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Making the most of Bridgend County's independent shopping.

Bridgend County is home to friendly towns and villages bursting with fascinating independent shops to uncover. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion from local designers, historic family-run businesses or delicious local Welsh produce, here's a guide for "Independents Day" 2021.

The Old Bridge, Bridgend

The Place to Stay

We spoke with Alice Anthony about the unveiling of 39 John Street, a new sister property to 19 Mary Street, both in the heart of Porthcawl.

The Sunshine Studio

Bridgend County is Good To Go again

Discover which of our local businesses have been working hard to achieve the 'Good To Go' industry standard.


Barking from bars to beaches: check out Bridgend's best dog-friendly spots this winter….

Winter is a great time to get out an enjoy some bracing walks with your four-legged friend. There are no restrictions this time of year so you can explore all of Bridgend County’s beaches before stopping by one of our brilliant coffee shops for a warming tea or coffee.

Golden retriever

Elvis hasn’t left the building: Looking back at Porthcawl’s iconic Elvis Festival

As COVID-19 continues to keep the entire world All Shook Up, organisers unfortunately had no choice but to cancel the internationally-acclaimed Porthcawl Elvis Festival.

Porthcawl Elvis Festival

Bridgend's best coastal walks

Rediscover Bridgend’s beautiful beaches and dramatic sea views by foot with one of these wonderful coastal walks.


Soaring temperatures and stand-out dining in Bridgend this weekend

After months of lockdown, savour the simple pleasures of good food and fantastic weather with outdoor dining at some of Bridgend County’s much-loved restaurants and foodie hotspots.

Cosy Corner

Visit Rest Bay. Later.

It’s eerily quiet at Rest Bay. Launched just six months ago, the new Watersports Centre overlooks Porthcawl’s Blue Flag Rest Bay beach, and when it is safe to do so will open its doors again to provide the perfect base for adventure seekers eager to sample South Wales’ outdoor activity offering.

Watersports Centre

New Year, New You: Explore the world of Bridgend wellness

This January marks not only the start of a new year but also the start of a new decade, making it the perfect time to jump into the world of Bridgend's wellness. From leg-burning sand dune assents to stress-relieving nature reserve saunters, read on to uncover your ideal outdoor activity.

Winning runner finishing at the Porthcawl 10k

How to make the most of Porthcawl’s independent shopping scene

Recognised as one of the UK's surf hotspots, adored for its long sandy beaches and world-famous Elvis Fest, it's easy to forget that the picture-perfect town is home to friendly streets bursting with fascinating independent shops to discover.

Barrister making coffee at Coffi Co Lounge Porthcawl

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