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The Seascape Events to expect in Porthcawl this month

Bridgend County invites all ages to join its selection of seaside events this month, as the Porthcawl Seascape Events and PromenArt Programme continues throughout August. Make a weekend of it and book into our laid back campsites, luxury hotels and self catered stays. From giant whales to challenging triathlons, here's all the info you need for this month's Seascape events in Porthcawl.

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Mermaidens on the prom with Kitsch n Sync, 4th August

Back by popular demand, everybody's favourite Mermaidens will once again be roaming the promenade this Saturday. Kitsch n Sync's wildly creative and interactive performance will be taking place from 10am - 4pm and is set to be brimming with all the colour and comedy you could imagine.

Porthcawl Promenade, 4th August, 10am-4pm http://kitschandsync.co.uk  

 

Wales v England International Lifesaving Test match, 4th August

Don't miss the best of the UK's surf lifesaving teams battle it out in the water in the ultimate surf lifesaving competition. Wales will compete against England in this mighty test match, set to be gruelling from start to finish.Saturday 4th August

 

Inside The Whale: Drastic Plastic, 13th - 15th August 

Look out for a giant inflatable sperm whale coming to Porthcawl between 13th and 15th August. Visitors will have the chance to squeeze through his giant belly and learn about the impact our plastic waste is having on the ocean through an immersive performance not to be missed. Want to know more? Follow @BridgendBites on Facebook and Twitter where all will be revealed…

This event is Free. Various performances will take place between 13th & 15thAugust. For more info on how to book tickets visit http://www.grandpavilion.co.uk/events/3657/the-whale-drastic-plastic/

 

Round the Bay Swim, 19th August

Don't miss the annual Round the Bay swim this month, where brave competitors will take the daring dip to prove their abilities in the open water. This fun and competitive swim will begin at the Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat station before taking swimmers around the bay before finishing at Rest Bay. After an early start why not enjoy a hearty breakfast in one of Porthcawl's many cosy cafes and seaview spots.

RNLI building to Rest Bay, 12pm - 2pm Sunday 19thAugust http://www.plgc.org.uk/ 

 

Cruistopia! By Kitsch n Sync, 19th August

If you can't make the Mermaidens performance on the 4th, panic not! Our favourite Kitsch n Sync trio will be back in Porthcawl for more seaside fun, laughter and creative performance on the 19th, with the wildly wonderful Cruistopia. They'll be roaming the prom between 10am and 4pm with unmissable performance sets throughout the day. 

http://kitschandsync.co.uk

 

The Porthcawl Seascape project has received funding via the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) and supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund to improve the visitor experience and create stronger destinations by working together

Mae prosiect Morlun Porthcawl wedi cael cyllid gan Y Gronfa Datblygu Cymunedau Gwledig a chefnogaeth drwy Gymunedau Gwledig Llywodraeth Cymru - Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig 2014-2020, sy'n cael ei hariannu gan Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig a Llywodraeth Cymru, er mwyn gwella profiad ymwelwyr a chreu cyrchfannau cryfach drwy gydweithio.

Digwyddiadau Morlun Porthcawl i gadw golwg amdanyn nhw'r mis hwn

Mae Sir Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr yn gwahodd pawb o bob oed i ymuno yn ein detholiad o ddigwyddiadau glan y môr y mis hwn, wrth i Ddigwyddiadau Morlun Porthcawl a'r Rhaglen PromenArt barhau gydol mis Awst. Beth am wneud penwythnos ohoni ac archebu lle yn ein meysydd pebyll hamddenol, ein gwestai moethus neu ein safleoedd hunanarlwyo. O forfilod enfawr i rasys triathlon heriol, dyma'r holl wybodaeth fydd ei hangen arnoch ar gyfer digwyddiadau Morlun y mis hwn ym Mhorthcawl.

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Morforynion ar y prom gyda Kitsch n Sync, 4ydd Awst

Oherwydd y galw mawr amdanyn nhw, mae ein hoff Forforynion yn ôl unwaith eto yn crwydro'r prom y dydd Sadwrn hwn.  Bydd perfformiad rhyngweithiol a rhyfeddol o greadigol Kitsch n Sync - Mermaidens - gyda'i holl liwiau a'i hwyl i'w weld rhwng 10am a 4pm.

