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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 Tales

Vale Tales

Hear the stories of the Vale come alive along each of the 10 Vale Trails. Vale Tales; the myths and legends of the Vale of Glamorgan.

Vale Tales

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

Digital Vale

Digital Vale

Digital Vale - Bringing the Vale to life through digital technology

Digital Vale

 

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Hendrewennol Fruit Farm

Hendrewennol Fruit Farm

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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 Castle

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

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Barefoot Studio

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

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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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Hendrewennol Fruit Farm

Pick your own soft fruit farm with cafe, shop, plant nursery and children's play area.

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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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Cwm Nash

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

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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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Glyndwr Vineyard

Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of award winning wines.

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Slade Farm Organics and Safari

Get up close and personal with the many animals that live on the farm. Enjoy a fun and factual farm safari set amongst 800 acres of organic farm land, or explore Slade Gardens on our garden tour

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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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Old Hall Gardens

Tucked away behind Old Hall in Cowbridge High Street lie the tranquil grounds of Old Hall Gardens.

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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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Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

Pirate themed adventure golf course situated right on the beach at Barry Island.

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Magical Forest Walk - Vale Trail 8

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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Iolo Morganwg Heritage Walk - Vale Trail 9

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

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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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The Play Barn

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

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Paget Rooms

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

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Vale of Glamorgan Brewery

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

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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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Dyffryn Springs Trout & Coarse Fishing

Dyffryn Springs offers coarse fishing for all types of anglers.

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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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Fontygary Leisure Park

Fontygary Leisure Park is a family run caravan and touring park located on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

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Tinkinswood Burial Chamber

A Neolithic burial chamber in St Nicholas.

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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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Slade Farm Organics

A family farm supplying the finest selection of Organic Welsh Beef, Lamb and Pork to the local community

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Fablas

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

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Vale of Glamorgan Farmers Market

Monthly markets held in Cowbridge and Penarth by a thriving group of local producers.

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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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Penarth Leisure Centre

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

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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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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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Paws in the Vale Accommodation

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

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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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Ewenny Pottery

Ewenny Pottery is a well known and long established small family run pottery.

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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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Waverley Paddle Steamer and Balmoral Pleasure Cruises

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

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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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Hensol Castle

Steeped in history and opulence with turrets, gothic towers, sweeping staircases and original architecture, Hensol Castle and its perfectly landscaped surroundings are guaranteed to impress your guests.

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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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The Vale Resort

Set in 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside, the resort boasts two championship golf courses.

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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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Amelia Trust Farm Campsite

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

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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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St Lythans Burial Chamber

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

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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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RNLI Experience

RNLI shop and visitor centre.

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The Barn at West Farm

Set on the cliffs of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, The Barn at West Farm offers exceptional views and is the perfect backdrop for those special photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.

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Quasar

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

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Llantwit Major Leisure Centre

A leisure centre offering a range of facilities within the heart of Llantwit Major.

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Sadie & Frank's Play Centre

A large play area for older children, a separate area for toddlers and a space for reading, role play and imaginative thinking.

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Paws in the Vale blogs

Paws in the Vale doggy blogs.

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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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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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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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Loving Welsh Food

A collection of foodie experiences within the Vale.

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Old Beaupre Castle

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

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Hendrewennol Fruit Garden

A PYO soft fruit farm based in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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Foxy's Deli

Serving Penarth with the best of local produce since 2002.

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Celtic Crosses and Coast Walk - Vale Trail 3

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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Coconuts Play Centre

Coconuts Play Centre also offer a variety of different parties so you can pick the package that suits you.

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Park and Seaside Walk - Vale Trail 4

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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Ogmore Farm Riding Centre

Set in beautiful surroundings under the imposing Ogmore Castle, pony trekking and beach riding for all ages and abilities, open to novices.

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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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St Illtud's Church and Galilee Chapel

The imposing church of St Illtud's built in 500 AD believed to be Britain's oldest seat of learning. Galilee chapel houses the most important collection of Celtic Christian crosses in the UK.

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Slade Farm Gardens

Slade Farm Gardens

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Penarth Pier & Pavilion

Magnificently restored Art Deco pavilion on Penarth Pier.

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Haunted Field Walk - Vale Trail 7

Surely no other walk in the UK offers neolithic burial chambers, Edwardian gardens and supernatural legends all within an easy 7.5 mile country trail?

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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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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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Cosmeston Lakes and Country Park

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

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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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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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Cwm Colhuw - Llantwit Major Beach

Cwm Colhuw - Llantwit Major's picturesque beach on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

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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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Food Adventures

Inspirational food tours offering backstage passes to some of Wales' food and drink producers.

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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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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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Vale Carriages

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

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Arts Central

A magnificent space home to a programme of changing exhibitions.

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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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Wenvoe Castle Golf Club

A challenging parkland golf course set in the Vale of Glamorgan's scenic countryside.

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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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Baked by Mel Bara Brith

Specialising in award-winning Bara Brith baked right here in the Vale of Glamorgan in small batches.

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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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Fonmon Castle

Built c1200 one of the few medieval castles still lived in as a home.

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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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Coast and Lighthouse Walk - Vale Trail 2

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

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Taskforce Paintball Games

South Wales premier paintballing and outdoor activity centre based in Cowbridge.

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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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Vale Golf Breaks

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

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Magical Forest dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of Magical Forest Vale Trail

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St Quentin's Castle

14th century remains of a large courtyard castle, including a massive twin-towered gatehouse.

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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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Outdoor Activities

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

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Beach Wheelchairs

All-terrain beach wheelchairs are available at Barry Island, giving more visitors the chance to get on the sand at the beach.

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Gavin and Stacey at Barry Island

If you are a fan of the hit TV show, you may want to visit some of the filming locations that were used locally and in the surrounding area.

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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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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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Beach volleyball

Enjoy volleyball on the beach at Barry Island.

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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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Sevenoaks Fishery

A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Sevenoaks Fishery is isolated yet still easily accessible and offers a perfect day out for everyone.

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Happy Days Vintage Homestore

Over 25 individual businesses offering vintage, recycled and beautiful craft pieces for you and your home.

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Ewenny and Spring Flowers Walk - Vale Trail 10

This is an idyllic, rural trail where walkers can enjoy delightful natural views and some created by talented historical figures.

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Dunraven Gardens

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

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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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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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Food for Thought Delicatessen

The Deli was opened in 1983.

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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 dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of the Ogmore by Sea Vale trail.

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Coast and Pier Walk - Vale Trail 5

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

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Cowbridge Museum

An interesting local history museum in Cowbridge.

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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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Barry Island Story Trail

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

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