Places to Go
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Places to Go

Here you will find details and information on some of the places in or around Porthcawl that you may like to visit during your stay at Rooklands Caravan and Camping sites:


1. Beaches & Fun Fair

2. The Grand Pavilion

3. Margam Country Park

4. Griffin Park

5. Kenfig Nature Reserve

6. Porthcawl Elvis Festival

7. The Grove Golf Club

8. McArthur Glen Designer  Outlet &  Cinema


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1. Beaches & Fun Fair

Porthcawl is fortunate to have no less than seven beautiful beaches to enjoy. Two of these beaches (Rest Bay and Trecco Bay) have the prestigious 'Blue Flag' award for water quality, Environmental Management and Safety & Services. Coney beach offers pony and donkey rides and is right in front of the Fun Fair. Pink Bay is accessible from Rest Bay beach and is so called for it's pink rocks that resemble pink marble. All are beautiful places to walk, swim, fish, surf and kite surf too. Scroll down for more..........

Coney Beach:

Rest Bay:

Newton Beach:

2. The Grand Pavilion

The Grand Pavilion was opened in 1932 and is well known for its octagonal dome and striking frontage on the Porthcawl seafront. Originally intended as a Palm Court for hosting tea dances, balls and civic functions, The Pavilion is a multifunctional venue hosting a wide variety of events throughout the year including live theatre, concerts, ballroom dancing, conferences, dances, and culminating in the family favourite Christmas pantomime.

Of course, their most popular event these days is the increasingly popular Elvis Festival in September.

Further details of the range of entertainment can be found here: 


http://www.grandpavilion.co.uk/


Distance: 1.5m Sat Nav location: CF36 3YW

3. Margam Country Park

Margam Castle is just 10 minutes drive away and is a Tudor Gothic Mansion dating back to 1830. It was built by the Talbot family between the years of 1830 -1840, at a cost of £50,000. Reputed to have the ghost of the murdered game-keeper Robert Scott and also those of children who can often be heard giggling as they drift in and out of doorways, Ghost Hunters International visited and filmed a TV programme there.


The gardens and grounds are vast, with a beautiful Japanese Garden, Childrens Fairytale Village, Margam Park Train, Fishing, Geocoaching, Archery, Walking, Zip Slides, Adventure Climbing, and of course, the famous deer herd that can be seen passing through as they graze freely across the 500 acre estate. More than enough for a day's entertainment here!


http://www.margamcountrypark.co.uk


Distance: 7.5m Sat Nav location: SA13 2TJ


4. Griffin Park

Griffin Park is right next to Coney Beach Fun Fair on Eastern Promenade. It has plenty to amuse the children in it's fully fenced playpark, and also has a very neat outdoor bowling green for the adults. As well as being right by the Fun Fair and Coney Beach, there is a super Fish & Chip shop and the highly recommended 'Porthcawl Tandoori' take-away directly across the road from the park.

Distance: 1.2m Sat Nav location: CF36 5TS

5. Kenfig Nature Reserve

Kenfig Nature Reserve is just 2 miles away from Rooklands Caravan and Camping site, along the road that leads westward heading out of Porthcawl and across the Kenfig Golf Course.

The Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and has stunning walks as well as a great many different species of birds/waterfowl, flora and fauna around and on the pool. There are wild orchids and a large variety of other wild flowers growing there that are protected due to their rarity.

You can read more about the Nature Reserve here: http://www.kenfig.org.uk/naturereserve 


Kenfig and its surrounding area is steeped in history from prehistoric times through to having strong Roman and Viking influences on a more modern historical timescale. The surrounding neighbourhoods of Kenfig grew up from the incursion of sand that eventually engulfed the city of Kenfig. The ancient city of Kenfig's real history probably begins around the time of the Normans with the building of Kenfig Castle in the 12th century. Learn more about Kenfig and its surrounding areas here:


 http://www.kenfig.org.uk/history/ 


Distance: 2.6m Sat Nav location: CF33 4PT

6. Porthcawl Elvis Festival

The Porthcawl Elvis Festival is an ever-increasingly popular festival weekend where vast numbers of Elvis impersonators come from all over the world to watch the many Elvis shows and performances put on over the weekend. The Official shows are held in The Grand Pavilion (see further up this page), with other shows being held in various Pubs and Inns across Porthcawl town. You will see literally hundreds of 'Elvises' going from place to place to watch and join in performances and renditions of 'Love Me Tender' etc. A MUST for all Elvis fans!

The Elvis Festival is held on the last weekend in September every year, and will be on

22nd-24th September in 2017.

(Please note: Our separate sister-site 'Rooklands Rallies' is a large and mostly level 6 acre site that is available to Caravan and Camping and Motorhome clubs to book. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILiIY.)


7. The Grove Golf Club

The Grove Golf Club is no more than 1 mile away from Rooklands Caravan and Camping Site, and boasts a stunning and well-planned golf course as well as a bar and restaurant that is open to the public. Within easy walking distance for most, this makes an ideal venue for our visitors, especially as the food is usually VERY good! (Booking is recommended)


http://www.grovegolf.com/home

8. McArthur Glen Designer Outlet  & Cinema.

McArthurGlen is a designer shopping outlet, as seen advertised on TV. There are numerous stores selling branded designer clothes, electricals, jewellery, handbags, shoes, bedding/furnishings and other accessories... all at greatly discounted prices. A MUST for every shopping fan! There is also a Food Hall on site, a Cinema right next door, and Sainsbury's supermarket across the road.... so you have all you need in one place! And once you have finished shopping, you might prefer to visit the 'Harvester' restaurant which is just a stone's throw away too. All of these in one place, and all accessed on foot in the space of 5 minutes.


http://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/bridgend/70/