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Hunting for ideas for a family day out? Planning a romantic break or a relaxing day with family or friends? Or you may want to liven things up with some great outdoor activities. Let us inspire you, or why not explore for yourself below...

Vale of Glamorgan Beach Guide

Vale of Glamorgan Beach Guide

You are never far from a beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. All very different and well worth a visit.

Vale of Glamorgan Beach Guide

Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Glamorgan Heritage Coast

The Glamorgan Heritage Coast, 14 miles of unspoilt coastline and breathtaking scenery.

Glamorgan Heritage Coast

Dyffryn House and Gardens

Dyffryn House and Gardens

Explore 55 acres of magnificent Edwardian garden design overlooked by a large mansion.

Dyffryn House and Gardens

Food and Drink Producers

Food and Drink Producers

Lots of amazing food and drink producers using locally sourced produce.

Food and Drink Producers

 

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Cowbridge Leisure Centre

A leisure centre offering a wide range of different facilities.

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Vale Tales

Hear the stories of the Vale come alive. Vale Tales; the myths and legends of the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Aberthaw

Popular with fishermen and surfers, this is the rockiest beach along this coast, and marks the eastern end of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

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Memo Arts Centre

A vibrant and exciting multi-purpose arts venue with cinema situated in the heart of Barry.

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Brynhill Golf Club

A picturesque 18 hole golf course located in the attractive and scenic Vale of Glamorgan countryside.

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Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826)

Edward Williams (1747-1826), better known by his bardic name Iolo Morganwg, was undoubtedly one of Wales's most colourful and intriguing sons.

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Dunraven Gardens

Dunraven walled gardens peacefully situated at Southerndown - the perfect place to have a picnic.

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Penarth Pier Plaques Scheme

Mark a special occasion or commemorate a loved one with an engraved brass plaque on the decking of Penarth Pier.

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Vale Golf Breaks

Vale Golf Breaks combine challenging golf with quality accommodation to provide the perfect getaway.

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Outdoor Activities

Take a look at our list of activities available in the wonderful Vale of Glamorgan.

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Cottrell Park Golf Resort

Cottrell Park provides an idyllic getaway deep in the heart of the Vale countryside.

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Barry Leisure Centre

At the heart of the community, Barry Leisure Centre encourages a healthy lifestyle.

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Coast and Lighthouse Walk

Spectacular, breathtaking views along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with rural farmlands and the ancient woodlands of St Donat's Castle

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Beach volleyball

Enjoy volleyball on the beach at Barry Island.

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Celtic Crosses and Coast Walk

The perfect route for those who enjoy a bit of history with their walk. The town of Llantwit Major has been a settlement for over 3000 years.

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Barry Tourist Railway

Take a ride on a heritage locomotive and learn about the history of the railways in Barry and beyond.

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Barry Island Story Trail

Barry Island Story Trail - stories written by pupils of Barry Island Primary School

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Park and Seaside Walk

From quiet coves to the bustling beaches of Barry, this trail offers walkers the opportunity to experience the Vale of Glamorgan's diverse coastline.

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Barry Island Beach Huts

Barry Island has 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts with excellent views across Whitmore Bay.

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Paws in the Vale Places to Visit

Paws in the Vale: dog friendly visitor attractions in the Vale.

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National Coastwatch Institution

Nells Point Coastwatch station is the first NCI station established on the Welsh coast and is built on the site of a derelict coast guard station and has been built to a very high standard.

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Foxy's Deli

Serving Penarth with the best of local produce since 2002.

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Arts Central

A magnificent space home to a programme of changing exhibitions.

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Old Cogan Hall Farm

Producer of finest quality home cured artisan bacons and speciality sausages, Farm Assured Welsh Lamb & Beef and traditional fresh Christmas Turkeys.

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St Mary's Golf Club

An 18 hole golf course in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan countryside, complete with spectacular views.

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Cwm Nash

Off the beaten track, this beach is perfect for a quiet get away.

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Glamorganshire Golf Club

A challenging golf course with narrow wood-lined fairways, water hazards and over 60 bunkers to test your golfing credentials.

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Elephant and Bun Delicatessen

A family-run business situated at the heart of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan market town of Cowbridge.

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Barry Island Weekenders 2017

Here's to a fantastic Summer, come on down to Barry Island for free exciting family events.

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Vale Carriages

Horsedrawn coastal tours taking in quaint village pubs, the beautiful river estuary and the historic Ogmore Castle.

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Wild Vale

We are very lucky here in the Vale of Glamorgan to have a diverse mix of flora and fauna from great crested newts to otters, from wild orchids to bluebells.

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Cosmeston Lakes and Country Park

Nature reserve with more than 200 acres of lakes, woodlands, meadows and nature trails.

