Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32 8UU. Tel: 01656 729009

While Bryngarw House is closed to the public, you can spend the best of days roaming through 113 acres of parkland, spot foxes, squirrels and woodpeckers in the woodlands, hit the cycle trails on your bike, play Pooh sticks from the bridge in the Japanese garden, and check out the visitor centre and the children’s play area (and the highest slide going!). You can also have a barbecue or picnic, sample the special events, and revive yourself with refreshments in the tearoom. If you end up in the overflow car park there are some charges (from £2.50).

While you are there help your children search for the wonderful wooden oak sculptures that have – as part of a special Nature Keepers project – been carved in some of our most valuable green spaces as natural keepers of the land. The original Nature Keepers are found here in Bryngarw Country Park, but there are 10 more to discover in other local woods, parks and coastal paths from Keep of the Dunes to Keeper of Ogmore. You can discover them all (and the poems that have been written about them) at and go in search throughout the year.