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How to spend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend in Bridgend County

May 17, 2022

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Looking for fun things to do over the Platinum Jubilee Weekend? From artisan markets and vintage picnics to fireworks, Bridgend County has plenty of fun fillers to make this weekend one to remember. Sit back, relax and enjoy your bank holiday.

On the evening of 2nd June, visitors to Porthcawl will be treated to a free fireworks display, thanks to The Hi Tide Inn and Coney Beach Pleasure Park.

Porthcawl has long known how to commemorate a Jubilee. The Royal Porthcawl clubhouse dates back to 1891 and was built for Queen Victoria's Jubilee. It showcased in Crystal Palace before making the pilgrimage to Rest Bay. It was the cutting edge of architecture in its day!

Porthcawl’s promenade, built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee runs along the seafront from Lock’s Common in the west to the harbour, before joining the eastern promenade and leading to Coney Beach and Griffin Park. There are many cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels located along the promenade which offer spectacular views across the Bristol Channel; traditional ice cream parlours run by South Wales Italian families have never lost their popularity.

Today you can enjoy the promenade on foot, by bike, open top bus or land train. The Cymru Coaster open-top bus returns to Porthcawl on the 2nd June and will run from Trecco Bay to Rest Bay on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (along with bank holidays). When you get up on an open topper, you can see everything on the wonderful Welsh coast. You can also jump aboard Lucie the Land Train in Porthcawl and sit back and enjoy the seafront scenery as you are swept along the Eastern Promenade. You can travel from Sandy Bay all the way up to Rest Bay and back again, with stops in between. The route takes in the Marina, the main Promenade, Rest Bay Water Sports Centre, The Grand Pavilion, the town centre, and the fairground.

There is plenty to do around Bridgend County throughout the week of half term.

A Dogs Trail with Snoopy is a spectacular free public art trail that is pawing its way across South Wales. From 8th April to 5th of June 2022, Porthcawl will be home to six supersized Snoopy sculptures, all intricately designed and decorated by South Wales-based and national artists, along with 12 miniature sculptures decorated by local schools. Locals and visitors to Bridgend County, together with their four-legged friends, can put their best paw forward to enjoy the trail and locate each of the colourful artworks around the town.

Green Top Events will bring their market to Bridgend on the 28th May and Porthcawl on the 3rd June. Featuring independent producers, talented crafters, artisan makers and a few tasty surprises, you can meet friends, support local, shop, eat and enjoy! Explore Bridgend's oldest habitable dwelling on Newcastle Hill. St. John's House  open day is the 28th of May.

Kenfig Nature Reserve hosts an artisan market on the 28th May and farmers market on the 5th June. The KNR Farmers Market, presented by Double Trouble Coffee and The Hyde Out, has fresh local produce including a variety of foods, from meat, cheese, bread and coffee. The Ash Tree Artisans are local artists, crafters and small businesses.

Bridgend Town Centre will celebrate over two days, with a Family Fun Day on the 2nd June with family fun and games, craft, food and drink stalls, music and Disney characters. On the Friday come along and join in the Vintage Picnic with food and drink stalls, music from seven decades of rule - 1950s to present day. Why not celebrate by dressing up using inspiration from the decade of your choice?

