Picnic amid the castle ruins, prominently situated on a grassy mound overlooking Bridgend. Budding history buffs and architects will appreciate the well-preserved Norman gateway and thick curtain wall and square mural towers, and younger children will enjoy the opportunity to run about in the footsteps of knights and kings like Henry II.

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Nr Bridgend, Bridgend, Vale Of Glamorgan About ten minutes drive from Bridgend near Ogmore, you can explore the castle ruins (often populated by sheep or ponies), then use the stepping stones to cross the River Ewenny at low tide.

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Graig Fawr hillside, Margam, SA13 2TA The monastic trail north of Margam Abbey takes you through heavily wooded slopes behind an Iron Age hill fort to the medieval Chapel of Cryke (also known as Hen Eglwys and Capel Mair). Feed ducks at the fishpond along the way, eat a picnic, and enjoy views across Swansea Bay and Port Talbot.

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Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl CF36 3YW. Tel: 01656 815995 You can boo and cheer to your heart’s content during pantomime season at Porthcawl’s domed Grand Pavilion which has had pride of place on Porthcawl’s seafront for over 80 years. Watch a musical, play or variety show, or sample the fare at its seafront café with marine views.

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Ogmore Road, Ewenny, Bridgend CF35 5BP. Tel: 01656 647173 Named after the owner’s grandparents, Sadie and Franks has separate play areas with slides and nets for toddlers and older children, as well as a lovely space set aside for role play and reading. The café and bistro serve homemade cakes and biscuits plus healthy hot and cold food.

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Llandow Trading Estate, Cowbridge CF71 7PB. Tel: 01446 795568 Simply Arrive and Drive around the 1,050m track, or join the Race Academy to improve your technique and lap times. Under-eights can join in the fun in a twin-seater, while the single-driver karts reach up to 45 mph.

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Near Porthcawl, Bridgend CF36 3UW This popular Blue Flag beach is a few miles out of Porthcawl but when you get there it offers miles of fine sand, coastal walks (the new coastal path is accessible to wheelchairs) and you can walk down to Sker or Pink Bay.

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Porthcawl, Bridgend, CF36 5NG This beach is next to Coney Beach and lovely and quiet while only being five minutes walk from all the facilities you might need at the Trecco Bay Holiday Park.

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