaeth fyw anelwch am neuadd fawr Pafiliwn y Grand ddydd Gwener am 7.30pm i ddawnsio drwy'r nos gyda'r Tri Brenin. Mynnwch wybod pwy fydd y Brenin nos Sadwrn gyda gwobrau mawreddog Elvies - Osgars Byd Elvis!  

Elvis Gorau'r Wŷl Rownd 1: dydd Gwener 28 am 2.30pm, Pafiliwn y Grand Porthcawl

Rownd 2 a'r Rownd Derfynol: dydd Sadwrn 29 o hanner dydd, Pafiliwn y Grand Porthcawl


Ymunwch â'r Usherettes ym Mharadwys Hawäi 

Ymunwch ag Usherettes anhygoel Porthcawl i wylio ffilm lwyddiannus Elvis, Blue Hawaii.  Y triawd Kitsch n Sync, yr Usherettes, sy'n cynnal y noson, a gall y gwesteion ddisgwyl digon o syrpreisys i'w diddanu! Ymhyfrydwch yn harddwch ynysoedd Hawäi, Oahu a Kauai a rhyfeddu ar y Brenin, cyn i ŵyl Elvis Porthcawl ddechrau ar y diwrnod canlynol. 

Dydd Iau, 27 Medi am 5.30pm 


Gwisgwch eich sgidiau swêd glas i ennill

Gwahoddir cŵn, plant ac oedolion i wisgo fel y Brenin, gyda digonedd o wobrau i'w hennill i'r goreuon. Beth am gystadlu yng Nghystadleuaeth Gwisg Ffansi Tŷ Hafan neu ymunwch â Priscilla, Brenhines Parêd y Rhodfa yn eich gwisg vintageorau. Am hanner dydd, ddydd Sadwrn gall Elvisiaid hefyd gystadlu yn y digwyddiad  Best Dressed Hound Dog, lle bydd cŵn yn cael eu beirniadu mewn categorïau felBest Dressed Priscilla,Waggiest Tail ac wrth gwrs,Best Dressed Hound Dog.


Rhedwch fel y Brenin

Os ydych eisiau her, ewch ar Ras y Parc Elvis - gallwch redeg, loncian neu gerdded 5km i Fae Rest ac yn ôl. Gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod yn eich gwisg orau, gan y bydd y 'Brenin' sydd wedi'i wisgo orau'n derbyn gwobr. Mae'r ras hon am ddim ond dylai pob Elvis gofrestru ymlaen llaw ar wefan Ras y Parc Porthcawl.

Rhodfa Porthcawl, dydd Sadwrn 29Medi, 9am


Edrych tua'r nefoedd gyda pherfformiadau ar ben to

Gwyliwch eich hoff ddigwyddiadau Elvis eleni ar lwyfan newydd ar ben to. Bydd perfformwyr yn canu ar ben to Pafiliwn y Grand Porthcawl, gan edrych dros yr ardal i deuluoedd lle cynhelir nifer o  ddigwyddiadau wedi'u hysbrydoli gan Elvis. Gwrandewch ar enillwyr oRhondda Cynon Taff Does Elvis, cystadleuwyr oBest Festival Elviseleni,Darren 'Graceland' Jones,Reggae Elvisa hyd yn oed y digwyddiad Teyrnged Tom Jones yng Nghymru!

Pafiliwn y Grand Porthcawl, 28-30 Medi


Am fwy o wybodaeth ewch i: ac mae manylion am docynnau yma.


The unique buildings opening their doors in Bridgend County this month

Ever wanted to learn the secrets behind Bridgend County's most intriguing buildings? Throughout September, some of our most historic spots will be offering first hand access to their ancient sites and unique stories. From Grade II listed buildings to Police Headquarters, here's all you need to know about Open Doors Month this September.

