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Upcoming Events: Porthcawl

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Saturday 11th May – Cafe Paree 1.30-4.30pm

Porthcawl Music and Flower Festival committee have worked hard at raising the money for the event which is to take place on June 8th.    The committee wishes to thank Porthcawl Town Council for their contribution and Maesteg Male Choir along with Col Canto for an excellent concert.  However, the final fundraising event is scheduled for May 11th………Cafe Paree, which will be open at Trinity Church John Street from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.  There will be musical entertainment, French of course, from 2.15pm until 3.00pm.

Tickets are £2.50 and are available at the door.  This cost will cover tea or coffee and a sweet treat.  Further French snacks can be purchased during the course of the afternoon.   Oh, do not forget “La Tombola” which I’m sure will have many enticing items.

Saturday 25th May – May Bank Holiday Ride Out Jet-Ski Weekend 2019 10.00am-5.00pm

The ride out will be to various destinations from Newton Beach on the Saturday and Sunday  (25-27th May 2019) depending on the conditions.  Live entertainment on the Saturday night at a local venue so why not come along for a good weekend. For further details contact: Camping is available near the Hi-tide Inn, Porthcawl – 5 mins away from clubhouse tel: 01656 782432. Or alternatively- Trecco Bay Holiday Park, Porthcawl – caravan’s also available for hire. For bookings Tel 0344 335 2269.

Saturday 8th June – Music & Flower Festival 11.45am-6.00pm, All Saints Church, Victoria Avenue Porthcawl
Porthcawl Music and Flower Festival have become a feature of the town’s calendar of events.   It is in its seventh year and the theme this year is “Our Heritage”.  The ladies of Porthcawl Flower Arranging Club have no end to their imagination and ingenuity when it comes to their floral interpretations of myth, poetry and music.  As this is a community event, the music provided throughout the day is performed by locally based organisations.   The day is structured so that you can pop in and out to listen to “what you fancy”.  Call into All Saints’ Victoria Avenue at 11.30am and pick up a programme for the day.  Bring your friend or neighbour who doesn’t get the chance to go out much; this is an ideal opportunity to see the displays, have a cup of tea, listen and leave the hustle and bustle of life,  outside the church doors.

Saturday 15th June Wartime Bridgend 2019 10.00am-4.00pm
Bridgend Town Centre will be transformed as vintage vehicles, 40’s civilians, army personnel and visiting dignitaries Winston and Monty fill the streets for this free historical family event. The star attraction for 2019 is a replica of the iconic Hurricane Plane; dubbed the ‘workhorse of World War Two’, the Hurricane was a single seat fighter plane that took 60 per cent of the RAF’s air victories in the Battle of Britain, and served in other major battles during the course of the war. The Hawker Hurricane is one of the classic fighters of all time and played a major part in achieving the victory of 1945, it is a must-see for all plane enthusiasts! Once again there will be a wonderful mix of local exhibits from Island Farm, Barry at War, Porthcawl Museum, 1940s Swansea Bay, Past Lives, Bridgend Local and District History Society, Military Vehicles Trust as well as professional displays and exhibits from all around the country. This year’s event will feature music from International Vocalist & Trumpeter Ricky Hunter, 1940s Forces Sweetheart Kitty Lamare and the captivating Colin Bourdiec as George Formby. This year as part of the event, there will be a service at the war memorial and raising of the flags to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Carnegie House will be transported back in time with a 1940s tea dance complete with big band and pop up tearoom. Put on your glad rags and dust off your dancing shoes and join in the vibrant atmosphere of entertainment, music and fashion. Get in the vintage vibe with free vintage makeovers then flaunt your fashion style in the 1940s fashion parade through the town. There is something for all the family from wartime Punch and Judy shows, austerity busting ‘make-do-and-mend’, art and craft workshops to street performers, wartime exhibits and much more! So come and join us on Saturday 15th June 10.00-16.00 for this free family event.

Saturday 29th June – Oceans Festival 1.00-11.00pm Hi-Tide, Porthcawl
The first annual festival of original music. Tickets on sale now from the Hi-Tide Inn. £10.00 each.

Confirmed Acts:
1 Rebecca Hurn
2 The Big Fat Blues Band
3 Little Folk
4 The Wolf Pack
5 The Evil Turkeys
7 Tegan Owen
8 Lepton Shoddy vs WMD
10 Lost in Chemistry
11 Village of One
12 El Dorado Fins
13 “Pay the Man”
14 Gallis
15 Chartered Hurricane
16 The Time Travellers
17 Old Dog Tom
18 Matthew Derreck
19  Rainbow Maniac
20  Armonight
21 S.E.X

Sunday 7th July, Porthcawl 10k Run 10.00am-2.00pm
The Porthcawl 10K is an exciting addition to the town known for its surf, sports and coastal walks. The all-new race will take place on closed-roads, taking in the Porthcawl seafront. A host of other sporting activities for families and children will also be included in the day’s action – including a new Family Fun Run, giving budding athletes a chance to take their first footsteps into running.

