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The County Borough of Bridgend Bridgend County Borough is fast becoming an important centre for tourists and business people alike, situated as it is, mid-way between Wales‟ capital city of Cardiff, and its second city of Swansea. It is a county rich in heritage and history. People have lived in the area now known as Bridgend County Borough for thousands of years. Stone Age burial chambers and wooden houses dating back 5000 years to Neolithic times have been unearthed in Porthcawl. By 500BC, Celts were building Iron Age hill forts so characteristic of South Wales. It is these Celtic tribes that many Welsh people today regard as their true ancestors. The Celts were sophisticated people but no match for the invading Romans who ruled th here for 400 years leaving Britain in the 5 Century. From the 9 to the 11 Century, Vikings plundered the coasts of South Wales and Cornwall from their base on the islands of Flatholm and Steepholm in the Bristol Channel. Then the Normans came, and built a string of Castles guarding strategic points, including Coity, Ogmore and Newcastle. An uneasy truce grew between the English (Normans) and the Welsh (Celts) consolidated by the 1536 Act of Union between the two countries. Perhaps its most interesting time in history can be traced back to medieval times when the Pilgrims would sensibly stop off here for shelter and refreshments, while the monks from the nearby Abbey would wash their sore dusty feet. A little hump backed bridge built in 1425, linking the north and south banks of the river Ogmore and the two sections of the quaint old town of Bridgend now stands on the spot. Without doubt, the greatest invasion of all took place in the last Century. It was the invasion of industry, which changed the face of South Wales. Coal and Iron poured out of the South Wales Valleys, including Garw, Ogmore and Llynfi, and exported throughout the world. Around 131,000 people live in the 70,500 acres that make up the Bridgend County Borough, but the population is forecast to rise to just over 132,000 by 2006 and the largest increase is expected to be in the number of pensioners and people aged between 45 and retirement.
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The number of households is expected to rise by 6,400 as the population rises and average household size falls. While manufacturing is the biggest local employer, over 2000 people are employed in tourism, and there is plenty for tourists to enjoy, including delightful country parks at Bryngarw and Bedford, and a National Nature Reserve at Kenfig. Bridgend County has ten miles of quality coastline. The principal port is Porthcawl, founded th in the early 18 Century to transport iron and coal. When the export trade trickled away to deeper and better ports of Barry, Port Talbot, etc., Porthcawl was quick to adapt and survive. Bridgend The County town of Bridgend, from which the County Borough takes its name, stands at the confluence of three rivers: the Ogmore, Garw and Llynfi, and has a population of 35,000, and has always been an important regional market town. Today it is a bustling town dominated by its castle gazing down from the top of a hill. This is the oldest part of the town with a cluster of tiny cottages and houses. At the foot of Newcastle hill, bearing names that reflect their religious connections, were three inns where the more affluent pilgrims would stay. The Crossed Keys, The Angel, and the Lamb and Flag. Of them all, only the Angel has survived but with a new name and modernised interior. The name "Bridgend" came into being when the stone bridge over the river Ogmore was built in the 1420's. Two of its arches were swept away in a flood in 1775, whereupon it was rebuilt, but retains its original medieval „hump-back‟. The main centre of Bridgend lies on the north bank of the river and is a shoppers paradise of old and new, happily winding its way through narrow streets, co-existing side by side. Most of the town centre is now a pedestrian only area, making it an ideal and safe place for young and old. The old Victorian market hall has since gone, but the original 127 year old market bell still hands in the Rhiw shopping centre, near to the entrance of the covered market. Small local specialist businesses complimented by large national chain stores make the town a perfect day out.