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Discover the ancient spot St Cein settled

Spend a September weekend exploring St Cein's Church in Llangeinor. This Norman build was built on an early 6th century Christian heritage site where St Cein herself set up her cell. Learn about the journeys of the saint herself and how she at last came to the picturesque Llangeinor. To top it off, enjoy tasty refreshments and ancient stories from the church and surrounding area.

1st-30th September. 12pm-3pm.


Experience life inside a Victorian Police Cell

Ever wanted to see inside the headquarters of a police station?This September, visitors are invited to delve deep into the basement of South Wales Police headquarters. Experience life in a Victorian police cell, complete with resident prisoner, and take a peek into an Edwardian charge room. You can even explore the newly re-opened Heritage Centre to get a first look behind the world of policing in South Wales.

21st - 22nd September. Each visit takes between 1 - 1.5 hours, booking required.


Learn about the tragic Parc Slip mining disaster of Tondu

Discover the tragic story of the Parc Slip mining disaster at the Wesley Church Centre, Tondu. The Tondu church will commemorate the tragic explosion of 1892, which saw 112 men and boys from the area die. Visitors will have the opportunity to unravel the events which took place that day, while learning all about the village of Tondu's industrial heritage. For some light refreshment, head to the Parc Slip Nature reserve nearby.

28th September. 10am -3pm


Unveil the unique history of Bridgend at St John's House

The oldest dwelling of its type in town, St John's House, will be unveiling a History of Bridgend at the end of the month. Feast your eyes on informative maps from long ago and gather unique information from the town. The Grade II listed building, which was built in around 1511, has been described by the Royal Commission as a high-status house and of great significance - come and see for yourself!

29th September, 11am - 3.30pm



Yr adeiladau unigryw sy’n agor eu drysau yn Sir Pen-y-Bont ar Ogwr y mis hwn

Ydych chi erioed wedi dymuno dysgu cyfrinachau rhai o adeiladau mwyaf diddorol Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr? Drwy gydol mis Medi, bydd rhai o'n mannau mwyaf hanesyddol yn cynnig mynediad uniongyrchol i'w safleoedd hynafol a'u straeon unigryw. O adeiladau rhestredig Gradd II i Bencadlys yr Heddlu, dyma bopeth sydd angen i chi ei wybod am Fis Drysau Agored ym mis Medi.

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Dewch i weld y man hynafol lle gwnaeth Santes Cein gartrefu

Treuliwch benwythnos ym mis Medi yn archwilio Eglwys Santes Cein yn Llangeinor. Mae'r adeilad Normanaidd hwn wedi cael ei adeiladu ar safle treftadaeth Gristnogol o'r 6ed ganrif, lle gosododd Santes Cein ei hun ei chell. Dysgwch am deithiau'r santes a sut cyrhaeddodd hi Langeinor brydferth yn y pen draw. Ar ben hynny bydd bwyd a diod blasus ar gael, yn ogystal â hanesion hynafol am yr eglwys a'r ardal gyfagos.

1 - 30 Medi. 12pm - 3pm


Profiad o fywyd y tu mewn i Gell Heddlu o Oes Fictoria

Ydych chi erioed wedi bod eisiau gweld y tu mewn i bencadlys yr heddlu?Ym mis Medi, mae gwahoddiad i ymwelwyr fynd yr holl ffordd lawr i seler pencadlys Heddlu De Cymru. Cewch brofiad o fywyd mewn cell heddlu o oes Fictoria, a hynny gyda charcharor preswyl, a chael cipolwg ar ystafell gyhuddo o oes Edward. Gallwch chi hyd yn oed archwilio'r Ganolfan Dreftadaeth sydd newydd ailagor, er mwyn cael yr olwg gyntaf y tu ôl i fyd yr heddlu yn ne Cymru.

21 - 22 Medi. Mae pob ymweliad yn para rhwng awr ac awr a hanner; rhaid archebu eich lle.


