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    The Lighthouse

    by Balam Updated Jul 15, 2013

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    The Porthcawl lighthouse at the end of the breakwater that guards the harbour (Known as The Pier).
    The lighthouse was built in 1860 and is still in use. It beams a continuous light over the entrance to the harbour with red or green lights to the sides to guide ships. It was powered by Gas untill only 1997 when it was converted to Electric.

    It has recently been refurbished and is shining even brighter! So i have changed the Pictures

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    Fun of the fair - coney beach

    by jhorsfield30 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Going down to coney beach fun fair for a day out...

    Good rates available in book buys of tickets and on special wed and friday nights where some rides are half price at certain times.

    The front shops along the prom have had a recent lick of paint and new dodgems and beach party are some of the favorites.
    Personally, I prever the funfair feel to trecco bay. And have always had a soft spot for the fun of the fair.

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    Kenfig Castle

    by Balam Updated Oct 12, 2010

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    You can walk to the ruins of Kenfig Castle from the Countryside Centre or by parking on the road just past the Prince of Wales Pub.
    The walk over the dunes which covered the old town is quite nice as are the large cows with BIG HORNS that you have to walk past, we had no trouble though.

    There is not much remaining of what was once quite an important Norman castle that was built by Robert Earl of Gloucester in the earlt 12th Century, only a parts of the keep, Bailey with the remains of a bank and ditch can be seen. A town had developed by 1183 to the south of the castle and it was quite an important administrative centre and was at the time the largest in South Wales. From the 13th century the town and Castle were gradualy engulfed by the Sand.

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    Walk along the Prom

    by Balam Updated Sep 28, 2010

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    Porthcawl has a nice promanade that was built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee it runs along the seafront from Lock's Common on the west to Porthcawl's harbour were it joins the eastern promenade to Coney Beach. it has plenty of seating offering some great views over the Bristol Channel and is a great place for a stroll, there are many cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels along the promenade
    The Promanade was restored in 1996

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    Rest Bay

    by Balam Written Sep 28, 2010

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    Rest Bay is another sandy Blue Flag beach and is situated in the west of Porthcawl, it is very popular for water sports, especially surfing.
    It has a lifeguard station and is patroled by lifeguards from May to September

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    Sandy Bay

    by Balam Updated Sep 28, 2010

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    The beach in front of Coney Beach Fairground is known as Sandy Bay because it is (you probably guessed) sandy. It is a large sheltered beach. The water quality is rated as excellent and it is constanty a Blue Flag beach making it very popular with swimmers and surfers.

    It has lifeguard cover from May to September and is popular with families as you can take donkey and pony rides on the beach as well as it's closeness to the excellent facilities at Coney Beach and the High Tide

    It is at Sandy Bay that the ever popular Christmas morning swim is held. Hundreds of people many in fancy dress have been braving the cold sea waters on Christmas Day since 1965 it is still held every Christmas and draws in thousands of spectators whilst raising thousands of pounds for many local charities

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    Newton Beach

    by Balam Written Sep 28, 2010

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    Newton Beach is on the east side of Porthcawl, it is a long sandy and rocky beach that is backed by the Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes which are great places to explore, the dunes of Merthyr Mawr are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
    This great beach ends at the mouth of the River Ogmore in a plcae called Ogmore by Sea.
    The Beach and the sand dunes are popular with walkers, horse riders and rough campers.

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    Coney Beach

    by Balam Updated Sep 28, 2010

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    The small funfair which is called Coney Beach is a little run down looking but it is still extremely popular, it was originally built to entertain American troops when they were returning from World War I with the park being named in tribute to the world famous New York amusement park on Coney Island.
    Although small it has a lot of rides packed into the limited space. It looks like you could have some real fun here and i belive they don't mind adults going on the childrens rides so thats a bonus!! If kids rides are not for you then it must be Mega Blitz! or KMG Afterburner thats right up your street!!
    And if you don't want to take a ride there is nothing to stop you coming out with a Wobbley Willie or a Fat Slag!! (see pic 3)

    The Park is open from Easter weekend of each year up until the final weekend of October

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    Newton Church

    by Balam Written Sep 28, 2010

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    The lovely Church in the Village of Newton was founded by the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (otherwise known as the Knights Hospitalers, Knights of Rhodes and the Knights of Malta) over 800 years ago. It would originally have looked more like a fortress with it's fortified tower an ideal place for look outs to warn of attacks from sea or by land.

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    Walking on the Dunes

    by Balam Written Sep 28, 2010

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    The Sand Dunes that stretch along the back of Newton Beach turning into the great expanse of Merthyr Mawr Dunes is a great plce to go for a walk. These Dunes make an important wildlife habitat and are a site of scientific interest sheltering a rich variety of flora and fauna.
    I really enjoyed walking along the Beach and then over the dunes, some of which are quite high and you can have great fun sliding back down them.

    Parts of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ were filmed here.

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    Porthcawl Museum

    by Balam Updated Sep 28, 2010

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    This small museum is located within what was the Old Police station along with the Tourist Information centre. It is well worth a visit if you can cartch it open (It's opening times are sadly limited) and has a nice collection of social, maritime and military history along with Victorian costumes and artefacts.

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    Porthcawl Life Boat House

    by Balam Written Sep 28, 2010

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    Just at the top end of the harbour is the Life Boat House, as with most these days there is a shop and on certain days you will be able to view the Life Boats.

    As with all Life Boats donations are greatly apreciated

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    Porthcawl Harbour

    by Balam Written Sep 28, 2010

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    The Harbour at Porthcawl is relatively small but is quite picturesque, especially when the tide is out and all the boats it contains are left lying on the silty bottom. The docks originaly consisited of The outer Harbour which you can see today and an Inner harbour which was filled in during the second world war.

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    Visit the Museum

    by Myfanwe Written Jul 4, 2010

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    Porthcawl has a lovely little museum which is situated in the Old Police Station buildings right in the middle of John Street. It is a great Musuem which is run by really enthusiastic local historians. Here you'll find some excellent exhibits giving details of Porthcawl in years gone by; articles on shipwrecks which have occurred on the coast and neolithic items which have been found in Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr Sand dunes. Even though they are short on space here, this is really quite and interesting Museum.

    Entrance Fee is 50p. The museum is open between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and also 10am - 12pm on Saturdays.

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    Newton

    by Balam Written Oct 20, 2009

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    Not far away from Porthcawl is the small village of Newton, set around a village green with the 12c Church of St John, it is a nice place to visit. There are some pubs such as the Jolly Sailor were you can get a drink or something to eat.
    At the bottom end of the village green is an old well.
    Newton beach is a large beach that stretches all the way from Treco Bay to Ogmore.

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