To the north of the town lies the M4 motorway with the hills and valleys of the former mining areas of Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore beyond. Here you will find the giant McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village, the only one of it‟s kind in South Wales. Nearly 100 stores with big name brands at discounted prices, and easily linked to town. There‟s also the Odeon entertainment complex on the same site, as well as the Heritage Coast Tourist Information Centre for Bridgend. A short distance south of the town is the huge warren of Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes, where parts of the Hollywood movie, „Lawrence of Arabia‟ was filmed. Candleston Castle and the lost village of Treganllaw once stood there before being covered by the ever changing and drifting sands. Nearby is the thatched cottage village of Merthyr Mawr, and the attractive little village of Ewenny in the nearbouring Vale of Glamorgan, with its gift shops and potteries. On the road between the two villages is the ‘Dipping Bridge‟ where sheep would be pushed through the holes and into the water below. Legend has it that at the inn that once stood near the bridge, many travellers were enticed in and murdered for their belongings. th When the Inn was demolished in the 20 Century, numerous skeletons were found in the grounds! A short walk from Merthyr Mawr is Ogmore Castle reached via a Swing Bridge and stepping stones over the Ogmore river. Porthcawl Porthcawl, at the edge of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast roughly five miles from Bridgend was th founded in the 18 Century to transport iron and coal, is now the County Borough‟s premier resort, and has been a favourite with Welsh holidaymakers for decades. Porthcawl boasts some of the cleanest beaches in South Wales. Sandy Bay and Trecco Bay recently won the four-dolphin classification from the Marine Conservation Society for clean bathing waters and safe beaches, while tranquil Rest Bay has been awarded the coveted European Blue Flag plus a Tidy Britain Seaside Award. During the summer months the merchant ships, Waverly, Balmoral and Oldenburg leave Porthcawl Harbour for cruises along the Bristol Channel, and over to Lundy Island. The historic harbour area with its old Lighthouse, Watchtower, Lifeboat Station and the Jennings Warehouse, one of the oldest dockside buildings in Wales, used to be a busy exporting port and fishing harbour before the huge docks at Cardiff, Barry, Port Talbot and Swansea eclipsed them in size and capabilities. Porthcawl was quick to adapt and survive. It reinvented itself as a resort town. Today, Porthcawl's population of over 16,000, is augmented during the main summer season by

some 30,000 people per day, and is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Southeast Wales. It is a blend of culture, candyfloss, sandy beaches and rock-pools in the middle of an immense system of sand dunes. A carefully planned regeneration scheme has put Porthcawl back on the visitors‟ map and today Porthcawl is a thriving holiday resort with numerous hotels, guesthouses and self-catering flats. There are restaurants, inns, and the Grand Pavilion - Porthcawl‟s popular seafront theatre where top quality entertainment is performed throughout the year for locals and visitors alike. The traditional seaside holiday has been retained, but with new and exciting modern developments, to keep pace with modern demands. A number of changes in the domestic holiday market have affected Porthcawl over the years. After the Second World War, Porthcawl was a thriving resort for families who would take their annual week or two-week holiday in a static caravan near the sea. Alternatively, the many traditional guest houses and up-market hotels could service every need. Throughout the 50‟s, the rail link from Bridgend to Porthcawl brought thousands of holidaymakers. In the 60's things began to change as people were becoming more affluent and looked further afield for their holidays. The closure of the rail link in 1964 was the beginning of the end of traditional two-week holidays in Porthcawl. Whole families would fly out to the exotic spots of Europe; and Porthcawl was not high on their list for holidays. Porthcawl adapted once more and became a short break and day visitor destination. Hotels and guesthouses improved facilities to keep pace with the growing demands of a more mature market. The huge static caravan sites that housed thousands of happy revellers in the 40's and 50's became weekend retreats for locals and tourists alike. Today the resort is still a thriving place, and entertaining something of a renaissance with a whole new generation of visitors. Quicker, easier travel within Europe has meant that tourism is back in a reverse direction and mainland Europeans can now travel to Wales and Porthcawl in growing numbers. Day visitor trips have increased by more than 40% and are expected to continue to expand. Although only 13% of total day visitor trips are to the seaside, business tourism, has grown three times as fast over the past decade, and is estimated to continue long term growth. Day visits are dominated by C2DE groups but with significant C1 market off peak. These visitors were drawn primarily from the local area but with significant numbers from Gwent, South and West Glamorgan.

