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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

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

 

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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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The Play Barn

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

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Beach volleyball

Enjoy volleyball on the beach at Barry Island.

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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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St Lythans Burial Chamber

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

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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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Glyndwr Vineyard

Glyndwr Vineyard produces a range of award winning wines.

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Cardiff Cruises

Sightseeing boat trips lasting 90 minutes.

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St Brides Major Riding & Trekking Centre

A well established, family run business offering a range of horse riding lessons for adults and children.

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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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Outdoor Activities

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

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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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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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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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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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Vale Golf Breaks

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

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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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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.

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Ogmore by Sea Walk - Vale Trail1

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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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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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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Hazel Court Ponds Fishery

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

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Ogmore by Sea

One of the most popular beaches for visitors along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast due to its expansive golden sands and rock pools.

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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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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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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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Amelia Trust Farm Campsite

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

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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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Saddle Up

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

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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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Tinkinswood Burial Chamber

A Neolithic burial chamber in St Nicholas.

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Dinas Powis Golf Club

A beautiful but challenging golf course with dramatic views over the Bristol Channel, Penarth and the Vale.

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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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Warren Mill Farm

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

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Quasar

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

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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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Vale Carriages

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

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Barry Island Pleasure Park

Family fun at Barry Island Pleasure Park with lots of rides, amusements and entertainment.

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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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Old Hall Gardens

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

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Salmon Leaps dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of Salmon Leaps Vale Trail

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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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Loving Welsh Food

A collection of foodie experiences within the Vale.

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Barry Leisure Centre

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

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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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Old Wool Barn Craft Centre

A delightful haven of arts and crafts in an attractive courtyard setting.

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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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Wales Coast Path

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

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Barefoot Studio

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

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Hang Fire Southern Kitchen

Showcases all the things we love about the American South.

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Magical Forest dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of Magical Forest Vale Trail

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Dunraven Gardens

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

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Cardiff Waterbus Yellow Boat

Regular 15 minute trips between the Barrage in Penarth and the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay.

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Discovery Wales Tours

Looking for a trip to a magical land filled with adventure and beauty?

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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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Fonmon Castle

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

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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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Liege Manor Equestrian Centre

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

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Coast and Pier dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of the Coast and Pier Vale Trail

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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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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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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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St Quentin's Castle

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

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RAF St Athan Golf Club

A testing yet accessible 9 hole golf course set in picturesque parkland.

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Paget Rooms

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

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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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Iolo Morganwg Heritage Walk - Vale Trail 9

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

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Food for Thought Delicatessen

The Deli was opened in 1983.

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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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Llanerch Vineyard

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

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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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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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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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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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Amelia Trust Farm

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

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Brit Movie Tours - Gavin & Stacey

Come and see what's occurring in Barry Island on the Official Gavin and Stacey Tour.

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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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Southerndown Golf Club

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

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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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Penarth Pier & Pavilion

Magnificently restored Art Deco pavilion on Penarth Pier.

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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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The Vale Resort

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

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Hensol Forest

Hensol Forest is a mixed wood east of the village of Welsh St Donats.

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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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Cwm Colhuw - Llantwit Major Beach

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

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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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Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

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

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Tomos a Lilford

Tomos a Lilford brew beers with a difference - each beer is a classic recipe developed over years of brewing.

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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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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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Cowbridge Leisure Centre

A leisure centre offering a wide range of different facilities.

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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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Fablas

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

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Taskforce Paintball Games

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

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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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St Donats Arts Centre

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

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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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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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Wild Fig

Award Winning Ice Creams & home of The Brulée Bar

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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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Porthkerry Country Park Augmented Reality App

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

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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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Valeways

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

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Barry War Museum

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

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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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Vale of Glamorgan Brewery

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

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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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Paws in the Vale Eating Venues

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

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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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Old Beaupre Castle

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

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South Wales Karting Centre

Race at high speeds on one of the largest, fastest and most exciting circuits in Wales.

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Ogmore by Sea dog friendly walk

Dog friendly sections of the Ogmore by Sea Vale trail.

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Food Adventures

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

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Pyramid Stained Glass Courses

Bespoke stained glass restorations and repairs, commissions, arts and crafts.

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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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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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Hendrewennol Fruit Garden

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

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