This is a brilliant experience to share with children (aged seven and over) offering exhilarating fun and physical challenges via climbs that start at the super-easy and graduate to the more demanding. Taster sessions (90 minutes to have a go with a coaching instructor including equipment hire) cost £10 per person, and then sessions (adults £7 and juniors £5) can be booked to suit.

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There is nothing children like more than a splash and a swim and in Bridgend County we have five public pools (Bridgend, Maesteg, Pencoed, Pyle and Ynysawdre) where an adult and two youngsters can enjoy a swim for under a fiver (during free swimming sessions) with junior prices applied at other times.

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Bridgend has launched the fabulous Sports Stars programme which gives your children the chance to learn up to 15 new sports skills (from footie to rugby, cheerleading to gymnastics). There’s a preschool timetable throughout the day, and after-school and weekend activities for older children.

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Bridgend Life Centre, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4AH Youngsters can explore their sense of adventure by sliding, balancing and climbing across three floors of wobbly bridges, ball ponds and squashy obstacles.

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The perfect stop-off with young children, your local library is a treasure trove of magical adventures you can share via a book. The library at Bridgend Life Centre organises a baby bounce and rhyme session every Monday from 11–12 and story times every Saturday 2.15–3. Plus a film club and reading group for children aged from seven.

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The Odeon Cinema at the McArthurGlen Shopping Centre offers an Odeon Family ticket (between £20 and £25 for four), Odeon Kids (special screenings on Saturday and Sunday mornings where you pay £10 for four £2.50 tickets) and a monthly Odeon Newbies (especially for new parents or carers – take the baby along).

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Bridgend, CF35 5BW Touch hands with the past at this castle-like Norman church which has remained in use for nearly 900 years. Once garrisoned by soldiers and tended by monks, it features a fortified curtain wall, a gatehouse and castellations.

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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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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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