Tourism is the key element in the local economy generating £18M each year and directly supporting in excess of 845 jobs. Visitors to Bridgend County and Porthcawl in particular tend to be from Wales and England, with a propensity of day visitors. Overnight stays from business people passing through make up a large number, as do VFR (Visiting Friends and Family), and overseas tourists en-route to and from Ireland.

Nothing can prepare the first time visitor for the scenic splendour of the dramatic mountains, wooded hillsides and spellbinding views. At the heart of the Heritage Hills, dominated by its spectacular Town Hall, is the ancient market town of Maesteg. Originally the centre of Iron making in the late 1820‟s, Maesteg was linked to the coast at Porthcawl, by a horse-drawn tramway, remnants of which can still be seen on the harbour side at Porthcawl. The origin of Maesteg may be traced to the establishment of the Maesteg Ironworks in the late 1820s and the building of the Duffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl horse-drawn railway between Maesteg and the docks at Porthcawl. Ten years later the Cambrian Iron and Spelter Company set up a second ironworks at Maesteg which later became known as Llynfi Works. To local inhabitants the two iron manufactories were always the old and the new works respectively. The necessary coal and iron stone were obtained mainly from levels in the hills surrounding the town. Despite fluctuating prosperity and periods of inactivity, iron remained the staple local industry for fifty years. The long years of depression after 1875, and other factors, brought about the demise of the ironmaking at Maesteg. The last great Iron furnace was blown out in 1886, and one of the former ironworks has been carefully transformed into a superb modern sports centre. Fortunately the rise of the coal industry was at hand, and world markets opened up for deep-mined seam coal. Iron eventually gave way to coal, and the Llynfi Valley has a proud heritage of supplying quality coal to industries that helped expand the vast British Empire. The days of heavy industry are behind it, and the valley accommodates many attractive and historic sites, and by virtue of its geographical situation and the enterprise of its people, Maesteg has developed into one of the most important shopping centres in South Wales. Today, Maesteg is a bustling shopping experience with a daily market and a regular scenic rail connection to the main line at Bridgend. Today, thousands of people from surrounding valleys and towns regularly buy their wares from the many modern and attractive shops that are the town‟s proud boast. Particularly is this so at weekends. It is true to say that Maesteg serves a shopping public many times greater than its own population. Factories have been set up in the district over the years and are gradually increasing in number and size. A new modern industrial estate has been established at Heol Ty Gwyn, Maesteg.

During the summer months its possible to take a fun ride on the „Promenade Princess‟ road train which runs continually around the resort from lively Coney Beach to restful Rest Bay and back. No holiday resort is complete without a funfair, and Coney Beach Funfair has a variety of exciting rides and amusements.„The Megablitz‟ one of the biggest steel rolercoasters in Wales is there, while nearby Trecco Bay is the home of Europe‟s largest caravan resorts, with a host of entertainment and attractions for visitors. It is estimated that there are 38 serviced establishments in Porthcawl supplying 477 bedrooms with 892 bed-spaces, 292 of them with private bathrooms. It is estimated that there are some 19,625 bed-spaces within the Porthcawl area, which is dominated by the caravan sector, with Trecco Bay alone accounting for some 12,500 bed-spaces. The largest caravan site in Europe! Only a few minutes drive from Porthcawl is the fascinating dunescape of Kenfig National Nature Reserve - a Mecca for naturalists, birdwatchers, and ramblers and one of the most impressive sites in Britain for conservation. Kenfig is also the site of Wales own „Lost city of Atlantis‟, To be precise, its the „Hidden village of Kenfig‟ The village has been engulfed by the shifting sands. Only the castle keep can still be seen, but legend has it that the bells of the sunken church tower can still be heard on a misty night, just before a storm! At the tip of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast is the tiny village of Newton with it‟s historic Norman church founded by the Knights of St. John, and St. John‟s well on the green, where weary pilgrims would take refreshment from the healing waters. The patron Saint of Wales is closely associated with the well at the village of Nottage on the other side of the town in fact it bears his name. St. David‟s well in Moor Lane is on the edge of this ancient village in an area called „Dewiscumbe‟ or David‟s Valley. Porthcawl is mainly used as a base for visitors to explore the surrounding countryside, as its so near to all other areas and has a personality all its own Maesteg Rising dramatically from the coastal plain, are the mountains and valleys of the Heritage Hills.

