The goings on in and around Bridgend

Route confirmed for Elvis-themed walk

We're now less than two weeks out until one of the world's biggest gatherings of Elvis afficionados will take place in Porthcawl.

With 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the death of The King, thie year's festival includes many new and noteworthy additions, including 'Walk a Mile in My Shoes', a six-day Elvis-themed walk along the Welsh Coastal Path in collaboration with mental health charity MIND Cymru.

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The route will stretch from Chepstow to Bridgend, arriving in Porthcawl on the day of the festival. Local people are invited to join for as little or as long as they like, and there will be plenty of Elvis pop-up gigs (as well as daily parties) along the way.

Here's where they will be ending up each day.

Tuesday 19 September - Newport Transporter Bridge
Wednesday 20 September - The Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay
Thursday 21 September - Fontygary Leisure Park, Rhoose
Friday 22 September - Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Porthcawl
Saturday 23 September - Porthcawl Elvis Festival Family Zone

The routes has now been officially confirmed and you can find out more (with help from an interactive map) here: http://www.elvies.co.uk/walkamile.php?Action=Walkamile

10th annual Open of Surf 2017

On the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September, Rest Bay in Porthcawl will once again host some of the UK's finest surfers as part of the 10th annual Open of Surf.

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Rest Bay, now recognised as one of the finest surf beaches in Wales, will play host to an Open Mens, Open Womens and Open under-18s competition. Entry costs £15 and you can find out more about how to enter by visiting www.elusivebrand.com

And even if you're not signing up for the surfing itself, you can take part in the Elusive 10th anniversary party, which will be held at the Jennings Building's new Coffi Co Lounge on Saturday the 16th 7:30pm-11:30pm.

The event will include live music, cocktails, giveaways and a pre-launch preview of the new Earth and Seas Organic collection.

Jennings Building officially opened

This Friday, an official celebration event saw the grand re-opening of the Jennings Building, which has been under development since 2015.

Carwyn Jones, the First Minister for Wales, was in attendance for this historic reopening on the Porthcawl seafront. Built in 1832 as a maritime warehouse, the building has had a number of uses but has lain vacant for the past decade.

The ground floor of the building is already home to a coffee shop, pizzeria and bar & grill, while the first floor offers 14 spaces for entrepreneurs to live and work.

Be among the first to get there and enjoy a bite to eat and the fantastic views that this wonderful corner of Wales is famous for!

See our blog for more information on the new building

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August Bank Holiday happenings

August Bank Holiday weekend is just around the corner and that means the time has come to head out and celebrate the last of the summer sun before autumn's inevitable arrival. Here are just a few ways to enjoy the long weekend…

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Ddraig Valley Farm Park
Geraint Robson and Caitlyn Corless, both from Cardiff, founded Ddraig Valley Farm Park in Pencoed, an animal centre designed to allow the public to get close to and learn more about both traditional and exotic species. Ddraig Valley Farm is home to traditional farm animals such as goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, donkeys and geese, as well as more unusual species such as tortoises, iguanas, terrapins, quails and alpacas. Tickets cost just £4 and all proceeds go back to the animals themselves.
www.ddraigvalley.co.uk

McArthur Glen Bridgend
Yes, you're guaranteed a bargain whenever you visit Bridgend favourite outlet store, but this summer there's a lot more on offer than just retail therapy. The centre has been transformed into a destination of family fun, where visitors can enjoy an open-air social lounge, games, art and craft workshops and immerse themselves in an abundance of musical activity. Every Saturday there will also be busker style performers as well as the unique 'sound maze' art installation giving kids of all ages the opportunity to explore and experiment with music
www.mcarthurglen.com/uk/bridgend-designer-outlet/en/

Friends of Parc Slip Nature Reserve
On Saturday the 26th of August, join friends of Parc Slip weekend conservation work party and help Parc Slip look after the nature reserve, with activities ranging from wildlife surveys to bug hotel building! Everyone is welcome for a morning of hands-on conservation and good company (10:30am-12:30pm). It is essential that you let them know if you are planning on coming. The tasks they do will vary and will be weather dependent, so if you would like to come along please contact Lorna on 01656 724100 or email.
https://www.welshwildlife.org/visitor-centres/parc-slip-visitor-centre/

Porthcawl Summer Festival
Taking place on Tuesday the 29th of August, Porthcawl will be overrun with Pirates at the Summer Festival Event. It promises to be an exciting family fun day for everyone to enjoy. Pirate themed fancy dress is welcomed and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed pirates! Free entrance, 10am-5pm.

New shops at renovated Jennings Building

A coffee shop, a pizzeria and a harbourside restaurant are among the first businesses to have opened at the newly renovated, historic Jennings Building on Porthcawl seafront.

The prominent Grade II listed building, which had lain derelict for several years, will be home to a variety of businesses following a significant renovation. In June, the Coffi Co Lounge opened for business on the ground floor of the Jennings Building.

Also now open for business are Double Zero pizzeria and Harbour Bar and Kitchen, both of which will offer expansive views of the Bristol channel and English coast.

The Jennings Building is widely considered to be one of the few remaining early dockside warehouse buildings from its era in South Wales.

Built in 1832, it was originally constructed as the southern terminus of the Dyffryn Llynfi Porthcawl horse-drawn tram road, which was used to transport iron and coal from the Llynfi Valley, and was more recently used as an indoor skatepark. 

More businesses will be coming to the Jennings Building and will be revealed in the coming weeks.