Activities & Adventure

Make the most of the stunning Porthcawl beaches

Pick of the Bunch:

Bushcraft Adventures

Our Bushcraft Basecamp is located near Laleston, just outside Bridgend. Conveniently close to Cardiff and Swansea, and easily accessible from the M4.

Bushcraft Adventures is about getting people outdoors, learning some new skills and having fun! We are a female-run bushcraft company based in South Wales. With us, you’re in safe and experienced hands:

Comprehensive insurance for all activities.
DBS checked (enhanced level) to work with children.

Over 100 5-star customer reviews


Porthcawl Coney Surf

With over 30 years of surfing experience and many years of coaching knowledge Coney Surf is your place to get that feeling only a surfer knows. Lessons start from £15 and include all the equipment you need, all instructors are ASI qualified and have beach lifeguard/Surf safety training.  Coney Surf also provide Surfboard and Wetsuit hire.

Coney Surf 
Mackworth Road 
CF36 5BT


Adventures Wales Outdoor Centre

Are you looking for the most amazing adventure Wales has to offer? If you are seeking outdoor pursuits or a dedicated Outdoor Adventure Centre that offers a wide range of adventurous activities and weekend adventure breaks, you have come to the right place.

Parc Newydd Farm 
CF36 3EX
T: 01656 782300


Porthcawl Surf School

Hello all, and welcome to Porthcawl Surf. We provide the Surf Report For Porthcawl, South Wales. We also run the Surf School at Rest Bay – Porthcawl Surf School. This is where you will find all information relating to surfing in Porthcawl.

Rest Bay Car Park 
Rest Bay Beach 
CF36 3UP

You can also check out Cressey's Surf Academy.

Quest Adventures

We run Adventure Activities, including Coasteering, Gorge Walking and Canyoning, in Porthcawl and across South Wales that are really popular with Stag and Hen Parties, Youth Groups, Schools and for Team Building.



Porthcawl Bike Hire

Here in Porthcawl we have so much to offer the adventurous cyclist. Situated on the stunning Welsh coast we have glorious sandy beaches with excellent surf and beautiful views all around. Whether you are a family on your annual holiday or a group of friends visiting for a long weekend we can think of few better ways to explore the local area than on one of our fantastic Fat Bike Tours. Whether it’s rolling through the sand dunes, splashing through the surf or climbing up into the surrounding hills to embrace the views, we know that two is the optimum number of wheels for getting out and about. Why not hire some bikes and have an adventure?

Porthcawl Bike Hire
Buccaneer Complex 
Mackworth Road
CF36 5DT

T: 07850 684740
Fat Bike Hire

Taskforce Paintball Games

Taskforce Paintball Games is South Wales' premier paintballing and outdoor activity centre based in Cowbridge. We offer an exciting range of activities including paintballing, laser tag (quasar outdoors), and teambuilding command tasks – if you love the outdoor life, you'll find something for you at Taskforce Paintball Games. 

CF71 7RQ


Afan Forest Biking

The Afan Forest Park and Glyncorrwg Ponds Mountain Biking centres provide many trails of various lengths and skill-levels. Whether you’re a family group, a cross-country whippet or hardened downhill rider, you’ll find a suitable trail. Some trails can be linked-up to create longer rides. For coaching, guiding tours and the off-piste experience, take a look at our Coaching, Guiding tours & Bike Shopspage.

21 Graig-Y-Tewgoed
SA12 9YE

T: 01639 850564 / 01639 851900


Blast Kiteboarding

We live / breath kitesurfing 24/7, our lives are simply and completely wrapped up in this wonderful world of kitesurfing, whether it's in some hot exotic location abroad or in the middle of the winter on our home beaches in the UK we will still be out there riding and testing the kit we sell.


102 Newton Nottage Road 
CF36 5EE

Bryngarw Country Park

Bryngarw Country Park has oodles of woodland to explore, loads of grassland offering space to play family games, formal gardens for a floral aunter and loads of water features including ponds, lakes and a river! With ornamental bridges and wildflower meadows you'll be hard put to find someone who wouldn't like to have a walk here!

Kids will migrate towards the wooden adventure playground and a particularly huge and noticeable feature: The Tower Slide! There's also a climbing rock and a cleared out area with piles of deadwood at the side of the play park for kids to make dens with: cool! You can also download a list of every single type of insect and animal life that's been spotted in the park, which is excellent for printing off and keeping track on a mini beast safari! Will you spot them all, or will you be heading home before the bats are out?!


Bryngarw Country Park
CF32 8UU

General Bryngarw

Wiggleys Fun Farm

Wiggley’s Fun Farm is an ideal play space for little ones.

Offering all-weather fun, there are large indoor and outdoor adventure play areas where children can slide, jump, climb and crawl to their heart’s content. Don’t forget to drag them away to visit the babies’ barnyard though. These teeny tiny fluffies around bound to melt hearts and bring smiles.