Maesteg and the Llynfi Valley has a population of 19,223 divided into several districts, commencing at the head with Caerau, which connects by mountain road to the valleys leading to Port Talbot, Neath, Swansea, and Treorchy in the world famous Rhondda valley. One of the changing features of the Llynfi Valley is the re-growth of forestation due to work undertaken by the Forestry Commission which has transformed once barren stretches of mountain into great areas of forest land providing pleasurable walking with magnificent views which can be seen from every direction. This is most prominent at two of the main entrances to the valley The pretty hilltop village of Llangynwyd with its imposing tall-towered church and the oldest thatched inn in Wales is just a short distance away. It was the birthplace of the Celtic poet Wil Hopcyn whose tragic love of local girl, Ann Thomas is remembered in the old Welsh legend The Maid of Cefn Ydfa. The Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys are once again a „green and pleasant land‟ with beautiful walking and cycling routes offering spectacular views. Llangeinor in the Garw Valley was the birthplace of Dr. Richard Price whose ideas and writings, were the inspiration for the American Constitution. The Oscar nominated movie film, „Solomon and Gaenor‟ with Ioan Gruffudd and Maureen Lipman was filmed in the Ogmore Valley, and „Very Annie Mary‟ with Jonathon Pryce and Mathew Rhys was filmed in the Garw Valley. During the 18 century, Bedford Park, near Kenfig Hill, was another area of intense industrial activity. Ironworkers, coal miners and brick workers toiled here while a railway noisily rumbled through the valley and on to the port at Porthcawl. Today more than 40 acres of ancient woodlands and meadows, and green open spaces beckon visitors to follow one of the way-marked trails or enjoy a picnic far away from the madding crowds. One of the central features of Bedford Park is the well preserved, ironworks - now protected as a scheduled ancient monument. Within Bryngarw Country Park‟s 113 acres you will find wild woodlands, formal gardens, exotic trees, mossy wetlands, mighty oaks, tiny wildflowers, open pastures, ornamental lakelands, and rushing rivers. Bryngarw has something for everyone - nature lovers, families and walkers alike, it even has a manor house. Bryngarw House, was built in 1834, and is set above a delightful ornamental, exotic Japanese garden which dates from 1910. Today it is a major conference centre and venue for functions, with 19 tastefully furnished bedrooms.

Just a short distance from the park is Tondu with remains of yet another Victorian Iron Works and a railway station that is an ideal starting point for the many local cycle tracks that converge at this point and join the Celtic Trail. In fact, the area is a walkers and cyclists paradise! Visitor figures The Wales Tourist Board indicates in their Annual Report for 1999-2000 that, in the UK, tourism is one of the five largest industries worth £ 60 billion per year, and in Wales, tourism contributes over £2 billion to the economy through direct visitor spending. There are 100,000 people employed in tourism in Wales and therefore 10% of all jobs in Wales, are supported directly or indirectly by tourist spending. Tourism and travel are therefore currently the largest industry in Wales, both in terms of numbers employed and income generated and holiday tourism makes up around 70% of tourism trips to Wales, higher than elsewhere in the UK. South Wales received 3 million tourism trips from UK residents and overseas visitors, most being for holiday tourism. (Source: Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Monitor). Of those, visitors from England accounted for 60% of all tourist trips taken, with expenditure of 74%. Welsh residents generated 30% of all trips but less than one quarter of expenditure. A seaside location was preferred for 42% of all holiday trips in South Wales followed by 25% being located in the countryside. 80% of all visitors visited the region by car with only 1% hiring. Activities are undertaken on 63% of holiday trips, with the most popular being walking, fitting in with target markets. Two thirds of all UK visitors were in the age group 15-44 and the majority (59%) of ABC1 social class. The traditional holiday market has been changing for some time. People are not tending to take week and two week holidays at traditional British resorts anymore. Many tourists are now able to afford holidays further afield. People are tending to take more weekends and short breaks in the UK. Growth is due to more frequent holidays, rather than more people taking holidays. Tourism is an important part of the local economy as 24% of all consumers spending is on leisure. In 2000, it was estimated that £119 million was spent by tourists in the area. 2430 people were employed in tourism related activities and 3,127,000 visitors came to Bridgend County Borough. The overwhelming mode of travel is currently by motor vehicle, whether by car or coach. In the South, the M4 motorway is the main channel, whether it is from Ireland in the West or England in the East.

