Now that summer is here and lockdown restrictions are changing there are many fun days out to have in and around Porthcawl – whether you want to chill or seek thrills! Here’s our top picks, all of which are safe to enjoy and are “Good To Go” where applicable.
1. How Would You Survive In The Wild? – Bushcraft Adventures – A bushcraft centre 10 minutes from Porthcawl, offering sessions to build your own fire and (hopefully) waterproof shelter, if you’re feeling braver try a Bushtucker Trial or an axe-throwing session.
2. Limitless New Experiences – Just minutes from Porthcawl, Adventures Wales more than lives up to it’s name. On land, they offer a muddy assault course, paintballing, high ropes, laser tag, rock climbing and quad biking. While by the sea, they have canyoning, coasteering, gorge walking, surfing lessons, white water rafting, surf kayaking, raft building and paddleboarding. A great place to try a new experience or two! We also recommend checking out Quest Adventures.
3. Ride The Waves – If you’ve always wanted to try surfing or a pro in the water Porthcawl Surf School, Coney Surf & Cressey’s Surf Academy offer surf lessons as well as surfboard, bodyboard and kayak hire.
4. On Your Bike – Cycling is the modern, healthy and environmentally-friendly way to explore so why not rent a bike from Rest Bay or Coney Surf (mountain bike or fat bike) or bring your own and explore the Wales Coast Park east to Ogmore-by-Sea or west to Aberavon. If you’re looking for something more adventurous and rugged, check out Afan Forest Park, a firm favourite with the mountain biking community.
5. Paintballing – Are you stealthy enough to hide from your enemy team while covertly attacking them? If so, visit Taskforce Skirmish Paintball for an experience like no other.
6. Kiteboarding – Just in case you didn’t know, kiteboarding an action sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. If that’s right up your avenue Blast offer kiteboarding lessons and have all the equipment you need!
7. Skiing & Snowboarding – It may be the middle of summer, but if you’re looking for something to bring on the winter vibes, check out the slopes at Cardiff Ski who offer private lessons or recreational sessions.
8. The Need for Speed – If your idea of a great day out is getting in a sports car and flooring it around a track, check out Llandow Circuit‘s experience days.
10. The Great Escape – If you like to challenge yourself, check out Adventure Rooms – the county’s first escape room is open now and Covid-secure so why not take a visit with your extended household.
11. Minted – If you ever wanted to see how money is made, take a visit to the Royal Mint Experience to see coins for UK and around 60+ other countries, find out their history and all about money usage in the UK.
12. Going Underground – if you like exploring a little deeper down, our top picks are the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park or if you venture a little further afield you’ll find Dan Yr Ogof – the largest show caves in the UK.
13. Go Ahead & Jump – Looking for an activity for the young (and young and heart)? Guaranteed to be an energetic and exciting day out, we suggest Jump Jam trampoline park.
14. Culture Vulture – If you’re looking for a fun and fascinating way to learn more about our nation, why not visit one of National Museum Wales’ free centres. Our top pick is now back open, the open-air St Fagan’s where you can explore old-time houses, shops and community buildings past lovingly restored. National Museum Cardiff reopens on 27th August and hosts an impressive art gallery, while National Waterfront Museum in the heart of Swansea is a great place to explore Wales’ industrial and societal past and reopens on the 28th August.
16. The Perfect All Round Pick – Looking for somewhere for those who seek a relaxing day enjoying nature and those looking for a bit more adventure. Then we suggest checking out the 850-acre Margam Country Park, which houses the Go Ape high-rope treetop adventure and Margam Park Adventure offering the likes of canoeing, paddle boarding and go-kart safari. Currently, open until 4:30pm most days.
17. Endless Exploring – It’s the perfect time to explore nature and our top picks are discovering Bryngarw Country Park, bird spotting at Parc Slip Nature Reserve or venturing further afield to the beautiful Lanlay Meadow or Dyffryn Gardens.
19. King (or Queen) of the Castle – We’re spoilt for choice as the country with more castles than any other. On our must-do list is exploring the ruins at the nearby Ogmore Castle, Coity Castle, Newcastle and St Quentin’s.
20. Our Beautiful Beaches – Last but certainly not least, it’s the essential summer activity, going to the beach! Did you know that Porthcawl has 7 bays for you to explore? As well as our popular town centre beach, there’s surfer hotspot Rest Bay, the Blue Flag beach at Trecco Bay and Sandy Bay boasting a funfair, gift shops, amusements arcade and places to get fish & chips followed by ice-cream to cool down. Looking for something quieter? Check out the stunning Newton Beach to the east, to the west you can walk to the pebbly Pink Bay which leads on to the hidden gem that is Sker Beach. If you feel like exploring slightly further afield, out of town, take a visit to Southerndown with its geological mineral rocks and start exploring the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
We hope you have a great time (safely) exploring our town and local area this summer!
This is part of a series of articles on making the most of Porthcawl during the Coronavirus outbreak.