Visit Newton village
Just 2 miles away from Porthcawl you'll find the charming village of Newton with it's 12th Century church and pubs set around the village green - an idyllic way to spend a sunny afternoon. If you follow the road down past the church you will reach a car park where you will find the much quieter beach of Newton, you won't find any amusement arcades or cafe's here but it is full of natural beauty adjoining you'll find the sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr & on the beach itself the rock pools are great for the kids. There is a car park here & if you're willing to walk along the beach towards the dunes you will have the beach to yourself!
- School Holidays
- Adventure Travel
Rest Bay is one of the loveliest spots in Porthcawl. The beach here is not as busy as the one near Trecco Bay and there are some lovely views here, especially at sunset. My girlfriend’s house is very near Rest Bay so we often walk near here. Rest Bay is also an excellent spot for surfing and you’ll see surfers out at any time of year.
Enjoy non-stop fun! Trecco Bay is one of the UK's largest holiday parks and offers unrivalled park attractions including Splashland tropical indoor pool complex, go-karting, mini ten-pin bowling, dodgems, bingo and more! In the evening, enjoy all the attractions of Main Street and live entertainment in the 1200 seat Showdome or NiteOut Cabaret Bar.
Splashland pool complex
Solarium & sauna
Funtasia ents centre
Dodgems & go karts
1200 seater Showdome
Nite Out Cabaret bar
Roxys Teen Disco
Treetops Grove Tots
Not a bad place, can get a little packed in the summer, in the winter, a little quiet..
The arcades are good and the bowling alley is £1.50 per person and good for 10 rounds of fun.. Also, has pool tables in the arcades, cranes, bingo and splashland for a swim
- Theme Park Trips
- Family Travel
GO FOR A SWIM ON CHRISTMAS DAY
It may not be the warmest time of the year, but organisers of Porthcawl's Christmas morning swim say they are still expecting a record turnout.
'The good news for swimmers is that the tide is in, so not so far to run and spectators will have a great view,' said committee secretary Stan Howells.
'We have requested bright sunshine so, looking positively, it could be warmer in the sea than standing by watching.'
Last year's 40th anniversary event attracted 400 entrants and more than 3,000 spectators to Coney Beach.
To date, £41,000 has been raised for local charities through sponsorship of the swimmers and collections from spectators.
This year's event is set to start with carol singing at the Hi Tide Inn at the top of the beach at 11am, where swimmers will also be able to register.
Coastguards will signal the start of the swim at 11.45am by firing a single maroon.
And in case Jack Frost gets the better of anyone, Rest Bay Lifeguards will be on stand-by, as will the Porthcawl lifeboat.
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Best beach in Porthcawl
Not strictly in Porthcawl but not very far away is the stunning Sker Beach, accessed via a 20 minute walk through the beautiful Kenfig Nature Reserve. For surfers, Sker has similar waves to the much busier and v. popular Rest Bay in Porthcawl itself, but is much quieter.
- National/State Park
Goto Oakwood Pleasure park
The Oakwood pleasure park is a great day out, the main gates to the train ride to the park and the seperate sections of rides and shops. It is highly recommended for all ages and you have to visit the mini golf and the arcades to get the most out of the trip.
Arcade and amusements
Hi-Tide arcade and bar with public house and reasonable meals with 2 for 1 specials.
Recently, a new bar has been built with a seating area of the promenade next to the sea.
Lovely views of the sea and clean food.
Sandfords (or St Johns) Well
To the south of the church is Sandford’s Well which was dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
It’s been claimed as with a lot of wells that the water has curative and holy properties.
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel
The long promenade overlooking the sea is a nice place for a walk. Porthcawl can be a very windy place, nowhere more so than the promenade, but the views along here are lovely.