Overseas visitors to the area, account for a spend of £9.4million. UK visitors to the area, account for a spend of £28.1million. UK day visitors to the area, account for a spend of £115.9million. Families with children are important in peak season, although the 55+ age groups are more dominant off peak. Short stay holidays of 1 to 3 nights represent 14% of peak and 22% of off-peak visitors. A greater proportion of ABC1 than C2DE groups were on short breaks in which 25-34 year old age groups were prominent. A significant proportion (22%) of the 55+ age group took off peak breaks. There are a number of key trends that will shape the development of future tourism in Bridgend County Borough.      growth in families with young children growth in ABC1 groups and decline in C2DEs Most growth in domestic tourism is expected in short holiday markets, VFR, business and conference travel. Image and demand for coach trips, has increased as the proportion of 55+ group has grown. Wales Tourist Board forecasts annual growth rates of 2% in the number of leisure day trips and 5% in spending at current prices for day visitors to year 2000. Increased emphasis on activities and special interest leisure time.

and disabled etc. Visitors also need to be encouraged to stay elsewhere in the County Borough, such as the Valleys or Bridgend. Brochures The Tourism Section markets and promotes the County Borough by producing a number of high quality brochures and leaflets in conjunction with many different agencies including the Wales Tourist Board, The British Tourist Authority, Tourism South and West Wales and the other local Authorities that surround the County. Area 11 The major brochure produced by the unit is the „The Glamorgan Heritage Coast & Countryside‟ or Area 11, as we tend to refer to it. It is produced in conjunction with the neighbouring Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council Tourism Section. This is the brochure that is sent out from the section and the two Tourist Information Centres in response to telephone and postal enquiries. It is also displayed in Centres around Wales and at the Wales Centre in Regent Street, London. Southern Wales Overseas Brochure The Tourism unit is also working with six other authorities across Southern Wales to promote the County to the visitor from overseas. The Overseas Brochure is produced in English, German, Dutch and French, but this one is held at each of the overseas offices of the British Tourist Authority and is distributed by them in answer to telephone or postal enquiries As well as the major brochures, there are presently a number of smaller booklets. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Days Out Eating Out Fascinating Towns Legendary Villages Country Parks


From these considerations, the following future markets have been identified.        Day visitors - both from home and from a holiday base. Staying visitors - both in long holiday and short stay markets. Business-travel. Coach travel. Education market with improved interpretations at places such as Kenfig Nature Reserve and heritage attractions. Activity holiday markets, including golf, windsurfing, surfing, water-skiing, fishing, cycling, walking and special interest. Visitors from overseas, possibly attracted by golf and accommodation improvements, and through attracting passing traffic en route to the ferries to Ireland etc.

Shows & Exhibitions All the main brochures, and booklets are distributed at public and trade shows and exhibitions. Some of the shows and exhibitions attended are: BTTF Holiday Show Birmingham Cork Authority

In conjunction with other local colleagues, the unit has exhibited at: Caravan & Boat Show Holiday Show Int. Holiday Show World Travel Market Destinations Confer Confex

In view of this supply and demand consideration, it is clear that the scope for new hotel provision is very limited. The emphasis should therefore be on upgrading, rather than expanding the bed-stock to ensure that existing provision can match the likely future demand. This development should be tailored to the needs of potential markets, for example business, golf, activity, coach, elderly