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Aberbaiden Road
Ffordd y Gyffraith
Cefn Cribwr
CF32 0BT

Opening Times: 
Monday-Friday (during School term) 10am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm
School Holidays 10am-5pm
Suitable for ages 0-12  6.7miles from Porthcawl

Tree Top Challenge

If you fancy a climb and getting back to nature at the same time, head for the Tree Top Challenge. Situated in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, the centre has a set of magnificent oak trees for you and your family to clamber up. Don't worry if you're not an experienced climber—Tree Top Challenge has a range of activities to suit different ages and abilities.
With the use of rope ladders, ‘action man' commando ropes, high bridges, tree scrambles, slack-lines, rope swings and even zip lines, you'll find that a tree can be an incredible playground. Show your kids the whole new world that's right above their heads! 
Climbers can reach heights of 15 metres in the oak trees, and with the support of the experienced climbing supervisors you'll be completely safe when you're there! All of Tree Top Challenge's activities have safety systems in place and they provide equipment which is fully certified. 
If there's one person in the family who doesn't like heights, there's no need to fret. Tree Top Challenge also provide archery and axe throwing for those who'd rather keep their feet firmly on the ground. 
An unusual birthday party for older children or a great family day out, Tree Top Challenge will help you reach for the skies.


Tree Top Challenge
Amelia Trust Farm
Five Mile Lane
CF62 3AS

Opening Hours Monday-Sunday 9.30am-7.30pm Pricing from £18.00

Go Ape

What do you picture when dreaming of a weekend away in manor house? Probably not zooming down zip wires or dropping from six metre high platforms! Go Ape Margam teams historic grounds with high ropes for an adventure like no other.

As well as 39 thrilling crossings - including bridges, tunnels and more - have a go at one of the biggest Tarzan swings in the Go Ape family. It’s a real leap of faith as you hook yourself in, take a deep breath and drop a giant six metres. The course takes around two to three hours to negotiate so finish with a bang on their 167m zip wire. Phew!

Once you’re up in the trees you’ll have a cracking view of Margam Country Park and 1,000 acres of woodland. Look out across the lake, up to the Manor House and see if you can spot any of the local residents: Margam’s deer! They’re the largest herd in Wales and it’s quite a thrill when you manage to catch a glimpse of some as they dash across the hillside.

  • A high ropes adventure
  • One of Go Ape’s tallest Tarzan swings!
  • Spot the famous Margam deer
Margam Country Park
Port Talbot
SA13 2TJ

Welsh Surfing Federation

Contact the WSF to find out more about the surf schools in Porthcawl, about upcoming competitions and the history of surfing in Wales.
Welsh Surfing Federation
16-18 Mary Street
CF36 3YA

Adventure Rooms Escape Room

So. What are Escape Rooms? They are a real-life escape game which requires 2-6 players to work together to find hidden clues and solve puzzles to escape one of our themed rooms before the 1 hour timer runs out. There are a lot of objects, codes and hints to find - You have to think quick, think smart and work as a team if you want to make it out in time. Advance booking is required.
27 Caroline Street
CF31 1DW


Techniquest is the UK’s longest established science centre.  We provide a range of services to Schools and Teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

Stuart Street
CF10 5BW
T: 029 2047 5475


The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint is the world's leading export mint, making coins and medals for an average of 60 countries every year. However, its first responsibility is to make and distribute United Kingdom coins as well as to supply blanks and official medals.
You'll learn more about the history of The Royal Mint, one of the top-rated tourist attractions in South Wales, and you will be able to see the special coins and rare historical memorabilia that our exhibition holds.
CF72 8YT
T: 0800 0322154

Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre

Going away skiing? Picking up a new Hobby? Snowboarding with your friends? Fancy a thrilling tubing party? Get ready for the mountains, in the heart of the city centre !!! Whether skiing or snowboarding, new to the sport or with many years experience, we have the facilities to get you prepared.
198 Fairwater Road
T: 029 2056 1793

Hensol Castle Distillery Gin Experience

Just outside Cardiff in the heart of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan countryside, you’ll find Hensol Castle Distillery brewing nicely in the cellar of 17th century castle Hensol Castle. The combination of Hensol Castle which is steeped in history together with the modern vibes and fun nature of small-batch craft gin creates a truly distinctive experience. 
Hensol Castle Distillery
Hensol Castle
Vale of Glamorgan
CF72 8JX
T: 01443 667999

Bridgend Minature Railway

Toot! Toot! All aboard the Bridgend express!

Bridgend Miniature Railway is a non-profit haven for all things trains. Run by volunteers and enthusiasts it is a place well looked after and loved. With a train journey lasting over six minutes you can enjoy a unique and quick activity that will bring a smile to any mini-conductor.

If you want to make a day of it bring a picnic and discover the beautiful Parc Slip nature reserve adjacent to the railway. This is a day out with beautiful views that will mesmerise all. You can also bring your little one to the ‘world in miniature’ (a model railway club) where they can feel like giants standing next to a miniature town.

Fountain Rd (opposite Parc Slip Nature Reserve),
​CF32 0EH

Llandow Motorsport Circuit & South Wales Karting Centre

Llandow offers a safe and professional environment to enjoy the thrill of Motorsport in South Wales.

We are one of the few family owned circuits in the country and pride ourselves on our flexible and friendly approach to organising every event.

Llandow Circuit
Vale of Glamorgan
CF71 7PB
T: 01446 796460 | 01446 795568

Looking for another way you can enjoy Porthcawl?
Why not try geocaching? Described as the world's largest treasure hunt, this activity involves using GPS to find hidden goods and hiding your own for others to find. Take a look at or download the Android or iPhone app.

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