Promenâd Porthcawl, 4ydd Awst, 10am-4pm http://kitschandsync.co.uk  

 

Digwyddiad Prawf Achub Bywyd Rhyngwladol Cymru v Lloegr, 4ydd Awst

Peidiwch â cholli'r cyfle i weld goreuon timau achub bywyd beistonna'r DU yn mynd i'r afael â'i gilydd mewn ymgais i ennill y gystadleuaeth achub bywyd beistonna eithaf.  Bydd Cymru yn cystadlu yn erbyn Lloegr yn y digwyddiad prawf anferthol hwn sy'n siŵr o fod yn her aruthrol o'r dechrau i'r diwedd.Dydd Sadwrn 4ydd Awst

 

Ym Mola'r Morfil: Drastic Plastic, 13eg - 15fed Awst 

Cadwch eich llygaid yn agored am y morfil gwynt enfawr fydd yn glanio ym Mhorthcawl rhwng 13eg a 15fed Awst. Bydd ymwelwyr yn cael cyfle i wasgu drwy ei fola anferth a dysgu am yr effaith y mae ein gwastraff plastig yn ei chael ar y môr ar ffurf perfformiad i ymgolli ynddo na ddylid ei fethu. Am wybod mwy? Dilynwch @BridgendBites ar Facebook a Twitter i gael gwybod y cyfan…

Mae'r digwyddiad hwn am ddim.  Bydd nifer o wahanol berfformiadau yn cael eu cynnal rhwng 13eg & 15fedAwst. 

http://www.grandpavilion.co.uk/events/3657/the-whale-drastic-plastic/ 

 

Digwyddiad Nofio o Amgylch y Bae, 19eg Awst

Peidiwch â cholli'r digwyddiad blynyddol - Nofio o Amgylch y Bae - y mis hwn, pan fydd cystadleuwyr dewr yn mentro i'r môr i brofi eu gallu mewn dŵr agored. Bydd y gystadleuaeth nofio llawn hwyl hon yn cychwyn yng ngorsaf bad achub RNLI Porthcawl ac yna'n tywys y nofwyr o amgylch y bae cyn gorffen yn Rest Bay. Ar ôl codi mor gynnar, beth am fwynhau brecwast harti yn un o gaffis clyd Porthcawl gyda'u golygfeydd o'r môr.

Adeilad RNLI i Rest Bay, 12pm - 2pm 19eg Awst

 

Cruisetopia! Gan Kitsch n Sync, 19eg Awst

Os nad ydych chi'n gallu bod ym mherfformiad y Mermaidens ar y 4ydd, peidiwch â chynhyrfu! Bydd ein hoff driawd - Kitsch n Sync - yn ôl ym Mhorthcawl i'ch diddanu unwaith eto gyda'u perfformiad creadigol, llawn hwyl a chwerthin -Cruisetopia ar y 19eg.  

10am - 4pm  http://kitschandsync.co.uk

 

The Porthcawl Seascape project has received funding via the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) and supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund to improve the visitor experience and create stronger destinations by working together

Mae prosiect Morlun Porthcawl wedi cael cyllid gan Y Gronfa Datblygu Cymunedau Gwledig a chefnogaeth drwy Gymunedau Gwledig Llywodraeth Cymru - Rhaglen Datblygu Gwledig 2014-2020, sy'n cael ei hariannu gan Gronfa Amaethyddol Ewrop ar gyfer Datblygu Gwledig a Llywodraeth Cymru, er mwyn gwella profiad ymwelwyr a chreu cyrchfannau cryfach drwy gydweithio.

The Porthcawl pair behind Home and Colonial

Home and Colonial is an award-winning delicatessen serving freshly baked Welsh cakes, home made breads and delicious imported goods. From the importance of personal service to a new cafe venture in Newton village, we spoke to owner Stuart about building a buzz around fine foods in Porthcawl. 

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Can you tell me a bit about Home and Colonial?

We are currently in our 9th year, having opened as a result of coming out of the rat race we were in. We needed to step back and take time for ourselves and Home n Colonial was born!

 

We're a delicatessen serving a variety of local and speciality good. We work with three local bakers who produce a variety of items for us including cakes and breads that are made to our recipe and served on the premises. We also offer pies, pastries, Welsh cakes and specialist cornish pasties from Cornwall. 

 

We import traditional pastries from Italy, as well as olives, salami and Italian cheeses to accompany numerous local Welsh varieties. Our traditional faggots (made using my grandparents' recipe) are hugely popular, as are our scotch eggs, with over ten varieties on sale including a runny yolk option. Our meat is sourced from Douglas Willis in Cwmbran to ensure the highest standards. 

 

Why Porthcawl? What would you say Porthcawl has that's unique to anywhere else?

We went travelling shortly before we started the shop to decide whether we'd like to move elsewhere or stay in Porthcawl - in the end it just made us realise we had everything we needed right here in Porthcawl. We are a seaside destination and get a lot of visitors to the area so we can simply stock larger numbers than the average small town.