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Various European shows and events, as well as Regional UK day visitor shows and on local radio Travel Trade & Business Initiative We are working with a consortium of South Wales authorities on a Travel Trade Initiative, which explores the marketing of the area to Tour Operators around the world, Coach Operators and Group Tour Organisers in the UK and Europe and any other group organisers. T.I.C.’s What is a T.I.C.? Perhaps we need to explain that a T.I.C. is a „Tourist Information Centre‟, and the County Borough has two. One at Porthcawl, in pedestrian John Street, and one at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet at Junction 36 on the M4 motorway. These are designed to help visiting tourists to get information of what to see and how to get there, but there are other facilities that are available for tourists and locals alike. First and foremost, there is the facility to book hotel accommodation in the County Borough, and anywhere else in Wales. It is also possible to reserve accommodation for any town or resort in England and Scotland as well as pre or post flight bookings at Heathrow and Gatwick. They have details of what the weather is going to do for the next few days, as well as the tide times for the Bristol Channel. In Porthcawl they can also reserve tickets for the Waverley and Balmoral steamers to Ilfracombe and the Oldenburg to Ilfracombe and Lundy Island. Porthcawl also has a County Borough Council Information Office where enquiries can be made regarding rents, community tax, refuse collection and many other local matters. Each T.I.C. maintains an up-to-date list of what‟s going on in the County Borough as well as Port Talbot, Swansea and Cardiff, and even Bristol and London. Additionally, each T.I.C. stocks a range of maps of Wales and the surrounding areas and the one at McArthurGlen also stocks a range of souvenirs, momentos and books detailing the history of the area. A small range of literature from other areas of Britain is also stocked. During the summer months, they try to keep an up-to-date list of which WTB graded accommodation providers have available space for bookings. It‟s important, therefore, that hoteliers call the two T.I.C.‟s as often as possible, but at least once a week throughout the summer to let them know their available bed-stock. There is no doubt that the two T.I.C.‟s are the first and probably the most important points of call for any visitors to the area!

Heritage Coast Tourist Information Centre McArthur Glen Outlet, Junction 36, M4 Motorway Bridgend, CF32 9SY Telephone : 01656 654906 Facsimile : 01656 646523 Email: Heritage Coast Tourist Information Centre The Old Police Station John Street Porthcawl, CF36 3DT Telephone : 01656 786639 Facsimile : 01656 642676 Email: Coach Parking Bridgend: Free Coach Park & set-down points Porthcawl:Off street coach parking On street coach parking Set-down and pick-up points Bryngarw House The house was built by Morgan Hopkin-Traherne and was described in 1834 as “a small, but elegant dwelling” Over 160 years later, and following major renovation and refurbishment, the character and relaxing atmosphere of the house has been retained, and even enhanced by the addition of modern comforts. Owned and managed by Bridgend County Borough Council, each of the fourteen en-suite bedrooms is individually decorated to suit its own unique style, and offer tea and coffee making facilities, television and direct dial telephones. There is a lounge, bar and restaurant, and marquees can be erected on the spacious lawns. There is a well equipped conference area with ample natural light as well as that all important peace and quite associated with a house within it‟s own grounds. Getting to Bridgend County Borough Getting to Bridgend County Borough couldn‟t be easier. Bridgend County spans the M4 Motorway and has three major junctions within its boundaries. Junctions 35 for the eastern section of the county and junction 37 for the western section. Between the two is junction 36, the main entry point for the county town of Bridgend. This junction has a service area, petrol station, and the huge McArthurGlen Designer shopping outlet, with restaurants and a nine-screen cinema. This makes an ideal refreshment halt or a half day or full day visit. This is also the exit junction for the county‟s second town of Maesteg. By Rail The main station for the County is in the centre of Bridgend and is served by the fast Intercity trains