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Paws in the Vale Eating Venues

Paws in the Vale: dog friendly venues for eating in the Vale.

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Dunraven Bay

Dunraven Bay is much loved by the locals and attracting many visitors.

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Blue Plaque Trail - Llantwit Major

A walking trail to view sites of particular interest that have been marked with Blue Plaques.

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St Cadoc's Church

The church of St. Cadocs at Llancarfan is the focus of this small and charming village in the heart of Vale of Glamorgan.

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Crafts by the Sea

Local craft, art, cards, up-cycled and vintage houseware gifts and furniture

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Hazel Court Ponds Fishery

Hazel Court Ponds caters for the pleasure angler to specialist catfish and carp anglers.

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Coast and Pier Walk

This linear route offers wonderful insight into the tourism and maritime industries so important to the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Hot Diggidy Dog

Hot Diggidy Dog Sauces are proper hot with a mouth-wateringly rich, sweet and tangy flavour.

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Ogmore by Sea Walk

Wonderful natural views such as the Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, Dunraven Bay, Ogmore Castle, St. Bridget's Church and the walled gardens and ruins of Dunraven Castle

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Park and Seaside dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of Park and Seaside Vale Trail

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Valeways

A volunteer based project for maintenance, protection, preservation and promotion of public rights of way

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Old Beaupre Castle

A ruined medieval fortified manor house located in the community of Llanfair.

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St Donats Castle

Come take a sneak peak at this remarkable castle, once the home of newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst.

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Warren Mill Coarse Fishery

The lake is a 4½ acre natural mill pond which is stocked with a large selection of fish.

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Southerndown Surf School

Quality surfing lessons and equipment hire, from half day lessons, weekend courses and one to one instruction, for adults, children and youth clubs.

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Wild Fig

Award Winning Ice Creams & home of The Brulée Bar

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Parks in the Vale of Glamorgan

There are plenty of fantastic parks and gardens throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. From local parks and playing fields to fantastic local nature reserves and country parks.

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Cardiff Cruises

Sightseeing boat trips lasting 90 minutes.

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Loving Welsh Food

A collection of foodie experiences within the Vale.

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Barry Island Park Run

The Barry Island Parkrun is a weekly 5km timed run open to anyone.

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Penarth Pier & Pavilion

Magnificently restored Art Deco pavilion on Penarth Pier.

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Hang Fire Southern Kitchen

Showcases all the things we love about the American South.

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Physic Garden

The Cowbridge Physic Garden was recreated on the site that was once part of Cowbridge Old Hall, the home of the Edmondes family from the 18th to the 20th century

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Wales Coast Path

Improve your wellbeing and breathe in some striking surroundings on the Wales Coastal Path.

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Challenge Wales Sailing

'Challenge Wales' is a 72-foot yacht that offers the chance to learn life skills through sailing training.

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Salmon Leaps Walk

Delightful, refreshing walk that includes a glacial valley, wooded ravine and, if you're lucky, the occasional leaping salmon.

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Barefoot Studio

Barefoot Studio is one of the leading Pilates studios in the UK.

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Cycling in the Vale

Cycling in the Vale of Glamorgan is one of the best kept secrets in South Wales, now with a national cycle network passing through it.

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Paws in the Vale

'Paws in the Vale' is a dog friendly scheme based in the rural Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

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Penarth Leisure Centre

A leisure centre in the heart of Penarth offering a range of different facilities.

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Porthkerry Country Park Augmented Reality App

Bring Porthkerry Country Park to life as you get out and explore!

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Nash Point

Nash Point, in the heart of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, is a spectacular location to visit.

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Quasar

Thrilling indoor laser tag venue where two teams can battle it out using laser guns.

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Coach Tours in the Vale

The Vale of Glamorgan is perfectly placed for groups to explore all that Southern Wales has to offer.

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Saddle Up

A small outdoor riding centre offering a variety of friendly riding experiences for children and adults

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Porthkerry Pitch 'n' Putt

Porthkerry Park offers a 12 hole pitch 'n' putt course set in beautiful woodland surroundings.

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Iolo Morganwg Heritage Walk

Explore the historic market town of Cowbridge, its surrounding fields and wooded paths.

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Paget Rooms

The Paget Rooms is an historic theatre in the heart of Penarth.

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Shan's Wales Tours

Travel in style while you discover the Vale's hidden beaches, historic villages and secret gardens.

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The Parsnipship

The Parsnipship makes unique and original vegetarian & vegan food for sale at farmers markets, food fairs, festivals and events.

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St Lythans Burial Chamber

Single stone chamber is all that remains of a once much larger burial monument.

