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The unique buildings opening their doors in Bridgend County this month

August 20, 2018

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St John's House

Ever wanted to learn the secrets behind Bridgend County's most intriguing buildings? Throughout September, some of our most historic spots will be offering first hand access to their ancient sites and unique stories. From Grade II listed buildings to Police Headquarters, here's all you need to know about Open Doors Month this September.

Discover the ancient spot St Cein settled

Spend a September weekend exploring St Cein's Church in Llangeinor. This Norman build was built on an early 6th century Christian heritage site where St Cein herself set up her cell. Learn about the journeys of the saint herself and how she at last came to the picturesque Llangeinor. To top it off, enjoy tasty refreshments and ancient stories from the church and surrounding area.

1st-30th September. 12pm-3pm.

Experience life inside a Victorian Police Cell

Ever wanted to see inside the headquarters of a police station?This September, visitors are invited to delve deep into the basement of South Wales Police headquarters. Experience life in a Victorian police cell, complete with resident prisoner, and take a peek into an Edwardian charge room. You can even explore the newly re-opened Heritage Centre to get a first look behind the world of policing in South Wales.

21st - 22nd September. Each visit takes between 1 - 1.5 hours, booking required.

Learn about the tragic Parc Slip mining disaster of Tondu

Discover the tragic story of the Parc Slip mining disaster at the Wesley Church Centre, Tondu. The Tondu church will commemorate the tragic explosion of 1892, which saw 112 men and boys from the area die. Visitors will have the opportunity to unravel the events which took place that day, while learning all about the village of Tondu's industrial heritage. For some light refreshment, head to the Parc Slip Nature reserve nearby.

28th September. 10am -3pm

Unveil the unique history of Bridgend at St John's House

The oldest dwelling of its type in town, St John's House, will be unveiling a History of Bridgend at the end of the month. Feast your eyes on informative maps from long ago and gather unique information from the town. The Grade II listed building, which was built in around 1511, has been described by the Royal Commission as a high-status house and of great significance - come and see for yourself!

29th September, 11am - 3.30pm

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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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📸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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📸@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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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 ⁠
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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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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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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 #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
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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🌳⁠
⁠
📍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