Dysgwch am drychineb gwaith glo Parc Slip yn Nhondu

Dewch i glywed hanes enbyd trychineb gwaith glo Parc Slip yng Nghanolfan yr Eglwys Wesleaidd, Tondu. Bydd eglwys Tondu'n coffáu ffrwydrad trychinebus 1892, lle bu farw 112 o ddynion a bechgyn lleol. Bydd cyfle i ymwelwyr fynd at wraidd digwyddiadau'r diwrnod hwnnw, a dysgu am dreftadaeth ddiwydiannol pentref Tondu. Bydd lluniaeth ysgafn ar gael yng Ngwarchodfa Natur Parc Slip gerllaw.

28 Medi. 10am -3pm


Dewch i dynnu'r llen oddi ar hanes unigryw Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr yn Nhŷ Sant Ioan

Yr adeilad hynaf o'i fath yn y dref, bydd Tŷ Sant Ioan yn datgelu Hanes Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr ddiwedd y mis. Dewch i gael golwg ar fapiau llawn gwybodaeth o amser maith yn ôl, a dysgu gwybodaeth unigryw am y dref. Mae'r Comisiwn Brenhinol yn disgrifio'r adeilad rhestredig Gradd II, a gafodd ei adeiladu tua 1511, fel tŷ o statws uchel ac arwyddocâd mawr - dewch i weld â'ch llygaid eich hun!

29 Medi, 11am - 3.30pm



Five epic late summer adventures in Porthcawl

Porthcawl is home to some of South Wales' greatest adventure highlights. From riding the closest consistent waves to London, to fatbiking over Europe's second highest dunes, here are five ways to enjoy an active adventure in Porthcawl - and finish your summer with bang.

Make a splash in the closest surf beach to London

Some of the best watersports opportunities in Wales can be found right here in Bridgend County. Head to the epic shores of Rest Bay beach, where you can surf hire your own kayak, or have a go at stand up paddle boarding. Watersports newcomers can learn to surf with Porthcawl Surf School, Cressey's Surf Academy and Adventures Wales. /SearchItemDetails.aspx?Id=265080


Explore the Glamorgan Heritage Coast

This is the mighty Glamorgan Heritage Coast, which stretches for 14 miles between Aberthaw and Newton, and is fringed with delightful towns, small villages and miles of footpaths and country lanes that are ideal for scenic and cultural explorers. Walk from Porthcawl along the coast to to take in the limestone cliffs whilst discovering the tempting rock pools, head to Ogmore to explore the ancient castle ruins and stepping stones, or discover mighty sand dunes and thatched cottages at Merthyr Mawr. /wales-coast-path.aspx


Climb the second highest sand dunes Europe

You might not think it, but we are home to the second highest dunes in Europe, including the towering 'Big Dipper', a natural marvel that may be a tough climb but the resulting epic coastal views are more than worth it! And for a truly epic experience Porthcawl Bike Hire now offer the opportunity to take families on a unique fatbiking adventure across the dunes - a dare devil's way to take in views of the coast! For gentler sand dune experience, discover the wildlife at Kenfig national Nature Reserve.


Discover white sandy beaches

Wales is home to more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain and Bridgend is no expception with Rest Bay and Trecco Bay both holding Blue Flag staus. We're definitely not short of epic shores. Whether you're after the calm golden expanses of Rest Bay or the eye-catching pink marble pebbles of Pink Bay - Bridgend County is a truly bold and beautiful landscape. Sandy Bay is just a short walk from Porthcawl town centre while Trecco Bay has great facilities for family adventurers. If you've got a four-legged friend head to Newton Bay, which is open for dogs all year-round. /2016/6/29/bridgend-county%27s-best-beaches.aspx


Ride the waves with an immersive surf experience

Porthcawl is hosting an array of seascape events this summer, from giant performance whales to streetside comedy shows. Step on a surfboard and immerse yourself in a panoramic experience of Rest Bay with the town's brand new immersion room launching this Autumn. Take in the views, ride the waves and gain first hand experience of what it feels like to surf in Porthcawl.Launching soon.