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Out & About For Father's Day in Bridgend

This Sunday is Father's Day, which means only one thing; that the time has come, once again, to show your dad just how much he means to you. Luckily, Bridgend is crammed full with adventures and activities to suit all budgets, so we thought we'd list our top five ideas for making this year's Father's Day a special one...

First hole Royal Porthcawl Golf Club South Golf Activities & Sports by Visit Wales ©

5.  A spot of golf... head to the Wales' Golf Senior Open
Undoubtedly home to some of the best golfing in Britain, Bridgend is even hosting the Wales Senior Open this month. He may not be able to compete with the professionals, but dad can still head down to the likes of Pyle & Kenfig and Royal Porthcawl to get a lesson from a couple of the resident pro's. At P&K, pro Dylan Williams will set up a programme just for dad, based specifically on his abilities and will look at how he can improve his game - he might even start winning at crazy golf!
4. Hanging ten...
Nothing says 'I love you, Dad' like riding the same wave together, and Bridgend offers up some of the very best surfing in the UK. Don't just take our word for it; some of the best surfers around carve waves off our beaches, including Welsh champ Ingemar Cressey. Get a lesson with Ingemar by booking with Cressey's Surf Academy, or try surfing at Rest Bay with Porthcawl Surf and take part in a beginner lesson on the sand before hitting the water - even if Dad is convinced he's a pro!
3. Get on your bike...
Is your Dad something of a thrill seeker? Look no further than the brand new Darren Fawr mountain biking trails! The two new trails opened in January, with 'Glengarw' aimed at intermediate riders and 'Gellideg' offering up a challenge even for pros. Combine them both for an adrenaline-pumping 6km ride that'll give dad a father's day he's sure to remember.

Enjoy a fulfilling coastal walk with dad. Image from Visit Wales ©

For a present that doesn't cost anything but which offers up plenty of bonding time opportunity, why not take dad for a long wander across a stretch of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The path itself goes on for some 14 miles, along which you'll encounter sandy dunes, cliffs, coves and beaches, all of which are rich with their own wildlife and history. You can tackle it all either on foot or by bike, and we'd suggest stopping off somewhere like Porthcawl to refuel and grab a pint of local ale or some local fish and chips.
1. Outdoor DIY...
If he's a dab hand with a screwdriver, why not enrol him in a two-day green woodwork course with Cwm Tawel Yurts in the Llynfi Valley. On the first day he'll learn how to identify the different types of tree species, as well as coppicing and various other techniques to make a simple stool. On the second day he'll collect materials and go about building his stool. Of course, the whole family can come along and enjoy  a few nights in one of the camps luxury yet traditional Mongolian yurts.