of Great Western Railways, Virgin Railways, Alpha Line Railways, and the Valleys Lines. This is also the junction point for the pretty little Llynfi Valley line to the County‟s second town of Maesteg. Euroshuttle trains carrying cars, vans, motorbikes and foot passengers arrive at Folkestone in Kent, where it is an easy, leisurely journey to Bridgend. The drive is approximately five hours. For further information call 0990 353535 By Air Wales‟ international airport is just 15 miles away (20 minutes) and has scheduled services from many cities in the UK, and the Continent of Europe, as well as world-wide via Paris and Amsterdam. By Sea There are many ferry services to UK ports, linked to Bridgend via the M4 Motorway. Ferries from Ireland arrive at Swansea. Pembroke Dock and Fishguard just a short distance away. Getting in to one of the main towns or areas Bridgend Off the M4 motorway at junction 36 and follow the A4081 south about two miles into the town. (Follow signs) Maesteg Off the M4 motorway at junction 36 and follow the A4081 north over the motorway then take the first left at the roundabout on to the A4063 to the next roundabout. Take the third left at this roundabout on to the Maesteg road. Follow road through traffic lights, under the Railway Bridge and on to Maesteg. Porthcawl – East Off the M4 motorway at junction 35, then follow the A473 to second roundabout. At this roundabout, take the second left on to the A48 and follow the road through four roundabouts. At the fifth roundabout take the first left and follow road signs to Porthcawl. Porthcawl – West Off the M4 motorway at junction 37 and follow the A4229 via South Cornelly and on to Porthcawl. Heritage Coast Off the M4 motorway at junction 35 and follow the A473 to fourth roundabout. At this roundabout,take the first left and follow the road towards Ewenny then the signs to Ogmore by Sea. Accommodation in surrounding area: Bridgend and the

Hotels Heronston Coed y Mwstwr Court Colman Maerdy St.Mary Hotel Travel Lodge(Sarn) Travel Lodge(Pencoed) Travel Inn(Pencoed) Seabank Atlantic Fairways Esplanade Glamorgan Holiday Hotel S.W.Convelescent Home Guest Houses New Inn Three Trees Chestnut Ways(Coytrahen) Ewenny Farm The Great House The Garden House(Penyfai) Green Acres (N. Cornelly) Alexandra(Coity Road) Swinford(Court Colman) Haven Minerva Penoyre Rockybank Sunningdale Rossett House Trem Mor Westcliffe Rosedale Villa Lorelai Jesmond Villa(Ewenny Road) Ewenny (Ewenny Road) Tremains(Tremains Road) Coity (Coity Village) The Chapel(Bryncethin) St.Andrews(Ogmore b s) Brentwood Collingwood Glenaube Heritage Ocean View Porthcawl Sandville Swn y Don Summerfield Whitebreakers Winchester Craig y Don Dinam Roslyn Sheriton House Seaways Pubs with accommodation The Prince of Wales(Aberkenfig) Mason's Arms(Bryncethin)

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Self Catering Griffin Park Court(PCWL) 782141 Tyn y Caeau(Margam) 01639 883897 Ffordd y Gyfraith(Pyle) 743983 Ty Maen Cottage(Llangynwyd) 733505/732503 Llanerch Vineyard 01433 225877 Marine Flats 783492 Dormy House(Ogmore b s) 880410 Trecco Bay Holiday Centre 782103 Touring Trailer sites Danygraig Holiday Park Happy Valley Brodawel Cae Abbot Centre Kenfig Pool Touring Site Farms Ty Maen Farm(Llangynwyd) Ffordd-y-Gyfraith Farm(Pyle) Cwmdu Isaf Farm(Llangynwyd) Sutton Farmhouse(Ogmore b s)

