Local Area Porthcawl

The seaside town of Porthcawl developed as a coal port in the 19th century but because of developments at other larger ports this trade declined and in line with many coastal resorts in the Victorian era the town developed its tourist trade. A popular Welsh holiday resort, Porthcawl is perhaps best known for its large holiday park – Trecco Bay. It’s one of the most popular places to stay in Porthcawl itself, though there are hotels and B&Bs, inns and pubs and self-catering cottages and apartments all offering alternatives within and around the town.

In order to improve the area and make it more attractable a promenade was built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and then in 1932 the Grand Pavilion was opened to cater for the tourists and has provided a much needed venue for shows.

Porthcawl has long stretches of sandy beaches and is one of Wales’ top surfing destinations. National and regional surfing competitions are held at Rest Bay. The town has three golf courses, and a promenade featuring typical sea front hotels. Events held in the town include the annual July carnival, with a procession of themed floats and a carnival field with fun fair and live entertainment. The annual Elvis Festival is the biggest gathering of fans found anywhere in Europe and attracts tribute acts from all over the world.

For kids, no visit to Porthcawl would be complete without a day at Coney Beach. It’s has fairground in Porthcawl’s centre which includes traditional stalls and roller coasters as well as a selection of family and thrill rides. The Grand Pavilion offers the chance for the whole family to enjoy shows and performances including family shows, comedy and live music.

There’s plenty to enjoy!

There are no fewer than seven beaches in Portchawl and each offers something unique
to visitors. Two, Trecco Bay and Rest Bay, are renowned blue flag beaches and this means
that they can get busy especially in the height of summer.

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