 

Describe the typical customer experience in Home & Colonial

It's just a case of giving customers an experience they wouldn't get anywhere else. We think it's important to share our knowledge, not only of food but of Welsh traditions, so we'll tell our customers all about everything. We make fresh Welsh cakes throughout the day and sell them straight from the hotplate. The smell is hard to resist. We can share the history of the Welsh cake, which cheese is right for which occasion or how and where each local honey was made - it's a very personal experience that keeps people coming back. 

 

What's the best bit about your job?
Without a doubt the people. We meet such a variety of people on a daily basis and that's what makes our job so special.
 
And the hardest part?
The long hours!

 

What can you tell us about your new cafe in Newton?

It's called The Potting Shed and it opened in Newton Village last week. My partner Abbe is running it and it is named after an allotment she's recently taken on. It is a coffee shop and tea room also serving pastries and snacks. We're using Italian coffee - importing two types of beans and combining them to create our own unique blend. The local people have been really great and it is going really well so far!


What do you love about Porthcawl?
There's such a variety in Porthcawl that's difficult to find anywhere else. It's close to the M4, meaning Swansea and Cardiff are accessible within 40 minutes. We've got the seaside outside our door, a seafront that gets the sun all day and it's all just a stone's throw from the most amazing mountains. It's the variety that we love here.

 

 


Home & Colonial

Mae Home & Colonial yn siop delicatessen sydd wedi ennill gwobrau, ac mae'n gwerthu cacennau cri wedi'u pobi'n ffres, bara cartref a nwyddau blasus wedi'u mewnforio. O bwysigrwydd cynnig gwasanaeth personol i fenter caffi newydd ym mhentref Newton, cawsom gyfle i siarad â Stuart, y perchennog, am greu brwdfrydedd ynghylch bwydydd blasus ym Mhorthcawl. 

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Beth ydy hanes Home & Colonial?

Rydym ar ein nawfed flwyddyn erbyn hyn, ar ôl i ni benderfynu gadael prysurdeb bywyd ac agor fan hyn. Roedd angen i ni gymryd cam yn ôl a rhoi amser i ni ein hunain, a dyma sut ddechreuodd Home n Colonial!

 

Siop delicatessen ydym ni, ac rydym ni'n gwerthu amrywiaeth o fwydydd lleol ac arbenigol. Rydym ni'n gweithio gyda thri phobydd lleol sy'n cynhyrchu amrywiol eitemau i ni, gan gynnwys cacennau a bara. Maen nhw'n dilyn ein ryseitiau ni ac mae'r cynnyrch yn cael eu gwerthu yn y siop. Rydym yn gwerthu peis, cacennau crwst, cacennau cri a phasteiod arbenigol o Gernyw hefyd. 

 

Rydym ni'n mewnforio cacennau crwst o'r Eidal, yn ogystal ag olifau, salami a chawsiau o'r Eidal i fynd â'r amrywiaeth helaeth lleol o Gymru. Rydym yn defnyddio rysáit mam-gu a tad-cu i wneud ein ffagots traddodiadol sy'n boblogaidd dros ben. Mae ein hwyau selsig yn boblogaidd hefyd, ac mae dros ddeg gwahanol rai yn cael eu gwerthu gan gynnwys un â melynwy meddal. Rydym ni'n cael ein cig gan Douglas Willis yng Nghwmbrân er mwyn sicrhau'r safonau uchaf. 

 

Pam Porthcawl? Beth sydd gan Borthcawl i'w gynnig sy'n ei wneud yn unigryw?

Aethom ni i deithio ychydig cyn i ni agor y siop i benderfynu a oeddem ni am symud i rywle arall neu aros ym Mhorthcawl. Fe wnaeth hyn i ni sylweddoli yn y diwedd bod popeth oedd ei angen arnom ni yma ym Mhorthcawl. Mae'r lle yn gyrchfan glân y môr ac mae llawer o ymwelwyr yn dod i'r ardal felly rydym ni'n cadw mwy o stoc na'r dref fach arferol.

 

Disgrifiwch brofiad nodweddiadol y cwsmer yn Home & Colonial

Mater yw o roi'r math o brofiad i'r cwsmeriaid na fyddent yn ei gael yn unrhyw le arall. Rydym ni'n meddwl ei bod yn bwysig rhannu ein gwybodaeth am fwyd a hefyd am draddodiadau Cymreig, felly rydym ni'n dweud popeth am bob dim wrth ein cwsmeriaid. Rydym ni'n pobi cacennau cri yn ffres drwy'r dydd ac yn eu gwerthu'n syth o'r plât poeth. Mae'n arogl yn anfarwol. Gallwn rannu hanes y gacen gri, pa gaws sy'n iawn ar gyfer achlysuron penodol neu sut ac ymhle y cafodd pob mêl lleol ei wneud. Mae'n brofiad personol iawn ac mae pobl yn dod yn ôl dro ar ôl tro. 