The Sandpiper Inn - New Road The New Brogden - New Road The Queens Hotel - New Road General Picton - New Road The Seahorse Inn - South Road The Farmer‟s Arms - Nottage The Seagul Inn - Nottage The Swan Inn - Nottage Rose & Crown - Nottage The Globe Inn - Newton The Jolly Sailor Inn - Newton The Ancient Briton - Newton The Angel Inn - Maudlam The Greenacre - N.Cornelly The Cornell Arms - N. Cornelly The Three Horse Shoes – S. Cornelly Black Russian - Kenfig Pool The Crown Inn - Kenfig Hill The Farmer‟s Arms-Kenfig Hill The Prince of Wales-Kenfig Hill The Royal Oak - Kenfig Hill The Walnut Tree - Kenfig Hill Ye Olde White House Inn - Pyle The Prince of Wales - Pyle The Three Horse ShoesCefn Cribbwr The White Lion - Cefn Cribbwr Mason's Arms - Bryncethin The Railway Inn - Llangynwyd Tyrisha Inn - Penycae The Courthouse - Bridgend Monroes - Bridgend Club Extreme - Bridgend Dunraven Arms Hotel Cody's - Bridgend The Roof - Bridgend P.S.-Park Street - Bridgend La Terrazza - Bridgend Il Panino - Bridgend Harlequin - at Bryngarw Park Pottery Tearooms - Ewenny General Information Princess of Wales Hospital Doctors: Portway Surgery South Road Victoria Avenue Dentists: Victoria Avenue Mary Street Hillsborough Place Chemists: Boots - John Street Balkwells - John Street

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Attractions Claypits Pottery 661733 Ewenny Pottery 653020 Peter Wills Pottery 662902 Welsh Porcelain Co. 734999 Dinas Welsh Crafts(Ewenny) 652906 The Pine Centre (Ewenny) Groundwork 722315 Grove Golf Club 788771 St.Mary's Golf Club 861100 Indoor Karting(Stormy Down) 773737 Bowlers 655577 South Wales Equestrian Centre 862959 Coney Beach Amusement Park 788911 The Old Police Station(Pcwl) 642679 Bedford Park 642679 Bryngarw Country Park 642679 Grand Pavilion(Pcwl) 642679 Parc Slip Nature Reserve 724100 Kenfig National Nature Reserve 743386 Coity Castle 029 20500261 Newcastle 029 20500261 Ogmore Castle 029 20500261 Ewenny Priory McArthur Glen Shopping 665700 0171 591 8467 Places to eat Atlantic Hotel - West Drive 785011 Enrico‟s - Esplanade 785556 Seabank Hotel - Esplanade 782261 Jaipur Indian - Esplanade 786950 Porthcawl Hotel - John Street 782257 Fulgoni‟s - John Street 782473 La Rochelle - Well Street 782330 The Rock Inn - John Street 782340 The Royal Oak - John Street 782684 The Buccaneer - Mackworth Rd 785569 The Hi-Tide Inn - Coney Beach 782432 Chico‟s - Dock Street 771217 The Knight‟s Arms - The Square 773494 The Lifeboat Inn - The Square 783457

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Newton Pharmacy - New Road Suffolk Place Pharmacy Dry Cleaners: Soapy‟s - Station Hill Jeeps - Well Street Citizen‟s Advice ( Bridgend ) Environmental Health (Bridgend) Important organisations Bridgend County Borough Council, Denise Fletcher, Head of Tourism, Innovation Centre, Bridgend Science Park, Bridgend, CF31 3NA Telephone: 01656 672930 Facsimile : 01656 768757 Email Web : Porthcawl Town Council, 24 Victoria Avenue, Porthcawl, CF36 3HG Telephone : 01656 782215 Facsimile : 01656 788049 Porthcawl Tourist Association Rossett Guest House, 1 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl, CF36 3YS Telephone : 01656 771664 Wales Tourist Board, Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Road, Cardiff, CF24 0UY Telephone : 01222 499909 Southern Wales Travel Trade & Overseas Initiative, Bridgend County Borough Council Innovation Centre Bridgend Science Park Bridgend CF31 3NA Telephone : 01656 672931 Southern Wales Business Initiative, Economic Development, Newport County Borough Council, Civic Centre, Newport, NP9 4UR Telephone : 01633 233327

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UWIC Colchester Avenue Cardiff Telephone : 029 20417197 Mobile: 07919 210832

British Tourist Authority, Thames Tower, Black‟s Road, Hammersmith London, W6 9EL Telephone : 020 8846 9000 Capital Region Tourism

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