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Have you been for a dip yet?🌊⁠
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The weather is getting warmer, which means beach trips are back on the agenda, and the @porthcawlrnli lifeguards have returned to Rest Bay, Coney Beach, and Trecco Bay🏄🏼⁠
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⁠Have you been for a dip yet?🌊⁠
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The weather is getting warmer, which means beach trips are back on the agenda, and the @porthcawlrnli lifeguards have returned to Rest Bay, Coney Beach, and Trecco Bay🏄🏼⁠
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Stay safe when you’re enjoying our stunning shoreline. ⁠
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Stretch your legs on the sandy and quiet Sker Beach one evening🚶‍♀️⁠
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Whether you’re looking for a shorter stroll or a longer ramble, start your walk from Kenfig Nature Reserve. Wander through the sand dunes, find the coastline, and spot rare birds along the way.⁠
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🐶 Dogs are allowed all year round⁠
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⁠Stretch your legs on the sandy and quiet Sker Beach one evening🚶‍♀️⁠
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📸Justin Morgan⁠
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Whether you’re looking for a shorter stroll or a longer ramble, start your walk from Kenfig Nature Reserve. Wander through the sand dunes, find the coastline, and spot rare birds along the way.⁠
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🐶 Dogs are allowed all year round⁠
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Life’s a beach🏄🏽‍♀️⁠
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We’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Bridgend County…⁠
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Rest Bay⁠
Newton Beach⁠
Pink Bay⁠
Sker Beach⁠
Trecco Bay⁠
Town Beach⁠
Sandy Bay⁠
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⁠Life’s a beach🏄🏽‍♀️⁠
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We’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Bridgend County…⁠
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Rest Bay⁠
Newton Beach⁠
Pink Bay⁠
Sker Beach⁠
Trecco Bay⁠
Town Beach⁠
Sandy Bay⁠
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📸@callumgillingsphotography | 📍Rest Bay⁠
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Head over to our website to plan your trip today - the link is in our bio!⁠
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Step out of your doorstep and into the past...⁠
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📍Ogmore Castle | 📸@callumgillingsphotography⁠
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We’re known for our castles here in Wales, so it’s only right you make sure to stop by one on your visit! In Bridgend County, we’ve got three…⁠
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🏰Newcastle Castle ⁠
🏰Coity Castle⁠
🏰Ogmore Castle ⁠
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⁠Step out of your doorstep and into the past...⁠
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📍Ogmore Castle | 📸@callumgillingsphotography⁠
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We’re known for our castles here in Wales, so it’s only right you make sure to stop by one on your visit! In Bridgend County, we’ve got three…⁠
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🏰Newcastle Castle ⁠
🏰Coity Castle⁠
🏰Ogmore Castle ⁠
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Head to the Harbour for a day⛵⁠
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Stroll around Porthcawl harbour, with the sun shining down and boats passing you by, before tasting delicious food from:⁠
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You might spot a lifeguard or two out on their daily duties too 🚤⁠
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End the day with an ice cream from @sidolisharbourside⁠
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⁠Head to the Harbour for a day⛵⁠
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Stroll around Porthcawl harbour, with the sun shining down and boats passing you by, before tasting delicious food from:⁠
🍔@docksideporthcawl⁠
🦞@barandkitchenco⁠
🍕@doublezero.uk⁠
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You might spot a lifeguard or two out on their daily duties too 🚤⁠
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End the day with an ice cream from @sidolisharbourside⁠
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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpic⁠
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@bhumphreysphotography captured the Strawberry Supermoon earlier this month at Porthcawl🌕⁠
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What a spectacular sight! 😍⁠
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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpic⁠@bhumphreysphotography captured the Strawberry Supermoon earlier this month at Porthcawl🌕⁠
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Bring the entire family with you when you #VisitBridgend, with dog-friendly beaches, cafes, and accommodation, there’s no need to leave your furry friends at home! ⁠
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📍Kenfig Nature Reserve⁠
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Check out the comments for our pup-friendly recommendations👇🏽⁠
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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpic⁠The paw-fect escape | 📸@olli_thecocker⁠
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Bring the entire family with you when you #VisitBridgend, with dog-friendly beaches, cafes, and accommodation, there’s no need to leave your furry friends at home! ⁠
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📍Kenfig Nature Reserve⁠
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Check out the comments for our pup-friendly recommendations👇🏽⁠
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Better together 🌊 

Jack Johnson sang ‘things are better together’, and we’ve got to agree. 

From paddleboarding to picnics, swimming to sunsets, and brunching to boat trips, Bridgend County is the perfect escape as a couple🥰

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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpicBetter together 🌊 

Jack Johnson sang ‘things are better together’, and we’ve got to agree. 

From paddleboarding to picnics, swimming to sunsets, and brunching to boat trips, Bridgend County is the perfect escape as a couple🥰

📸@welsh.walks | 📍Rest Bay 

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Scorching weather, unreal surf, and good vibes all round for the @britishlongboardunion Porthcawl Longboard Classic 2022. ⁠
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There’s loads of events coming up in the county, check them out:⁠
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🇬🇧Platinum Jubilee Family Fun Weekend⁠
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🏃🏽‍♀️Healthspan Porthcawl 10K - 3rd July⁠
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🎪@betweenthetreesfestival - 25-26th Aug⁠
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🎤Porthcawl Elvis Fest - 22nd Sept⁠
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Head to the link in our bio to check out all of our upcoming events!⁠
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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpic⁠Scorching weather, unreal surf, and good vibes all round for the @britishlongboardunion Porthcawl Longboard Classic 2022. ⁠
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There’s loads of events coming up in the county, check them out:⁠
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🇬🇧Platinum Jubilee Family Fun Weekend⁠
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🏃🏽‍♀️Healthspan Porthcawl 10K - 3rd July⁠
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🎪@betweenthetreesfestival - 25-26th Aug⁠
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🎤Porthcawl Elvis Fest - 22nd Sept⁠
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Head to the link in our bio to check out all of our upcoming events!⁠
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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpic⁠
With its long stretch of coastline, rolling hillsides, and vast green fields, there’s so many great places to wander🌳⁠
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📍Llynfi Valley | 📸Megan Baxter⁠
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Why not stay a while in Bridgend County and you’re sure to see some pretty special places. ⁠
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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpic⁠With its long stretch of coastline, rolling hillsides, and vast green fields, there’s so many great places to wander🌳⁠
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📍Llynfi Valley | 📸Megan Baxter⁠
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Why not stay a while in Bridgend County and you’re sure to see some pretty special places. ⁠
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#VisitBridgend #VisitWales #FindYourEpic⁠