Saturday 20th July, Porthcawl Carnival 1.30-5.00pm
Annual summer Porthcawl Carnival with a procession of themed floats, walkers and entertainers throughout the centre of Porthcawl. At the carnival field, there is free entertainment for all and activities for children. There is a travelling fair and a number of stalls to peruse. Refreshment and food outlets are available for visitors. The Carnival commences at 1.30pm from Sandy Bay.

Friday 26th-Saturday 27th July, P1 Aquacross UK Championships, Newton Bay, Porthcawl

The 2019 AquaX UK Championships is a 3 round National race series of high speed, adrenaline-packed P1 Aqua Cross (referred to as AquaX) jet ski racing.  The event is free to watch and will also include freestyle jet ski and hydro-flight displays.

Sunday 28th July, RescueFest 11.00am-5.00pm 

RescueFest2019 is Porthcawl RNLI’s exciting, free, family-friendly open day and rescue demonstration event on the Porthcawl Seafront. Now in its second year, there will be exciting demonstrations and displays by the RNLI, emergency services and other organisations.

Saturday 3rd August, Vintage Fair 12.00noon-5.00pm Porthcawl Rugby Club

A fun day out for all the family. Come on down to Porthcawl Rugby Club on Saturday 3rd August at 12.00 noon. See cars from a bygone age, show your children the cars you grew up with. We have a BBQ, Bar and toilet facilities, games and craft stalls. Entertainment will be by Bridgend Ukulele band, The Tenovus choir, and the Emma Louise school of dance. Entry is free, and any profits go to local charities.

Saturday 10th August, Porthcawl Truck Gathering 12.00noon-8.00pm. Sunday 11th August 9.00am-3.00pm

Come and join us for a fun day out at the Porthcawl Truck Gathering Sandy Bay Porthcawl for the family to enjoy browsing through an array of trucks, climb inside to see how many of them live for 6 days a week mostly behind the wheel, ask the drivers questions, take some photographs and marvel at the pride they take in their vehicles.

We have live music on the Saturday along with many traders attending with various wares, a souvenir stall plus refreshment stalls as well as sideshows for your enjoyment.

It’s a free day out for the public starting on Saturday 10th August 2019 at 12 noon till late and from 9 am on Sunday 11th August 2019. until 3 pm. For further information contact us on Facebook or alternatively 07879865008/07787336563/07815950147.

Sunday 18th August, Tuska Sprint Triathlon 6.45-10.00am

The Tuska Sprint Triathlon is an annual event held in Porthcawl and has been running for 17 years. The Transition area will be on the chequered board area at Porthcawl Harbour and open to view to the public for free. The race will begin at 6.45am on Sunday 18th August 2018 and will start with a 750m swim in the sea at Coney Beach. The athletes will leave the water and head out on a 22km bike ride through Porthcawl to Cornelly and return to Porthcawl. On returning to Porthcawl the athletes will complete a 5km run along the seafront and coastal path before returning to the transition area and the race finish. In 2018 the event was broadcast on SC4 as part of the Welsh Triathlon Race series.

Saturday 24th August, Newton Fest ’19 10.00am-10.00pm.

Now in its eighth year, Newton Fest is firmly established as Porthcawl’s biggest outdoor charity festival. Located on the ancient village green in the beautiful village of Newton, this is the place to be. No unaccompanied children and, above all, no glass, please.


Children’s Events

Bounce & Rhyme 23rd May at 10.00am Bryngarw Park

Babies love music and your voice. Come along to a Bounce and Rhyme session for the very youngest members of your family. Join in with old favourite songs and rhymes and learn new ones – don’t worry, a good singing voice is definitely not a requirement! Bounce and Rhyme sessions are also a great excuse to get out of the house and meet like-minded parents/carers.

Alice in Wonderland 24th July 6 pm at Bryngarw Park

Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family.  Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter! Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life before having the opportunity to meet the characters after the show…why not come dressed up as your favourite? A perfect day out for the entire family, you’d be mad to miss it! Please bring your own blankets/seating. Chairs are not provided.

Little Mermaid Jr, 26-27th July Various Times at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Journey “under the sea” in The Little Mermaid JR, adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and motion picture.  An enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

Film, Finding Nemo 1st August at 1.30pm at the Grand 

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

The Selfish Giant 3rd August at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Grinter the giant shuts herself away in her cold house, surrounded by huge snowy gardens, enclosed by high, frost-covered walls. Outside, the children discover a chink in the giant’s wall, changing the course of their lives forever. Expect powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, and a sprinkling of theatre magic! Ages 3+

Gangsta Granny 13th August at Bryngarw Park
Meet Ben, an 11 year old want to be plumber fed up with spending his Friday nights at Granny’s. All she wants to do is play Scrabble and eat cabbage – not exactly his idea of fun! Hungry and bored Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however; it contains Granny’s biggest secret… Ben’s Granny is an international jewel thief, and she needs his help to pull of her biggest heist yet, stealing the crown jewels! Heartbreak Productions invites you to share in this outdoor production of David Walliams’ bestselling tale full of forbidden fun. Join us, Ben, and his Gangsta Granny on their grandest adventure. This exciting escapade will be very hungry work, so come prepared with picnics, something to sit on, and definitely dress for the weather. Recommended Age: 7+ Please bring your own blankets/seating. Chairs are not provided.

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