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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  Rediscover the joy of train travel through the eyes of your kids by heading off on a train from Bridgend. An off-peak return day trip to Cardiff, for example, (less than half an hour each way and around £12 for one adult and two children over five – under fives go free) can be turned into a day’s adventure.

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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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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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