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Cobbles Kitchen and Deli

Cobbles Kitchen & Deli is housed in a gorgeous 17th Century, Grade II listed barn on the fringe of the spectacular heritage coast in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan.

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The Play Barn

Multi-level indoor adventure play area offering unlimited play and an outdoor play fort!

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Inspiring Wedding Venues

What's your wedding venue style? From flower meadows, and farm barns to stately homes and lighthouses, we've got some great wedding venues in the Vale of Glamorgan. Which one will you choose?

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Dyffryn House and Gardens

Explore 55 acres of magnificent Edwardian garden design overlooked by a large mansion.

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Barry War Museum

An independent museum run primarily by the Barry at War History Group.

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Warren Mill Farm

Visit a large selection of friendly farm animals on this 10 acre farm park.

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Slade Farm Organics and Safari

Get up close and personal with the many animals that live on the farm. A fun and factual farm safari set amongst 800 acres of organic farm land.

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Porthkerry Country Park

Enjoy the outdoors at Porthkerry Country Park at the end of Cold Knap beach near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Vale of Glamorgan Beach Guide

You are never far from a beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. All very different and well worth a visit.

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Knap Gardens

Knap Gardens are an oasis of calm from the wind blowing in from the Cold Knap in Barry.

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Amelia Trust Farm Campsite

Pitch your tent in Amelia Trust's campsite on the outskirts of their fantastic woodlands.

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Ffoto Ramble

Capture the best of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with expert photography tuition whilst enjoying a spectacular walk along the Wales Coast Path.

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Coast and Pier dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of the Coast and Pier Vale Trail

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Magical Forest Walk

This circular walk typifies the best of inland Vale of Glamorgan: rich and colourful landscape, large areas of native forest, pretty villages, and a series of impressive views of the coast, nearby towns and city.

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Capital Adventure Wales

Capital Adventure offers you the opportunity to make your adventure unique and enjoyable. Select an activity and let them know your level of experience and they'll develop activities perfect for you!

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Walking in the Vale

The Vale of Glamorgan is a fantastic place to go walking - why not try our 10 Vale Trails along the coast and through the countryside?

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Real Wales Tours

No matter how long you're here, you can't afford to miss Real Wales tours

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Southerndown Golf Club

A golf course crafted by nature over thousands of years offering superb views to the coast.

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Ffotogallery

Exciting programme of photography and lens based media exhibitions in the exquisite Grade 1 listed Turner House Gallery.

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Win a walking weekend in the Vale of Glamorgan

The prize - Two nights' glamping at the Heritage Coast Campsite

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Paws in the Vale Accommodation

Paws in the Vale: dog friendly accommodation in the Vale.

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Paws in the Vale blogs

Paws in the Vale doggy blogs.

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Bijou Play Centre

The activities at Bijou are sure to capture the imagination of all youngsters with the exciting play structure and a variety of themed birthday parties, plus a playstation corner.

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Waverley Paddle Steamer and Balmoral Pleasure Cruises

The world's last sea-going paddle steamer cruises the Severn Estuary.

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Liege Manor Equestrian Centre

Leige Manor Equestrian Centre riding school, training centre and livery yard.

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Glyndwr Vineyard

Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of fine, award-winning wines which have been carefully blended and fermented by their skilled winemaker for over a quarter of a century.

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Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre

Visit the Heritage Coast Centre on the spectacular Vale of Glamorgan heritage coastline.

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Fablas

High quality Welsh Ice cream made in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan

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Adventure Island Indoor Play

A fun and exciting place for children to explore set on the wonderful family friendly Barry Island seafront.

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Cosmeston Lakes and Country Park Wedding Venue

An exclusive venue for hire within a country park setting.

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Glyndwr Vineyard

Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of award winning wines.

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Vale of Glamorgan Brewery

Hand crafted in the Vale of Glamorgan for more than 10 years.

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Nash Point Lighthouse Visitor Centre

Situated on the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast, visit the only working lighthouse which is open to visitors within 150 miles.

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Glamorgan Heritage Coast Activities

Activity packs for encouraging the younger members of your family to embark on an outing to the coast!

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Amelia Trust Farm

Visit this 160 acre working farm with a variety of animals for a great family day out.

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Welsh Hawking Centre

See over 200 magnificent birds of prey and watch the falconry displays.

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St Donats Arts Centre

A premier cultural centre set in the beautiful grounds of St Donats Castle.

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Llanerch Vineyard

Picturesque 10-acre vineyard with bistro, restaurant, hotel accommodation, self-guided vineyard tours and a cookery school.

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Vale Cider

A family-run craft cider maker in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Llanblethian Orchards

Cider and perry from the Vale of Glamorgan. CAMRA Champion Cidermakers of Wales 2014 & 2016.

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