 

Beth yw rhan gorau eich swydd?
Y bobl, heb os nac oni bai. Rydym ni'n cwrdd ag amrywiaeth o bobl bob dydd, a dyna sy'n gwneud ein gwaith ni mor arbennig.
 
A'r rhan anoddaf?
Yr oriau hir!

 

Beth allwch chi ei ddweud am eich caffi newydd yn Newton?

Enw'r caffi ydy The Potting Shed ac fe agorodd ym mhentref Newton yr wythnos diwethaf. Fy mhartner Abbe sy'n rhedeg y caffi, ac mae wedi cael ei enwi ar ôl rhandir mae hi newydd ddechrau gofalu amdano. Mae'r caffi yn cynnig te a choffi yn ogystal â byrbrydau a chacennau crwst. Rydym ni'n defnyddio coffi o'r Eidal, yn mewnforio dau fath o ffeuen ac yn eu cyfuno i greu ein coffi unigryw ein hunain. Mae'r bobl leol wedi bod yn arbennig, ac mae popeth yn mynd yn dda hyd yma!

 

Beth ydych chi'n ei fwynhau am Borthcawl?
Mae cymaint o amrywiaeth ym Mhorthcawl ac mae'n anodd dod o hyd i hyn yn unrhyw le arall. Mae'n agos at yr M4, sy'n golygu bod modd cyrraedd Abertawe a Chaerdydd o fewn 40 munud. Mae glân y môr ar stepen ein drws, sy'n cael yr haul drwy'r dydd, ac mae'r cyfan dafliad carreg o'r mynyddoedd mwyaf anhygoel. Rydym ni wrth ein bodd â'r amrywiaeth sydd yma.

Porthcawl Seascape events this month

This month will see some amazing events coming to Bridgend County as part of the Porthcawl Seascape Events and PromenArt Programme. Come and discover Porthcawl. From giant inflatable lobsters to helicopter rescue demonstrations, here are all the events you'd be a fool to miss in Porthcawl this month. Why not make a weekend of it and book one of our fantastic campsites, hotels or self catering accommodations.
 

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Porthcawl Buckaneers Annual Summer Festival (Saturday 21st July)
A fantastic, FREE family-friendly summer carnival with a procession of Year by the Sea themed floats and walkers through the centre of Porthcawl. Porthcawl Buckaneers Carnival is planned to be a colourful and interesting event, and the procession will be led by Porthcawl (Museum) Suffragette Float circa Porthcawl 1918. They are accompanied by street entertainers which include a galleon ship and seahorses!
 
This year's stand out attraction will undoubtedly be Lobster à la Carte, giant red lobsters that have been a huge hit with audiences up and down the country -  the inflatable lobsters truly are a sight to behold! Look out for them taking part in the walkabout performance itself with another two stationed at pop up locations in Porthcawl.
Where: Throughout Porthcawl
When: 1:30pm - 5:30pm

 


RNLI RescueFest (Sunday 22nd July)
An exciting new event organised by the Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat team. Have you ever seen the team out on the water and wanted to join their adventures? This event includes rescue displays by lifeboats, helicopter and other emergency services. The lifeboat station will be open to the public throughout the day and there will also be a series of displays from emergency services and other organisations.
 
There will be numerous games and activities going on throughout the day including MASSIVE BATTLESHIPS, a super-sized team version of the classic guessing game played out across public spaces! Using binoculars, flags and flashcards to signal spectacular hits and unlucky misses hundreds of yards apart, it will be all hands on deck to sink the enemy's fleet before they sink yours!
Where: Porthcawl Lifeboat Station and surrounding area
When: 11am - 6pm

 
 
Surf Life Saving Association of Wales National Ocean Championships (28th - 29th July)
The SLSA Wales National Ocean Championships will see lifesavers aged 13 to 60 from all across the country take to Coney Beach to compete in over 12 different disciplines to find out who will be the top club in Wales. Come to watch the teams take part.
 
Surf Life Saving originated in Australia and clubs were formed in Wales in the 1960s. Six Bridgend County based  voluntary lifeguard clubs currently affiliate to SLSA Wales including Kenfig Sands SLSC, Pen-y-Bont SLSC, Porthcawl LSC, Porthcawl Surf School, Rest Bay SLSC and Sker & Pink Bay SLSC. The majority of lifesavers complete patrols on the weekend and in their own free time.
 
Come along to Coney Beach and see them in action as part of your visit to Porthcawl.
Where: Coney Beach
When: 9am - 5pm (both days)
 


The Porthcawl Seascape project has received funding via the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) and supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government, the Fund to improve the visitor experience and create stronger destinations by working together